21 Absolutely Brilliant Things To Do In Sydney This October

Ria Lawrence Ria Lawrence - Staff Writer


Spooky season is the best season!

Ahh October. The changing leaves, longer days, balmy weather and crisp Autumn air. There’s also so much to look forward to especially after months of being homebound. That’s right Sydney, ‘Freedom Day’ is around the corner — anticipated to be October 11 and we don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to get out there and start exploring our beautiful city once again. With businesses eager to open, you can be sure we’re in for a splendid Spring season. Here are a few brilliant events and activities happening in October that you can enjoy. This is a live list and we’ll be updating it often so keep a watch!

1. Plan a picnic at one of these epic spots 

The sun is shining and picnic mania has taken over the city. Check out our list of epic Sydney gardens and parks for your next adventure in town.

2. Get ready — Hamilton is back in town!

This is not a drill. Hamilton will resume it’s Sydney season next month before moving to Melbourne next year in March. Hamilton’s Sydney run will now last till February 27 — snap up your tickets fast!

3. Sports lovers, gear up for extreme sports festival — District X 

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District X, the extreme sports festival landing in Sydney this October, is bringing together an elite line-up of athletes for three days of head-to-head competitions, championship rounds and world record stunts that’ll entertain, enthral and excite even the mildest of adrenaline junkies.

4. Candlelight ballet is back!

Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky’s incomparable ballet, is an experience hard to beat. But add candles and a couple more incredible musical scores in one of our city’s most emblematic buildings and you’re well on your way to a memorable night with Candelight Ballet.

5. Plan a day trip out of town to one of these fabulous locations 

If you’re looking to get out of the city once the lockdown is over, now would be the right time to start planning. With just two more weeks of lockdown to go, we couldn’t be more keen to hit the road.

6. Soak up the sun at one of Sydney’s iconic beaches

With restrictions slowly easing , we ventured to do the nearly impossible task of listing out some of our favourite beaches around town.

7. Tune in to Taronga Zoo’s adorable cub cam 

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Taronga zoo announced news of a brand new cub cam last month. Which means you and I can livestream the adorable lion cubs from the comfort of home for a tax-deductible donation of just $7.

8. Have lunch with a view with this epic harbour top deck lunch cruise

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Sydney Harbour with this cruise with optional guaranteed window seating, superb dining and incredible service.

9. Prefer staying in just a bit longer? Enjoy a therapeutic night of paint and wine from home

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You can now make your lockdown a bit more fun and indulge the artist in you with these virtual painting classes. Even better — all painting supplies right from the canvas to paints to and easel, apron and brushes will be delivered to your doorstep by the studio.

10. Enjoy a naughty night out featuring ‘magic’ male dancers

What’s more fun than being entertained by a parade of men with ripped torsos and bulging biceps dancing on stage? We’ve just got just the event for you for the perfect night out post lockdown!

11. Say aloe to some new plant friends thanks to this vibrant Marrickville shop

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PlantGirl in Marrickville, is all things fun and colourful but most of all it has a diverse variety of low-maintenance plants if you’re looking to join the plant craze.

12. Get your hands on these epic bake-at-home brownie kits courtesy of Gelato Messina


For Messina’s next dreamy dessert, you can look forward to a serious sugar rush because the gelato giants are bringing bake-at-home brownie kits delivered straight to your doorstep!

13. Check out the exciting Escape to Freeplane Online Adventure

Solve puzzles, interpret images and create a dream language as you attempt to free the minds of the trapped before it’s too late — all from the comfort of home this October!

14. Get in the Halloween spirit and stream these terrifying shows and movies

In celebration of Halloween — grab some pizza and wine and browse through our wide selection of some of the best horror series and movies to watch right now. Happy streaming–or better yet scary streaming!

15. Grab tickets for this unique dining experience that includes a blindfold and a surprise menu

Discover what goes on within the darkness at the Halloween Edition of Dining in the Dark. It’ll be a night to remember that’s for sure.

16. In the mood for an adventure? Try and find this magical disused tunnel that glows in the dark!

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The Lithgow Glow Worm Tunnel is located in the expansive area of the Blue Mountains and there are only a small number of ways to get there. The best way to make the most of the adventure, however, is by joining a guided night tour with a certified instructor.

17. Tackle Coogee Wine Room’s delectable Basque cheesecake recipe

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With its caramelised crust and creamy  heart — the burnt Basque cheesecake is hard to resist. With 1 more weeks of lockdown to go, we reached out to Coogee Wine Room for their popular Basque cheesecake recipe. It’s burnt, cracked and completely irresistible.

18. Indulge the artist in you with this native flower workshop 

In this workshop, you’ll receive a seasonal selection of native wildflowers. Get it delivered to your door and take part in a virtual workshop that will nurture your creative talents. After that, take a virtual tour of the flower farm responsible for the gorgeous blooms.

19. Pubs will be reopening soon — check out our list of best pubs around the city that support live music 

There are the venues that are doing all the hard work of putting on shows week-in, week-out; supporting the local live music scene and giving punters something to rave about, because nobody wants to live in a boring city, right?

20. Start planning your post-lockdown adventure with our extensive glamping experiences list

If setting up a tent, not having a shower for days, dealing with spiders and preparing food on an open fire is not really your thing, we suggest you give these glamping experiences a shot this October.

21. Try these delicious chocolate-filled Portuguese tarts 

Daughter of a Baker, run by a trio of sisters, have mastered their family’s secret recipe for Portuguese tarts which has been passed down to them through their father.

Because of the seemingly never ending lockdown, they have incorporated a fan fave twist by introducing a creamy, chocolatey centre to their traditional Portuguese Tarts and you need to get on it right away.

Want more? Here are 200 Totally Awesome Things To Do In Sydney When Lockdown Ends


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