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Monday, September 26, 2016

Bring the family to the historic Q STATION for a month of discovery this September 2016

Q Station at Manly
Q Station at North Head, Manly was originally a quarantine station for migrant ships arriving in Sydney from the 1830s to 1984. Those ships with suspected contagious disease aboard had to off-load their passengers and crew at the quarantine station where they stayed for about 40 days before they were released (if they were deemed disease-free) to settle as Australian residents.

Today, this historical site comprises of 65 buildings, several archaeological sites, and some spectacular vantage points to view the beautiful Sydney Harbour and native bushland.

Come and explore this historic site in the month of September, as Q Station is hosting a Community Open Month. You can explore the beautiful grounds of Q Station and enjoy a range of family fun activities which include tours, walks, talks, cooking demonstrations, kayaking and exhibitions. Entry to the event as well as most of the activities on offer are free, but pre-booking may be required to ensure your spot.

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DATE: Over the month of September 2016

TIME: Q Station is open from 10am to 4pm daily but activities are as per schedule.

VENUE: Q Station Retreat, 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly. Manly is part of the Northern Beaches and is located 17 kilometres north-east of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: Visit this useful link: http://www.qstation.com.au/../Location/. If driving, parking is available at the Q Station parking area but this is limited.

ENTRY FEE: Free entry but do be aware that some of the activities may involve a fee and booking at the Tours Desk. Check the full activities list here.

MORE INFO: : Call (02) 9466 1500 or check this link: http://www.qstation.com.au/Events/Open-Month/


Image credit: http://www.qstation.com.au/

This school hols, bring the kids to the free ICE SKATING FESTIVAL from 23rd to 29th of September 2016!

Ice Skating Festival at Central Park Sydney
It's school holidays and you are looking for some fun & free activities for the kids? Check out the FREE Ice Skating Festival which will be open at Central Park from 23rd to 29th of September!

Skating will be open 10am to 8pm daily with Silent Disco activation from 4pm each afternoon. Capacity is limited to 45 people on the ice at any one time so sessions will run for 45 minutes, on the hour, every hour.

Please note that this is not a ticketed event and will be on a first come first served basis for each skate session.

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DATE: 23rd to 29th of September 2016

TIME: 10am to 8pm with Silent Disco activation from 4pm.

VENUE: Central Park, Chippendale. Chippendale is a small inner-city suburb of Sydney, located on the southern edge of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: The best way to get there is to catch a train and alight at Central station. From the station, it's just a five minutes walk to Central Park. For more useful info on how to get there, check this link: http://www.centralparksydney.com/explore/getting-here

ENTRY FEE: Free entry, free skate hire and free use of silent disco headsets. Participation in the ice-skating is on a first come first served basis.

MORE INFO: Email info@central.com.au or visit this link: http://www.centralparksydney.com/../silent-ice-skating-festival


Photo credit: Central Park Sydney

Learn more about Korean culture at the KCC SCHOOL HOLIDAYS PROGRAM from 26th to 30th of September 2016

Korean Cultural Office - Drawing class
The Korean Cultural Centre was established in April 2011 during the Year of Friendship between Australia and Korea. The organisation aims to strengthen the emotional bond between Australia and Korea by organising various events such as exhibitions, special performances, culture classes, Korean Film Festival and even school holiday programs.

This spring school holidays, the Korean Cultural Centre is offering a series of programs to expose your kids to Korean culture including activities such as pencil case making, kite making, Korean traditional games, cooking class, and story-telling.

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DATE: Monday to Friday, 26th to 30th of September 2016

TIME: 10.30am to 1.40pm (with a lunch break from 12.20pm to 12.50pm)

VENUE: Korean Cultural Office, Ground Floor, 225 Elizabeth Street, Sydney.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: The best way to get there is to catch a train and alight at the Museum station. The venue is just a short walk away. For other public transport info, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on www.131500.com.au

ENTRY FEE: $10 per child per day. To make your booking, call (02) 8267-3489 or email: school@koreanculture.org.au. Please note that the classes are suitable for kids over the age of 5 and parents are required to stay with their kids during the program.

MORE INFO: Check this link: http://www.koreanculture.org.au/school-holiday/


Photo credit: http://www.koreanculture.org.au/

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Keep your taste buds happy at the inaugural FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL opening on 24th & 25th of September 2016

Poster for Food Truck Festival - Wet 'n' Wild Sydney
Take your taste buds on a delicious and fun filled adventure at the Food Truck Festival opening on the 24th and 25th of September.

It's an inaugural event featuring 12 of Sydney’s favourite food trucks, a pop up bar with a different live music act every night, a special kids zone filled with awesome activities and heaps of seating!

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DATE: Saturday & Sunday, 24th & 25th of September 2016

TIME: 4pm – 9.30pm

VENUE: In front of the Wet ’n’ Wild Sydney admission gates in the car park. Wet 'n' Wild is located at 427 Reservoir Road, Prospect. Prospect is located 32 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD and is part of the Greater Western Sydney.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: If driving, free parking is available on-site. For driving directions, visit this link: https://wetnwildsydney.com.au/visitor-info/location-and-transport#/

ENTRY FEE: Free

MORE INFO: Visit their website at: https://wetnwildsydney.com.au/../food-truck-festival/


Poster credit: https://wetnwildsydney.com.au/


Witness the traditional Catholic ceremony, BLESSING OF THE FLEET on Sunday, 25th of September 2016

Blessing of the Fleet at the Fish Market
The Blessing of the Fleet is a traditional Catholic ceremony that began centuries ago in Italian fishing communities and involves a blessing from a priest which ensures a safe and bountiful season for the local fishing fleet.

Come and witness this traditional ceremony which will take place on Sunday 25th September at the Sydney Fish Market. The statue of Madonna will be transported from Strathfield's St Martha's Catholic Church and placed in front of fishing vessels moored at the Blackwattle Bay wharf. The parish priest at St Martha's Catholic Church in Strathfield will lead the ceremony and bestow blessings on the local Sydney fleet and visiting boats.

After the ceremony, there will be family entertainment which includes live music, face painting, the hotly contested spaghetti eating competition and special performances by Italian artists on a floating stage moored next to the boardwalk. Performers include internationally acclaimed entertainer Mr. Grant Galea, Chris Ninni (The Voice), Danni Da Ros (The Voice), Platinum (The Voice & Disney USA ), Latin Vibes & The Italian Folk Dancers.

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DATE: Sunday, 25th of September 2016

TIME: 10.30am to 4pm

VENUE: Sydney Fish Market, Bank Street, Pyrmont. Pyrmont is just 2 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD and is part of the Inner West region.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: For info on all public transport services to get you there (including car parking), check out this link: Getting to Sydney Fish Market

ENTRY FEE: Free

MORE INFO: Call 02 9004 1100 (business hours) or check out this link: http://www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au/at-the-market/events


Photo credit: http://www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au/

Bring a picnic rug to TASTE FOOD, WINE & MUSIC FESTIVAL for a relaxing day out on Sunday, 25th of September 2016

TASTE Food, Wine & Music Festival 2014, Camden
The popular TASTE Food, Wine & Music Festival at Camden is back and will be held this Sunday, the 25th of September.

Bring a picnic rug and enjoy a range of delicious food, fresh produce, jams, chutney and preserves as well as wine and beer from a number of local suppliers. Plus you can accompany the scrumptious food with live entertainment, cooking demonstrations with Tasia & Gracia (2016 winners of My Kitchen Rules), children's cooking workshops, jumping castle, face painting and more!

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DATE: Sunday, 25th of September 2016

TIME: 12pm to 5pm

VENUE: Camden Town Farm, Exeter Street, Camden. Camden is a historic town of the Macarthur Region of Sydney, located 65 kilometres south-west of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: For public transport info, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on www.131500.com.au

ENTRY FEE: Free

MORE INFO: Call 02 4645 5034 or visit this link: http://www.camden.nsw.gov.au/.../taste-food-wine-and-music-festival/


Image credit: http://www.camden.nsw.gov.au/

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Drop by LINNWOOD OPEN DAY & check out the historic house + car displays on Sunday, 25th of September 2016

Vintage car display at Linnwood House Open Day
Linnwood is an historic house set on 5 hectares of ground at Guildford in the Western Sydney. The house was built in 1891 by George McCredie, a prominent businessman of the day, Mayor of Holroyd, and Independent member for the State seat of Central Cumberland, an independent free trader and an advocate of female suffrage. The property was purchased by the Education Department in 1921 who then converted the house to a residential girls school for State Wards aged 14 years and upwards. When the Education Department decided to sell the property on the open market, the Friends of Linnwood was formed in 2002 to help ‘preserve and protect’ the property. Linnwood was listed on the NSW State Heritage Register in February 2003 and is now under the Trusteeship of Holroyd City Council.

If you are interested in viewing this heritage house, come for their Open Day on Sunday, 25th of September. The event will also feature arts & crafts stalls, City of Holroyd Brass Band, plus exhibitions or displays by the Rolls-Royce Owners' Club, Bentley Drivers Club, Rover Owners Club NSW, Daimler & Lanchester Owners Club, Vintage Vehicles Club, Motoring Group from the Royal Automobile Club of Australia, Friends of the Parramatta Female Factory, Colonial and military display by Phil Patterson.

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DATE: Sunday, 25th of September 2016

TIME: 11am to 4pm

Linnwood House, Guildford
VENUE: Linnwood House, 25 Byron Road, Guildford. Guildford is a suburb of Sydney located 25 kilometres west of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: The nearest train station is Guildford station. For bus services, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on www.131500.com.au

ENTRY FEE: $3 per person. Children under 5 years admitted free.

MORE INFO: Call 9632 9203 or visit their website: http://www.linnwood.org.au/


Photo credit: http://www.linnwood.org.au/

Bring your picnic rug to LIVE @ ST LEONARDS PARK for live music, food & fun on Sunday, 25th of September 2016

Logo for Live @ St Leonards Park
Live @ St Leonards Park is a free music festival bringing indie-pop rock, jazz, rockabilly blues, roots and reggae, funk and soul to the community. The line-up of performers include High Street Fluke, Sydney Jazz Collective, That Red Head, Black Bird Hum, Suite Az, DJ Phil Toke from Soul of Sydney. Other entertainment include a music instrument making workshop, delicious food, and over-sized lawn games including giant jenga and connect 4!

Make sure you BYO picnic rug, family and friends to enjoy this live music event.

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DATE: Sunday, 25th of September 2016

TIME: 10am to 4pm

VENUE: St Leonards Park, Corner Miller & Falcon Street, North Sydney. North Sydney is a suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney and is located 5 km north-west of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: The park is about a 15 minutes walk from the North Sydney train station or if driving, park at Ridge St car park which can be accessed via Ridge St and James Place. For bus services, call the Transport Infoline on 131 500 or check their website on www.131500.com.au

ENTRY FEE: Free

MORE INFO: Call the Events Team on 9936 8100, email: commsevents@northsydney.nsw.gov.au or check out this link: http://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/.../Live_St_Leonards_Park


Image credit: http://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/

Visit SPRING HARVEST FESTIVAL at Australia's oldest surviving homestead on Sunday, 25th of September 2016

Devonshire Tea at Elizabeth Farm Tea Rooms
Taste your history at the Spring Harvest Festival held at historic Elizabeth Farm this Sunday, 25th of September. Elizabeth Farm, located at Rosehill is Australia's oldest surviving homestead. It was built in 1793 for John Macarthur (who was also known as the father of the wool industry) and his wife Elizabeth.

At Spring Harvest, you can step inside Elizabeth Farm and discover the interiors of Australia’s oldest surviving homestead. See how the Macarthur’s dining table would have been set for a formal meal. Explore the food and stories of the colonial dining table – pickles, preserves, honey, coffee, tea, smoked goods and heirloom produce, as you shop from a hand-picked selection of over 15 providores including Brasserie Bread, Pepe Saya, Cornersmith, Feather and Bone, Eat Me Chutneys and more.

Other event highlights include:

. Short talks where you will hear about artisan food making practices as well as get expert advice on seasonal planting and how to plan your own kitchen garden.

. Live food demonstrations and hands-on opportunities including bread making, preparing hand churned butter or learn about the art of preserving.

. Kitchen gardening workshop where you will get to plant your very own heirloom vegetable seedling to take home.

. Many ready-to-eat food vendors offering picnic food or visit the Elizabeth Farm Tearooms to savour a homemade Devonshire tea or a ploughman’s lunch.

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DATE: Sunday, 25th of September 2016

TIME: 10am to 3pm

VENUE: Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice Street, Rosehill. Rosehill is part of the Parramatta City Council and is located 23 kilometres west of Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: There is no parking on site at Elizabeth Farm and street parking is limited. The best way to get there is to catch a train and alight at Parramatta station and from there (Darcy Street), catch the FREE shuttle bus service to Elizabeth Farm. The shuttle bus will operate from 10am – 3.15pm. (Last bus from Parramatta station at 2.30pm.)

ENTRY FEE: Free but gold coin donation for entry to the house is most welcome.

MORE INFO: Call 02 9635 9488 or check this link: http://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/../spring-harvest-festival-2016


Devonshire Tea photo, credit Sydney Living Museums

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bring the family (& your ukulele) to the musical UKULELE FESTIVAL on 24th & 25th of September 2016

Poster for Ukulele Festival - The Entrance
If you are big on playing the ukulele and don't mind a bit of travel, don't miss the Ukulele Festival on the 24th & 25th of September. Ukulele clubs from all over the East Coast of Australia will converge in Memorial Park to play and also watch some of the best Ukulele artists this country has to offer. The day offers something for everyone with market stalls, food stalls and rides for the kids.

The day is free so bring the family and even your ukulele to enjoy the festival!

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DATE: Saturday & Sunday, 24th & 25th of September 2016

TIME: 10am to 4pm

VENUE: Memorial Park, Marine Parade, The Entrance. The Entrance is part of the Central Coast region of NSW and is located 103 km north of Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Display map

GETTING THERE: For public transport services, call the Transport Infoline on 131500 or check their website on http://www.131500.com.au/

ENTRY FEE: Free

MORE INFO: Call the Entrance Town Centre Management on 1800 335 377, email: info@theentrancetcm.com.au or visit this link: http://www.theentrance.org.au/.../the-central-coast-ukelele-festival


Image credit: http://www.theentrance.org.au