Australia entertainment

Top Choice Performing Arts in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Sydney Opera House

The glamorous jewel of Australian performance, Sydney's famous Opera House has five main stages. Opera may have star billing, but it's also an important venue for theatre, dance and classical concerts, while big-nam…
Top Choice Live Music in St Kilda, Elwood & Elsternwick

Esplanade Hotel

You could spend a day going from room to room now the beloved 'Espy' is back, following a $15-million renovation. Antiques complement its Victorian bones and there are three food and beverage offerings, plus about 1…
Top Choice Spectator Sport in Paddington & Centennial Park

Sydney Cricket Ground

During the cricket season (October to March), the stately SCG is the venue for sparsely attended interstate cricket matches (featuring the NSW Blues), family-friendly Big Bash extravaganzas and sell-out internationa…
Top Choice Spectator Sport in Adelaide

Adelaide Oval

Adelaide's riverside stadium (capacity 53,000) hosts major sporting events through the year, including national AFL (www.afl.com.au) and state-based SANFL (www.sanfl.com.au) Australian Rules football games in winter…
Top Choice Cinema in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Moonlight Cinema

Melbourne's original outdoor cinema hits Royal Botanic Gardens from the end of November through March, screening current releases and retro classics. Bring a picnic hamper and booze, or buy some from cashless operat…
Top Choice Cinema in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Golden Age Cinema & Bar

In what was once the Sydney HQ of Paramount Pictures, a heart-warming small cinema occupies the former screening room downstairs. It shows old favourites, art-house classics and a few recherché gems. There's a great…
Top Choice Cinema in Mansfield

Swanpool Cinema

The tiny hamlet of Swanpool – population 207 – is a blink and you'll miss it kind of place 38km north of Mansfield en route to Benalla, but the village's retro cinema is a destination in itself. Since 1957, films ha…
Top Choice Theatre in Strahan

The Ship That Never Was

Billed as Australia's longest-running play (it celebrated its 25th anniversary in Strahan in January 2019), this 1¼-hour, two-actor performance tells the picaresque tale of a group of convicts who escaped from Sarah…
Top Choice Classical Music in City Centre & Haymarket

City Recital Hall

Based on the classic configuration of the 19th-century European concert hall, this custom-built 1200-seat venue boasts near-perfect acoustics. Catch top-flight companies such as Musica Viva, the Australian Brandenbu…
Top Choice Horse Racing in Paddington & Centennial Park

Royal Randwick Racecourse

The action at Sydney's most famous racecourse peaks in April with several high-profile races, including the Queen Elizabeth Stakes; check the online calendar for race days, which are normally every second Saturday. …