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Great Southern Nights Guide: Sydney

Aiden Darling Harbour, PyrmontCREDIT: Aiden Darling Harbour

The bar at Aiden Darling Harbour.

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Great Southern
Nights Guide: Sydney

Aiden Darling Harbour, Pyrmont CREDIT: Aiden Darling Harbour

The bar at Aiden Darling Harbour.

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It’s the year of the live music comeback, and to kick it off New South Wales will again play host to the month-long Great Southern Nights festival, celebrating Australia’s energetic music industry. The bright city lights of Sydney will set the stage from 18 March to 10 April for some of the biggest names in the business. Come to the Harbour City for the music, soak up the arts and culture scene, rediscover the iconic sites, and let the beating heart of the city make you feel alive.

Great Southern Night Gigs 

Spend your nights in Sydney grooving to the music of some of the country’s most notable artists. Grab tickets to see world-famous pop duo The Veronicas (18 March) at the CBD’s Metro Theatre; chill out to the soothing sounds of Sarah Blasko (24 March) at the legendary State Theatre; dance to the tunes of multi-instrumentalist Wafia (30 March) at Darlinghurst’s Oxford Art Factory; and groove to the beats of Indigenous hip hop artists Briggs, Nooky and Friends (7 April) at The Lair in Surry Hills. 

Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst CREDIT: Destination NSW

Patrons enjoying live music at the Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst.

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Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst CREDIT: Destination NSW

Patrons enjoying live music at the Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst.

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The Veronicas CREDIT: ARIA

The Veronicas will be performing at Great Southern Nights 2022

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The Veronicas CREDIT: ARIA

The Veronicas will be performing at Great Southern Nights 2022

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Eat and Drink 

Shell House 
Set inside a grand 1930s building, this three-level dining destination will transport you to the past. Occupying the ground floor of the beautifully restored palazzo-style building is The Menzies Bar, named after the iconic 1970s hotel that once operated here. Further up on level nine there’s an elegant dining room and terrace, on the rooftop the Sky Bar has views of the city skyline, and even higher the building’s iconic 400-tonne clocktower houses an indulgent and unique cocktail bar.  

MuMu 
The inner-city drinking, dining and dancing hub Ivy has a new player: MuMu, where South-East Asian flavours come to party (and so do you). Inspired by travels through Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam, chef Dan Hong (Mr. Wong, Ms. G’s) has curated a street food-style menu designed for sharing. It’s not only about the food, though, with a punchy cocktail menu including yuzu slushies, pumping music and late-night dancing a must.  

Hinchcliff House  
Named after the 19th century wool broker who operated a store in the same heritage building, Hinchcliff House features Grana, an all-day Italian restaurant with a bakery and pasta house; Apollonia, a moody underground drinking den that promises old-world romance and escapism; and Lana – which means ‘wool’ in Italian – a restaurant with a sustainability-focused menu with seafood as the hero.  

Frank Mac’s Bar and General Store  
This oh-so-charming small bar located in history-laden The Rocks oozes character and cheek. Interiors of leather, velvet and oak, vintage-style murals and an open fireplace set the scene for an intimate tipple. Choose from the extensive beverage list, which has an impressive selection of gin, or join one of the weekly gin masterclasses or bottomless brunches held on the weekends. 

Tower Bar, Shell House, Sydney CREDIT: Jonny Valiant,

Tower Bar at Shell House, Sydney

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Tower Bar, Shell House, Sydney CREDIT: Jonny Valiant,

Tower Bar at Shell House, Sydney

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Mac Martini at Frank Mac’s, The Rocks CREDIT: Steven Woodburn

Gin and cocktail bar, Frank Mac’s, in The Rocks, offers one of the biggest botanical collections in Sydney.

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Mac Martini at Frank Mac’s, The Rocks CREDIT: Steven Woodburn

Gin and cocktail bar, Frank Mac’s, in The Rocks, offers one of the biggest botanical collections in Sydney.

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Live music  
The city is home to many vibrant music joints including The Vanguard, an intimate Newtown venue popular for blues and jazz; The Enmore, which has been hosting live acts from around the globe for more than 100 years; or Mary’s Underground, a live music bolthole and award-winning restaurant. 

Burrawa BridgeClimb 
At the top of many Sydney must-do lists is BridgeClimb, and if you haven’t already ticked it off your list – or you’d like to do it again – consider the unique Burrawa BridgeClimb. This three-hour tour is led by an Aboriginal storyteller, who will guide you through the beautiful sights and history of the city from an Indigenous perspective. 

Explore  

Art scene 
The 150-year-old Art Gallery of NSW will continue to fill the cups of art enthusiasts in 2022 with an expansion to its already impressive collection that comprises everything from Aboriginal art to photography. The Museum of Contemporary Art is one for the modernists, with its permanent collection of more than 4000 works by Australian artists, while the smaller, but equally captivating, White Rabbit Gallery in Chippendale features an extensive collection of contemporary Chinese art.  

Harbourside walk  
Unwind from city life by pounding the 11-kilometre waterfront walkway between Woolloomooloo and the Anzac Bridge, taking in some of the city’s most memorable sites along the way including the Royal Botanic Garden, the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge and bustling Darling Harbour. This walk only became possible in 2020 when the new Barangaroo section – named the Wulugul Walk – was constructed and opened to the public.  

BridgeClimb, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Family enjoying the Burrawa Indigenous Experience at BridgeClimb, Sydney.

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BridgeClimb, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Family enjoying the Burrawa Indigenous Experience at BridgeClimb, Sydney.

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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a walk through Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a walk through Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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Stay 

A by Adina Sydney 
Centrally located in the CBD, A by Adina is perfect for longer stays, offering chic studio rooms as well as spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments. The hotel has an indoor heated pool and gym, and a sophisticated restaurant on the 22nd floor that channels a brooding 1950s cocktail lounge.   

Aiden Darling Harbour 
Sydney's newest boutique hotel, located in the heart of Darling Harbour, is perfect for guests who need a central place to rest their head. The hotel was thoughtfully designed and features beautiful aesthetics from the original 1930s Art Deco facade, to the Black Wattle bloom murals and the bottled cocktails mixed with local spirits. It also has a bar and café… What more could you need?  

The Old Clare Hotel 
Transformed from an old pub to a new hotel, The Old Clare Hotel is the epitome of industrial chic, paying homage to the 19th century building in which it resides. The playful Chippendale hotel has 62 guest rooms, Automata restaurant, a rooftop bar and pool, and The Clare Bar, which is a cool mix between Aussie pub and stylish hotel lounge.  

QT Sydney 
A stay at QT Sydney comes with a side of theatrics, which is fitting considering the hotel is located adjacent to the State Theatre. While the rooms are supremely comfortable and the dining top-notch, it’s the quirky aspects that make it memorable and fun. Staff wear flamboyant uniforms by Romance was Born, guest rooms are fragranced with Coco Chanel No.5, elevator music will play depending on how many guests are riding, and the hotel’s public spaces are adorned with an eclectic collection of art.  

For more information on Great Southern Nights and to purchase tickets go to greatsouthernnights.com.au.

Plan your Great Southern Nights road trip with these guides to Western SydneyNorthern NSWWagga Wagga and Wollongong. Learn more about the performers thoughts on the importance of Great Southern Nights and their top NSW travel tips in these Q&A’s with Jimmy BarnesMissy HigginsPeking Duk and Baker Boy.

Learn more about New South Wales’ diverse destinations and experiences at sydney.com and visitnsw.com.  

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Aiden Darling Harbour, Pyrmont CREDIT: Aiden Darling Harbour

Guest room at Aiden Darling Harbour.

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Aiden Darling Harbour, Pyrmont CREDIT: Aiden Darling Harbour

Guest room at Aiden Darling Harbour.

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The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a drink at The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale.

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The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale CREDIT: Destination NSW

Couple enjoying a drink at The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale.

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