Things To Do in Sydney and NSW

Find out the best events and fun things to do with the family this September and October.

Hit the Stage
Give children a memorable theatre experience with Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories. It’s a magical production exploring the power of imagination and how stories can change the world. Tiny Bambert is a curious man who spends his days writing. But Bambert doesn’t know where to send his stories, so he attaches each beloved story to a balloon and sets them out into the world. The season runs from 29 Sep – 6 Oct, for tickets visit: www.sydneyoperahouse.com

Watch Premiership Glory
Join in the spectacle of the biggest day on the NRL calendar, the Final Sydney, on Sunday, 30 September at ANZ Stadium. With three Grand Finals on the day— including the inaugural NRL Holden Women’s Premiership Grand Final—it’s a festival of rugby league. As millions tune in from around the globe and thousands of rugby league fans flood the Sydney stadium, the lead up to kick off will be electric. For schedule and tickets, visit: www.anzstadium.com.au/whats-on

Explore Sydney’s Secret Garden
Sydney has many green spaces and the Auburn Botanic Gardens in Western Sydney is one of the prettiest, particularly during Spring when the gardens bloom. Stroll through the Japanese Garden to see decorative bridges, waterfalls, wandering peacocks and a traditional tea house. Pack a picnic, use the communal BBQs and sit by the billabong for lunch. There’s a sunken rose garden, rainforest garden and an equal access playground for children. For animal lovers, there’s a well-maintained fauna reserve too.

Visit Dubbo Western Plains Zoo
Dubbo is one of regional NSW’s most popular family destinations, home to the world-class Taronga 2018 Telstra Premiership Grand black rhinoceros, Sumatran tigers, elephants and giraffe roam Western Plains Zoo, where lions, 300 hectares of wide open space. The best way to explore the 6km circuit around the plains is by bike or cart, and every day there are keeper talks, animal shows and close encounters to choose from including big cats, meerkats and giraffes. Climb aboard the Savannah Safari for a guided tour amongst African animals or glamp onsite at the Zoo’s Billabong Camp or Zoofari Lodge. For more information, visit: http://dubbo.com.au/Visit/taronga-western-plains-zoo

Down on the Farm
Take an adventure into the heart of New England farming country and stay in the inviting town of Armidale in a farm stay, bed & breakfast or self-contained cottage. The village is surrounded by spectacular gorges and three National Parks with awe-inspiring scenery. In the township, historic Saumarez Homestead gives an insight into rural life in the 1800’s. Guided tours of the stunning Edwardian mansion are available on weekends, and you can stroll the farm buildings and heritage gardens seven days. On 30 September there’s a traditional country fair in town, The Kentucky Spring Fair, with hobby horse races, tug-o-war, cake decorating competitions and more.

Drive the Coast
An ideal jaunt from Sydney is the scenic drive along the South Coast to Kiama, a lovely town to explore for families. It’s a striking region with spectacular coastline, rolling hinterland and lush rainforest and home to the famous Kiama Blowhole, where waves spurt out into a natural water ‘fountain’ to heights of more than 30 metres. Book a dolphin or whale watching cruise, try outdoor rock climbing or kayaking and visit the two tidal rock pools, either side of the harbour. At the Blowhole Point Rock Pool, Kiama, there’s a shallow wading area, ideal for small children.

Text by Destination NSW | Photos courtesy to Zowie Crump and Destination NSW