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Spotlight
An innovative theatre piece written by George Brant in 2013 Grounded takes us into the mind and life of a female p... [more]
14/03/2019 - 23/03/2019
Located at Healesville in Victoria's Yarra Valley region, Four Pillars Distillery has been crafting gin since 2013... [more]
Richard and Tania Taylor have taken their collaboration with Peter Jackson to spectacular heights. Visit the Weta Cave t... [more]
Coombe Yarra Valley is cellar door, gallery, restaurant and gourmet food store in the grounds of the late Dame Nelli... [more]
Step away from the day to day and escape to a fun Tiki-inspired cocktail bar. Blue Kahunas seating 100 brings a... [more]
Accommodation in a convenient Albury location is provided by the 140 rooms in the seven-storey Atura Albury. The roo... [more]
Alliance Française French Film Festival opens in Sydney on March 5 and runs until April 10. The Australian premie... [more]
05/03/2019 - 10/04/2019
The Larder is a relaxed restaurant/cafe in Miramar, Wellington close to the Weta Cave. The philosophy of team at The... [more]
Delicious tasty food freshly made is available at the Himalayan Kitchen at Paraparaumu. They are fully licensed and ... [more]
Take a 2 hour cruise on one of the world's largest freshwater volcanic crater lakes and view the Maori Rock carvin... [more]
An urban bushwalk awaits your discovery at Bidjigal Reserve, a bushland Crown Reserve in The Hills Shire NSW. Park... [more]
Spend a relaxing 90 minutes cruising the longest river in New Zealand to Huka Falls with Huka Falls Cruise. Skippe... [more]
A quirky cafe at Lennox Head, Penny Lane is a great place to meet up with friends or family to enjoy delicious foo... [more]
Eat noodles for lunch or dinner pre or post cinema sessions at P'Nut Street Noodles Rouse Hill. The menu is comprehe... [more]
Cafe Del Mar is a rooftop bar and restaurant overlooking Darling Harbour. The space is suitable for romantic dates... [more]
Lulu's Cafe and Poke serves delicious, fresh food in the form of healthy salad bowls to the people of Newcastle. Po... [more]
Take a summer staycation in Sydney at Meriton Suites Pitt Street for relaxation in the heart of the city. The room... [more]
Have you ever reached the last page of a book and felt like starting back at page one to revisit the story? This w... [more]
Built in American Art Deco style The Great Northern Hotel has been a distinctive part of the Newcastle skyline s... [more]
Generous servings of hearty home cooked Italian and Greek dishes can be found at Mediterranean Marsfield Restaurant.... [more]
Specialising in Italian food for groups Enzo's Cucina is a chain of nine family owned and operated western Sydney re... [more]
A dark moody cocktail bar licensed for 60 patrons awaits behind an interesting window. The Koutetsu is housed in a 1... [more]
Fresh food and vegetable shopping has become easier on Darby Street since Harris Farm Markets opened. With 1200 sq... [more]
Open since April 2018, Antojitos Newcastle brings a taste of Mexican street food to the people of Newcastle in a l... [more]
A custom made fire pit is used to BBQ meats and vegetables at Piggs Peake winery. Yellow Billy Restaurant provides s... [more]
The first two km of the Manly to Spit Bridge Walkway is an easy but rewarding activity for the whole family. This ... [more]
Sail around Sydney Harbour in air-conditioned comfort on the luxury catamaran Magistic Two to soak up some Sydney s... [more]
In Lawson, next to the carpark behind the Lawson Hotel, you will find a cafe with a difference, Ben Roberts Cafe. ... [more]
The beauty of the Australian bush is on our doorstep if we just take the time to discover it. Take a road trip from ... [more]
The Macquarie Centre in North Ryde Sydney is now the home of the first Lindt boutique in Australia. Located on lev... [more]
Manly is full of places to eat and drink. Silo West is a relaxed space opposite the ferry wharf where you can get gr... [more]
Have a get together with the girls and head to the English Tudor style hotelThe Hills Lodge. On Fridays and Saturday... [more]
Kitami is a Japanese/Art Deco bar on King Street. The nondescript frosted door on King Street opens into an eclect... [more]
On 1 October 2018 a World record attempt is taking place on level 3 of Sydney's Cruise Bar. The 600-litre espre... [more]
01/10/2018
Take a trip to the Southern Highlands and to Storybook Alpacas for a farm visit with a difference. The farm is famil... [more]
A new restaurant and cocktail bar, hidden away just off King Street, Ginger Meg's is a sophisticated but unpretentio... [more]
An Inner West hotel very popular with local families, The Henson is located near Henson Park Marrickville and has a ... [more]
Put yourself in the hands of the chefs on Monday nights and go on a culinary mystery trip. The Commonwealth Hotel at... [more]
Container is a unique free outdoor exhibition can be visited in the vicinity of the Australian Maritime Museum at Da... [more]
26/10/2017 - 14/10/2018
Overlooking the riverside at Parramatta, Holy Basil is a very popular dining destination. The menu is large and co... [more]
Lilys Restaurant Bar & Function Centre has great weekday lunch specials to attract customers during quieter times. T... [more]
Just off the Great Western Highway, in the charming village of Glenbrook , Cafe 2773 is a popular spot for a divers... [more]
The Wife is a powerful thoughtful drama based on the 2004 book of the same name by Meg Wolitzer. Released on 2 Augus... [more]
Farmers and producers are bringing their goods to market at the Village Green Blacktown on the first Sunday on the m... [more]
02/12/2018
Visit Blacktown Bowling Club on the last Sunday of the month for a free family-friendly event. The name Bowls, Beat... [more]
25/11/2018
An interesting new bar/restaurant has opened on Darby Street. Quill & Compass serves Bloody Marys, all day breakfast... [more]
A great addition to the local Kahibah shops The Cracked Cup provides great coffee in a happy friendly environment. T... [more]
Bingo with a twist and a bump or two. Grab a group of friends and head to the Jack McNamara lounge at Blacktown Work... [more]
Sarah Woods is Unborderline is 105 pages of autobiographical fiction which demonstrates that recovery from Borderlin... [more]
On the fourth Saturday of the month, Foreshore Park comes alive with a plethora of hungry patrons lining up at vario... [more]
28/07/2018 - 15/12/2018
JAAKS Restaurant occupies the ground floor of The Kyle Bay an unusual building which is reminiscent of the bow of a ... [more]
Darby Street is the home of Monella, a treasure trove of delicious cool treats. Luminous pink lights, quirky sayi... [more]
Sweet tooth or not, you will love the delights offered in this family-owned cafe in Darby Street. Coco Monde has bee... [more]
In Marrickville, close to the Factory Theatre, The Vic on the Park is a popular venue for inner west families. Ther... [more]
The Royal Hotel has been operating in Leichhardt since 1886. Major refurbishments have been undertaken since the new... [more]
Susuru is a ramen and gyoza bar which serves up delicious Japanese treats for takeaway or dine in. Ramen is a hearty... [more]
Situated on North Head Manly, Q Station is an interesting place to spend a Sydney weekend away. Laze away on the ver... [more]
Stroll around a historic part of Sydney when you walk around Watsons Bay. An enjoyable day can be spent in this area... [more]
Watsons Bay Hotel is 11kms from the CBD of Sydney and a million kms from care. The hotel was established over 180 ye... [more]
Overlooking the water, Manly 16ft Skiff Club is a pleasant relaxed place for a weekday lunch, just a short walk away... [more]
Walk into nature and history and experience the diversity of nature. North Head is an area rich in natural beauty an... [more]
Whether you are a tourist or a local the Coastal Walkway in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs is a must do. The great thing... [more]
The Lyric Theatre is the location for the Sydney run of The Book Of Mormon (BOM). This original concept from the wr... [more]
28/02/2018 - 02/09/2018
Running 5km barefoot on a beautiful beach is a fabulous way to begin your weekend. Last Saturday, I ran/trudged The ... [more]
Cycling the rail trail between Myrtleford and Bright provides one with the opportunity to visit interesting farm gat... [more]
When in the Buckland Valley near Bright, visit Ringer Reef Winery at Porepunkah for a great experience. This fri... [more]
Call in to the locally owned and operated Bright Berry Farms when cycling or driving between Myrtleford and Bright f... [more]
The Submarine Cafe is hard to miss when travelling through Holbrook NSW, as it is located adjacent to the HMAS Otway... [more]
Take a short diversion off the Hume Highway to Gunning and visit the Merino Cafe. Here you will be able to have a ... [more]
Woolshed Falls is in the Beechworth area, about 1 hours drive north of Bright. It is amazing to think that 8000 gold min... [more]
The Butcher's Block operates as a café during the day offering breakfasts and lunches to a diverse range of patron... [more]
Take the challenge and get out of the house to take 5 km of exercise on Saturday mornings with a group of like minde... [more]
A destination in itself, The Fiddler an Irish mega pub on Windsor Road, Rouse Hill, trading on the site of one of Austra... [more]
The third Groundskeeper cafe is situated in the Tudor Gatehouse at Parramatta Park. The other cafes are at Blacktown Sho... [more]
All roads lead to south-east Asia on the Haymarket end of Pitt Street. For a taste of Thailand in casual, relaxed su... [more]
The Great River Walk is about 8 km including a 7 km circuit along the Nepean River and is part of the planned 570km ... [more]
Cafe at Lewers serves breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon teas in a garden setting at Penrith Regional Gallery. ... [more]
If you are sick of big chain motels and want to stay somewhere with character and convenience book into The Russell. In ... [more]
Relax with good food, drinks and views pre or post theatre at The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf. The position affo... [more]
Hop aboard the historic MV Grower for a leisurely cruise along the Yarra River. Once used for transporting produce ... [more]
Zephyr Bar is situated on a rooftop of the Hyatt Regency Sydney. The bar oozes relaxed sophistication and the beauty... [more]
The Hyatt Regency Sydney is a recently renovated 892 room four star hotel close to the CBD. Most of the rooms are ... [more]
First published in 2013, The Midnight Rose is a story that crosses continents, culture, class and generations. It is... [more]
Recently in Melbourne, we stumbled upon this peaceful haven on the south-eastern edge of the CBD. Fitzroy Gardens is 26 ... [more]
Opening earlier this year, (2017) The Wren is a newcomer to the Dural cafe scene and named for the sociable little b... [more]
At Michidora you can choose to cook your own Korean BBQ on a table centre grill or order speciality dishes. Michidor... [more]
Spring is here, summer is around the corner and the beach beckons. Bar Beach is great all year but really comes into... [more]
Take a walking tour of Newcastle to investigate the whereabouts of some local identities. The pillar people has been... [more]
From a market stall in September 2015 via a food truck, Nathan Martin and Dean aka The Bao Brothers have opened an e... [more]
Scarborough Wine is a family owned and operated winery that has been producing since the late 80s. The Gillards Road cel... [more]
For all-day breakfasts including great 5 Senses coffee, get yourself to Pieno. Since opening in 2008 they have (in t... [more]
A delight for the senses,Hunter Valley Gardens is worth a visit next time you are in the Pokolbin region. We were th... [more]
A cool and quirky retro-styled bar on the Honeysuckle waterfront MoneyPenny is a great place to chill with your frie... [more]
The Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan is 416 hectares of Australian native flora in the south western suburb of Mt Anna... [more]
Located in the Peppers Creek Village the enchanting dining courtyard is framed by honey coloured sandstone buildings... [more]
Peace is the key here, there are no streetlights, no passing traffic or close neighbours and the ambient sounds are the ... [more]
Located near the old weir on Byron Creek Bangalow Heritage House is a lovely place to visit for morning tea and/or lunch... [more]
Located at Nana Glen in the Orara Valley, 25km from Coffs Harbour Two Tails Winery is a pleasant place to visit when... [more]
Located in the Coffs Harbour hinterland Friday Creek Retreat is perfect for a peaceful getaway. Nine individually th... [more]
The Seven Sisters Series is an amazing concept for a family saga of seven books by Lucinda Riley. In 2013 inspiratio... [more]
Let the chef feed you a delicious five course meal with matching wines for $115 per head in the Reserve Wine Bar. Ou... [more]
Star Wars fans have somewhere to share their passion at the Empire Coffee Co. The business has recently moved to premise... [more]
If you are a group of adults looking for something to do whilst holidaying in Port Macquarie, book a tour with Frank... [more]
North Sydney Harbourview Hotel is conveniently located for exploring Sydney. North Sydney train station is less than... [more]
Sydney generally has beautiful weather in Autumn and the current spell of clear crisp days has been perfect for cycl... [more]
Commonwealth Hotel Newcastle stands on the corner of Union and Bull Streets, Cooks Hill. The old pub has been given a ma... [more]
A piece of Greece is located in The Piazza at Castle Hill. Enigma provides modern Mediterranean meals and a good choice ... [more]
Supper Lane is a great bar/bistro on Pacific Street Newcastle. For a small place, it packs a powerful punch. The cle... [more]
Located at the beach end of Hunter Street Moor provides food full of flavours from Spain, North Africa and the Middle Ea... [more]
Put the bikes on the car pack a picnic and head to Prospect Reservoir for some cycling fun with your family. The extensi... [more]
Pop in to Merewether for pizza seven days a week. The pizza shop on the promenade level of Merewether Surfhouse offers r... [more]
The Western end of Scratchleyss on the Wharf has had an addition in the form of Battlesticks Bar. The environmentally se... [more]
Try a different mode of transport next weekend and catch the Rivercat (low wash catamaran ferry) from Parramatta to the ... [more]
Spend a day in the Hunter Valley travelling between wineries in a horse drawn wagon with Hunter Valley Classic Carriages... [more]
Go to Newcastle for a fun cycling experience on the Fernleigh Track rail trail. The 16km smooth cycleway was completed ... [more]
Situated on a hill above Barangaroo Hotel Palisadehas a commanding position on the skyline of Millers Point. The century... [more]
William Blue Dining is a teaching restaurant at the site of the former Rockpool. This is the go to place for upmarket fi... [more]
A variety of food and entertainment can be found at Queens Wharf Hotel. This is a lovely venue in sunny weather but ther... [more]
Subo contemporary bistro is a two hatted restaurant that is regularly mentioned in fine food awards and lists of top Aus... [more]
What can be better on a sunny autumn day than lunch with a view? Six Degrees Newcastle provides a view with break... [more]
A beautiful sophisticated venue for the over 25s has risen from the 1979 riot and years of disuse. The decor of the hote... [more]
The building that houses The Lucky was renovated in 2014 restoring the 1800s facade whilst creating a modern, industrial... [more]
Momo are Tibetan dumplings, whereas Momo wholefood is a cafe in Newcastle with a Tibetan owner who serves tasty, locally... [more]
When in Newcastle, Darby Street is the go to place for food, drink and a good time. 5 Sawyers is a popular bar with frie... [more]
Prospect Reservoir was built in 1886 to provide water for Sydney, although super-ceded by Warragamba Dam it is an emerge... [more]
Lake Parramatta Reserve is 75ha of Sydney bushland surrounding a lake created by the damming of Hunt's Creek in 1856. Th... [more]
Operating since 2008 in the grounds of the Junction Public School the Olive Tree Market moved to Civic Park Newcastle th... [more]
If you are wanting to do something different for a special occasion book yourself a overnight stay in one of Jamala's 18... [more]
What better way to spend a couple of hours on a sunny Autumn Sydney day than on the seat of your bike. The warm breeze b... [more]
1. Sit and watch Take a seat and watch the passing parade, see the surfers catching a wave or observe the river traffic... [more]
A missing link of Bathers Way was opened on Anzac Day. The construction of the cliff top walk and bridge was funded by B... [more]
The Bathers Way is a 5 km coastal walk that stretches between Nobbys Beach and the Merewether Ocean Baths. Ongoing upgra... [more]
 
Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War opened April 2015 in commemoration of the centenary of the ANZAC campaign and has be... [more]
Written by Jim Cartwright in 1989 and set in working-class Northern England, Two has been transported to a regiona... [more]
05/03/2019 - 07/03/2019
Regular music plays upstairs at the Quill and Compass on Darby Street. The quirky decor of the downstairs area is di... [more]
The Moors by American playwright Jen Silverman is showing at The Reginald Theatre in Sydney's Seymour Centre from ... [more]
07/02/2019 - 03/03/2019
On the corner of Kent Street and High Lane, The Captain Cook Hotel has been part of the Millers Point community sinc... [more]
A local institution since 1903, The General Roberts Hotel serves up food and drinks to the families of New Lambton. ... [more]
Australian art lovers have been interested in the life and works of Brett Whiteley since the late 1950s. Brett and W... [more]
18/01/2019 - 27/01/2019
Doppio Espresso provides a European-style coffee experience in the heart of Sydney's CBD where delicious locally r... [more]
A Sydney Festival event at Riverside Theatres, Shanghai Mimi is bringing a touch of glamour and jazz to Parramatta t... [more]
10/01/2019 - 20/01/2019
Silly slapstick fun has been brought to Parramatta by an award-winning circus trio Dummies Corp. Playing five show... [more]
11/01/2019 - 13/01/2019
The Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent at Sydney Festival Garden is the perfect venue for the world premiere of Pigalle. The ... [more]
08/01/2019 - 27/01/2019
A stunning piece of visual theatre is playing from the 9th to the 18th of January at the Roslyn Packer Theatre as pa... [more]
09/01/2019 - 18/01/2019
A culinary and cocktail collaboration that tickled the taste buds and delighted the eyes occurred on November 20. Th... [more]
20/11/2018
Waterfront Thai food with lunchtime specials is available at Thai Square, Newcastle. The menu is full of fresh flav... [more]
An inner-city pub that serves up delicious pizza without pretension. Known as The ORI the Oriental Hotel is nothing ... [more]
On weekends, the beach end of Sydney Road Manly, just off the Corso, is transformed into a quirky family-friendly sh... [more]
A little piece of Greece in Manly, Terracotta Ouzeria specialises in small dishes that can be served with ouzo, beer... [more]
An iconic Cooks Hill pub, The Cricketers has undergone renovations to become a welcoming relaxed venue. The r... [more]
Jurassic Lounge is an after-hours ghoulish grownup get together at the Australian Museum. A steady stream of ghosts,... [more]
27/10/2018
The Children's House by Alice Nelson is a story that delves into the mystery of the power of a mother's love. It was... [more]
At 5pm on Wednesday 24th October, the full program of the 2019 Sydney Festival will be announced. Since 1977, the pe... [more]
07/12/2018 - 29/01/2019
Alongside the Parramatta River and close to Sydney Olympic Park the ArmoryWharf Cafe is a popular place to dine for ... [more]
The newest James Squires brewhouse is The Squire's Landing. Over 200 years ago, a convict named James Squire landed ... [more]
Bondi Pavilion at the iconic Bondi Beach is the venue for 10 performances of the musical Margaret Fulton: Queen of t... [more]
12/10/2018 - 27/10/2018
Come and visit the spiritual home of Priscilla - The Imperial Erskineville for an entertaining evening. This hot... [more]
Overlooking Newcastle Beach. Jonahs On The Beach is the restaurant for Noahs Hotel. Open seven days a week to provid... [more]
Paris Oh La La is a cabaret show full of burlesque, magic and illusion with a French twist and is playing at The Imperia... [more]
26/09/2018 - 28/09/2018
Under new management since April 2018, The Hop Factory has changed their drink and food menu. On Thursday's cocktail... [more]
This iconic Star Hotel has recently changed hands and the new management team are making their mark. They have introduce... [more]
Bathurst to Melville (B2M) has embarked on a national tour to share their Tiwi culture through a unique blend of son... [more]
02/09/2018
Muum Maam is the go-to place for quick Thai food in the heart of Sydney's Barangaroo area. Located a few minutes awa... [more]
Book Club is a film about a long lasting friendship of four females, their lives and loves. Played by Candice Bergen... [more]
Opera Australia is taking John Bell's English version production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly on a ten-week regiona... [more]
18/08/2018
The original musical based on the Stephen King novel Carrie was a Broadway flop in 1988. In 2012 it was revamped and... [more]
25/07/2018 - 04/08/2018
Irish author Cecelia Ahern has penned yet another beautiful story in Lyrebird. The 414 pages first published in 2016... [more]
Priscilla is back and is revved up for a raging good time! Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical has retur... [more]
13/05/2018 - 21/07/2018
Once an old fashioned general store the Belle General was transformed in 2013 to a casual quaint cafe/takeaway/gener... [more]
The roadshow is a wonderful way to experience the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in one's hometown. Differe... [more]
08/06/2018 - 10/06/2018
I have always enjoyed watching Tommy Dean on television shows such as Gruen, Spicks and Specks and Rove Live but hav... [more]
26/04/2018 - 29/04/2018
Flemington Markets Sydney is the home to Australia's largest wholesale supply of fresh flowers to florists and flora... [more]
Situated on the Corso at Manly, The Steyne Hotel is one of Manly's oldest pubs. Located across the road from the well kn... [more]
A favourite place for Manly locals to eat and drink at The Ivanhoe Hotel has a cool relaxed vibe behind the beautifu... [more]
A modern industrial space in a historic setting, the Boilerhouse Restaurant & Bar provides fine dining for people vi... [more]
Visiting a city or country and living like a local is possible when you register with Airbnb. Searching the website ... [more]
The Beach Burrito Company is a little piece of Mexico in Newcastle. Founded in Bondi in 2006 the chain has 13 stor... [more]
The self proclaimed 'best middle eastern restaurant in Sydney' Zahli has a lot to live up to. Mid week there is plen... [more]
Smoked brisket and slow cooked pork 'sandwiches' for $14 are the delicious offerings on the blackboard at Cooks Hill... [more]
11/03/2018 - 18/03/2018
Go to Blues Brews and BBQ for great beer and food in a suburban Sydney shopping centre. Originally known as 'Gotties... [more]
Silo Restaurant and Lounge on the waterfront Newcastle, holds regular wine lunches. We dined recently on five course... [more]
The George Kerferd Hotel is a comfortable place to stay in the unique historic setting of Mayday Hills, a decommissi... [more]
Located at Honeysuckle on the harbourfront at Newcastle Seasalt Restaurant provides a relaxed venue for al fresco lu... [more]
Two new dance works by choreographer Omer Backley-Astrachan will open the 2018 Dance Bites season at Riverside Theat... [more]
15/02/2018 - 17/02/2018
Cabaret is alive and well in Parramatta if shows like De-Lovely continue to be so well supported by Riverside Theatr... [more]
11/02/2018
The opening play for 2018 season of Castle Hill Players at the Pavilion Theatre is the humorous Four Flat Whites I... [more]
02/02/2018 - 24/02/2018
The Gabriel Motor Inn is a convenient place to stay when travelling the Hume Highway between Sydney and Melbourne.... [more]
A little piece of Austria has found a home in the busy Darby Street café precinct. Doppelganger Kitchen by Bernhar... [more]
Enjoy some beautiful music under the stars in the peaceful Parramatta Park. This event is a much anticipated part ... [more]
20/01/2018
One of the many cafes on the busy beach end of Bronte Road, Jenny's Cafe is a great for casual dining. Only steps aw... [more]
Situated on the Federal Highway overlooking Fedra Olive Farm, Grandma's at the Farm provides home cooked meals and... [more]
Casual relaxed meals for a good price can be found at Manuka Steakhouse. Seating is provided inside or for people w... [more]
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