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What’s on 101** Oi, Oi, Oi… Australia Day Activities to behold

Sydney Social 101 is looking forward to celebrating our sixth Australia Day here in Sydney! Even better this year, it falls on a Sunday so we get to sleep of our inevitable hangovers – result!

Please find our comprehensive guide below to celebrate everything Aussie this 26th January 2014!


Sydney’s premier hospitality company, The Keystone Group will kick off a host of Australia Day celebrations across their venues on Sunday, January 26.

Whether it’s soaking up the sun while enjoying a BBQ at your favourite rooftop establishment, playing lawn bowls by the harbour listening to Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown or watching the Australian Open on a big screen, The Keystone Group has you covered – and with Monday the 27th a national public holiday, there’s all the more reason to party.

Cargo Bar will host their renowned harbour-side lawn bowls in one of Sydney’s favourite beer gardens while counting down Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2013. A stellar line up of acts will then set up the electric atmostphere including DJs Kato, Mo Funk, John Glover and Oakes & Lennox.

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The perfect destination to celebrate from day to night, Sugarmill Hotel will offer the quintessential Aussie experience. From midday, guests can soak up the sun with a drink in hand and enjoy the Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ with a spectacular view of the city skyline.
Downstairs at Sugarmill Hotel, sports fans can enjoy the Australian Open played on a big screen, with the Aussie favourite $10 steak also on offer.

The doors at Kit & Kaboodle will open at 9pm for the ultimate after party with beats by Nukewood, Oakes & Lennox, Discokid, Steve Frank, Six Fingers, Nanna Does Smack and Oh Glam.


Newtown Hotel’s Cider Yard will be transformed into a pool party scene to celebrate Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2013! During the day guests can enjoy a barbeque by the cider tree with super soakers to escalate the fun while DJs Purple Sneakers and Shag will provide the beats moving into the evening.


For a family friendly affair, Bungalow 8 have dialed up the activities this year, with jumping castles and painting for the kids while adults can get involved in the dunking tank, pie-eating contest and the all- Aussie thong-throwing competition! An accoustic set by Duan And Only will provide a relaxed vibe during the day and will move into party beats in the evening provided by the likes of Turbo, Micky D and Danny Simms to keep the party pumping until early morning.

Bungalow 8

Bungalow 8

The Bucket List

The stunning beachside venue will be celebrating Australia Day from 11am until midnight. Aussie specials include BBQ Prawns, Lamb snags & Pavlova with passionfruit cream and fresh mango. Patrons will also receive a complementary XXXX GOLD stubby holder, not too mentioned the iconic location!!

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DJ’s will be playing from 2pm- free entry, no bookings required.

Australia Day at Crank Fins will be fun for the whole family with free face painting happening for the kids. The regular A la carte menu will be be available from 11am and Australia Day Slushies (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be served on the Balcony.


Free entry, also no bookings required.


FLOATILLA – Lilo Party @ Venue TBC

Ok last year there was an impromptu lilo party held at Milk Beach that was an absolute corker… It has come back this year bigger and better with over 3,000 RSVPing ‘Yes’ on the facebook group.

The venue has since had to change due to the pilic and council shutting it down at Milk Beach – however we live in hope that a new venue will be soucred asap.

Keep checking in here for more info and updates


Celebrations don’t come much bigger than The Rocks Australia Day annual festivities in Sydney, and 2014 will be no exception. This year, organisers are set to deliver an event that highlights some of the most loved music acts in the country, alongside interactive installations and games taking over George Street that will bring the sounds and celebration of summer to the streets of The Rock’s.

Taking place from 12noon to 6pm – and all for free! The event will feature a selection of incredible artists and activities across various locations within The Rocks including George Street, The Rocks Square and First Fleet Park – giving Sydneysiders a plethora of options to keep their Australia day celebrations kicking on in style!

Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority Chief Executive Officer Catherine Gallagher says, “We really look forward to sharing Australia Day with Sydneysiders down at The Rocks. The program we’ve put together will deliver a wonderful, festive celebration of music and community; a highlight on the Australia Day calendar of events, with a great line-up of fantastic Australian musical talent.”

Music-lovers on the day will be able to revel in a stellar line up of Australian musical artists including Melbourne soul-funk band The Bamboos; break beat, hip hop and world music outfit Tijuana Cartel; and visual art-freestyle rap fusionist Sketch the Rhyme. Indigenous artists include Emma Donovan and The Putbacks and pop-folk duo Microwave Jenny taking to the stage to perform tracks from their latest releases.

Up-and-coming duo Jones Jnr are set to perform at the transformed Rocks Square, while Papua New Guinean born singer-songwriter Ngaiire will bring her own brand of soul, folk and smooth vocals in a live set that’s sure to resonate with listeners, young and old.

One of Australia’s hottest live outfits Kira Puru and The Bruise will keep the day on a high with their signature mix of clammy grit and tropical, dreamy folktronica, before Sydney-meets-Adelaide “internet teen pop” duo Collarbones take to the stage to round out a truly diverse musical lineup.

Ever wanted to picnic and dance on Sydney’s main street? Well here’s your chance. George Street will provide a buzzing hive of festivity on the day, transforming into a tropical sound playground by the beach with unique experiences for the whole family. Revelers will be able to grab a delicious cocktail from one of the festival’s many pop up bars, join in on some volley ball and other fun games and lounge in a paddling pool while listening to lively beats and sultry sounds at the Tiki Bar.

Those after something a little livelier will look no further than the Karaoke Stage where punters can belt out a ballad or make their way to Hubbub Music’s Sound Garden a wacky interactive music making station filled with all sorts of instruments crafted out of recycled materials.

Offering up a slightly different breed of entertainment will be the Lolo Lovina Caravan Stage, where gypsy world fusion band Lolo Lovina, blues-jazz outfit The Rusty Spring Syncopators and swing-inspired collective Godfrey Uke and his Orchestra will play diverse live sets throughout the day. Those in the need of a little retail therapy and some mouth-watering food delights should look no further than The Rocks Markets.

Framed by the majestic views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, and nestled on the edge of the world-famous Sydney Harbour, The Rocks offers an unrivalled blend of the old and the new. From heritage architecture and cobblestone laneways, to stylish modern bars, world-class restaurants and a shopping precinct that has it all.

With the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) as one of its modern ambassadors, The Rocks is emerging as Sydney’s new cultural precinct, and has been transformed into a creative nucleus of contemporary art, festivals and evolving pop-up spaces. The Rocks: it’s a perfect blend of culture, cuisine and a myriad of experiences worth savouring.

Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) is proud to manage The Rocks: traditional land of the Cadigal people and the birthplace of European settlement in Australia. Whilst preserving The Rocks’ unique heritage, SHFA produce large scale and intimate quality events, outdoor markets, and educational tours.


Marquee Sydney is blazing into 2014 with a hot line up of international and local music talent including Pete Tong, Funkagenda and Max Vangeli.

On Friday 10 January which was cemented by a season residency at Pacha Ibiza alongside Pete Tong, Erick Morillo and David Guetta, culminating in the latter inviting him to be his official support act for his David Guetta October Asia Tour –Marquee favourite and resident DJ, K Note will spin up a storm, while US DJ and producer Shogun continues the party on Saturday 11 January with his trance and progressive tracks. Shogun has remixed for top DJs including Armin Van Buuren and was a resident DJ at Ministry of Sound Tapei for 3 years.

DJ Zannon will bring his signature mash ups and club bangers to Marquee on Friday 17 January, having played at international festivals, events and clubs including WMC Miami, Travelling and playing internationally and across Australia at big festivals, events and clubs including Playhouse Hollywood, Marquee Sydney, Billboard Melbourme, Future Music Festival, WMC Miami and Good Life Festival to name a fePlayhouse Hollywood and Future Music Festival.

Marquee is excited to host electronic music legend, Pete Tong on Saturday 18 January. With a career spanning over 25 years, the UK DJ and producer has made his mark by hosting programs on BBC Radio 1 such as Essential Mix and Essential Selection, pioneering Pacha club nights including All Gone Pete Tong and most recently releasing The Pete Tong Collection in 2013.

Homegrown talent Helena will add to the mix on Saturday 18 with her progressive house and electro tunes, recently performing at Ultra Music Festival Miami and dropping her debut single Girl From The Sky which shot to #1 on the Australian club chart.

Nino Brown will live up to his accolade as Australia’s top urban DJ on Friday 24 January, the multi award-winner of Best DJ at the Urban Music Awards has been entertaining crowds with his hip hop and R&B anthems for over 15 years.

Saturday 25 January will see UK talent Funkagenda bring his big house sound to Marquee, the award-winning DJ’s awards include DJ Mag’s ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’ and remixing Grammy-nominated The E.N.D by Black Eyed Peas. Australian talent Chardy will add his spin that night with hits like Sassafras featuring Timmy Trumpet, reaching #1 on the ARIA dance chart.

European-born and San Francisco-based DJ, Max Vangeli will bring an international flavour to Marquee’s Australia Day celebrations on Sunday 26 January, with hits from his debut album People of the Night featuring Steve Angello

and Tiësto.

The Soda Factory

Already making plans for Australia’s most beloved day of the year? Look no further than one of Sydney’s most beloved late-night secret sweet spots…The Soda Factory. Pull the handle and walk in, as you’re teleported from a Coca Cola vending machine to a room of naked concrete walls, exposed beams and vintage charm.

Serving up everything Aussies love most – drinks, incredible food, live music, dancing and free entry.

Always open late and always free entry, celebrate the weekend behind Sydney’s best-kept secret door with Australia Day at The Soda Factory in Surry Hills. Sunday 26th January with the doors open from 5pm.

House band, The Syphons, will be out busting out all your favourite jams from 9pm and DJs spinning till 2am.

Monday, Public Holiday, day off – smile and relax. Phew.

Australia Day at the Greenwood

A collaborative party festival between OzParty and T1000 the creators of the legendary SW4 in London. This is SW4’s first festival in Australia and no expense is being spared with additional staging and a winning line-up featuring some of Sydney’s top resident DJ’s.


Merivale is celebrating Australia Day 2014 with a host of sizzling events across the group’s unrivalled range of bars, from a mammoth courtyard party at ivy to a recovery cinema session at The Beresford Hotel.

ivy will embrace the green and gold fever with two massive day parties on Sunday 26 January. The ‘Australian Day Courtyard Party’ boasts an epic 12 hour DJ fest featuring sets by What So Not, The Proxy, Will Sparks, The 2 Bears and Joel Fletcher. Meanwhile up at Pool Club, Sydney’s unrivalled rooftop pool party mecca, Marco Polo, will open its doors at 1pm and feature a smashing headline set by Nora En Pure.

The Beresford Hotel, will be the place to enjoy the sun and wind down in Surry Hills’ this Australia Day Weekend. Its premier weekly gay party, Beresford Sundays, is celebrating with a Diva Fever take-over upstairs, headlined by DJ Chris Cox of Thunderpuss fame. Then on Monday 27 January, Beresford’s leafy courtyard will transform into a free Surry Hill’s backyard cinema with a special screening of the much-loved Aussie classic, ‘Muriel’s Wedding’. Guests can enjoy $15 Pasta and Pinot from Beresford’s Italian trattoria.

The El Loco gang are also tipping their sombreros in honour of the nation’s favourite day. Open from 12midday, the Excelsior cantina will offer delicioso kangaroo tacos and mini lamb hotdogs, along with $25 buckets of Corona and DJs all day. The bottle shop will be open and a great place to pick up $3 bags of ice for those wanting to continue the Aussie fiesta at home.

The Oaks Australia Day

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Enjoy an outdoor barbie in the sunny beer garden, with The Oaks’ signature cook-your-own steak station running all day long. You’ll be well fed with the $20 rump steak special, which comes with salad, a baked potato and bread roll*. Otherwise The Oaks kitchen will be open all day long serving the hotel’s signature range of tempting classic pub dishes.

Wash it all down with The Oaks’ huge choice of Australian craft beers on tap, or choose from a stellar selection of local red and white wines.

The annual Triple J Hottest 100 will be playing in the upstairs pool rooms and public bar from midday, and a DJ will be spinning Aussie gold in the garden from 4pm. Get ready to make it a late one, with party tunes in the public bar from 8pm.

With all the essential Aussie trimmings on offer at The Oaks, it’s the place to be on Sunday, January 26. You beauty!

The Oaks Hotel is located at 118 Military Road Neutral Bay. They can be contacted on 02 9953 5515.

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2 Addison Rd, Enmore

ONE DAY SUNDAY presents the Australian Day Edition on Sunday 26th January at the Vic.

Enjoy a day of ALL LIVE MUSIC from 12pm to late…headlined by local hip hop stars JACKIE ONASISSIS, hooking guests up with their EP launch.

Extra outdoor bars and food stalls will be on site as part of the celebrations.


345 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe

BBQ, chooks and $5 Foster cans… there a few things Aussie’s love more!

With crab racing, live music, V8 slot car action and cheap feeds on offer – it will be hard to pass up the Toxteth on Sunday 26.

Wash down $10 burgers and house made meat pies with $5 Fosters and cheap $12 Reschs jugs


1/ 292 Darling St, Balmain

Need an excuse to amp up your Aussie spirit? Look no further… The Workers are offering up a $250 Bar Tab for the BEST AUSSIE OUTFIT.

Sit back and take in Australia’s HOTTEST 100 with $5 Fosters as well as a backyard BBQ on the Deck.


705 Forest Rd, Peakhurst

Celebrate Australia Day EVE (Saturday 25th January)  with the Peaky’s FREE car park Event!

Featuring Live Comedy entertainment from Austen Tayshus LIVE at 2pm and Mental As Anything at 5pm playing Live.

And, if you dare … try out “The Screamer” slide as seen on the NRL Footy Show.


– 159 Hargrave St, Paddington

Dining Room Lunch Offer

Book for 2 or more for lunch and receive a complimentary bottle of either:

2012 Brokenwood Chardonnay, Hunter Valley NSW OR 2012 Rymill “The Yearling” Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, SA

Aussie Sunday Session on Upstairs: 
Acoustics from the human Ipod Matt Seaberg with $15 Sangrias, $5 Aguila and $16 Share Platters


201 Missenden Rd, Newtown

Hit up the Marly in Newtown as they host a Hottest 100 party followed by a very “Newtown”, suburb loving 3 band bill supported by the venue’s resident DJs.


– 383 Bourke St, Taylor Square, Darlinghurst

Take your pick from ALL 3 levels on the public holiday, Monday 27th January.

Get the day started early – Chapel will be open 9am-6am DJ starting 11pm
Lo-Fi open 6pm-3am DJ starting at 9pm


Open 10pm-3am, DJ starting at 10pm

Celebrate Australia Day @ The Australian Hotel & Brewery

Time: from 5pm-9pm with family entertainment, shows, games, petting zoo, face painting etc. Lots of prize giveaways, enter our Best Dressed Aussie Competition. Gold coin donations go to charity Variety Australia.

Adults can party on later with Seattle Sound live in the AB Sports Bar.

The Australian Hotel and Brewery – 350 Annangrove Rd Rouse Hill    Ph: 9679 4555


* Jitterbugs 60min family show

* Step up & Dance Kings Park performing

* Best Dressed Aussie Competition

* Enter “Name our next Beer” Competition

* Face painting, tattoos, get Aussie coloured hair & nails

* Petting Zoo

* Monster Truck Mater from Cars

* Say Hi to Hops the Brewery’s Kangaroo

* Seattle Sound Band


* Jumping Castles

* Nuts N Balls Ride


* Throw the ball through the hole

* Pop the Balloon

Raffles – Variety will have a raffle with 1st prize being;

“Corporate Box Tickets for 2 Michael Buble Concert @ Allphones Arena”

Food & Beer-

*There will be Popcorn, Fair floss, Slushies & The Brewery BBQ Brisket, plus our normal bistro menu

* Australian Brewery Beer Tastings

The Australian Hotel and Brewery –

350 Annangrove Rd Rouse Hill  Ph: 9679 4555

Brewery Australia Day Fundraiser for Charity Variety Australia –  Variety-the Children’s Charity is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh & learn. By giving practical equipment, programs & experiences, Variety helps children in need to overcome whatever obstacles they face & live life to the fullest.




DAVE HUGHES 9:00AM – 12:00PM




Join comedian and TV personality, Dave Hughes, as he serves up free 100% Aussie grown and made SPC baked bean jaffles at the Australia Day celebration at Hyde Park North.

The Hyde Park event boasts a day of family fun, with free entertainment at the main stage from popular children’s performers including The Wiggles, Peppa Pig, The Octonauts and Bob the Builder.

At the event, Hughesy will be helping everyone to start Australia Day the most Aussie way possible – with an Australian grown and made baked bean jaffle.

Head to Hyde Park to have a chat to Hughesy and enjoy one is his classic baked bean jaffles served from the SPC Jaffle Van. Free mini footballs and other great Australian made food will also be on offer.


Music style: GIG

Doors: 6PM – 11PM





Where: Coogee Bay Hotel, Selina’s

Address: 253 Coogee Bay Rd, Coogee
Tickets Price: $20

Tickets: MOSHTIX + On the door


Beaches to frequent


One great thing about Australia Day is that it is all about celebrating all things Aussie – so where better to celebrate than a beach! Here is Sydney Social 101’s picks for Aussie Day beachtime fun:




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Palm Beach

All equally stunning and great venues for BBQs and stunning views with large groups of friends that are feeling the pinch after a heavy Xmas and NY!

Sydney Social 101 hopes that you have the best day and stay safe and drink responsibly!

Happy 2014 – Xmas at Byron Bay

Firstly Happy New Year!

What did you guys get up to for the festive and 2014 celebrations? I was so lucky and got to travel to Byron for Xmas for a week.

Here are my top picks if you’re heading to Byron:

The Pass Beach - Stunning views from the viewing deck, along with white sands and great waves. If you look hard enough you'll also see dolphins playing in the waves!

The Pass Beach – Stunning views from the viewing deck, along with white sands and great waves. If you look hard enough you’ll also see dolphins playing in the waves!

Stunning view from the top of The Pass' viewing tower, amazing!

Stunning view from the top of The Pass’ viewing tower, amazing!

Wategos Beach Byron Bay - My Happy Place. The water is turquoise blue and the vibe is chilled to the max! Perfect to get away from the bustle of Byron town

Wategos Beach Byron Bay – My Happy Place. The water is turquoise blue and the vibe is chilled to the max! Perfect to get away from the bustle of Byron town

If you want amazing cocktails, yummy pizzas and fantastic live music - this is for you!

If you want amazing cocktails, yummy pizzas and fantastic live music – this is for you!

In the evening of Xmas Day, I spent my time with great people, lovely food in great surroundings at a house we rented in Byron.

In the evening of Xmas Day, I spent my time with great people, lovely food in great surroundings at a house we rented in Byron.

A hot tub made an already great house a fantastic one! Perfect way to end the day!

A hot tub made an already great house a fantastic one! Perfect way to end the day!

Another top pick for Byron to look out for is the Beach Hotel - Great outdoor area on the main beach, live music and DJs create a party vibe at night and a chilled atmosphere in the daytime

Another top pick for Byron to look out for is the Beach Hotel – Great outdoor area on the main beach, live music and DJs create a party vibe at night and a chilled atmosphere in the daytime

The Beach Cafe combines top notch open air dining with beach views so close you can almost touch the water. A great special venue if you’re wanting to spend a little bit more for that special occasion!

Mokha is the hidden gem on Lawson Street that is a great place to chill after a day at the beach with a red wine, great food and live artists that will take your breath away.

A staple venue to frequent at Byron is The Balcony Bar, watch the world go by as you enjoy ample tapas and cocktails.

For a cheaper night out, Woody’s is your venue! Great tunes, young crowd and alcohol flowing like there’s no tomorrow! Cheeky Monkey’s fits this bill too!

Finally, if you're looking for plush accommodation to stay at whilst in Byron, the Byron at Byron is 5 * luxury! The pool is stunning, the rooms are amazing, the food is unreal - if the hotel price tag is too much for your budget, why not check out the spa treatments... ahhmmaazzeeeee!

Finally, if you’re looking for plush accommodation to stay at whilst in Byron, the Byron at Byron is 5 * luxury! The pool is stunning, the rooms are amazing, the food is unreal – if the hotel price tag is too much for your budget, why not check out the spa treatments… ahhmmaazzeeeee!

Here at Sydney Social 101, we’re always on the look out for new exciting venues to explore!

There are going to be MANY posts on here about bars, venues, festivals, activities, beaches, restaurants, clubs, movies, fashion, beauty and SO much more.

We look forward to sharing them with you!


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