Entertainment

Top Choice Performing Arts in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Sydney Opera House

The glamorous jewel at the heart 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, …
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 Theatre in Strahan

The Ship That Never Was

Presented in a small amphitheatre attached to the West Coast Visitor Information Centre, this 1½-hour, two-performer play tells the picaresque tale of a group of convicts who escaped from Sarah Island in 1834 by hij…
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 has taken over the former screening room downstairs. It shows old favourites, art-house classics and a few recherché gems. There's a…
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 Cinema in MONA & Northern Hobart

State Cinema

Saved from the wrecking ball in the 1990s, the multiscreen State (built in 1913) shows independent and art-house flicks from local and international film-makers. There’s a great cafe and bar on-site, plus a rooftop …
Top Choice Live Music in MONA & Northern Hobart

Republic Bar & Café

The Republic is a raucous art-deco pub hosting live music every night (often with free entry). It’s the number-one live-music pub around town, with an always-interesting line-up, including international acts. Loads …
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 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes; check the online calendar for race days, which are normally every second…
Top Choice Cabaret in Daylesford & Hepburn Springs

Grande Hotel

Since the demise of Hepburn's iconic Palais, the Grande has stepped in to fill a much needed-gap by opening its doors as a wonderful theatre hosting anything from cabaret and burlesque to sultry jazz. Shows are on F…
Top Choice Cinema in Darwin

Deckchair Cinema

During the Dry, the Darwin Film Society runs this fabulous outdoor cinema below the southern end of the Esplanade. Watch a movie under the stars while reclining in a deckchair. There's a licensed bar serving food or…