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Wondering what's on in Sydney and what to do and see in the Sydney CBD? Sydney is one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting cities in the world, with fun activities and attractions to interest every visitor. From a world-famous theatre and colourful arts scene to heart-pounding sporting events and wonderful outdoor activities, there is truly something for everyone. If you wonder what to see in the Sydney CBD, look no further than our our blog!

Mercure Sydney’s superb George Street location, near Chinatown and other top Sydney attractions, makes our hotel accommodations ideal for those looking to explore the city.

Visit our blog often to find out about current events and activities here in Sydney! 

    Saturday 9 September to Tuesday 7 November

    Sydney Spring Carnival - Randwick Racecourse

    Wednesday 1 November

    Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics

    Friday 17 November

    Take That Live 2017

    Saturday 25 November

    Etsy Made Local Markets at Brewery Yard

    Every Saturday

    Carriageworks Farmers Markets

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    Chippendale - Our secret neighbourhood

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    Transport

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    Areas to visit

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    Bars and Restaurants

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    Museums

    Attractions

Sydney Spring Carnival - Randwick Racecourse

Saturday 9 September to Tuesday 7 November

The 2017 Spring Carnival brings Australia’s harbour city to life with 10 weeks of world-class thoroughbred racing. On show will be 23 Group races with an impressive prize pool of over AUD$23million.

The world will be watching on as Australia’s most anticipated sporting event makes it’s debut at Royal Randwick, the world’s richest turf race, the AUD$10million The Everest.

The race invites the world’s best thoroughbred sprinters, trainers, jockeys and racing legends to compete in battling out for the glory for world first title. 

Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick will be set to showcase the finest fashion, hospitality and entertainment that is only found in Sydney.

Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics

Wednesday 1 November

Legendary DJ and iconic voice of BBC Radio 1 Pete Tong has announced two arena-sized shows for his upcoming Australian tour, with one-off performances at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena and Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl in November this year.

Following the release of the UK number one album ‘Classic House’ as well as a run of sold out shows in the UK, Pete Tong, along with conductor Jules Buckley and a 65-piece Orchestra will hit Australia for the first time this year, armed with their brand new show ‘Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics performed by The Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley’.

Blending and re-working iconic anthems from the past 20 years of house and dance music with a full scale orchestra, ‘Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics performed by The Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley’ is yet another bold, brilliant move from one of the most influential figures in dance music. With modern, live reworking’s of classic club anthems from Daft Punk, Fatboy Slim, Eric Prydz, Robert Miles and more, as well as a hand selected list of guests, Tong’s latest foray into arena shows promises to be a dance party like no other.

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Take That Live 2017

Friday 17 November First tour in over 20 years

Take That Live 2017 will see Take That performing their greatest hits as well as new music from their recently released album, Wonderland.

Scoring an incredible 56 No. 1 hits and 35 No 1 albums worldwide, members, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen will be heading to the Southern Hemisphere this November for a set of spectacular live shows which will feature all of the band’s biggest and best hits from the past three decades, much to the delight of devoted Take That fans around the country. 

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Etsy Made Local Markets at Brewery Yard

Saturday 25 November 10am – 5.30pm

Etsy Made Local is back for 2017!

Stallholder line up to be announced.

Eleven locations across Australia. One big shopping day to support the local designers and makers from your city.

Sydney Made has teamed up with Brewery Yard to bring you an inspiring line-up of local creatives to get your Christmas shopping sorted in one trip. Shopping small and shopping local has never been easier.

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Event organised by Sydney based volunteers who sell on Etsy.

Carriageworks Farmers Markets

Every Saturday 8am to 1pm

This is an award winning Farmers’ Market to over 70 stall holders, featuring seasonal fresh product, bio dynamic foods from farmers and producers across NSW.

Entry is free 

Chippendale - Our secret neighbourhood

Our concierge Adam Gittings has worked at Mercure Sydney for almost 10 years and is both our guests and staff's first point of contact when asking which areas we should visit on the weekend.  Adam gives us his insight of how Chippendale has transformed into one of Sydney's greatest food and bar districts.

Chippendale has always had a soul and character of its own.  In the early days, its soul was a little dark and misunderstood being an area to pass by or circumnavigate on the way to or from the city. 

Chippendale is notable for a number of unique reasons.  It was the location of the 168-year-old Carlton & United brewery which closed in December 2006 and at this time it had the unenviable title of having the lowest open space per person compared with any other suburb of Sydney (City of Sydney open space study, 2006).

In 2007, Frasers Property Australia purchased the brewery site from the Foster’s Group and lodged a modified concept plan for the 5.8 Hectare site. The development proposal included approximately 255,000 sqm of commercial and residential space, retention of a number of heritage buildings and the development of a large new park for Chippendale, called Chippendale Green.  The addition of Chippendale Green has provided much needed green space, however given the corresponding population increase from the redevelopment of the former CUB site (now Central Park), Chippendale now has less than 1 sqm of green space per resident. 

Even though there is on average not much room to swing a cat, Chippendale has an ever growing creative and cultural scene as well as an emerging yet highly acclaimed dining presence.  With no less than six unique galleries within a couple of hundred meters of one another and cosmopolitan spread of restaurants, small bars, cafes and bakeries, there is something to cater for most tastes.  Time Out Sydney has created an amazing Chippendale Guide on where to visit and find your new favourite pub, restaurant, bar or cafe.

Based in a 19th Century Gothic revival building tucked away in a secretive alley in Chippendale, founded by Gallerist, Curator and Director Nicky Ginsberg, NG Art Gallery is a showcase for the very best in Australian contemporary art.  Another gallery of significant note is the White Rabbit Gallery containing one of the world’s largest collections of Chinese contemporary art focusing on works produced after 2000, again located within unusual architecture.

There is still so much more to discover throughout this neighbourhood and with the emergence of ongoing annual creative festivals, events and markets, Chippendale is destined to become the next must visit destination

Transport

Situated across the road from Sydney’s Central Station, Mercure hotel has arguably one of the most accessible locations to public transport, i.e. a taxi rank on the hotel driveway, the large bus interchange that is Railway square out the front of the hotel and just beyond that is Central station, allowing you to get where you need to be in a prompt and efficient manner.

Areas to visit

No more than a twenty minute walk through Sydney’s bustling Chinatown you will find yourself situated in the alluring gardens of Darling Harbour south, after getting lost in the playful water fountains you will stumble upon Sydney’s graceful Marina that is Darling Harbour abundant with some of the freshest seafood and juiciest steaks that Sydney has to offer. If you are looking for something to wash down dinner with then you do not have far to go at all! You may soon discover that after Sunset the gleaming promenades of Darling harbour transform into a range of different style bars catering to everyone’s needs.

Bars and Restaurants

Seafood – Nicks Seafood at Darling Harbour’s Cocklebay Wharf overlooks the beautiful Marina, offering a substantial range of Sydney Freshest seafood sourced locally, and if you see our lovely Concierge prior to heading to the restaurant they can organise complimentary dessert from Nick’s exquisite menu.

Steak – The illustrious Meat and Wine company situated in the south of Darling Harbour with sensational harbour views offers some of Sydney finest succulent steaks, the mouth-watering heavenly Wagyu Steak with a marble rating of 6 will melt in your mouth. If you see our friendly Concierge team they can organise your first beverage on the house.

Museums

Arguably Australia’s oldest settlement, Sydney has a vast and diverse range of Museums representing its differing yet cumulative history. Sydney Museum is for those with an interest in Australian Aboriginal History, the Heritage of the City of Sydney and everything in between. If you have a more refined interest then Sydney Fire Fighting Museum, The museum of contemporary Art, The Sydney Police museum or the Jewish museum may be for you.

Attractions

With views of up to 60km on a clear day, Sydney Tower soars above the city skyline and is a must see (if you are not afraid of heights).

From Duck-billed Platypus to Crocodiles, Sting rays to Sea Anemones, Sydney Aquarium offers everyone from families to your everyday happy snapper the perfect opportunity to see some of Australia’s diverse and beloved Sea Life, share a selfie with a shark or double up with a dugong in the underwater tunnels through the vast enclosures.