EAT & DRINK - Picnicking in Eastside, the best spots for a blanket

There’s never been a better time to get outdoors for a meal and Eastside has so many stunning spots on offer to make your picnic something special. From cosy city parks to ocean views you can really soak in the atmosphere or show off Eastside to anyone visiting from out of town. Here are a few of our favourites.

Hyde Park - Between College St and Elizabeth St in Sydney’s CBD

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Prince Alfred Park - Chalmers St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

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Elizabeth Bay - 1 Ithaca Rd, Elizabeth Bay

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Rushcutters Bay - New South Head Road (Between Potts Point and Edgecliff)

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Sydney Botanic Gardens - Mrs Macquaries Rd

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COMMUNITY - There's a new ferry service from Elizabeth Bay

As of December 2018 Captain Cook Cruises have stepped up their game bro include ferries in the new cohort of ride sharing and on demand transport services.

Forget timetables, transport cards and traffic. The AHOY App from Captain Cook Cruises brings the ferry to you when you need it. Similar to ride sharing services, the app lets you see where your ferry is, tracks your journey and time until your ferry’s arrival - all on your mobile device.

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The first services for Sydney Harbour operate between Elizabeth Bay, Garden Island and Circular Quay during morning and afternoon peak-commuter times.

The AHOY fleet consists of the new and versatile “tubby-class” ferries. No payment, or ticket redemption required until you board the ferry.

Hail one of our ferries from any of these three locations:

Morning Peak Services - 6:45AM to 9:15AM

Elizabeth Bay Marina
Garden Island Wharf
Circular Quay, Harbour Master Steps

Afternoon Peak Services - 4:15PM to 7:30PM

Elizabeth Bay Marina
Garden Island Wharf
Circular Quay, Harbour Master Steps

Fast and efficient - only 12 minutes each way!

Operates Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

Single Trips

Adult $7.50
Child 4-15 years $5.00
OpalPay, Credit Card and Cash accepted onboard

Save with an eTravelPass

15-Trip passes, valid for up to 365-days
Adult $5.90 per trip
Child $3.50 per trip

For all the details and to download the app head to the Captain Cook website here.

EVENTS - Sydney Festival hits Eastside

The Sydney Festival is here! A highlight of the city calendar The Sydney Festival is an opportunity to showcase the best we have to offer in arts. Eastside is making a big splash this year with theatre, music, visual arts and performance. Some highlights include the lineup at Belvoir St Theatre and the Art Gallery of NSW.

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There are plenty of kids activities on offer as well as free events across the whole festival.

With something for everyone The Sydney Festival is the place to be this summer! Check out the full program and all locations HERE.

STYLE: Kryolan has some amazing summer workshops for you to be your most stylish this season.

Kryolan is one of the world’s most celebrated and respected makeup brands and a favourite of professional make-up artists, performers, the drag and trans community, as well as the everyday beauty consumer. They also have a dermatologist recommended range ideal for covering/concealing skin conditions. The brand has has been in Australia for 30 years with two stores in Melbourne and, recently a new store in Darlinghurst.

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One of the things Kryolan is best known for is embracing diversity. Their store is a safe place for all members of the community to come regardless of age, gender, race or persuasion.

The Kryolan brand has been going for over 70 years, starting in theatre before expanding quickly into film, television and fashion, and it would be hard to find a movie, television show or live performance that doesn't use their makeup in some way.

They have some great workshops coming up over the summer which are open to everyone, - they’re popular so if you’re keen, get in fast!

COMING UP:

Back to Basics Personal Makeup Skills workshop - Saturday 12 January 2019, 11.30am-5.30pm

Drag Makeup workshop - Saturday 19 January 2019, 11.30am-5.30pm

Drag Makeup workshop - Saturday 23 February 2019, 11.30am-5.30pm

Their full calendar can be found here or go in store - 20 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

COMMUNITY - Donate a plate for Wayside's Christmas!

Not everyone gets to spend Christmas surrounded by family and friends, with a ham on the table and gifts for all. The holiday season can be lonely and Wayside Chapel is committed to making the Christmas period a time to come together as a community and support those who are less fortunate and more vulnerable.

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Wayside Chapel makes Christmas more special for people in need.

They are back again with the annual donate a plate project. For just $25, you can provide a meal with all the trimmings for a homeless person living in on the streets.

  • $25 will provide one meal to feed a homeless person

  • $50 will feed a couple

  • $100 will feed a family of four

  • $250 will sponsor a table to feed 10 people

If you want to make your donation on behalf of a friend, family member or colleague, use the 'perks' option to receive a blank paper plate 'gift card', which we'll post to you. Share the plate in lieu of a gift this Christmas. In addition to this your name will be written on a plate at the Christmas Day Street Party to recognise your support to feed the homeless.

Click through here to donate!

STYLE - Bond Clean Beauty will save your skin this summer.

Bond Clean Beauty has “popped up” on Oxford St for summer! This luxury cosmetic and skincare store stocks a multitude of stunning beauty products and fragrances as well as leading brands in the wellness and supplement areas. They’ve taken their online market place to bricks and mortar for the next few months, ensuring locals and visitors alike get one-on-one advice from Bond’s founder Clare McGrowdie one of Australia’s leading hair and make-up artists.

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We are loving the GLOW Powder from The Beauty Chef, perfect for a summer smoothie and the glowing skin and renewed energy are a bonus too.

We also suggest taking a look at their website for brilliant interviews with leaders in holistic and natural beauty as well as all products and tips and tricks. This summer it is all about keeping it simple.

MUSIC - Who's ready for Carols in the Domain?

Every year Carols in the Domain is a highlight of the festive season. With incredible guest performers from around the world and the warmest community feel you could possibly ask for, Sydney is ramping up for year another year of glorious Christmas cheer.

Held on the 22nd of December in the Domain next to the NSW Art Gallery make sure you book your seats early and get ready for a busy night with the locals. Family friendly and a great event to book in for guests travelling from overseas or interstate.

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This year’s event will feature performances from The Wiggles, Samantha Jade, Isiah Firebrace, Troy Cassar Daley, Mickey Mouse, Thirsty Merc, Paulini and Mickey Mouse amongst a heap of other incredible talents from screen and stage.

Not one to be missed find more information here!

EVENTS - The best spots for last minute markets in Eastside.

Christmas is always a rush. Family in town, kids are at home for the holidays and there just never seems to be enough time. Relax! No need to leave the ‘hood as we’ve got three of the best last minute markets for food, fashion and gifts.

  1. East Sydney Community Arts Centre - Bizarre Bazaar

A market cultivated from Sydney’s creative talent where local designers, artists and craftspeople sell their handmade work directly to the public. Featuring painting, sculpture, jewellery, fashion, toys, prints, zines and curios. Buy something unique and wonderful for your loved ones this Christmas. Burton Street, Darlinghurst. (Friday 21st evening, Saturday 22nd + Sunday 23rd December)

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2. Kings Cross Organic Market

Macleay Street, Kings Cross - Saturday & Sunday, 9 am to 2 pm Sat, 10 am to 3 pm Sun. The freshest in produce, ideal for impressing guests and pleasing the foodies in your life during the holidays.

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3. Object Shop Christmas Design Market - Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney

DC is partnering with Sydney Living Museums (SLM) for the second year to curate a Makers Lane, with 10 stalls as part of their Christmas Fare event at Hyde Park Barracks Sydney. It is an enchanting evening held at the historic site, with artisanal food, entertainment, 40+ market stalls and free complimentary entry. The ‘Makers Lane’ features Object Shop ceramicists Denise McDonald, Hayden Youlley, Jennifer Newton, Katherine Mahoney and The Fortynine Studio; designers benconservato, Eggpicnic and Outer Island; Jeweller Sophia Emmett and textile maker Love and West. Find out more about the Christmas Market here.

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COMMUNITY - Woolloomoolivin' was a smash hit!

The Wooloomoolivin’ Community day was a huge success with big crowds flocking to check out the hip hop beats focused event.

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Jam packed with music, food, charity activations and dance Woolomoolivin’ is a celebration of urban arts in Sydney. This year’s event was held on December 3rd and organisations on the day included PCYC, C3 Cares, Baptistcare, HopeStreet, CatholicCare, Save the Children Australia, Bounce, Artspace Sydney, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Firstdraft Gallery, and Youth & Family Connect.

Stay tuned here for more details on the people putting this amazing event on for 2019!

EAT & DRINK - Tiny Bars are Sydney's latest trend. Here are the top 5 in Eastside.

Tiny Houses are all the rage and now it’s small bars. From hole-in-the-wall sake bars to the suave and intimate wine sanctuary, Eastside has it all.

  1. Osaka Bar - Shop/50 Llankelly Pl, Potts Point NSW 2011

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2. This Must Be The Place - 239 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

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3. Black Bottle - Shop 2/118-116 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

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4. Pocket Bar - 13 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

5. Nom Japanese - 166 Riley St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

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STYLE - The 5 Best Places for Jewellery Shopping in Eastside

Ranging from handmade local beauties to on trend funky one-offs here are the top places to pick up every kind of jewellery.

  1. Pigeonhole - 3/285 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

This shop is a gem for bits and pieces and at a great price, if you have a teenager or are after a stylish stocking filler then  Pigeonhole  is for you.

This shop is a gem for bits and pieces and at a great price, if you have a teenager or are after a stylish stocking filler then Pigeonhole is for you.

2. Burton Metal Depository - 11 Foley Street, 'Fine Fellow' Concept Space, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

If you’re looking for sleek mens accessories then take a trip to  Fine Fellow  in Darlinghurst.

If you’re looking for sleek mens accessories then take a trip to Fine Fellow in Darlinghurst.

3. Becker Minty - SHOP 7, IKON BUILDING, 81 MACLEAY STREET ENTER VIA, Manning St, Potts Point NSW 2011

For more sophisticated tastes,  Becker Minty  has a mix of jewellery and accessories. This is where you should head for something truly special.

For more sophisticated tastes, Becker Minty has a mix of jewellery and accessories. This is where you should head for something truly special.

4. Southwest Trader - 36 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021

For a global and exotic style, head to  South West Trader  and browse through their range of unique and one off pieces.

For a global and exotic style, head to South West Trader and browse through their range of unique and one off pieces.

5. Francis Street Atelier - 38 Francis St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

The most stunning  local handmade designs are found here.  Lalita Peeranan is the owner and maker and will make sure you find the perfect piece for that special someone.

The most stunning local handmade designs are found here. Lalita Peeranan is the owner and maker and will make sure you find the perfect piece for that special someone.

MUSIC - Oxford Art Factory drops a killer line-up for New Years Eve

Jon Hopkins will be taking over the venue until late into the night.

Jon Hopkins will be taking over the venue until late into the night.

The music kings of Darlinghurst have announced an amazing lineup for their New Years Eve Party. The iconic venue will be home to a killer DJ from Jon Hopkins amongst other local supports and should be a night to remember.

The whole city will be alive over New Year and crowds will be massive so make sure you plan ahead and what ever you do, DO NOT DRIVE!

Here is the full lineup for the OAF NYE Party!

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EVENTS - Oxtravaganza is back!

Businesses along Oxford Street and surrounds are all coming together to do something a bit special in the middle week of Mardi Gras. On the 23rd of February Oxtravaganza is taking over the area so put it in the diary and make a day of it. Last year’s event was a smash success and we are hoping this time around will be even bigger and better.

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From special offers to in store activations, live music and mermaids. There is nothing you won’t see at Oxtravaganza 2019.

If you are a business in the local area or know someone who is then get in touch with us and let us know, we would love to promote your idea!

COMMUNITY - Sceggs Darlinghurst Year 10 Students pack bags for women struggling this Christmas

The Year 10 girls at Sceggs Darlinghurst have packed bags with essentials for women who might be doing it tough this Christmas. In support of charity Share the Dignity and their womens drive called It’s In The Bag.

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Sceggs Year 10 girls have gotten together to support women this Christmas with #itsinthebag

The bags are packed with hygiene essentials and womens beauty treats to make sure every woman feels special at this time of year. There are plenty of other community programs and charities in action over the Christmas period so take some time to choose one and pay it forward!

STYLE - Have you been naughty or nice? Baby Likes To Pony has some really kinky treats for Christmas.

The provocateurs of Surry Hills are here to save you from last minute Christmas panic for a “special someone”. Everything from lingerie to erotic accessories are available and the staff are super open, super helpful and ready to talk all things sexy.

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Make this Christmas something a bit more exciting.

Find them on South Dowling Street next to the Beauchamp Hotel or online here.

EAT & DRINK - Society Pizza might be gone but Sobar is here to stay.

If you were a fan of the Monday and Tuesday all you can eat pizza at the Potts Point Society Pizza then we have some sad news, the legends of the crust have moved on. (Don’t worry their Bondi stores are still open!)

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Sobar is the latest in Japanese Italian Fusion and is taking the place of the renowned Society Pizza.

The good news is that in its place there is now the amazing Sobar. They describe themselves as ‘a new and unique cocktail lounge with an emphasis on designer cocktails, serving Italian + Japanese fusion.’ Oh and the pizza is still on the menu too! They take walk ins and bookings so we suggest getting on the phone and making the call ASAP. Plans for the weekend, sorted!

ART - 5 Galleries within Walking Distance in Eastside

Eastside is known for their amazing art walks. Here is our list of the top 5 galleries you can tackle in one day whilst walking the streets and soaking in the sights, sounds and smells of the area.

1. M2 Gallery - Shop 4/450 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

M2 Gallery  is currently featuring the exhibition A City In Crisis, a photographic documentation of the 1980s AIDS Crisis in Sydney.

M2 Gallery is currently featuring the exhibition A City In Crisis, a photographic documentation of the 1980s AIDS Crisis in Sydney.

2. Brett Whitely Studio - 2 Raper St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

The iconic  Australian painter’s studio  is still open and available for viewing. Don’t miss the opportunity to see into the world of one of the areas most famous and celebrated artists.

The iconic Australian painter’s studio is still open and available for viewing. Don’t miss the opportunity to see into the world of one of the areas most famous and celebrated artists.

3. Tap Gallery - 259 Riley St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

TAP Gallery  is a really interactive art space. They are open late and feature works from local artists as well as life drawing sessions and painting classes. If you are after community then this is where you should look.

TAP Gallery is a really interactive art space. They are open late and feature works from local artists as well as life drawing sessions and painting classes. If you are after community then this is where you should look.

4. Gallery 9 - 9 Darley St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Gallery 9  is one of the most stylish art spaces in Sydney. This Darlinghurst gallery is currently featuring works from Louise Tuckwell in an exhibition titled  Abstractiv.

Gallery 9 is one of the most stylish art spaces in Sydney. This Darlinghurst gallery is currently featuring works from Louise Tuckwell in an exhibition titled Abstractiv.

5. Yuill / Crowley - 1/318 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Yuill / Crowley  is bringing contemporary art to new heights, sleek and simple. Here is a quiet, sleek space to experience art in Eastside.

Yuill / Crowley is bringing contemporary art to new heights, sleek and simple. Here is a quiet, sleek space to experience art in Eastside.