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5 Awesome Things to do in Sydney This Summer

If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair – but if it’s Sydney you’re headed to this summer, don’t forget to arm yourself with a city map and event calendar. Australia’s capital is brimming with fascinating attractions, leisure programs, and various tourist treasures untold which continue to draw millions of travelers to the city each year. This summer, the local event agenda won’t disappoint the pickiest of holiday makers: festivals, shopping, arts, music, adventures, wildlife, Sydney has it all and is ready to shower fun-starved tourists with its charm and magic. If you’re going to spend a part of your summer strolling through the good, old Sydney town, here are the top five things you mustn’t fail to try.

Sydney, Loud and Proud: The Sydney Festival

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January is the festival month for the Australian capital, and this year’s program is a true beauty that’ll live up to every tourist’s top standards. Running 7-26, the Sydney Festival will feature two promo concerts by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds at the ICC Sydney Theatre on January 20 and 21 to promote their 16th studio album Skeleton Tree. On top of that, the festival will also feature a concert by PJ Harvey at the ICC Sydney Theatre on January 22. The festival will feature a range of dance, theater, opera, and visual arts shows, and admission for many events on the festival program is free or cheap, so be sure to get your dose of Sydney culture while you’re in town.

Meet Happy Feet: Aquarium Penguin Exhibit


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When temperature outside hits the boiling point, Australians turn to snow for relief – or at least they’ll do it this summer. For an up-close of a real-life penguin colony, head over to the Penguin Exhibition at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium: on an expedition to meet black-and-white guys out of Happy Feet, you’ll also get a chance to take a boat ride against a sub-Antarctic backdrop and give a nod to sharks, rays, dugongs, and other Great Barrier Reef dwellers in passing.

A Spot Where Movie Fans Rejoice: Flickerfest

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If you’re in Sydney already and eager to indulge in some big screen fun, don’t miss Flickerfest. Over at the Bondi Beach Amphitheatre, the Academy-accredited short film festival runs January 6-15, showcasing five international and seven Australian programs. This year, Aboriginal actors star in many Australian-made shorts within the festival program, and if you miss the chance to see the festival at its Sydney premiere, you’ll still be able to watch most films in other Australian cities once Flickerfest jumps on the national tour later.   

Face Your Dark Side: House of Mirrors

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Over the next few weeks, you’ll have a unique chance to meet your dark side and deepest fears in person over at the Sydney Festival’s very own House of Mirrors. A maze of mirrors arranged to create a series of impressive optical illusions around the Meriton Festival Village in Hyde Park, the House of Mirrors will bring out your secret Mister (or Mistress) Hyde, trick your mind, and twist your perception beyond your imagination. But before you go in, arm yourself with a potent travel torch at Peter’s of Kensington ‘cause you’ll need all the light you can get: some demons you might chance upon in the mirror can chill your marrow and send you running for the exit.

Dust of the Past: Mummies on Show

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Until April 25, Sydney visitors who drop by the Powerhouse Museum will get to see the startling relics of Egypt’s past. Six Egyptian mummies belonging to the British Museum paired with state-of-the-art technology will reveal to the viewers what gore and magic lie behind the dusty wraps within the Sydney premiere of Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives. A chance to unwrap King Tut’s skin will set you back $27, but a peek into a mummy’s belly more than worth it!

Whoever said Sydney was all about the Opera House, Royal Gardens, Harbour Bridge, and The Rocks? This summer, Australia’s capital is ready to take a first-time tourist out for a wild ride and show them its upbeat, adorable, dramatic, beautiful, terrifying, and, above all, complex nature. If you’re going to Sydney this summer, you’re a happy camper indeed.

Emma Lawson is a passionate writer, online article editor and a health enthusiast. In her spare time, she likes to do research, and write articles to create awareness regarding healthy lifestyle. She is also promoting her country Australia as a place where you can lead a quality and long life.

Twitter @EmmahLawson

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Sydney will be a happening place this summer and it’s always exciting to post on places that are on my travel bucket list, like Australia.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts and guest blogging here at Style*Mind*Chic Life today, Emma!

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