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Crave Sydney, 1st – 31st October 2009

A month long celebration of Sydney lifestyle with 31 days of authentic food, entertainment and outdoor experiences is waiting. The program will include:

Sydney’s biggest public arts festival, Art & About (1st – 25th October)

· Latin passion comes to Australia with the Darling Harbour Fiesta (2nd – 5th October)

· Sydney International Food Festival, featuring the World Chef Showcase, Night Noodle Markets, Slow and Sustainstable Food Summit and more (1st – 31st October)

· To see the city in a different light join the locals on foot on the 25 kilometre Seven Bridges Walk (25th October)

· The opportunity to discover the history and culture of many of Sydney Harbour’s less explored islands as ferries open them up to the public for Sydney Harbour Island Hopping (weekends, 3rd – 25th October)

· Cockatoo Island plays host to some of the most riotous comedians from Australia and the UK, becoming the World’s Funniest Island (17th and 18th October)

· Breakfast on the Bridge – a community breakfast on Sydney Harbour Bridge (25th October)

World Chef Showcase 9th – 11th October 2009

This showcase is a celebration of the city’s amazing and truly international restaurant scene. Sixteen International chefs from some of the best restaurants across the world will take part in the World Chef Showcase, including some UK based chefs such as Rainer Becker of Zuma’s in London, Thai cuisine specialist David Thompson, Peter Gordon of Providores and Tapa Room in London as well as world authority on Chinese cooking Fuchsia Dunlop.

Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival, 17th – 22nd August 2009

An event that showcases the best Australian and international fashion brands to the public through a series of free and ticketed events. A purpose built tent structure will be set up in the middle of the city at Martin Place, serving as the showroom. There will be lunchtime and evening runway collection shows, whilst in-store promotions, celebrity events, exhibitions, launches and after parties will take place in and around Sydney.

Sydney Running Festival, 20th September

A great way to explore Sydney on foot is to take part in the Sydney Running Festival. You can choose from a Family Fun Run, Half Marathon, Bridge Run (across the Sydney Harbour Bridge) and the Sydney Marathon.

World Masters Games, 10th – 18th October

The largest participatory event in the world, the World Masters Games gives people over the age of 25 a chance to compete on Olympic sporting grounds in 28 different events. So far, twenty eight thousand people have registered and the oldest athlete is 101 year old Reginald Trewin from New South Wales, competing in lawn bowls. There is no restriction on level of ability, which is great news for anyone who has ever dreamt of competing in an Olympic Stadium or diving off the blocks at an Olympic Pool in a competitive event.

Visit Broken Hill for the real Priscilla experience

As the stage production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert goes from strength to strength in London, visitors can experience a taste of the real thing in Broken Hill, NSW. Among the sites featured in the original film is the Palace Hotel, which has murals across the walls and ceilings that can only be described as part Italian renaissance, part outback. Broken Hill locations also featured include Argent Street, Marios Palace, Stevens Creek Hotel, Pinnacles Road, All Nations Hotel and Mundi Mundi Lookout. While you explore, there are some great places to stay in town including The Miners Arms , Emaroo Cottages , The Imperial and The Astra

Unforgettable boys’ own adventures

Visitors need not be restricted to Sydney when New South Wales offers high adrenaline, once in a lifetime activities across the state. Tourism NSW has put together 50 of the most unforgettable boys’ own adventures in NSW, ‘the State of Play’, with everything from driving world rally cars to fishing, and surfing to sky diving – these are the kind of experiential activities that make you feel good to be alive. To download the brochure go to

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Comment by Aoife McGee on August 7, 2009 at 12:11
Don't forget the Manly Jazz Festival, from 3rd-5th October (Bank Hol Weekend here). It's the largest of it's kind here in Australia, featuring the finest of Australian and international music. With outdoor stages and scenic manly as it's canvas, its a winning weekend of entertainment for everyone.

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