What’s on your wish list for 2022? To go sailing on Sydney Harbour with the wind in your hair? To have a go at making your own wine? To hang out at some of the coolest bars and restaurants in the country? Or perhaps to take in more live music or cultural experiences?
We’ve come up with a list of cool things to do in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra so that you can get started on compiling your wish list for the year to come.
Nothing beats seeing Sydney Harbour from the water, especially when it’s from the deck of a beautifully restored historic tall ship. Enjoy an afternoon sail, lending the crew a hand with hoisting the sails, or experience the magic of the harbour at twilight for unforgettable sunset views.
For another stunning view, check into the A by Adina Sydney, a luxe apartment hotel with Australia’s first hotel sky lobby. Make a grand entrance on the curved brass staircase leading from the lobby to Dean & Nancy on 22, where the cocktails and twinkling piano keys will transport you to a New York jazz club.
It’s a short walk from the hotel to Barangaroo on Sydney’s waterfront. Discover some of the best dining on a private tour with Taste Cultural Food Tours.
Catch the Australian premiere of Girl From The North Country, which boldly reimagines the legendary songs of Bob Dylan. Other Sydney experiences to put on your wish list include Wonderdome, the largest 360 projection cinema to come to Australia, and Neighbourhood Earth, where you can head into space in an immersive experience developed in partnership with NASA.
The blockbuster exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia are always a drawcard for visitors to Canberra, and this year’s summer exhibition is no exception with a major retrospective of acclaimed Australian artist, Jeffrey Smart.
The gallery and other attractions in the Parliamentary Triangle are an easy drive from A by Adina Canberra, the bold new apartment hotel at the heart of Constitution Place which is a haven for lovers of architecture, design, food and wine.
The hotel is within walking distance of numerous restaurants, cafés and bars including the uber-cool Bar Rochford in the gorgeous old Melbourne Building. Stroll to The Cupping Room for award-winning locally roasted coffee or head to the creative metropolis of Lonsdale Street for more artisan coffee roasters, hip bars and restaurants, and eclectic shops like POP Canberra and Bisonhome.
For an unforgettable experience, soar above the National Capital in a hot air balloon. With ribbons of bushland, picturesque Lake Burley Griffin and a specially designed layout with Parliament House at its heart, Canberra is a beautiful city to see from the air.
For hedonistic eating, drinking and culture, check into the quirky-cool Quincy Hotel Melbourne and start exploring on foot. Opening to Melbourne’s original laneway, the gastronomically famous Flinders Lane, the Quincy offers stunning 360-degree views of Melbourne.
Catch some live music at Bird’s Basement, sign up to make your own wine at the Noisy Ritual urban winery in Lygon Street, or do a Hidden Secrets walking tour through Melbourne’s laneways and arcades to discover indie designers, quirky shops and cafés, interesting architecture and street art.
With luxury retailers, curated dining experiences and the Handpicked Cellar Door, Melbourne’s imaginative new 80 Collins development deserves to be at the top of your 2022 wish list.
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