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    If you go to Australia...


    What to do

    Arts Centre Melbourne

    100 St. Kilda Road


    Ballet ($34-$225), symphony ($57-$156), and opera ($29-$260) year round.

    The Production Company


    Stages plays and musicals at the Arts Centre, $47-$109.

    Melbourne International Film Festival

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    July 25-Aug. 13. Multiple venues. Most tickets $19.

    (Broadway-style productions play regularly in both Melbourne and Sydney. In May, a new musical adaptation of “King Kong” will play at the Regent Theatre, 191 Collins St.

    Melbourne Fringe Festival

    Sept. 21-Oct 9. Multiple venues and prices.

    Melbourne Festival

    Oct. 31-Dec. 4. Multiple venues and prices.



    45 Flinders Lane


    Prices vary.

    Where to stay

    The Rialto

    495 Collins St.



    Part of the Intercontinental hotel chain, this recently renovated option offers a prime central location and perhaps the most stylish hotel bar in town. Rooms from $290.

    Vibe Savoy Hotel

    630 Little Collins St.


    A stylish budget option near the Southern Cross rail station. Rooms from $140.


    What to do

    Sydney Opera House

    2 Macquarie St.


    Hourlong tours cost $36. A more expensive backstage tour, including breakfast, costs $161. Sydney Symphony Orchestra tickets: $36-$130.

    Sydney Theatre Company

    Performs at the Sydney Opera House and The Wharf Theatre, Hick Road, Walsh Bay.

    A new stage adaptation of the Booker Prize-winning novel “The Secret River” by Kate Grenvile continues throughout the year, $52-$94

    Sydney Film Festival

    June 5-16. Multiple venues. Most tickets $19.

    Belvoir St Theater

    25 Belvoir St., Surry Hills


    Check out what’s on in the company’s smaller Downstairs Theatre, where more cutting-edge work is presented, $44-$68.

    Where to stay

    Park Hyatt Sydney

    7 Hickson Road, The Rocks


    On the edge of Sydney Harbor, with dazzling views of the Opera House and the Harbor Bridge. Rooms from $780.

    Arts Hotel

    21 Oxford St., Bondi Junction


    An appealing budget option, located along Sydney’s best street for shopping. Doubles from $151.