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The Frugal Person’s Guide To VAMFF

The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival has arrived to our fair city once again; and once again, the glitz and the glamour is tenfold. It’s quite easy to get overwhelmed by the number of fashion shows on, the pop-up events scattered throughout the city and the celeb after-parties that you heard about from a friend of... more info


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Your Guide to Art Month Sydney

Founded in 2009, Art Month Sydney is a month long festival which presents and celebrates contemporary art throughout the city of Sydney, showcasing art through an exciting program of exhibitions, workshops, live talks and studio openings. Art Month Sydney is a non-for-profit festival produced by The Australian Art Events Foundation and runs through March. A... more info


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Sober in Sydney – 5 Things To Do This Weekend

Embarking on a month long alcohol-free detox seemed like a good idea on January 31st after a two months of over-indulging. Each February, hundreds and thousands of Australians commit to Feb Fast, abstaining from alcohol for the final month of summer. Feb Fast is an incredible organisation that asks Australia to ‘pause for a cause’,... more info


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Taste of Sydney – For Friends Who Feast

Taste of Sydney is back, transforming Centennial Park into a foodie mecca over four days. In partnership with Electrolux, Taste of Sydney brings together Sydney’s very best restaurants and chefs from the 9th of March until the 12th, showcasing some of the finest culinary Sydney has to offer. Very rarely are the biggest names (and... more info


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Twilight At Taronga Zoo

It’s that time of year again where the flowers have budded and the animals are frolicking, and luckily, Taronga Zoo understands just how important it is to plan an outing to the zoo at this glorious time. They also understand how live music and picnicking in the great outdoors are three things that just scream... more info


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Hollywood Comes To The G

Outdoor cinemas seems to be all the rage right now, but Cinema at the G offers a very unique opportunity. For two nights only, you can enjoy a movie under the stars inside one of Melbourne’s most iconic venues, the mighty MCG. After a very successful first year (watch the recaps below) , Cinema at... more info


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How To Do White Night Right

It’s White Night and once again, you haven’t planned on how best to navigate your way through the swarms of people that are anticipated to turn up for this year’s event. “Where are we going?”, “what are we doing now?”, “how long until we get some grub?” are the  phrases you’ll hear on repeat from... more info


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Top 5 Quirky Date Ideas This Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year again, and if you’re smart, you’ve probably already planned a lovely date night for you and your partner. If, however, you’re like the majority of us who once again have forgotten (wasn’t it New Years like yesterday!?) or perhaps you’re a tad bored of the usual romantic gestures, we’ve compiled... more info


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Have A Picnis This Australia Day At The Calyx

What better way to spend Australia Day then with a picnic and some Cabernet… In the heart of Sydney’s stunning Royal Botanic Gardens you’ll find The Calyx, a state of the art venue that is architecturally magnificent and fuses art with theatre and leafy green surrounds. On the 26th of January, why not do something... more info


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The Night Market Is Back!

For one night and one night only, Carriageworks is set to transform itself into an Asian inspired, culinary wonderland. Curated by award winning chef Kylie Kwong, The Night Market happening on the 28th of January is offering all the sites, sounds and smells of contemporary Asia, from Harajuku to Beijing and everywhere in between. The... more info


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Where to have a ripper ‘straya day

If you’re not chucking some shrimp on the barbie whilst drinking VB’s and listening to the Triple J countdown in someone’s backyard with all ya mates, then chances are you’re looking for somewhere to let off some true blue steam and celebrate all that this great country of ours has to offer. Word of advice:... more info


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Best NYE Events Around Sydney

I think we can all agree that 2016 has been a bit of a whirlwind. From the chaos that ensued from Pokemon Go, the excitement and drama of the Rio Olympics, the passing of legends like Prince and Bowie, the phenomenon of ‘dabbing’, the fruition of the mannequin challenge (still unsure as to who and... more info


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The Ultimate New Years Eve At STUDIO

If bringing in the New Year 300 metres above Sydney’s CBD sounds like your type of party then STUDIO, Sydney Tower is the place for you. Toast the end of the year and count in 2017 in ultimate style, enjoying a six course degustation menu with matching wines whilst soaking in unparalleled views over Sydney.... more info


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What’s On In Sydney This Weekend

Sydney’s summer, and the associated lead up to Christmas, is like no other in the world, what with its sun-soaked days and balmy nights, Aussie-centric festivities and not-so-traditional-traditions. Whether you’re excited about the big day or not, ‘tis an inevitable eventuality, so you may as well get amongst some of the exciting activities which are... more info


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What’s On in Melbourne This Weekend

Christmas is creeping ever closer, team. Whether that makes you want to deck the halls, or hit the deck, ’tis unavoidable. So whether you’re looking to gift buy, or looking to avoid buying gifts this weekend, here’s what’s going on around Melbourne to satisfy all you little christmas elves (and grinches). Deutsche Schule German Christmas... more info


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The Inevitable Return of The Night Noodles

Theeeey’re baaaaack! The Night Noodle Markets, that is. If you haven’t been before, then imagine all the sights, sounds and smells of an ‘Asian hawker market’, combined with the vibe of a large scale outdoor festival. Got it? Good, because the fourth year of this event looks set to be even better than the last three,... more info


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Best Bars to Soak Up the Sun in… St Kilda

Melbourne! Spring has sprung, the sun has decided to shine upon us and what else would we want to do as Melburnians but raise a toast? More to the point, where better to do so than St. Kilda? To celebrate, we’ve scouted all the best beach spots for you to soak up the rays (and... more info


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What’s On In Melbourne This November

Did you hear that? That’s the sound of 2016 whizzing past at a rate of knots. That’s right – Halloween is over, but as it’s still not quite Christmas (you hear that, David Jones? Get those decorations down for at least another month, please) that can only mean one thing – November has arrived. Often... more info


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Melbourne Cup Day: Best Bars, Off Track

By Courtney White You may or may not be aware that Melbourne has a few extra public holidays on it’s books… but shh, don’t let the rest of Australia know. One of these beauts is set for Tuesday 1st November, and this time it’s in celebration of Melbourne Cup Day. If neither you – nor your... more info


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What’s On In Sydney This November

By Sam Howard Hey Sydney! What did you have planned for this November? Maybe you wanted to experience a flashback in time at a vintage Rock ‘n’ Roll day, take your date to explore the night sky or maybe even see some native fauna at night? Try something new this month by getting involved with... more info


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What’s On In Melbourne This Weekend

 By Courtney White Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October Spring has finally sprung here in beautiful Melbourne… and not a moment too soon! As the weather warms up, it’s getting to that time of year where we can feel a little more confident in  packing away our winter woolies, tentatively stepping back outside without an umbrella,... more info


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On the Hunt for Melbourne’s Best Burger?

Were you to ask a random selection of the folks on Melbourne’s streets to conceptualize their own version of Melbourne’s best burger, you’re likely to realize that you’ve got a slim chance of gathering anything even resembling a consensus. Fortunately, we’ve finally got the means to decide, once and for all, who the real Burger... more info


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Top 12 Christmas Party Venues in Sydney

Forget the 12 days of Christmas, this list of the 12 best party and function venues in Sydney is the gift you and your office really need. Yes, it’s that time of the year again – the one some call the ‘most wonderful’ of the year – but that really depends on a number of... more info


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Run, Brett! Run!

Brett Hillier is not going to be completing an easy feat. He’s running from Melbourne to Perth- over 3500km to raise money for The Bully Zero Foundation Australia. Along the way he’s going to visit schools to educate kids on how it’s not uncool to be kind. Hidden City Secrets got the chance to chat... more info


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Top Ten Things To Do in Melbourne This October

Hey, folks. So 2016’s been an interesting year so far, huh? If you’d have told my 2015 self about… well, any world event thus far, I would’ve had a good old laugh and told you to calm down on the neuroticism. However, now in the tenth month of this topsy-turvy year, we here at HCS... more info


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Blue Moon Melbourne Night Markets

Once in a blue moon, something incredible happens. That something is happening TONIGHT… and the first Thursday of every month to come. Yes that’s right – the good folks down at The Evelyn Hotel are back at it again with the Blue Moon Melbourne Night Markets – a new concept event which brings independent musicians,... more info


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Top 5 Waterfront Bars in Sydney

Forget heaven, summer is knock knock knocking on our doors, so why not answer? That’s right, it’s time to get back outside, into the sun, and down a couple of pints. Beer, cider, wine, whiskey, cocktails and tapas all await you in a myriad of hidden laneway pubs, sun-soaked rooftop venues, outdoor beer gardens, waterfront... more info


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Top 5 things to do in Sydney this week

Though some of us might question whether the eight hour working day is still something to be celebrated (here’s looking at you and your newly-instilled 6 hour working (holi)day, Sweden), but as it’s time for a long weekend, who’s to quibble? That’s right Sydney-siders, Labour Day is coming up on the 3rd of October, which... more info


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10 of the best day trips from Melbourne

So Melbourne, we have a long weekend coming up – and it’s going to be filled with footy, frivolity, and beer… lots of beer. If this doesn’t sound like your idea of a perfect three day break, then how about getting right out of the way and heading out of the city? They say a... more info


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AFL Grand Final-ly!

 Australians all let us rejoice, for it’s almost Grand Final time and we all know what that means… a day off work. Of course there’s a lot more to it all than JUST a sleep in – so in case you aren’t up with the play on all things footy, here’s a brief guide to... more info


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Not going to the AFL Grand Final? Read on…

To go to the game, or not go to the game? That, Mr. Shakespeare, is the REAL question. The answer though is probably not, as 99% of us couldn’t get tickets… You probably are by now aware that the AFL Grand Final warrants a public holiday, so the decision  as to where – oh where... more info


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Go On, Melbourne: Espresso Yourself

Holy caffeinated cocktails, Batman! Melbourne’s obsession with all things coffee-and-liquor is set to be fuelled (literally) by the inaugural ‘Festival of the Espresso Martini’, kicking off on the 5th of November. Hosted ever so kindly by Mr Black, the festival promises to bring to the table all the caffeinated concoctions your heart could desire, with... more info


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Cows and Goats and Sheep – Oh My!

When you think of Melbourne, the first image you conjure up isn’t likely to be one of farmers and livestock, amirite? In actual fact, the closest a lot of true-blue Melburnians usually get to a sheep is being wrapped in a plush merino wool scarf on a crisp spring day. As of the 17th of... more info


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Dummies Guide To: The Melbourne Cup Carnival

Spring heralds a few things for Melburnians – perhaps more drinking Little Fat Lamb cider in swish rooftop bars than getting amongst traditional lambing – but easily one of the biggest celebrations and social events of spring is the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Taking place over four days, visitors flock to the city from across the... more info


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‘Fringe’ comes to the Fore

From the 15th of September until the 2nd of October, the word on the street is fringe. No, not those naff bits of material hanging off the sleeves of that 70’s coat your mum still has hanging in the closet, but the fringe performance artists, dancers, comics, and installations which make up the famed Melbourne... more info


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Twist It At The LuWOW

There isn’t a venue more appropriately named then the LuWOW in Fitzroy. With special events happening month after month, it’s no wonder why it has become one of the most thriving hot-spots in Melbourne’s bar scene, and they’re at it again. The famous Tiki cocktail bar is proud to present a Twist Party every Friday night... more info


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Beer, Burgers & Bingo at the Grosvenor

It’s said that all good things happen in threes, so I present you the Grosvenor and the 3 B’s -No, it’s not St. Kilda’s new girl band. I invite you to relish in three words. Three words that by themselves instil a great deal of happiness, but together cause elation like no other. Beer. Burgers.... more info


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Wine and Dine with Charles Melton

Calling all wine enthusiasts, connoisseurs, aficionados and lovers of the cherished liquid of the God’s. A very special dinner event is being held on September 8th, and it’s not to be missed. Charles Melton is to Australian wine what Lindt is to chocolate and Normandy is to cheese, and good news for us Melburnians, we... more info


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The LuWOW Turns Five

LuWow bar really do live up to their name, consistently WOW-ing Melburnians with an ever growing list of special events and offers that keep rolling out the door and have people rolling in… oh, did we mention entry is free? Until recently, the pop up Caribbean Kitchen had people lickin’ devilishly good, sticky jerk chicken... more info


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Happy Birthday to the Queen, Thanks for the Day Off

One of the most debated days of the year has come around again where many are up in arms, questioning why it is exactly we have the day off to “celebrate” the “birthday” of a lady who “supposedly” governs our great nation from afar, on a date that isn’t actually her date of birth. But... more info