Things to do in Sydney this week: Volare ridge at Luna Park, RunWest and more

Try out Luna Park’s latest offering — Volare — for free or hang out with exotic animals at the RunWest running festival’s petting zoo. Here is your complete guide to Sydney events this week.



Volare is the Italian word for “to fly” and that is exactly what visitors to Luna Park will do on the amusement park’s first new ride in five years.

Volare, a 64-seat flying carousel, is the highest and largest wave swing in Australia and was designed by the Italian rides manufacturer Preston & Barbieri.

To thank locals for their support over many years, Luna Park is offering the chance to experience Volare free tomorrow — but you need to be quick, as the free ride will be available only to the first 2100 people to register online.

media_cameraYou can try out Volare, the newest ride at Luna Park, tomorrow for free. Picture: Justin Lloyd.



Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre opens its doors tomorrow for horse lovers to learn all about its 197 horses and riding schools and visit the stables, arenas and yards.

There will be free pony rides and kids’ activities.

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media_cameraThe Centennial Parklands Equestrian Centre is hosting an open day on March 31. Picture: Supplied


Sydney Observatory is the perfect vantage point to watch the city switch off for Earth Hour tonight, with talks by environmental experts and guided tours by astronomers. Book online.

Sydney Observatory,


Celebrate the new moon with a silent disco at SEA Life Sydney, where you can swing with the sea creatures on a glass dance floor surrounded by aquariums.

New Moon Party On The Reef,



The new Sydney Zoo opens later this year in western Sydney — but animal-lovers can get a sneak peek of some of the critters tomorrow at the RunWest running festival’s WestHQ in Rooty Hill.

There will be a petting zoo featuring crocodiles (little ones!) goannas, snakes and reptiles alongside fibreglass replica animals including a giant gorilla, zebras and chimpanzee. Snap a selfie with the animals and tag @thesydneyzoo to be in the running to win an annual pass
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media_cameraThe RunWest running festival is hosting a petting zoo at WestHQ. Picture Supplied

To add to the safari-style atmosphere, there will be African drum beats and dancers. Kids can also enjoy face painting, rides and plenty of food and drinks.

Keen runners are still able to register for the one-day running festival today by visiting the event website.

This fun family event will help raise funds for charities such as the Better Foundation, Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and PCYC.

Sydney Zoo petting zoo at RunWest,



What started 20 years ago as a small, volunteer-run event on a minuscule budget at the Royal Botanic Garden is now one of Australia’s leading contemporary botanical art exhibitions. Botanica 2019 has been curated by arts enthusiast and Friend of the Garden Robyn Macintosh, who was involved with the project in its crucial early years.

There are 120 artworks from 66 emerging and established Australian artists, on display from now until April 14.

Entry is free but all the art is for sale, with funds raised going to support vital conservation and plant science projects.

Botanica: The 20th Anniversary,


Meet Sydney’s most adorable artist, six-year-old Ginger Ren Jones-Evans, who is hosting her first solo exhibition on April 5-6.

The talented tot began painting at age three under the tutelage of uncle Dale Jones-Evans, an acclaimed artist and architect.

Fashion designer Alannah Hill will launch the exhibition of 11 acrylic paintings, which will be displayed alongside footage of Ginger in the studio creating her large canvases, at 110 Brougham St, Potts Point.

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media_cameraSix-year-old artist Ginger Ren Jones-Evans will host her inaugural solo art exhibition in Sydney on Friday 5th April



Handa Opera brings the much-loved story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria to a floating stage, performing West Side Story on Sydney Harbour.

Starring Julie Lea Goodwin as Maria and Alexander Lewis as Tony, the Francesca Zambello-directed musical also features Jerome Robbin’s dynamic choreography — and some dazzling fireworks — along with all the fans’ favourite songs including Maria and Tonight. It’s on until April 21, tickets $99-$361.

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media_cameraExperience the magic of West Side Story with the Handa Opera’s new production. Picture: Prudence Upton


The King may be dead but his music still lives on more than 40 years later.

Elvis Presley tribute artist Jack Gatto takes to the State Theatre stage tonight to belt out the hits of the King of Rock’n’Roll, complete with costumes from Presley’s original designer and with the backing of an orchestra and choir.

The “mega concert” also stars Tom Jones tribute singer James Cupples. Tickets $69-$139.

Elvis King Of The Word: The Elvis Mega Concert,


Pub tunes and bloke jokes abound in this energetic pub crawl-meets-cabaret stage production featuring an all-male cast of tap dancers, acrobats, singers, musicians and poets performing — beer in hand — a host of rock, choral, opera and Broadway numbers from Avicii to Adele, Queen and Guns’n’Roses and more.

It’s on at the Sydney Opera House until April 7. Tickets $31.20-$109.

The Choir Of Man,


Aussie star Hugh Jackman is heading back home to Sydney as part of his world tour.

The multi award-winning actor, singer and dancer will perform hit songs from many of his Broadway shows and popular film musicals including The Greatest Showman, The Boy From Oz and Les Miserables — accompanied on stage by a live orchestra.”/>
media_cameraHugh Jackman is coming back to Aussie shores with his world tour. Picture: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Singer and actor Keala Settle, who co-starred in The Greatest Showman as the Bearded Woman, will join Jackman to sing the movie’s hit song This Is Me.

A veteran of the stage and screen, Jackman is sure to delight Sydney audiences from August 2 to 7 at Qudos Bank Arena.

Tickets are available now, starting at $57.10, but are likely to sell out fast so be sure to get in early.

Hugh Jackman — The Man. The Music. The Show.



It’s Japanese but not as you know it. Popular Melbourne eatery Sash has opened in Surry Hills offering a modern fusion menu such as sashimi pizza, spicy tuna tacos, chilli mayo prawn sliders or a Godzilla dessert taco with custard, ice cream and mangoes.

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media_cameraSASH Surry Hills brings you a delicious Japanese fusion menu boasting sashimi pizza, tuna taco and more. Picture: Supplied


Help charity Big Scrub raise funds for rainforest regeneration by enjoying a four-course dinner with live music and gin, beer or wine on April 4.

The feast from by Rosebery restaurant Three Blue Ducks and Brookies Gin shines a spotlight on Northern Rivers region suppliers and producers. Costs $150 per person, bookings online.

Byron Harvest,



To celebrate its 20th anniversary, pioneer “glamping” operator Paperbark Camp in Jervis Bay is hosting two special dining experiences on April 27 and May 4.

Dinner Under The Stars will be curated by chef Justin North and feature fireside canapes, local wines and beer. The three-course dinners paired with wines are $150 per person, with regular Saturday dinners from $125 on May 11, 18 and 25.

Two-night accommodation packages are from $1170 per couple. Bookings essential.

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media_cameraDine under the stars at Paperbark Camp in Jervis Bay on the NSW south coast. Picture: Supplied


Celebrate the talents of the armed forces in this showcase of precision drills and military and cultural performances from around the globe, combining tradition and ceremony with music, theatre and dance.

A 1200-strong cast will perform against the backdrop of a life-size facade of Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, where the military tattoo is traditionally performed every year, at ANZ Stadium from October 17 to 19.”/>
media_cameraThe much loved Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is coming to Sydney and the tickets are selling out fast. Picture: Supplied

Highlights include the Massed Pipes of the Scottish regiments. Tickets go on sale from April 8, with the pre-sale waiting list now open.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo,

Originally published as Swing into the weekend with Luna Park’s new ride

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