Whats On at Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour Hotel

What's on

Amazing whales - Evolution and survival

Thursday 20 March - Sunday 20 July

Be amazed by the wonderful world of whales.

Cetaceans, of all the mammals, have undergone a most spectacular evolution, adapting to aquatic life and developing into the diverse range of creatures we know today - from graceful giants of the sea, to playful dolphins, from dangerous predators such as orcas to the mysterious narwhal and beluga whales.

This fascinating international exhibition uncovers the diversity, origins and adaptation of the cetaceans, charting their development from land mammals to aquatic giants.

Amazing Whales also looks at the different relationships that humans have had with the cetaceans and the threats that weigh on their future. 

- source: http://www.anmm.gov.au

Strictly Ballroom The Musical

With performances at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from March 2014, STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL will tango, sashay and bogo pogo its way on to the stage thanks to the original creative team behind the classic 1992 film, including director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann, set and costume designer Catherine Martin, choreographer John “Cha Cha” O’Connell and co-writer Craig Pearce.

STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart.

This uplifting and courageous tale originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann devised with a group of other students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1984, before dancing into the hearts of audiences world wide as the award winning feature film.

In a brand new all-singing, all-dancing theatrical production, STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL will bring this iconic story to life, featuring the beloved music from the original film as well as new compositions.

Be a part of history and experience the drama, the humour, the romance in the sparkling, sequined spectacular that inspired the world to dance.

- source: http://www.strictlyballroomthemusical.com/

The Emperor's Quest at Chinese Garden of Friendship

The Murray Room

The 12 animals of the Chinese lunar calendar are hidden in the Chinese Garden. Each one has its own character and a whole treasure chest of legends—and one of the animals is you.

A new adventure for the whole family, The Emperor’s Quest will take you on a fascinating journey into the ancient world of the Chinese zodiac, known as ‘Sheng Xiao’ or ‘birth sign’.

Use your special Emperor’s Quest map and viewfinder to follow the winding pathways of the Chinese Garden and seek out all the hidden legends.

DISCOVER each animal sculpture using the clues…
EXPLORE the sculpture to learn about the zodiac and the secrets of the Chinese Garden…
REVEAL your animal and find out which one your brother, sister, parents and friends are…
FIND all 12 sculptures and you’ve successfully completed the quest!

End your adventure with a visit to the Teahouse where little emperors and empresses can recharge with The Emperor’s Quest Feast, including almond milk or juice, chicken or vegetarian rice paper roll with dipping sauce and a rainbow cupcake for just $9.

Join The Emperor’s Quest these school holidays. The quest is available to play during normal garden opening hours, is suitable for children aged five to 12 years and is free with garden entry. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Time: 9.30am – 5pm daily, except Good Friday and Christmas Day
Location: Chinese Garden of Friendship, southern end of Darling Harbour
Ages: Five to 12 years
Cost: Included in garden entry ($6 adult, $3 child, $15 family)

- source: http://www.darlingharbour.com

Sydney International Boat Show

Thu 31 July – Mon 4 August

Visit the Sydney International Boat Show to enjoy a vast array of fun for all the family.  FREE ferry transfer between the two show locations, Cockle Bay Marina at Darling Harbour and Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island.

Halls Open: 10am – 8pm | Marina Open: 10am – 6pm

sydneyboatshow.com.au | 1300 7BOATS(28287)     

Sun-Herald City 2 Surf

Sunday August 10, 2014

The Sun-Herald City2Surf is not just Sydney's favourite sporting event, it is the world's largest run with over 80,000 registered participants each year - a greater number than the London and New York Marathons combined. 

Since 1971 Sydneysiders have been joined by participants from all over the world, elite athletes rubbing shoulders with locals to run, walk or watch the 14 kilometre race from Hyde Park in Sydney's central business district to the finish at spectacular Bondi Beach. In 2013 more than $4 million was raised for charities across the country, including our official Gold Charities..

Public transport is the best way to get to the start line of the City2Surf and home again but be sure to plan ahead and allow extra travel time due to road closures and trackwork.

For more information: www.city2surf.com.au

Art & About Sydney 2014

Art & About Sydney is a collaborative arts festival where every street, laneway, building site, intersection and thoroughfare is a canvas for creation and storytelling. Enjoy a jam-packed program with over 40 events, performances, installations and exhibitions right in the heart of the city.

Save the dates 19 September – 12 October – full programming to be announced in July!

For more info on Art & About Sydney click here

Sydney Running Festival 2014

In 2013 the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival was the first Australian marathon to be broadcast live in 23 years. The popularity of the Marathon has attracted both international and local elite athletes and as a result the Sydney Marathon has achieved a Silver Label rating.

With all four events crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is by far the only time to uniquely explore the extraordinary scenic views of Sydney.

Runners of all skill levels, as well as walkers and joggers of all ages will be able to experience a challenge or a fun day out with family and friends.

For more information, visit www.sydneyrunningfestival.com.au