Sydney Travel Guide

RIDE THE WAVE

After what most diehard boardriders consider a 50-year push, surfing will finally be included in the Olympics in 2020. With wave parks currently being planned for Sydney, Melbourne and Perth (not to mention the Disneyland for surfers, the Kelly Slater Wave Company surf park in California), now is the time to start honing your lingo and learning to ride. It also means we get the entire summer to cheer on the rising careers of next-gen pros such as 12-year-old wunderkind and infamous doughnut-enthusiast Sabre Norris and Isabella Nichols (also known as Blake Lively’s body double in The Shallows), and get inspired by established champs Tyler Wright, Sally Fifegibbons and Stephanie Gilmore. If getting wet isn’t your thing, you could always hit the hot pavement on a skateboard and tap into one of fashion’s long-term cultural obsessions, also making its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020.

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BEAT THE HEAT

Guaranteed air-con is enough to get us anywhere in the warmer months, but this summer there’s even more reason to beeline for the country’s leading art spots – there’s a bunch of exciting exhibits to send your culture cred skyrocketing while the temperature outside does the same. Don’t miss Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist’s colourfully heady video installations, which will be projected over an entire floor at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art in its major summer exhibition Pipilotti Rist: Sip My Ocean, from November 1. Up in the Sunshine State, Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art will show more than 70 of dot-obsessed artist and Louis Vuitton-collaborator Yayoi Kusama’s works from November 4 in Life Is The Heart Of A Rainbow. Come December 15, in what’s arguably the most ambitious exhibition of contemporary art ever held in Melbourne, the National Gallery of Victoria will play host to 78 artists from 32 countries in the NGV Triennial, reflecting on the current state of contemporary art through works from leading local and international artists Ben Quilty, Nick Cave, Iris van Herpen, Reko Rennie, Teamlab, Yayoi Kusama, Zanele Muholi and Adel Abidin. (Be sure to check out Israeli artist Einat Amir’s Gogglebox-style installation, in which members of the public can take a seat in front of their favourite TV shows while fellow gallery visitors watch on.) And once 2018 rolls around, head to Tasmania for the Museum of Old and New Art’s Foma festival, the summer cousin to the beloved Dark Mofo, curated by Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie.

MANIPULATED WELLNESS

Those muscular pains are the price you pay for what’s going on underneath,” says Cheng Poh Tan, a physiotherapist who practises VMT at Physio Fx in Sydney. Starting with a “listening technique” involving light touches to the head, the practitioner will zone in on areas that need more attention. “Then we use soft manual forces to encourage mobility for the organ and the area around the organ, bring energy to the organ and encourage lymphatic drainage to give the whole organ more circulation,” explains Tan. If s not painful, although not pleasurable either, but with fans saying it can assist digestive issues and restore emotional health, initial awkwardness is easy to push past.

SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE

Winter saw the return of big sleeves and vinyl mini-skirts, and that ’80s excess continues well into summer, with high-cut one-pieces (see: Cara Delevingne’s group trip to Mexico, above) and the ultimate summer beauty look: the grown-out buzz cut. Your muses? Adwoa Aboah, Katy Perry, Delevingne again and the OG Annie Lennox.

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