What’s happening in Sydney in October 2015

While you’re in Sydney next October attending the IPAA 2015 National Conference, you might like to attend a show or exhibition before or after. Here’s a selection chosen just for our conference delegates. For more ideas, please visit www.sydney.com.



Anything Goes

Sydney Opera House


Cole Porter’s smash hit musical comedy is a stunning nautical favourite. For decades, Anything Goes has captivated millions with its delightful story of madcap antics aboard the S.S. American.  This dazzling musical celebration features a hilarious tale of topsy-turvy relationships, mistaken identities and foiled plots, peppered with some of musical theatre’s most memorable standards, including You’re The Top, I Get A Kick Out Of You, and of course the title song, Anything Goes.

Sydney Spring Racing

Sydney Spring Racing Carnival


The world-class six-level Queen Elizabeth II Grandstand and surrounding facilities at Royal Randwick Racecourse has recently been extensively renovated. The venue spans more than 200 acres with 15 unique indoor and outdoor spaces. The luxury racecourse offers a spectacular setting with a unique backdrop of trackside and cityscape views, high-class cuisine prepared by award-winning kitchens, free parking and state of the art technology.

Good Food Month

Good Food Month


Australia’s largest food festival, The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month invites food lovers in Sydneysiders as well as visitors to celebrate Australia’s extraordinary culinary scene throughout October. Signature events include the iconic, Asian-inspired Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park, the Shoot the Chef culinary photographic competition, as well as numerous other special lunches and dinners, pop-ups, parties and hands-on cooking classes, all at special rates.



Sea Life Sydney Aquarium


Situated on the city side of Darling Harbour, Sydney Aquarium houses over 12,000 animals from 650 species, including sharks, dugongs, turtles, stingrays, penguins, and platypuses.


Taronga Zoo


Taronga Zoo is just 12 minutes from Sydney CBD by ferry, with breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour and free shows and keeper talks throughout the day.

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Art Gallery of NSW


Established in 1871, the Art Gallery of NSW presents fine international and Australian art in one of the most beautiful art museums in the world. Modern and contemporary works are displayed in expansive, light-filled spaces, offering stunning views of Sydney and the harbour, while its Grand Courts are home to a distinguished collection of colonial and 19th-century Australian works and European old masters. There are also dedicated galleries celebrating the arts of Asia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.


Royal Botanic Garden


An oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city, the Royal Botanic Garden occupies one of Sydney’s most spectacular positions wrapped around Farm Cove at the edge of Sydney Harbour. Established in 1816, the Garden is the oldest scientific institution in the country and home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas.


Harbour Bridge Climb


With your Climb Leader as your guide, step by step you’ll ascend the arches of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and enjoy marvellous views of Sydney, situated in one of the most beautiful harbours on earth. Throughout your climb, your Climb Leader will entertain you with stories about the history of the Bridge – from its construction, to its opening in 1932, right through to its place in day to day local celebrations. And the view from the summit!


Australian Museum


Located centrally at the southern end of Hyde Park. This, Australia’s first public museum, was established in Sydney in 1827. The Australian Museum has grown to an internationally recognised collection of over 18 million cultural and scientific objects. There is always at least one special show running.


Museum of Contemporary Art


Located on one of the world’s most spectacular sites on the edge of Sydney Harbour, the Museum of Contemporary Art is dedicated to innovative programming, with ground-breaking exhibitions of contemporary art from Australia, the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

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