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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
This pop-up bar suspends you at 164 feet in the sky for a great view of Sydney, Melbourne and even Brisbane
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let this meaningful festival of song, dance and food revive the Aboriginal tourism experience in Sydney
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.
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.