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Make the most of Sydney’s Winter Wonderland

There’s no need to hibernate during a Sydney winter. The city still has so much to offer during the colder months.

Head to the Art Gallery of NSW

It’s cold outside but it’s hot inside the Art Gallery of New South Wales – culturally hot, that is. Making Modernism brings together the work of iconic American artist Georgia O’Keefe with Australian pioneers Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith. Though they differ in style, these three artists underscore the story of modernism and the show will leave you both intrigued and inspired. And, of course, winter is also the time for one of the highlights of the art gallery’s calendar – the annual Archibald Prize exhibition. Pair your visit with an overnight stay at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth or an exclusive Art Inspired Archibald High Tea.

Watch an Australian legend on stage

With a career spanning more than 50 years, John Bell is one of the giants of Australian theatre. He will be returning to the stage of the Sydney Theatre Company at Walsh Bay in August with a captivating new play, The Father. It’s already wowed audiences in Paris, London and New York, where it was nominated for two Tony Awards including Best Play. The Father is at once funny, touching and deeply unsettling, and an absolute must see for theatre buffs.

See brilliant blooms at the Royal Botanic Gardens

You might not think winter is the time for flowers, but at The Calyx in Royal Botanic Garden it’s practically spring. Inside, All About Flowers is a stunning array of exotic flowers is blooming, including moth orchids, begonias, hydrangeas, garvineas and more, carefully cultivated by the gardens’ award winning experts. The highlight is a huge flower wall (the largest in the country) that looks like a 50-metre living watercolour painting and is inspired by the masters of Impressionism. Entry is free, though donations are welcomed.

Sing along at the theatre

The smash hit musical My Fair Lady is coming back this winter to Sydney’s historic Capitol Theatre in August, following a sell out season in 2016. It’s a dazzling recreation of the original 1956 Broadway musical and is directed by legendary actress Julie Andrews. Embrace your inner Eliza Dolittle with a ‘Loverly’ Lady Afternoon Tea at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. Executive Chef Boris Curzon has created a quintessentially English tea (with a twist) featuring truffled egg sandwiches, strawberry tartlets, and lavender and mango macaroons.

Have a whale of a time along the coast

Winter in Sydney means whales and 2017 is already on track to be the best season yet. Make the most of crisp, sunny days and head to any of the city’s fantastic lookouts, like the clifftop trail from Bondi to Coogee or Manly’s North Head, to see these majestic creatures on their annual migration. Whale watching cruises depart every day from Circular Quay and will take you out past the heads to see the whales frolicking up close.

Be at the heart of Sydney’s winter wonderland and book your cultural getaway at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

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