Things to do at Home in Sydney: Your Ultimate July Lockdown Guide
Your guide to surviving lockdown in Sydney.
As Sydneysiders go into yet another week of lockdown, we're all finding ourselves desperately searching for something to keep ourselves occupied.
From epic takeaway options and binge-able content to virtual museums and online exercise classes, here's your guide of all the great things to do in Sydney during lockdown and all the things we're looking forward to getting back to as soon as lockdown ends.
Things to do in Sydney this Month: Sydney's Best Lockdown Activities
Trying to read more? Scribd is here to help. Recently-launched in Australia, Scribd, a new app has an epic range of books and audio books to suit everyone’s tastes. With everything from audiobooks, eBooks, magazines, podcasts and even sheet music, and a 30-day free trial there’s neve been a better time to give it a go. Read Australian classics from Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe, the recently-adapted Penguin Bloom, the 2017 Stella Award winning The Museum of Modern Love or the dark and sexy The Paris Affair by Pip Drysdale.
Have a DIY moment with Bondi Clay. This lockdown for just $59, you can pick up a kit with 6kg of clay, an 8-piece tool kit and instructions on how to make your very first ceramic pot! Once you’ve made your masterpiece, bring it back to Bondi Clay for firing and glazing.
If you watched the latest season of Masterchef and sat on the couch and quite confidently thought ‘I could do that’ this is the perfect moment to prove yourself. Andy Allen of Masterchef and Three Blue Ducks fame is hosting an Instagram Live to teach you how to make the perfect fried chicken that would give even the Colonel a run for his money! Don’t eat meat, don’t worry, you can swap the chicken for cauliflower and make something equally delectable.
Saturday 24 September, 2pm
Instagram Live, here
There’s better time than a lockdown to nurture a new hobby and if, by chance, online shopping has become your hobby it might be time to switch to something a little more cost effective. Why not give sewing a shot? Not for nothing but we’ve heard it’s sew in right now! So, if you’ve got a machine, check out these patterns from Singer for reusable snack bags and for the all important face mask!
We think it may actually be illegal to cook your own food in lockdown… never fear because we have compiled an epic list of the best takeaway in Sydney. From crispy, crunchy croissants to decadent degustations being served takeaway style, there is so much glorious, glorious food available for takeaway right now in Sydney. Your mission? Eat it all.
While NAIDOC week looks a little different as we all celebrate from home this year, there’s never been a better time to check out an inspiring Australian documentary. Check out In My Blood It Runs, on Netflix or ABC iView, and see Alice Springs through the eyes of Duhuan, a 10-year old Arrente/Garrwa boy or check out The Australian Dream on ABC iView as it documents the story of AFL legend Adam Goodes and delves into the ideas of race, identity and belonging in modern day Australia.
Of all our favourite DIY projects, Cardigang has to be our favourite. The stylish Aussie start-up sells DIY Knit Kits which give you all the gear you need to create your own 100% Australian Merino wool jumper, beanie or scarf. With eleven unique Knit Kits, which they swear are all designed with beginners in mind, you can choose from a huge range of vivacious colours, perfect to brighten up your winter wardrobe. The chunky and woolly style will keep you warm and in fashion.
They say a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Well we say a truckload of Bennet Street Dairy cookies helps the news of extended lockdown go down. Check out our favourite dessert delivery spots in Sydney for a much needed sugar hit.
Like the rest of Sydney, Taronga Zoo is closed but that doesn’t mean you can’t schedule in some quality time with the zoo’s cutest residents. The gorgeous keepers at Taronga have set up 24/7 live streaming cams, so you can catch a glimpse of their animals as they meander around their enclosures. You can drop in on meerkats, otters, capybaras, lions, elephants and tigers.
As we go into our third week of lockdown, let’s face it, your homemade G&Ts just aren’t cutting it anymore. Luckily, Sydney’s finest bars are offering curated cocktails available for takeaway or delivery. Enjoy a top-class tipple from Dulcie’s King Cross, Maybe Sammy or Poor Toms? Yes please!
Back by popular demand, Champainting by Cork and Canvas have released 13 on demand art classes to keep your creative juices flowing at home. Simply pick the painting that takes your fancy and you’ll be treated to an on-demand video tutorial. If getting your Picasso on in your pajamas takes your fancy then, classes are only $35 – plus, you can use your Dine & Discover vouchers!
Looking for inspiration to take with you to the kitchen? Sitchu has you covered with an epic range of recipes to suit every lockdown mood. Looking for some carb-based comfort? Check out our epic pasta recipes. Looking for a quick and easy mid-week meal? We got you! In the mood for some succulent, soothing set-and-forget slow cooker recipes? We have those too. Or, if you just really need a drink, (no judgement) check out our favourite winter cocktail recipes.
The gorgeous and generous Poppy Lynch of Chandra Yoga School is here to bring a much needed healthy hit to lockdown. During lockdown she is bringing her welcoming, accessible yoga classes to the masses with free or pay-as-you-feel, Zoom yoga sessions. The perfect way to keep active while still staying socially distanced, this is the perfect lockdown activity and we cannot recommend it enough! To find out about their free / pay-as-you-feel Zoom classes, head here.
Get a culture hit at a virtual museum
There’s no denying that we’re all going a bit stir-crazy at the moment, so why not broaden your cultural horizons by going on a virtual tour of some of the worlds best museums. Our picks of museums with the best virtual offerings? The British Museum will let you browse their whole collection through an interactive virtual timeline, Florence’s Uffizi Gallery will take you through their historic collection and teach you about their many masterpieces, you could check out Renoirs at the Musée d’Orsay and make believe you’re sat beside the Seine or learn about Van Gogh’s love life with Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum.
You can even celebrate NAIDOC week by jumping onto The Australian Museum website and reading up on the Unsettled first nation’s exhibition which will be open post-lockdown until the October 10 2021.
Though perhaps the coolest museum to explore online is The Museum of Broken Relationships which helps curate, commemorate and celebrate the items people are left with after a relationship ends.
Binge your way through the best content on streaming
We’ve made a universal declaration that it’s perfectly okay to ignore those judgemental ‘your screen time has increased’ notifications during a lockdown and, with that in mind, we’ve curated some epic lists of content to stream. Check out the best Netflix movies according to Rotten Tomatoes, our favourite new TVs shows to stream, the most engaging documentaries (including the always adorable Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds), the best Netflix and Stan movies for your next binge and, of course, the best TV shows to watch on Amazon, Stan and Netflix.
Beloved New Zealand baking company Hill St have finally brought their delicious and fool-proof baking kits across the ditch. Dairy free and vegan these mixes will take you back to your childhood with chocolate and vanilla cake mix, versatile dough and choc chunk cookie baking mix as well as themed kids cupcake kits. And it's only $6.50, as if we needed another reason to eat cake.
Available at Woolworths and online.
Things to do in Sydney Post-Lockdown: What We're Looking Forward To
Making our way back to Sydney’s best restaurants, bars and cafés
We don’t know about you guys, but here at Sitchu, we’ve been creating a growing bucket list of all the great Sydney hospitality venues we want to check out as soon as lockdown is over. Our beloved bars, restaurants and cafés will need our support more than ever after this lockdown ends, so why not start making your own foodie bucket list? Check out our guide to the best new restaurants, bars and cafés that opened in Sydney this year for inspiration!
The freshest nationwide tour on the scene, Young Henrys music series Best Served Loud will be taking over the Inner West’s Factory Theatre. Bringing people together through good beer and music, Young Henrys Best Served Loud series is here to champion emerging and established acts from across the country. Their kick-ass Sydney line up includes The Regime, Johnny Hunter, The Pinheads, Bec Sandridge and so many more. Jameson and Sonoma will also be joining the fun this winter, s don’t miss the chance to get your hands on some tasty Young Henrys Motorcycle Oil pies and Jamo signature serves to enjoy throughout the day and into the evening. Tickets are also a supremely affordable $15, so you've got nothing to lose!
Saturday 31 July, 3pm – late
Factory Theatre, Sydney
A seriously loved musical, Hamilton became an instant phenomenon when it debuted on Broadway. With awards from Tonys, Grammys and even a Pulitzer Prize to its name, it's hardly a surprise that Hamilton has opened to sold out crowds in Sydney. Many Star Sydney venues are offering exclusive - and often themed - pre-show menus for theater lovers. Check out BLACK Bar & Grill, Flying Fish, Cucina Porto and Sokyo and make sure you order the signature cocktails each named after a specific founding father.
March - November
Sydney Lyric Theatre
Head down to Pier One Sydney Harbour to enjoy their world-famous winter pop-up, Igloos on the Pier. Transformed into a cherry blossom wonderland by the gorgeous Tara Milk Tea, these iconic igloos are perched atop Pier One Sydney Harbour's luxury balcony suites. When you rent out an igloo you'll be able to enjoy gourmet canapes, grazing boards or take advantage of your own private chef to order off the BBQ menu. Watch the sun go down from the plush igloo as your surrounded by light-up forest of cherry blossom trees, take the night from a nine to a ten by extending your stay overnight in the luxury suite and enjoy breakfast the following morning.
Until 29 August 2021
Pier One Sydney Harbour
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