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.