The Museum of Contemporary Art (fondly nicknamed the MCA) is located in Sydney’s The Rocks, right by the harbor bridge. The gallery is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art from Australia and around the world. There are permanent exhibitions, as well as temporary exhibitions by revered modern artists like Yoko Ono, Jeff Wall and Anish Kapoor. We suggest you take a walk around the harbor and watch the many street performers vying for your attention before stopping into the MCA for a bit of a culture shot. There are numerous cafes and quaint shops nearby as well, if you fancy a spot of lunch between exhibitions.

Where: 140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000 Website  

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The Art Gallery of NSW is one of Australia’s most notable cultural institutions. The gallery was established in 1880, and features artwork from the 18th Century onwards. As you walk in, you’ll be greeted with a cloak room service and concierge to buy tickets to special exhibitions. Special exhibitions will cost you, but most of the gallery can be viewed for free. There are traditional Australian and international artworks, including works from Van Gogh and Monet. Venture down the elevator and past the restaurant and café to find the contemporary art exhibitions that are rotated on a regular basis.  
Where: Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
Phone: (02) 9225 1744 Website:

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Step outside your comfort zone and learn about a new culture, skill or hobby. Work-Shop is all about creative classes for the everyday Australian, taught in cool warehouse spaces by industry leading creatives. The essence of the project is community and community values, like collaboration, socialising and the sharing of knowledge. Classes and events are open to people from all walks of life and include speed dating, ukulele classes, illustration and typography classes, yoga classes, craft classes, music classes, food styling and pretty much anything else you could possibly think of! Work-Shop has also spawned the Makery, a shop where you can buy products from local artists.

Where: 80 George Street, Redfern



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For visitors looking for unique pieces by locally based Sydney artists, you won’t find a gallery more fitting than Brand X underneath Zoo Emporium in Surry Hills. Over three years the artist collective will offer 36 artists the opportunity for self-sustainability through the organisation’s Visual Art Residency Program, which opens the studio for six groups of six artists who are given six months to create an immersive environment that is part workspace, part gallery and part retail concept store which is open Thursday to Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm. The micro-business created as an offshoot of the retail concept store goes towards supporting the artists and ensuring that this great community space stays open for many artists to come. Because of the changing nature of the artists, you never really know what you’ll find inside the Brand X Store, so it’s always worth a look-in for those unique, arty, locally produced finds. Where: Basement, 180b, Campbell Street, Surry Hills Email: Website: Image: Urban Walkabout