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13 Things To Do In Sydney This August

By Angela Law
1st Aug 2016

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There is a whole load of things to do in Sydney this August and we have got the hook ups, whether you are in the mood for a healthy lunch, Southern-style feast, or a picnic in the sky. Intrigued yet? Yeah you are. 

$5 Lunch At THR1VE

Various Locations

The team at THR1VE have got all of our backs this August making it possible to have a super tasty, not to mention healthy, lunch for the bargain price of $5. Yep, $5 means that even if you over indulged on the weekend (didn’t we all) you can still eat like a king. Choose from favourites like the Bikini Bowl with grilled chicken breast and smashed avo or the Zeus Bowl with pulled BBQ beef, topped with sweet potato and bacon bake, see we told you they’re delicious! You’ll see why THR1VE is our first choice, not just the right choice, when it comes to what we put in our bellies, happy lunching.

Where: THR1VE MLC Centre, Pitt Street Centre, Australia Square and Greenwood
When: Monday 15th August – Friday 19th August
Cost: $5 per bowl click here to get your unique code

Charles Heidsieck Dinner Decadence At Flying Fish


Ned Goodwin is known as ‘Champagne Charlie’ so we’re pretty confident that you’ll be in good hands when you head along to Flying Fish on the 4th for their decadent four-course degustation. Goodwin was named as the first Master of Wine in Japan so he definitely knows his way around a bottle of bubbly, and this August he’s partnering up with Flying Fish sommelier, Paolo Saccone for one night only. You can expect a seafood-focused menu by Head Chef Ian Royle, with each course paired with Charles Heidsieck champagnes and throughout the evening Goodwin will share his tales as ‘Champagne Charlie’.

Where: Flying Fish – Jones Bay Wharf, 19-21 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
When: Thursday 4th August
Cost: $290 per person

Texas-style Barbecue: Up In Smoke

Bellevue Hill

He learned all of his skillz from the ‘Brooklyn Pit Rat’ Nestor Laracuente and on the first Friday of every month (starting this August), Dan the Man will be lighting up the smoker for a Texas-style BBQ in Bellevue Hill. This is one of those heavenly low and slow dinners that you’ve been dreaming about and your ticket will see you eating like a Southern king, because it includes a tray of brisket, pulled pork (plus a monthly meat) with classic accompaniments of mac and cheese, coleslaw, dirty white bread, pickles and jalapenos.

Where: The Field @ Eastern Suburbs Rugby Club – O’Sullivan Road, Bellevue Hill
When: 5th August from 6pm (+ the first Friday of every month in 2016)
Cost: $35 + booking fee

Good Food and Wine Show

Sydney Olympic Park

There is no better foodie adventure than a room filled with local and international exhibitors, all throwing free food samples at you. Right? There’s a lot happening at the Good Food and Wine Show, and we’re not just talking about $100 haute dogs and free samples (did we mention those already?). There will also be food demonstrations from some of our favourite Aussie cooks, like Miguel Maestre (we’ve claimed him), Matt Moran and Kylie Kwong, as well as the food filled Grazing Garden that will also be serving McWilliam’s Wines. Go for an hour, or go for a day. Hell, just go. 

Where: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
When: Friday 5th – Sunday 7th August
Cost: $16.80 – $27

Be Inspired At 9 To Thrive


After a raging success last year, Business Chicks is back for their second installment of 9 to Thrive; an expo, jam-packed with highly curated panel sessions, workshops, keynotes and one-on-one conversations with some of Australia’s most influential women. We’re talkin’ Mia Freedman, Donna Hay, Julie Stevanja and Ronni Khan (to only name an awesome few). Business Chicks know what they’re doing and as Australia’s largest and most influential women’s network, they have designed this event to leave you inspired and ready to kick through any and all goals. There will also be over 100 exhibitors, pop-ups, food trucks and career advice up the wazoo. 

Where: Australian Technology Park – Locomotive Street, Eveleigh
When: 19th – 20th August
Cost: $45 (one day) – $129 (VIP)

L’Ingénue Pop-up Shop


Following the success of their last stint as a brick and mortar, L’Ingénue are hosting a second pop-up store in Paddington this month. The two-week stint will showcase a curated collection of their favourite Parisian designers like Les Partisanes and Caroline Najman as well as shoe designers Anaki and Patricia Blanchett. To set the scene in-store, there will also be art by Serbian artist Sonja Bajic as well as furniture by Lundon Findlay on display and for sale. 

Where: 19 William Street, Paddington
When: 29th July – 11th August from 10am – 6pm

Fraser Suites Winter Fun Package


To ease the painful fact that winter is still happening in Sydney, Frasers Suites are offering some seriously sweet deals for a weekend getaway this August at their CBD location. The package includes a bottle of wine on arrival, which will get you off to a cracking start, before heading to your room and really taking advantage of the hotel’s facilities. You will also receive a buffet breakfast for two (the best kind) and complimentary wi-fi throughout your visit (as you should).  

Where: Fraser Suites Sydney – 488 Kent Street, Sydney 
When: Offer is valid until 30th September
Cost: $259 per night

An Evening With Truffles At Manta 


Five courses of truffles sounds like the best possible mid-week situation, and if you agree, then you should definitely book a seat at this truffle dinner, hosted by Manta Restaurant and Bar. All dishes will be paired with premium wines, straight from the Manta Restaurant’s cellar and, on the food front, there’ll be dishes like steamed toothfish with black truffle scales, parsnip puree, charred onion and nasturtium. Yum! Their prime location, on the wharf at Woolloomooloo means that you’ll also spend your evening basking in Sydney’s harbourside beauty.

Where: Manta Restaurant and Bar – 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo 
When: Thursday 11th August from 7pm
Cost: $150 per person

Get Adventurous With Skypeak Adventures

St Marys

It’s time to re-live the glory days where rope challenges were just part of your average day at year 9 camp (minus the braces and adolescent acne), with Sydney’s highest and largest aerial adventure park, Skypeak Adventures. It’s taken more than five years to get this guy up and running, but now that it is officially open, you can (and should) head along to tackle the barrel runs, rope climbs, trapeze swings eight storeys above land. Alternatively, you can relax with a picnic… nine metres high over a void. Yep, it’s the kind of place that will test your limits and then push them far beyond that, but hey, it’s all in a day’s fun, right?

Where: Skypeak Adventures – 215 Forrester Road, St Marys
When: Monday – Sunday from 9am until 7pm (later on Thursdays)
Cost: $19 - $59

Roar And Snore At Taronga Zoo


After watching Tarzan, we’re ready to channel our inner Margot Robbie and sleep among the animals. Don’t worry, it won’t be quite as rugged as the African Jungle jungle, this is Sydney after all and you will only be hanging out on the harbour, in Taronga. This is glamping in style, with the added bonus of views over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge and gourmet drinks and nibbles in the campsite. You’ll get up close and personal with some of the Zoo’s friendliest animals, head off on a night time safari and stuff yourself silly with a buffet dinner before falling asleep to the sounds of the animals. What more could you want?

Where: Taronga Zoo – Bradleys Head Road, Mosman
When: Check website for details
Cost: $193.50 – $215 

Quote Along At Dendy Cinemas


This is the only time that you can quote along shamelessly at the cinemas without copping dirty looks from your fellow revelers, so you should definitely take advantage of it. We’re not sure how no one has come up with this sooner, but Dendy have decided to load up some cult classics and arguably the most quotable movies EVER (think Wayne’s World, Clueless and Anchorman) and are throwing in games and props to up the fun quota even further. The ticket cost includes a complimentary beer from Young Henry’s and the most fun night you’ve ever had at the movies.

Where: Dendy Cinemas Newtown 
When: Mondays from 6.30pm
Cost: $8.50 – $12 

Pho Festival At Mama’s Buoi

Surry Hills & Crows Nest

Known for their home-style Vietnamese dishes, Mama’s Buoi is the culinary incarnation of owner, Bao Hoang’s childhood and this month they are celebrating their favourite dish in style. Until the end of August, Mama’s Buoi will be serving up a complete menu inspired by pho with their Pho Festival. There is more to the festival than pho itself, so don’t hop along thinking that’s all you’re in for. In addition to their seafood pho, there will also be a pho cocktail, Mama’s Pho rice paper roll and a pho ice cream to bring it home. 

Where: Mama’s Buoi – Surry Hills & Crows Nest locations
When: Throughout August

Sydney Tower Stair Challenge 2016


Run, skip or crawl up the stairs of the Sydney Tower Eye for the Sydney Tower Stair Challenge 2016, to support Giant Steps, which supports and educates children and young adults with autism. Open for people aged 10 years and over, this is a challenging vertical race that will see you climbing 1504 steps (that’s 250m), to reach the Observation Deck above. Entries are broken into 10 categories, from elite runners to social and novelty groups, so you don’t have to worry about not being fit enough. This is one for everyone.

Where: Sydney Tower Eye – 100 Market Street, Sydney 
When: Sunday 21st August from 8.40am until 5pm
Cost: Each participant is asked to pledge $35 along with their even registration

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Image credit: Dan The Man

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