5 Fun Things to Do in Sydney and New South Wales

Your next trip to Australia won’t be complete without checking out these new restaurants, fun festivals, and activities.

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1. Get your steak fix at Bistecca

Consider yourself a true steak lover? Satisfy your cravings at the newly opened Bistecca in Sydney, which serves only steak as their mains. What sets it apart from any other steak house is that diners get to order steak in weight, at US$9.60 (AUD$13) per 100 grams. The meat is carved in front of the hearth, before a waiter presents the cut at the table, announces the price, and whisks it away to be cooked. For the full experience, pair your steak with sides of slow-cooked white beans, crunchy potatoes, and Italian-style ricotta dumplings.

More information here.

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2. Tuck into dim sum at Queen Chow Manly

Newly opened on Manly Wharf in New South Wales (NSW), Queen Chow Manly is an exciting Cantonese concept helmed by chefs Patrick Friesen and Eric Koh. Expect a flavor-packed menu of Cantonese classics and delicious dim sum crafted with fresh Australian produce. Menu highlights here include oysters with native finger lime, handmade wonton soup, and BBQ Peking duck pancakes with cucumber, leek, and hoisin. Don’t miss out on dim sum favorites like chef Eric’s well-loved steamed, baked, and fried dumplings, including scallop and prawn siu mai.

More information here.

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3. Take lessons at a wine school

Since its inception in 2013, wine school Nomad has been expanding its students’ knowledge about Australian wine. After launching with an Australian-only wine list, followed by a wine club, it now offers various five-and-a-half-hour-long wine classes. Guests will be able to enjoy a guided session at China Heights Gallery, located above the restaurant; and taste a dozen or so wines semi-blind to understand how geography, climate, and the winemaker can impact the flavors.

More information here.

Photo: Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival

4. See cherry blossoms at a festival

Happening from August 17 to 26, the award-winning Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival is back with its biggest program yet. Great for all ages, the festival activities such as cherry blossom viewing, a food village, izakaya bar, food trucks, a live concert, and plenty more. The little ones can have fun with baby yoga and doll up at a Hello Kitty makeover station.

More information here.

Photo: Australian Surf Festival

5. Witness the best of surfing

Consider taking a trip to the North Coast to see the best in the surfing world compete at the annual Australian Surf Festival from August 10 to 27. This festival will see over 500 competitors battle it out at Tweed Heads, competing in a range of disciplines including short board, long board, body board, and logger heats. With more than 37 kilometers of gorgeous coastline and a subtropical climate, the Tweed Heads area has many natural attractions, including a World Heritage rain forest.

More information here.

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