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Top 5 Night Out Experiences in Sydney for Retirees

Enjoy a cruise on Sydney Harbour when you next visit this beautiful city.
Enjoy a cruise on Sydney Harbour when you next visit this beautiful city.

When the sun goes down in any great city around the world, you will find people of all generations, persuasions and style swarming around soaking up the nightlife.  Sydney is no exception.  It is a thriving cultural hub – there is something here for everyone no matter what your age, activity level or interests.  Here we have hand-picked some of the best activities and experiences to make your time in Sydney memorable.

Evening boat cruise on the Harbour

Any trip to Sydney would be incomplete without a jaunt out on the water.  This stunning passageway is the centrepiece of Sydney’s natural beauty.  By cruising on the harbour in the evening, you can witness a magnificent sunset and see a side of Sydney that can’t be matched on land.  Sit back and relax on a $5m luxury catamaran while you enjoy cocktails and a delicious dining experience  Tours are also available at lunchtimes.

Be a part of the Sydney Festival (9th to 26th January)

The celebrated Sydney Festival takes place in January each year and delights locals and visitors alike with a stunning procession of national and international acts.  One act with a lot of buzz for 2014 is The Hilliard Ensemble.  One of the world’s most distinguished vocal chamber groups, The Hilliard Ensemble is unrivalled for its Acapella performances of old and new music.  See them at Recital Hall on 17 January 2014.

Harbour side dining and entertainment

For a memorable dining experience with unforgettable food and unforgettable views, you cannot go past The Star in Pyrmont.  As principal sponsor of the Sydney Festival in 2014, The Star will be offering great dining deals in January. Enjoy affordable luxury and world class dining in either The Black by Ezard or the Sokyo restaurants at The Star, with two delicious courses available for only $55 per person! Also home to a world class casino it is great for those looking for a flutter.

Movie night

Event Cinemas offer fantastic movie and other deals for anyone aged 60 or over.  All you need to do is sign up to become a member of Cine Buzz for Seniors.  Benefits include special $8 movie tickets, special screenings and free breakfasts when staying at Rydges hotels.  Best of all, it’s free to join!

Dance, tap or jazz the night away

If you feel like dancing but you feel a bit rusty, take some Seniors Tap Classes or Beginners Jazz at the Sydney Dance Company which organises classes for 55+.  Located at Pier 4 down on Walsh Bay (on the opposite side of Circular Quay), there are beautiful views looking across the harbour to historic Balmain.  For a great idea after your class, why not enjoy the sunset and cocktail or fine-dining experience at one of the Walsh Bay bars or restaurants!


From dining and dancing, theatre to museums, Sydney is a classy, grown up city with plenty to offer all it’s visitors.  Whatever you fancy, you will find it in Sydney after dark.  Grab yourself a weekly rail pass, and getting around will be a breeze well into the evening.

One last hot tip:  if you are thinking of heading to any of the Sydney Festival events you will want to book well in advance!  So get the most out of your holiday in Sydney and enjoy some, or all, of these great Sydney experiences.

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