Things to do in Sydney this October
Sculptures by the sea
More than 100 sculptures from Australia as well as overseas transform the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk into a temporary sculpture park. Now in its 22nd year, Sculpture by the Sea is one of NSW’s favourite annual arts events, drawing more than half a million guests to enjoy sculptures by top artists and emerging talents. Definitely worth a visit, but our advice is to try and make it on a weekday if possible as it gets very busy on Saturdays and Sundays. https://sculpturebythesea.com/
Plants with bite display
For a tropical experience in the heart of Sydney, head to the Royal Botanical Gardens from October 1 for a free exhibition of carnivorous greenery. The Calyx will be filled with 25,000 of the world’s hungriest flora.
Watch as the venus fly trap lures unsuspecting insects with nectar and snaps them up in its jaws, where they’ll spend their final days being slowly digested. If you’ve never seen anything like this you will be truly amazed and impressed ( as I was). A great idea for a first date or family outing- its an engaging and feel-good activity for the young, the old and everyone in between. https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/stories/2018/a-free-floral-display-of-carnivorous-plants-frea
Watch the sunrise on the steps
Sydney Opera House is bringing back its massively popular morning yoga classes on the outside steps of the landmark building. The 60-minute classes are held each morning on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays with views of the Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour. Great for yogis of all levels (or individuals looking to try yoga for the first time). There is no better setting and its very easy to reserve your spot online.
Halloween at Q station
While these days Q Station is now a secluded holiday site, it was once the spot where colonial ships dumped passengers infected with contagious diseases, giving it its name, Quarantine Station. Its awful history has made it one of Sydney’s prime “haunted” locations. Q Station hosts ghost tours year-round, but they’re ramping up their search for spectres for Halloween, with a special spooky adventure every evening from October 26-31. Prepare to be terrified! Really. https://www.qstation.com.au/halloween.html
Masters of Modern art from the Hermitage
Calling all lovers of art- this summer blockbuster comes straight from St Petersburg, with some of the most treasured and special paintings the world has seen. Experience the 65 marvellous paintings from the Hermitage Museum of St Petersburg. Focusing on works from the late 19th century and early 20th century, some of the Hermitage’s best works will be on display by the likes of Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Gaugin and more.
Visit the Japanese Film Festival
This year’s Japanese Film Festival explores the country’s current political and economic climate as well as stigmas and struggles that Japan faces to this day. Think Japanese classics such as the 1953 film A Geisha and 1967 The Affair. Both focus on female post-war sexuality and the struggles that come with it. Social taboos are clearly present. The classics program will play at the Art Gallery of NSW October 3-31st- tickets are free but make sure you arrive nice and early to get the best seats. https://www.jnto.org.au/japanese-film-festival-australia-2018/
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