All the buildings in Sydney, illustrated beautifully by Aussie artist James Hancock

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Thursday 30 April 2015

James Hancock is one of those illustrators who makes drawings so unique and quirky, you just can’t turn away from them. He ‘panics that he may not be able to draw everything in the world… at least once’, which is why Hancock has finally released an incredible ode to his hometown of Sydney, Australia, complete with all the quirks we’ve come to know from this Aussie illustrator.

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Numskull’s incredibly bold and bewildering Aussie street art: We asked him all about it

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Wednesday 29 April 2015

Elliott Routledge (aka Numskull) is brightening up the streets of Sydney with his bold imagery and will be opening his solo show High Contrast, with M.M.P.G. this coming May.

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This boutique in Sydney features a curated gallery of sneakers you can’t find elsewhere

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By Rachel Oakley in New Fashion on Wednesday 8 April 2015

It can be a nightmare searching for the right sneakers. Not only do you have to worry about size and how comfy they are, but a sneaker – a good sneaker that will last you years – should say something about you. It should ooze style and charm and outshine all the other sneakers on the streets. And finally there’s a place in Sydney where they take their sneakers seriously: Subtype.

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In Sydney, an architect erects a luxurious house shaped like a, erm, phallic symbol

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Wednesday 1 April 2015

It’s not hard to see why people want to get their hands on this house. Designed by Australian architect Stan Symonds back in 1958, the Sherwin House is 1,204 square metres of luxurious living, set against a lush bushland backdrop. It also has a layout unlike any other: a giant penis.

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You definitely do not want to abstain from the absinthe at this French flavored salon in Sydney

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Thursday 27 November 2014

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As you part the heavy black curtains and step inside Absinthe Salon, you’ll see many small tables laid out with ornate metal-and-glass fountains in what looks presumably like a cosy Parisian cafe during the turn of the 19th century. Located within Surry Hills of Sydney, Absinthe Salon is rather unique and highly specific, with its menu of 20 French and Swiss absinthes.

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Roar and snore: Sydney’s ultimate zoo adventure

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 13 November 2014

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Roar and Snore is Sydney’s ultimate sleepover. This is because the overnight accommodation takes place is Australia’s most famous zoo: Taronga Zoo. Instead of sleeping in a luxurious hotel while in Sydney, the zoo offers camp nights in safari-style tents that overlook the Sydney harbour, with views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

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Celebrate with 80,000 bohemians at Sydney’s Newtown Festival on November 9

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By Kenny Ong in New Events on Friday 24 October 2014

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This is one Festival which showcases the best of local and national music, arts, entertainment, creative juices and finger-licking food. On Sunday November 9, Camperdown Memorial Rest Park will once again be transformed into a bohemian playground for all ages. This year marks the Newtown Festival’s 36th anniversary.

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Cafe Nookie could well be the smallest hole-in-the-wall coffee shop in Australia

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Friday 17 October 2014

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Let’s just get the obvious out of the way, shall we? Cafe Nookie may arguably be THE SMALLEST CAFE IN AUSTRALIA. If you crane your neck to look inside this 2m x 2m hole-in-the-wall cafe tucked in between Buckingham Street and Elizabeth Street on Cleveland Street, you can see one cheerful barista, one commercial espresso machine and grinder, and one 1950s-style sign that says, ‘I just don’t give a sh#t’.

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This pop-up bar suspends you at 164 feet in the sky for a great view of Sydney, Melbourne and even Brisbane

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By Kenny Ong in New Events on Monday 13 October 2014

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To position the McKenna brand as the ‘Urban Spirit,’ their good folks has launched the McKenna Air Bar at Sydney’s Cockatoo Island. All 164 feet of it as it hangs high in the sky offering an amazing 360 degree harbor views. Suspended by a crane, it offers 22 precious seats and has its own barman serving complimentary McKenna Bourbon drinks and a DJ mixing the beats.

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Monstrously good street art at Sydney’s Project Five Volume 6

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Monday 13 October 2014

Call it the grandaddy of Aussie contemporary street art festivals: the sixth volume of Project Five just hit the ground running, and from now till Oct 19, you can catch the exhibition at Darling Quarter’s high-traffic outdoor space OPEN in the Civic Connector. This article brought to you by amaysim

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Soulfest: A non-stop soul, jazz and hip hop festival in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Sunday 12 October 2014

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The sweet, smooth sounds of jazz. The funk of hip hop. The soothing notes of neo-soul. You can enjoy all your favourite music in one place this October, thanks to Soulfest. Taking place in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, this anticipated festival has the biggest lineup of soul in Australia, with guests including Maxwell, D’Angelo, Common, Aloe Blacc, Mos Def, Angie Stone, and DJ Trey, all performing over two stages.

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Join this epic obstacle race if you fancy running through live wires charged with 10,000 volts

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By Kenny Ong in New Events on Tuesday 7 October 2014

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Now this is some super cool crazy I would love to participate in. The Stampede obstacle race event started in Sydney in 2011, got itself completely sold out, and has since expanded to Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide for its national race calendar.

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Unique Sydney pop-up wine bar opens in an urban oasis

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By Nicole Hughes in Cool Travel on Saturday 4 October 2014

Summer’s nearly here, Sydney. What better way to celebrate than by kicking back and drinking wine in an immersive urban sanctuary. In the heart of the city, an urban oasis bar will crop up Thursday, October 9. Locals are invited to grab a glass and enjoy the scenery designed by Stoneleigh Metro’s designer, Steve Cordony. Inspired by New Zealand’s natural beauty, Cordony has created a lovely, earthy getaway right in the center of Sydney.

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Let this meaningful festival of song, dance and food revive the Aboriginal tourism experience in Sydney

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By Kenny Ong in New Events on Thursday 2 October 2014

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Held on the first Sunday of every month (coming up: October 5, November 2 and December 7) at Bare Island this year, the First Hand Aboriginal Workshops and Black Markets is an Aboriginal festival of song, dance and food that welcomes all with a wide range of authentic Aboriginal stalls, as well as workshops the likes of traditional basket weaving, spear-making, Djaadjawaan dancing and shell art know-how.

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Explore Sydney’s coffee scene with this one-of-a-kind walking tour

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 1 October 2014

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Tired of the usual walking tour? Need a change of scenery that will perk you up? Sydney Coffee Trail is a self-guided walking tour by Urbanwalkabout that takes you from quaint cafes to all-day breakfasts to café-cum-bookstores. Cafes include: Allpress Zetland, Brooklyn Hide, The Rope and Anchor, Marlowe’s Way, and Amersand Café & Bookstore.

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