Everyone knows the secret to success for any epic weekend is the three B’s: bubbles, banter, and, most importantly, the beach. And guys, this weekend ticks all those boxes. You’ll have to sort yourself out with the last one (we figured it would be easy enough) and we’ll take care of the rest.
We’re talking three whole days of party vibes guys, because we know you haven’t forgotten it’s a long weekend. We’re ready.
Here are 15 awesome things to do in Sydney this weekend.
American Express Openair Cinemas
American Express Openair Cinemas launches their season with a bang tonight. Get ready for delicious Italian eats provided by Salt Meats Cheese, craft beers from 4Pines, Giesen Wines and, of course, some of the best flicks of the year. We've already bought our tickets for The Disaster Artist, Downsizing and I, Tonya, so get yours now before they sell out! For more information, click here.
When: Until 4 March
Where: Dolphin Lawn, Bondi Beach
Lamington Waffles At Paperboy
If you need a little bit of extra lovin’ in your life this Friday, then head to Paperboy in Concord because they’re only slinging lamington waffles errryday. These bad boys involve dark chocolate, coconut parfait, decimated coconut and fresh fruits and as a bonus, they aren’t an Australia Day special, so we think this will just be your new weekend ritual, no?
Where: Paperboy, Concord
BLUNT and KeepCup Limited Edition Combo
This collaboration is all about sustainability and we’re all about it. NZ umbrella brand, BLUNT, and infamous re-usable coffee cup company, KeepCup, have joined forces to bring us an umbrella and cup combo that is literally built to last a lifetime. The combo includes one of BLUNT’s metro umbrellas, one of the strongest in the world which means you’ll never be caught half way up George Street in peak hour with a broken umbrella mid-storm (we’ve all been there). You’ll also score a small KeepCup and you can never have too many of those. Grab yours here.
When: Available now
Where: At the BLUNT website
The Ultimate Mustang Road Trip
This Australia Day long weekend you have the chance to test drive the iconic Ford Mustang. Head down to the St Ives Showground and buckle up in the driver’s seat for a two-hour joy ride this weekend because adventure is mandatory on a long weekend. Spots are limited so head here to register.
When: Thursday 25 January, from 8:30am
Where: St Ives Showground
Cost: Free, registration essential
Model Citizen By Circus Oz
At this point, we’ve all realised that Sydney Festival is the gift that keeps on giving and now it’s even brought a circus to Sydney. Circus Oz is performing Model Citizen and you can expect this one to be a combination of wow-worthy acrobatics and hilarious satire all rolled into one. It’s only sticking around until the end of the month, so you’ll want to jump on this one fast. Book here.
When: Various dates until 28 January
Where: Prince Alfred Square, Circus Oz Big Top, Parramatta
Cost: $35 - $90
Backstage Tour At The Sydney Opera House
Take a tour and see the other side to the iconic Opera House—this all-access tour takes you behind the curtains to show you all the secret spots you never knew existed under those big white sails. You’ll start with brekky in the green room and peak into the rehearsal spaces not normally open to the public and if you’re anything like us (AKA nosy), you’ll want to do this one. Book your tour over here.
When: Daily at 7am
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cost: From $165
Thursday 25 January
Australia Day Long Weekend at Level Seven
Rooftop views, $6 beers and meat pies—just try to name a better combo. No really, we’ll wait. The team at Level Seven is hosting an epic party this Australia Day long weekend, complete with all the classic Aussie eat. Think pork and fennel sausage rolls and enough bevs to fill up Darling Harbour; there will be no excuses for not having an absolute blast. Grab your swimmers and unwind with a rosé spritz this weekend, we dare you.
When: Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 January
Where: Level Seven, Hotel Primus Sydney
Cost: Free entry
SoCal Australia Day Eve
ICYMI, this Friday is a public holiday so you’d be crazy to not make the most of the bonus weekend night this Thursday. And lucky for you SoCal is putting on a serious shindig. Think DJs, a true blue Aussie BBQ, acoustic tunes and $5 drink specials throughout the night—it just can’t get any better. Oh wait. There’ll also be lamb tacos with pickled beetroot, pineapple salsa, slaw and BBQ sauce, plus sausage sangas with onion and chili tomato relish (because ‘Straya). Stop messing around and book you table here. And you’re welcome.
When: Thursday 25 January
Where: SoCal, Neutral Bay
Cost: Free entry
Australia Day Eve At Darlo
Kick off the long weekend with a BBQ and boogie this Thursday at one of Sydney’s last-standing dance venues, Darlo Country Club. Your ticket will score you a BBQ-style feast plus beers and all that dancing we mentioned earlier. Head here to book.
When: Thursday 25 January, 5pm till late
Where: Barlo Country Club
Cost: $40 for the set menu
Friday 26 January
Southern Sounds @ Botany View Hotel
Teaming up with Southern Comfort, the Botany View Hotel is bringing you their Southern Sounds series this Oz Day. This Sydney edition will see local favorites like Palms following a performance from garage band Bloods as well as a rare DJ set from Shag. The whole shebang is inspired by New Orleans and their love of live music and to be fair, that’s something we don’t mind either. Grab all the deets here.
When: Friday 26 January, from 8pm
Where: The Botany View Hotel
Cost: Free entry, first come first serve.
Australia Day @ Cruise Bar
Head to Cuise Bar for a 10/10 view of the brand new Circular Quay fireworks this Australia Day. It’s the first time The Quay has put on a musical fireworks display so where else would you want sit back and soak up the all Aussie vibes? The cricket will be on the big screen and there’ll be live entertainment from midday. On the food front, you can expect a BBQ and lamingtons, because it’s unacceptable to eat anything other than these on Australia Day #fact. Be sure to arrive early and park yourself in prime position.
When: 26 January from 11am
Cost: Free Entry
Australia Day @ The Woollahra Hotel
Australia Day and house parties are pretty much a match made in celebration heaven—you know we’re right. Lucky for you The Woollahra Hotel is throwing one hell of a backyard BBQ this year so you don’t need to worry about the clean up at your place this year. This true blue backyard bash has all of the necessary things to make your day the best it possibly can be. We’re talking about lamb on the spit, Pimm’s and beer towers (!!), backyard cricket and DJs from 4pm.
When: January 26th from midday
Where: The Woollahra Hotel
Cost: Entry is free
Saturday 27 January
Hottest 100 Countdown @ Newtown Hotel
A new day for the Hottest 100 calls for an all new tradition and we’re here to tell you that this is probably it. The Newtown Hotel is pulling out all the stops for this one with a pop-up beach, BBQ, beats and booze all weekend long. Yeah, you read correctly, there’ll be a beach inside the Newtown Hotel, right there on King Street. Sip beer with your mates for the Triple J Hottest 100 then let DJs Astrix Little and PHDJ take over once the number one has dropped. Then just come back on Sunday for the 200-101 countdown which is set to be just as big. Grab all the info here.
When: Saturday 27-Sunday 28 from midday
Where: Newtown Hotel
Cost: Free entry
Sunday 28 January
Sunday Sundown At Coogee Pavilion
Strap yourselves in for this one folks, because Coogee Pav is putting on the ultimate summer Sunday sesh this weekend. They’ve enlisted some of the best DJs to bring the beats and good vibes every Sunday until the end of summer, all evening long, as part of Merivale’s Sunday Sundown series. This week, DJ and presenter Linda Marigliano is teaming up with SWICK to supply the tunes. So fire up the group chat and sort yourself out STAT.
When: Every Sunday until 25 February, 5-7pm
Where: Coogee Pavilion
Cost: Free Entry
The ‘Flying Fijian’ Bar Pop-Up
This Sunday, Fiji Airways is bringing the men’s and women’s Fijian rugby teams to The Olympic Hotel and it’s going to be a damn good time. In addition to the three-day Fijian bar pop up (Friday 26 – Sunday 28 January) you’ll also be saying heyyyy to the teams and watching the game on the big screen, you’ll be ordering one of everything from their Fiji-inspired menu.
When: Sunday 28 February, 10am – 10pm. Men’s team will be in the hotel between 11am and 12pm, and the women’s team from 4pm till 5pm.
Where: The Olympic Hotel, Paddington
Cost: Free entry
ICYMI you need wine tinnies in your life this weekend.
Paperboy | Image credit: Caitlin Hicks