There always seems to be something going on in Sydney. Whether it’s a new restaurant opening or an art exhibition, this city doesn’t like to hang around and twiddle its thumbs. 2012 is no exception. This year there are hundreds of events of all sizes taking place in one of the world’s most beautiful and exciting cities.
Here are some of the best events taking place in 2012 so you can time your trip Down Under to coincide with something that interests and excites you. Remember to check currency exchange rates today with Currencies Direct before you travel to get the up-to-date Pound to Australian Dollar rate.
Australian Fashion Week, 30 April-4 May
You may not instantly associate Australia with cutting edge fashion, but this antipodean city actually produces some outstanding fashion designers that are starting to carve out global careers. The event is held at Circular Quay and features fashion shows as well as a buyers’ exhibition. It is the most important fashion event in Australia and attracts designers from all over the country and from New Zealand and South East Asia too. You can find out more from the official website.
Darling Harbour Blues and Jazz Festival, June
To coincide with the Queen’s birthday, the Sydney seafront is brought to life with smooth jazz and blues and light shows to rival those at Disney World. Gospel choirs, swing bands and soloists also join in the entertainment and for real jazz and blues enthusiasts the workshops offering tips and advice are not to be missed.
Biennale of Sydney, 27 June-16 September
The Biennale of Sydney is a contemporary art event showcasing the best in both Australian and international art works. Venues throughout the city, from the Royal Botanic Gardens to Sydney Opera House, are filled with art works under one common theme, which this year is ‘all our relations’.
NRL Grand, October
Rugby is a pretty big deal in Australia and in October the season culminates with the NRL (National Rugby League) final at the ANZ Stadium. Expect plenty of rivalry, beer, pies and excitement. This is a great way to immerse yourself in Aussi culture.
Sunset over Sydney harbour