Sydney shines when it comes to outstanding art exhibitions and premiere musicals, and with a jam-packed calendar of inspiring, upcoming events, there's no better time to visit the Harbour City for a culture-infused holiday.
NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said “Sydney is renowned for its glimmering Harbour, stunning beaches and iconic landmarks and, increasingly, it's our blockbuster musicals, fine art, heritage tours and live performances that are attracting visitors from around the world.
“In YE June 2017, there were 7.3 million international and domestic overnight visitors in NSW who participated in cultural activities during their trip, especially from our key in-bound markets of China, the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
“Aussies also showed their love of art and culture with a whopping 36 per cent of domestic overnight visitors to NSW attending at least one of our many world-class museums or art galleries.
“Over the Summer months, Sydney will play host to a calendar of cultural events which proves again that our Harbour City is Australia's capital of major events and entertainment, so it's time to start planning a visit now,” said Mr Marshall.
To help plan an exciting trip to Sydney full of art and culture, Destination NSW has curated a list of upcoming highlights:
- Do the Locomotion at the Sydney Lyric Theatre and see the Australian premiere of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, playing until 4 February
King's hits include You've Got a Friend, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, It's Too Late, Locomotion, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and I Feel the Earth Move, along with chartbusting Mann/Weil tunes You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, On Broadway and Uptown.
- See exquisite sculptures alongside Sydney's world-famous beaches at Sculpture by the Sea, from 19 October to 5 November
- Walk through a forest of hanging lights, and get lost in a maze of floating fabric at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, from 1 November to 18 February
Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean presents the spectrum of Rist's practice, from her early single-channel videos of the 1980s to her large-scale audio-visual installations and recent immersive environments, in one groundbreaking exhibition. Her work is an ode to the heart and the intellect, to the big emotions that sustain us as human beings and to the beauty of the world and the universe around us.
- Be captivated by world-class Ballet Under the Stars in beautiful surrounds in Penrith, on Saturday 4 November
- Admire Dutch masterpieces at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, from 11 November to 18 February
- Marvel at Mammoths! Giants of the Ice Age at the Australian Museum, from 18 November to 13 May
Once considered mythical giants, this exhibition explores not only how these Ice Age creatures lived, forming herds similar in social structure to those of modern elephants, but also how they became extinct, including the impact of climate change, human predation and other factors.
- Catch up with your two new best friends Muriel and Rhonda in Muriel's Wedding the Musical, from 18 November at the Roslyn Packer Theatre
Muriel's Wedding the Musical is produced by Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures (Strictly Ballroom The Musical and Walking With Dinosaurs) and features an all-star cast including Maggie McKenna as Muriel, Madeleine Jones as Rhonda, Gary Sweet as Bill and Justine Clarke as the long-suffering Betty.
- Get festive at the exuberant, exciting and forever effervescent Sydney Festival, from 6-28 January