Sydney is the thriving, cosmopolitan heart of entertainment in Australia. Any show, performance or sporting event that you can dream of, and some that you could never dream of, you will find here. From the grandeur of world class opera to a Broadway show-stopper, there is something for every taste and budget.
But with so much on offer, what is the best way to keep on top of all that’s happening? We have scoured Sydney’s best venues and locations for you so you can keep watch and enjoy the greatest events and artists coming to Sydney each year.
This fun filled venue located in Darling Harbour and within walking distance to the city is a destination in itself. Brimming with entertainment there are over 20 cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs as well as casino facilities, a world class hotel and shopping. It is also home to a world class event centre which has already hosted stars as diverse as Blue Man Group and Psy. Keep an eye out for more from this hot new Sydney event centre.
The Opera House
The Sydney Opera House is recognised around the world as a symbol of this great city. The building’s reputation as an icon almost overshadows the fact that it is in fact the premier venue for fine performing arts in Australia. Ballet, opera, symphonies and the occasional rock concert all take place here under the sails of the Opera House. Look for coming events at http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/index.aspx.
For sports fans, this is the number one place to catch all the live action. ANZ Stadium is home to all the major rugby and soccer events in New South Wales including the NRL Premiership and Super Rugby. Sign up early for tickets as you won’t want to miss the thrill and atmosphere of being there as it happens.
Tucked away on Market Street is the historic and regal State Theatre. This majestic building has seen decades of stunning theatre performances live under its high, vaulted ceilings. International comedy, dance and theatre are just some of the eclectic and wonderful events you will find on show at the State Theatre.
Sydney Entertainment Centre
For the biggest concerts and the largest names in pop and rock, it doesn’t get any bigger than the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Pink, Fleetwood Mac and Thirty Seconds to Mars are just a handful of the mega-acts gracing its super-sized stage this year. Since the Sydney Entertainment Centre has such big draw cards, you will want to be quick with your mouse to buy tickets when they go on sale at http://www.sydentcent.com.au/Events/.
Uplifting, heart-filling music and theatre is always on show at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. This is without doubt the best place for musicals in Sydney, with the finest acts and reviews travelling around the globe to perform here. From Baz Lurhmann’s new Strictly Ballroom the Musical in early 2014 to the legendary Hot Shoe Shuffle you will be guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face and skip in your step.
If you are visiting from out of town, it’s a good idea to time your visit with your favourite concert or show so keep an eye on the websites and plan ahead. Keep it fresh by discovering new locations and .areas you’ve never been to before. Once you are in town, use sites like FourSquare or TripAdvisor for ideas and reviews of places to go and things to do. Make it fun.
Have you tried any of the entertainment destinations listed above? I’d love to hear what is your favourite and why.
Author Bio: Carla C. Burton is a self-employed Travel and Hospitality writer with a BBA in Business Administration from Bond University. Although a Gold Coast native, Carla moved to Melbourne in 2008 to further her writing career in the Travel industry. Carla has become a top contributor to many Travel blogs world-wide and thoroughly enjoys the freedom that self-employment has provided her.