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Sydney

Kate Owen Gallery
If you're keen for a closer look at some of Australia's best Aboriginal artwork, the Kate Owen Gallery should be high on the itinerary.
Tim Olsen Gallery
One of Sydney's most esteemed galleries, Tim Olsen's gallery features the landscape art work of his father, the beret-wearing John Olsen, one of Australia's most renowned artists.
Bangarra Dance Theatre
Powerful, spellbinding and raw, Australia's first and finest Aboriginal dance company Bangarra has thrived under the artistic direction of Stephen Page, who has led the theatre of 14 dancers since 1991.
2 Danks Street
One gallery? Bah, humbug! How about ten contemporary art galleries? That's what you'll find if you venture south of the city to the edgy arts precinct of Waterloo.
Lyric Theatre
The Lyric's programme of shows range from the high-brow to the child-friendly, and its well-designed interior means everyone can see the stage.
Australian Centre for Photography
If you love photography, want to learn how to make the most of your SLR or want to know more about the history of Australia's best snappers, this is the place to go.
CarriageWorks
Built inside the old Eveleigh Rail Yards, an important piece of Australia's industrial history during the 19th-century, CarriageWorks is an impressive, multi-venue centre focused on contemporary art and culture.
Firstdraft
This non-profit, artist-run studio is managed entirely by volunteers and practising artists.
Tap Gallery
A self-described 'open-policy, artist-run collective', Tap has numerous exhibition spaces spread across 900-square-metres of space for emerging artists to exhibit and promote their work.
At Perry Lane
For an art fix washed down with a coffee and a sandwich, wander down to At Perry Lane.
Australian Museum
Calling all culture vultures; the Australian Museum may just be the ticket for you.
Rushcutters Bay Park
Whether you're a jogger or a pram-pusher, Rushcutters Bay Park offers plenty of space in which to relax beneath the glorious Australian sun.
Capitol Theatre
The Capitol Theatre is a wonderful example of the glamour associated with going to the theatre in the 1930s - a glance around will immediately conjure up theatregoing Sydneysiders trussed up in their feather boa finery.
Theatre Royal
A mecca for mega-musicals and big-name productions, the Theatre Royal really raises the roof.
Outre Gallery
Here's a gallery that gave a middle-finger salute to the high-brow, snooty arts scene.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Lush green gardens in the middle of a city such as Sydney? You bet, in the fabulously floral form of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Chalk Horse
Blink and you could easily miss Chalk Horse - a hidden contemporary art gallery exhibiting an eclectic array of mostly Australian artists.
Art Gallery of NSW
With its façade flanked by elegant Greek columns, the Art Gallery of NSW stands at the foot of The Domain - beautiful parklands only a few minutes away from the city-centre.
Belvoir Street Theatre
With its bohemian-chic, eccentric clientele and warm, inviting atmosphere, the Belvoir Street Theatre is one of Sydney's most-loved theatres.
Sydney Opera House
It goes without saying that Jørn Utzon's sail shaped structure is one of the most famous buildings in the world - if not one of the 20th-century's greatest buildings, but there's a whole lot more going on aside from swooning sopranos.
Sydney Theatre
With the luminescent-skinned Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton as artistic directors, the marvellous Sydney Theatre is Sydney's epicentre for stage magic.
Brett Whiteley
Known for his classic Australiana images of the bush and blue waters of Sydney Harbour, Brett Whiteley was one of Australia's most iconic artists.
Aquabumps
Eugene Tan has done Australia a service with his incredible photographer's eye and dedication to capturing the essence of Bondi's beach and surf culture.
Museum of Contemp. Art
MOCCA is a small, but internationally respected, gallery with a mandate to showcase and support Canadian artists from the obscure to the established.
Centennial Park
As oasis of calm amid an urban jungle, Centennial Park is the hub of Sydney's green scene.
Oxford Art Factory
Taking its cue from Andy Warhol's 1960s Factory, the Oxford Art Factory is a gritty, warehouse-style venue that has evolved into of the most versatile multi-performance spaces in Sydney.
State Theatre
Preserved by The National Trust of Australia, this gorgeous old 2,000-seat theatre has fabulous acoustics and smacks of old-world glamour.
Sydney Dance Company
A contemporary dance collective, the SDC has been wowing Australians and global audiences for a few decades.
Street Art on Cockatoo Island
Urban street art project among the docks of Cockatoo Island...
White Rabbit
Part-gallery, part-teahouse, the White Rabbit houses an astonishing amount of contemporary Chinese art - thought to be the world's largest and most significant collection.

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