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Vivid Sydney 2018 Precincts

The world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney returns in 2018 with a spectacular new precinct at Luna Park, the return of much-loved Customs House, and a fantastical blend of everyday objects and Australian-inspired motifs on the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall said, “Vivid Sydney has delighted and inspired people from around Australia and the world. With the Festival now in its 10th year, visitors and locals alike can once again expect to be mesmerised by the Vivid Sydney program, with larger installations and a gripping Music and Ideas offering, so I encourage visitors to start planning their trip early to get the most out of this year’s exciting line-up.

“Over 23 nights from Friday 25 May to Saturday 16 June, Vivid Sydney will paint the Harbour City in the colour and spectacle of Vivid Light, take over Sydney stages with Vivid Music’s electric performances and collaborations, and provide a global forum for thought-provoking debate and creative discussion at Vivid Ideas.”

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW and in 2017, attracted a record-breaking 2.33 million attendees to Vivid Sydney, delivering an incredible $143 million of visitor expenditure into the NSW economy.


For the first time, Vivid Sydney’s dazzling Light Walk extends to new precinct Luna Park Sydneywhere the iconic amusement park comes alive with a large-scale projection on the facade of Coney Island. The show celebrates the history, magic, creativity, engineering, fantasy and imagination that have come together to create millions of memories on this unique and special site. This year also marks the first time Luna Park’s iconic Ferris Wheel will be lit for the festival following an LED refit, which has included a massive boost in the number of lights adorning the wheel.

Vivid Sydney’s bright lights will illuminate the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney again in 2018, where visitors will follow a pathway that weaves through an exciting nocturnal environment inspired by nature. Here, Parrot Party inspired by the New Zealand Kea Parrot and the Australian Rainbow Lorikeet comes alive as people gather, breaking into song and radiating colourful light. Aqueous will dazzle with its interactive landscape of meandering pathways of light, which will flow and glow in full illuminated interactivity, engaging visitors in collaborative play. The Blooma giant electric, metallic flower with petals adorned with mirrors that refract and reflect light, puts you in the centre of the flower capturing the perfect photo moment, and He’e nalu gives the joyous sensation of surfing a wave.

In celebration of their 100 year anniversary, May Gibbs’ iconic and immortal characters, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and their stalwart companions come to life on the façade of Customs House, as they journey through the Australian Bush and encounter the weird, the wonderful, and things quite unknown altogether. This whimsical piece will be narrated by renowned Australian film and television actress Noni Hazlehurst AM, Patron of the Australian Children’s Laureate, and beloved by Play School devotees far and wide.

All eyes turn to the World-Heritage listed Sydney Opera House at the centre of the Vivid Light Walk for Lighting of the Sails, created in 2018 by award-winning Australian artist Jonathan Zawada. Visitors will be captivated by Metamathemagical, a bold and dynamic display of morphing digital sculptures inspired by recognisable Australian motifs across science, nature and culture.

Sydney’s iconic buildings will once again be transformed, including the facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) with Virtual Vibration, a highly-collaborative creative work produced in conjunction with MCA Collection artist Jonny Niesche and composer Mark Pritchard. Interactive lighting display Skylark will let visitors put their own colourful mark on the city, stretching from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the skyscrapers of Circular Quay to the reaches of Sydney Harbour.

Network Ten and MasterChef Australia will bring a magical experience to the facade of the ASN Co. Building in The Rocks, in celebration of both Masterchef and Vivid Sydney’s 10th Birthday with Mystery Gateau. Mini construction-worker chefs will guide you on a journey of fun and wonderment, with the famous MasterChef clock ticking down to the final extraordinary surprise.

Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Kings Cross will return in 2018.

Festival favourites from last year are back along with a whole new mob of fierce, fantastic, quirky and endearing species for Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild. Visitors will discover some new spectacular animal light sculptures, and learn how Taronga is working to help save 10 species from extinction over the next 10 years.

An art-meets-technology water fountain, light and laser experience takes Darling Harbour visitors into a dream-like dive under the ocean, while the iconic rooftop of the Australian National Maritime Museum will be projected with BBC Earth and Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II, exploring the fascinating world beneath the waves.

A pop-up market inspired by the colourful neighbourhood street markets of Brazil, built from a scaffold and recycled materials and lit by lasers will transform the Chatswood CBD. The Concourse will take visitors on an immersive, deep dive into space featuring NASA’s amazing imagery and 360-degree projection.

Barangaroo glows under layers of light and sound that evoke the surrounding waterways, with the precinct coming to life through the magnificent art of puppetry with a breathtaking, giant luminescent creature venturing along the waterfront in a theatrical display of sound and light.

Precinct contributor Coca-Cola returns to light up the streets of Sydney’s iconic Kings Cross and to support another KX program in 2018. The colourful strip along Darlinghurst Road will be transformed with a spectacular display of light and life. The famous Coca-Cola sign comes alive again in 2018 with an array of flair and a creative colour show. Other Vivid KX transformations include the historic Victorian Terrace; World Bar, which will unfurl a multi-story house party, and the renowned Kings Cross Hotel, which will host cutting-edge artists curated by legendary party-crews.


Vivid Music ups the ante in 2018 with an electric line-up, from noise to jazz, sonic experimentation to the soul. Highlights include a one-night-only performance by Grammy award-winning rock-goddess St. Vincent, and the return of Curve Ball headlined by Alison Wonderland — a large-scale live music and art event created by the team behind Field Day, Harbourlife and Listen Out — both at Carriageworks.

The City Recital Hall returns to the program, tracking the extraordinary rise in jazz with the Innovators In Jazz series featuring the undisputed king, triple Grammy award-winner saxophonist Branford Marsalis. The world’s finest jazz vocalists including Kurt Elling and chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux will line up alongside Orange is the New Black star Lea Delaria in her musical comedy, jazz interpretation show.

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House hosts a stellar line-up of Australian exclusives as part of Vivid Sydney, including several Opera House debuts. Highlights this year include American dream-pop icons Mazzy Star, the godfather of West Coast rap Ice Cube, acclaimed 90s indie rock singer/songwriter Cat Power, Grammy award-winning artist Solange, and the long-awaited collaboration between iconic Australian artists Daniel Johns and Luke Steele

Now in its 4th year as part of Vivid Sydney, Heaps Gay struts uptown to Sydney Town Hall for an unmissable experience, the inaugural Queen’s Ball. Other not-to-be-missed events include Young Hearts Run Free and one of Australia’s most exciting breakthrough artists performing at the Enmore Theatre, Vera Blue.

Also returning to Vivid Music in 2018 is X|Celerate, a partnership between Vivid Sydney and the City of Sydney to enliven music venues across town. Showcasing grassroots and emerging local music talent, highlights will include Purple Sneakers 12th birthday at The Lansdowne, a fusion of food, wine and music at Cake Wines Cellar Door, and HAPPY and VISIONS at The Lady Hampshire.

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As architects of the future, it’s time to join the masterminds and creative catalysts at Vivid Ideas for inspiration. Vivid Ideas provides a forum to workshop, collaborate and cultivate fresh thinking to drive the creative agenda across tech, design, entertainment and culture. Vivid Ideas returns in 2018 with some of the world’s greatest minds as we explore the future-shaping scenarios that will define our lives.

Vivid Ideas 2018 showcases those who are leading the way in technology, creativity and science. Game Changers and Creative Catalysts this year include film-maker, marine explorer and conservationist James Cameron. In a Vivid Sydney exclusive, James will explore his passion for science and technology, and how it has influenced his work as a film director and environmentalist. James will be joined in conversation by Adam Spencerwhile in Sydney to open the James Cameron – Challenging the Deep exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Australian global success story Dare Jennings — founder of Mambo Clothing, Phantom Records and Deus ex Machina — joins his good friend James Valentine to discuss creating cult brands that cut across age and lifestyles as well the joys of throwing out the rulebook.

Futurist and game developer, Jane McGonigal can prove games have the power transform our real world lives. She and Artificial Intelligence expert Kriti Sharma join Vivid Ideas to explore the latest in AI, VR and gaming to ask what kind of society we can create with technology.

Visual strategist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and co-founder of the Museum of Awe, Dan Goods joins the Vivid Ideas Creative Catalysts line-up to explore how creativity and science interplay and why NASA has a virtual strategist.

The New Horizons series explores the mega-trends and micro-developments in technology and innovation and shines a light on experts tackling the biggest issues with creativity in a bid to make our future brighter. Topics include Future Fashion, Algae is the New Black, Blockchain Decoded and Evolving Democracy.

Over three successive Wednesdays, Vivid Sydney will take over the Art Gallery of NSW to create an intimate portrait of our better selves. Our special guests dare to ask if we can improve dying, how we can find common ground when and where there’s conflict, and why we should nudge perceptions around female sexuality. These events will be accompanied by curated music from Gold heist, Air Land Sea and Haiku Hands.

The Vivid Ideas Exchange at the Museum of Contemporary Art returns, boasting a diverse line-up of talks presented by creative experts covering topics including the future of work, the ethics of humanizing technology and how to become agents for change.


Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of Vivid Sydney 2018. Partners include American Express returning for the second year of partnership, and introducing a new partner, Samsung. Supporters include City of Sydney, Oracle Liquid, Property NSW, Sydney Opera House, TAFE NSW, Technical Direction Company, Transgrid, Transport for NSW and 32 Hundred Lighting. For the second year, Vivid Sydney’s Access and Inclusion partner is Cushman and Wakefield, Coca-Cola returns as Kings Cross precinct contributor and the festival continues its sustainability partnership with the Banksia Foundation. Also new to Vivid Sydney are Vivid Collaborators, CSIRO, Gateway Sydney, Network 10, ATS Logistics, Kennards Hire and Red Balloon.

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Image source- Vivid Sydney


Wet'n'Wild Water World, Parramatta - wikimedia

There’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.” This world is indeed beautiful, and its beauty must not only be seen but enjoyed and taken care of. Amazing places compose our globe, and travelling to see all of them is a hard-to-reach goal. Little by little, it may be achieved, but that would take an immeasurably long time and lots of spent money. To globe-trot is everyone’s dream. There’s something in exploring foreign places/countries that makes it strongly desirable—something no one has to explain; it’s just felt, and we can all agree that no one says ‘no’ to navigating our wonderful world [except for the busy and working people who sadly have no choice].

Sydney’s central city, Parramatta, is certainly a pleasant and friendly city. An upholder of proper dwelling and employment provision for citizens, this suburb is also a cornerstone for cultural and recreational activities and showcasing. Tourists who came to Sydney have reckoned that Parramatta is one of the top must-go-to locations in one of Australia’s largest cities, Sydney.

In this article, regardless whether you are a tourist or a local, you’ll be able to get awesome ideas of the activities that you can do during your short or long period of stay in Parramatta. This is a generous collection of both the famous and the far-out stuff you can spend your precious time on, including specific where-to and how-to suggestions. You may have seen other lists such as this, but rest-assured, there’s no other list as hand-picked as this one, so what are you waiting for?

C’mon, start crossing out your questions on what to do in Sydney’s beautiful Parramatta by dipping into this friendly guide!

Notwithstanding who you are (a local or a tourist), one of the primary and most essential things you must do is to know the background of the place you are in. If you’re a local, of course you’re familiar with it, but there could still be things unknown to you. If you’re a tourist, you may have little to no knowledge about the place even if you researched about it.

Parramatta Heritage Centre - wikimedia
Parramatta Heritage Centre – Wikimedia

Full of pride and honor, Parramatta introduces its city through the Heritage Centre. Aside from other various reading materials about the city’s development, centuries-old archives are also preserved in the Centre; local studies and cultural collections are also accessible. Few of the highly safeguarded and precious artefacts of European colonization are found in the Philip Ruddock Heritage Centre Parramatta.

The medical side of the city’s history is offered by Brislington Medical and Nursing Museum. Because distinguished people were linked to it, rendering a part of state and colonial government in Parramatta, it has been regarded with historical magnitude.

Lots of museums and centres will aid you to discover what Parramatta was, is and probably will be. It’s so much better to go to a place carrying with you information that will be valuable for a meaningful trip. There are many mysteries, secrets and surprising histories which can be discovered, ONLY if you visit heritage and historical buildings. Wow, what a tip!

It may not be something new but Parramatta has lots of parks to show you. You can spend your “me time” or bring your dearest people with you. Prepare for picnics. Bring delicious meals. Bring a mat. Pick a good spot to stay. Just look around and see beauty everywhere. Appreciate the wonderful surroundings. Inhale the peacefulness of the wind. Exhale the stress of the world.

Parramatta Park, Jubilee Park, Parramatta Park, Sherwin Park and Collett Park are few examples of parks that you may consider visiting.

Old Government House - Parramatta Park - wikimedia
Old Government House – Parramatta Park – Wikimedia

People don’t get tired of parks! They’re classic. They’re also backed with essential links to Australia’s history. They must be well taken care of and not polluted. So if you’ll go to parks, be responsible enough for yourself and for the environment.

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photo credit – pixels

Be neat and fresh-looking. You might want to have a brighter look when you take good shots, selfies and groupies as your stroll in Parramatta. You can drop by a beauty parlour or a grooming station, and see how they do it the Aussie way.

Ladies, check out Nailed by Larouge where nail art is manually painted with the hand, styled with cute ornaments like gems, pearls, diamonds and seashells. It aims to “save the world from boring nails”. Gentlemen, a number of barber shops are also present for you. If you’re into vintage and modern haircuts and conventional wet shades, visit Barber Industries. You might also want to try other grooming options like MG’s Men’s Grooming Spa and The Barber Workshop.

This could take a lot decision-making especially if you just got a freshening up back home, but it depends on you. This could be part of your life’s history book of things you tried around the globe.

The air gets even more polluted, and people’s health is put to bigger risks as congested roads and terrible transportation continue to happen. The City of Parramatta is working towards stopping the rapid growth of these conflicts. A Bike Plan is being devised in order to gradually solve them. You can take part in saving the environment by cycling as a means of transportation. Parramatta is good for biking because of its flat surface.

Cycling in Parramatta
photo credit – mabelamber – pixabay

To engage in this advocacy in an invigorating approach, you can rent bikes and develop skills and confidence in biking. Advantageous is a social enterprise that caters to all ages, extending cycling programs as you pay at a modest rate. Another thing that makes this activity meaningful is that the bikes they use are donated. That’s so touching! They also lead discovery rides specifically in Lake Parramatta and other possible cycle ways.

You can easily wander through Parramatta alone just with your bike or together with your mates. You’ll help not only in creating a better environment but also in developing a healthier body and lifestyle.

Flowers grow old and die, but how they make everything more ravishing does not. It’s really amazing that not all flowers existing in a certain country exists in another. Some of the flowers which are naturally found and that rarely grow outside Australia include Waratah, Banksia and Kangaroo Paw. Parramatta has big flower gardens showcasing lovely and notable flower types.

Rumsey Rose Garden is where a large party of fragrant heritage roses are found. It is a stunning garden where pathways lead to shelter of vines. Sometimes, art exhibits are placed there too. Murray Garden was refurbished to improve the environment for everyone’s comfort and enjoyment. Furnishings, lighting, water flows and ponds were refined to better the garden’s features.

Royal Botanic Garden, Parramatta
Royal Botanic Garden – ttnotes

If you need a relaxing and vibrant sight after a gloomy tiring day, flower gardens can help! It seems like flowers sprinkle colours to our heart as we see every detail. They look like a colourful paradise from afar. Flower gardens aid in shaping delightful places and functional spaces. They show us how nature’s captivating beauty is art.

Are you tired of seeing human beings? Just kidding (take it seriously if you insist). When was the last time you visited animals? Of course, animals aren’t just the dogs, cats, hamsters and fishes you have at home. Why not go out and check on other animal friends in zoos and other animal sanctuaries?

Featherdale Wildlife Park Kangaroos, Parramatta - Wikimedia
Featherdale Wildlife Park Kangaroos – Wikimedia

Featherdale Wildlife Park was a poultry farm of 7 acre-land when it first established. Today, it is one of Australia’s leading wildlife parks. There is a 90-seater amphitheatre which is utilized for its pursuit of educating people about animals’ lives and needs as well as about the environment’s conditions.

There are zoos near Parramatta like Taronga Zoo and animal sanctuaries such as the Koala Park Sanctuary.

It’s not every day that you get to interact with terrific animals. Your last visit might be when you’re in kindergarten. Animals are also humans’ friends! Pay them a visit!

Playgrounds are still a thing. Kids enjoy them a lot. Adults enjoy them even more.

photocredit - pixabay 1
photo credit – pixabay 1

Pavilion Flat Playground is recommended for young kids. You can bring them here to enjoy swings, a play sail boat and spring rockers. Domain Creek Playground has a lovely designed. It blends into the Parramatta Park look. You can see wire-made and branch-made mazes as part of the ‘obstacle course’. There are sand diggers and small trampolines too. It is a cool space where children of all ages would love to spend time. Urban Jungle Adventure Park is the perfect attraction that will make your adrenalin go up! It claims to be an excellent and matchless High Ropes Adventure Park. Enjoy fun and thrilling aerial activities and also swimming!

Regardless of your age, don’t miss the fun and adventure that playgrounds bring!

Aside from linking bodies of land, many bridges are also part of Australian history. Take some time on the walkways of some of them.

Lennox Bridge is a developed sandstone single arch bridge and the third oldest remaining masonry bridge in NSW. Gladsville Bridge is an arch bridge connecting Huntleys Point and Drummoyne.

John Whitton Bridge bears the main Northern railway line across Parramatta River between Rhodes and Meadowbank. When this bridge was first constructed, it only had the railway line. When it was renovated, two tracks were added, allowing bikes and pedestrians.

Gladsville Bridge, Parramatta - wikimedia
Gladsville Bridge – Wikimedia

This activity may not be as grand as any other activity, and it may be subjective too, but it’s really a fulfilling thing to know and realize that you were there, on the ground where great history took place. Crossing a well-known and/or historical bridge feels a lot like crossing an item in your bucket list.

Wet'n'Wild Water World, Parramatta - wikimedia
wet N wild Water World – Wikimedia

Waters from different parts of the world may seem the same because basically they’re ‘water’, but each body of water is distinct and beautiful on its own.

Kayaks, paddleboards and rowboats are amazing features of Parramatta beaches. Parramatta Rowboats is a man-made reservoir within 73 hectares of parkland; once again, the lake is now open for swimming. Waterfalls include Balaka Falls in Hunts Creek Reserve, a hidden pearl in the city which is connected to Lake Parramatta. You can go snorkelling in several beaches accessible near Parramatta like Balmoral Beach, Manly Beach, Fairlight Beach and Clovelly Beach.

You can’t miss all these fun stuff! Let the water take you into deeper adventures!

  1. GET IT DONE: Escape Rooms
photocredit - clockedindk - pixabay
photo credit – clockedindk – pixabay

Escape rooms somehow bring to life mystery-solving and thrilling games! You need keen sense to detail to spot clues and escape the room. Each room has a specific mission, and players need to decode puzzles and conclude the mission to escape within the time limit! Come in groups because it’s a group-oriented activity. Also, it’s better if there are 3 or more people because if you’ll look it up online, most escape rooms require a minimum of 4 players per mission.

Escape rooms in Parramatta include Labyrinth Escape Rooms and Scram Escape Rooms.

This has become a thing because it truly is a clever and cool idea. If you are looking for a group or family activity that probably will twist your brain and will test and strengthen your relationships, ‘escape rooms’ is a must-try. This is perfect for team buildings, family and friendship bonding. It enhances communication, critical thinking and decision-making skills when faced with time-bound challenges.

Experience thrill, excitement and fun-filled to the brim!

  1. WATCH OR RACE: Racecourses
Sydney Speedway - Photo owned by Tom Reynolds - Flickr
Sydney Speedway – Photo owned by Tom Reynolds – Flickr

Nowadays, people just play a race with their friends online or with a bot in their mobile phones and digital gadgets. Watching races live is a rare and cool experience!

They are places you have to plan and intentionally go to because they’re not easy to find, and there are race schedules too.

Sydney Speedway (Valvoline Raceway) is a well-known attraction and auto race dirt track.

Motor shows and competitions are also held in Eastern Creek Raceway.

Different from the two, Rosehill Gardens Racecourse is a horse racing field. It is notable for its world-class quality and recognition. The track where matches happen is encompassed with pristine flowers and plants making it picture-perfect.

Raceways also provide racing and driving education and training for those who don’t just want to cheer behind the fences and on the bleachers. If you are interested and brave enough to take the challenge, enroll in classes and avail private practicing sessions. Today, races may not be as rampant as they were during the older than old times, but this is a fun and unique activity, whether you want to race or just watch. It could be one of the most amazingly memorable days of your life!

  1. LEARN, TWIST AND TURN: Circus Arts
Trapeze - John Lawlor - Flickr
Trapeze – John Lawlor – Flickr

Everyone wants to know the trick in amazing magic shows and circuses. Sydney Olympic Park takes you into a magical feeling mixed with excitement and fun as it brings you Circus Arts—Sydney’s first ever and proudly the best “flying trapeze company” since 1999. Provided with complete safety gears and equipment, you and your loved ones will plunge into spectacular set of skills you only see on TV or in circus shows. You will be exposed to swinging, acro-balancing, twirling, hanging upside down, tight-wiring, flipping and catching, using hula hoops, somersaulting, juggling and many other special skills which you can exclusively acquire here. You can pick among its several programs, and join one session or enroll for a 10-week learning and training.

Have a gripping experience with Circus Arts. Let your dream come to reality as you go on air capturing both happiness and fitness!

  1. WATCH OUT: Seasonal Events
Parramatta, Sydney Australia Fireworks Night Celebration
Sydney Australia Fireworks Night Celebration

There are lots of happenings in the city that catch people’s full-attention. Make sure you’d be an early bird when ticket-selling is ongoing because you know how quick as a lightning they get sold. Don’t miss peculiar opportunities that interest you so much and that will truly be useful to you. People from different parts of the world and of Australia look forward to aerial hot balloon rides during Australia Day celebration. Appreciate and engage in art galleries/walks/exhibits, live performing arts theatres, cinemas and workshops of any field (music, dance, acting, business, personality etc.).

Be sure to keep yourself updated so you won’t miss the boat!

  1. TASTE AND TOUR: Taste Food Tours
Food tours, Parramatta- photocredit - pixabay
photo credit – pixabay

What’s travel and adventure without food? Australia is big. NSW is big. Sydney is big. Parramatta is big. There are lots and lots of choices! It wouldn’t be easy to pick where and what you want to eat.

Well, that daily dilemma is made easier to solve by Taste [Cultural] Food Tours. It’s still food but with a twist. The thing that separates it from the usual food selection is that you eat at the same time you learn culture, history and local accounts. It’s a charity and social enterprise gathering the community in small tour groups. They look forward for a well-built cross-cultural understanding among people. Their tour guides are migrants, refugees and Australian youth who are supported by the company to achieve their goals.

Eat in a way you’ve never done before! It’s more than your tummy’s pleasure and more of your heart’s joy and your mind’s wonder.

Does this make you a TOUREAT? (Get it? Please get it.)

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  1. MARK IT: Markets

Parramatta has several markets which will truly tempt you to put your wallet out of your pocket.

Old Bus Depot Markets, Parramatta - Wikimedia
Old Bus Depot Markets – Wikimedia

Good quality goods, meat, fruits, veggies and flowers can be found in Parramatta Farmers Market with 50 plus stores composing it. If you want loving pre-loved items and antique products, North Rocks Market has to be your destination. Great news for bookworms because great arrays of books are sold there. Donations are appreciated too because the market doesn’t just sell to simply earn but to earn for a cause. Dreamers Market is the right stop if you love handmade products because they sell 100% handmade items which are authentically Australian; however, Dreamers Market is held only on Mother’s Day eve.

Going to markets in the area is good especially if you aim to try fresh goods which can only be found in the city. You may also find the products cheaper than those in the malls. An amazing facet of markets is you can bargain for lower prices unlike in malls. Unique items, fun activities and skills showcase are found there too. Buy souvenir items you can take home and share with your friends! You’ll be able to save a lot and get a lot.

If you’ve found a product or a good market of your interest, mark it so you won’t forget about it! It’s alright to leave the place with no more free hands.


There are innumerable possibilities as you journey in Parramatta. This guide hopefully tried to avoid listing too much of what other “what-to-do-in-*insert place*” guides already have done. It could have listed some, but it tried to veer away from what common lists say. If you noticed, some are mainly specific activities (circus arts), and others are basically mentioned in general types (like parks) but with included venue suggestions.


Parramatta is indeed a wonderful city. It treasures culture, history and heritage. It has a lot of great sites that make way for people to be familiar about a foreign land [if they’re tourists] and to be more well-informed [if they’re locals]. It showcases various forms of art, and shows how it’s done in their home. There is a number of mesmerizing sceneries, land and water bodies. With its great deal of nature sites, it highly values environment and nature. It offers innumerable sumptuous food while it is also concerned with human health and comfort. It pays attention to beauty and hygiene. It cherishes knowledge, discoveries and new adventures. The city values people’s worthwhile, unforgettable and meaningful experience, and that’s what you should also do.

Parramatta has gotten all these and probably more. Remember that whatever you choose to do, make sure it’ll be worth your time, efforts and money! But of course, check first if you got all of those three. Be wise in making decisions and spending what you have. Take photos, videos and souvenirs. Weave amazing memories and note great stories to share and look back to. May you experience a marvellous, never-before life episode of your life in Parramatta’s wonders!


Nicole Ann Pore is a daytime writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta, a five-star hotel in located in Parramatta, New South Wales (Australia). Travel is one of the things that interest her the most. Nicole enjoys reading and writing lists like must-visit places, famous places to eat and what-to-do’s. She is amazed at the historical relevance of places, the diversity of cultures and the showcase of arts in different parts in the world. For Nicole, the beauty of this world is just breathtaking, astounding and something worth-sharing. | Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts. “To God be all the glory”

Five Must-See Unspoiled Places In Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

In the Australian state of Victoria, Melbourne is considered as a state capital. It is also the most populous in Victoria and the second-most populous in the country of Australia and Oceania. Melbourne is filled with great sceneries, wonderful and tall buildings and they also offer different kinds of food for the tourists. The people in Melbourne are also hospitable and nice. Melbourne is becoming one of the top places to visit in the world because of all the activities that can be done. Visiting Melbourne, Australia is not really that expensive. You just have to be mindful of your expenses so that you will be able to spend on the things that you really need.

There are a lot must-see unspoiled places in the city of Melbourne

To know more, continue reading:

  1. Queen Victoria Market
Victoria Market, Melbourne Australia
photo source: queen victoria market

Queen Victoria Market may be already famous to some and it is even considered as a major landmark in Melbourne but it’s still not as frequent as the markets that can be found in Sydney. If you love shopping in the market then this is the place that you should visit because there are a lot of authentic Australian food and things that you can buy. Treat yourself and put the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere in your itinerary and you will surely not regret it.

  1. Warrook Cattle Farm
Melbourne, Australia
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Warrook Cattle Farm is one of the best farms in Melbourne, Australia. It is underrated but throughout the years, it’s starting to become more known to tourists because of word of mouth through social media. If you love animals then Warrook Cattle Farm should be part of your list. This is really a great place because you can spend time with animals! The place is also open 7 days a week.

  1. Peninsula Hot Springs
Melbourne, Australia
(photo source: visit victoria)

Peninsula Hot Springs is considered as the very first natural hot spring in Melbourne. This place is around 1.5 away from the city of Melbourne so if you’re planning to have a relaxing time, better visit Peninsula Hot Springs. There are also other great relaxing places outside of Melbourne like Kims that offers romantic getaways in Sydney.

  1. Harbour Town
Sea Pines Resort, Melbourne, Australia
(photo source: sea pines resort)

Harbour Town Melbourne is a place where you can relax and still have a feel of the city. There are stores, restaurants and different outlets that you will surely enjoy. It’s definitely a mix of everything you need. The place also offers a mix of fashion, housewares, pieces of jewelry, sportswear, general merchandise and many more. The Harbour Town is open from Mondays to Sundays so better put this on your itinerary as well. It will surely be worth it!

  1. Melbourne Aquarium
Melbourne Aquarium

 Do you love the sea? Do you want to visit a place where you can feel like you are under the sea? If the answer is yes then you should definitely visit the Melbourne Aquarium. Come up close to see the amazing water creatures like turtles, sea snakes, baby sharks and many more. Explore a world unlike any other and visit Melbourne Aquarium!

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Mark Aldrin Hipolito is a writer for Kims, one of Australia’s perfect beach retreat places that offers a cluster of deluxe timber bungalows and spa villas on the beach. Mark also gives out guides and tips for people regarding on how they can enjoy their vacation and trips around the world.

Five Picture-Worthy Places To See In Australia

5 picture worthy places to visit in Australia

Australia is one of the most frequented places in the entire world.

Has picture-worthy places to see in Australia.

It’s one of the countries everyone’s dreamt of going because of the beauty of its culture, people, and delicious cuisine as well. Australia is known as the land down under but it’s more than its famous tagline. Australia is composed of eight capital cities and every city is really worth going.

Five of the most picturesque places to see in Australia

See the list below:

  1. Grampians National Park

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Grampians National Park is one of the most famous places among travelers. It is actually tagged as one of the most visited because of the beauty and feel of the park. The park can be found between Stawell and Horsham on the Western Highway. It is about 167, 219 hectare and if you really want to experience first-hand what it is like to be there, better pay a visit now! It will surely be worth it.

  1. Fraser Island

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Fraser Island is situated at the southeastern coast of the state of Queensland, Australia. It is famous for its rainforests, mangrove trees, sand dunes, eucalyptus woodland and much more. Fraser Island is really one of the most picture-worthy places in Australia!

  1. Adelaide

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Adelaide is the capital city of Southern Australia and there are so many things that you can enjoy here. The food is also great as they offer different varieties of cuisine and they even serve other countries’ food. This place has over 1.7 million inhabitants.

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  1. Kakadu National Park

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If you are a true sucker for parks, this place is for you. Kakadu National Park is definitely one of its kind. The park is situated within the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory. There are also four major river systems that can be seen here namely East Alligator River, West Alligator River, Wildman River, and the entire South Alligator River.

  1. Kangaroo Island

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If you really wanna feel the vibe of Australia, go to Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is considered as one of the largest islands in Australia. You will not only see Kangaroos in the place, you will also lighthouses and rock formations that would be great as backdrops for your photo sessions!

Australia is really filled with picture-worthy places to see for you to capture beautiful and memorable moments!

Author Bio: Mark is a daytime writer for Zapals, an internationally renowned global shopping website that offers an extensive range of high-quality products at the lowest prices for customers. Mark also helps consumers about the information they should know regarding new gadgets.

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