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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sound the Octo-Alert! All-new Octonauts World Experience Opens at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Discover the bright and vibrant underwater world of the Octonauts in an all-new experience at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium! Featuring completely new aquatic animals in dynamic displays, 3D talking Octonauts crew members, activities and more, Octonauts World is sure to keep little ones immersed in THE ultimate Octonauts mission.

Kids will interact with their favourite Octonauts crew members as they embark on a new mission to “Explore, Rescue, Protect” the wonderful creatures they have discovered in the new Octonauts World. 

Visitors will dive into action and talk to Captain Barnacles, help with Kwazii’s search for hidden treasure and watch Peso’s thrilling encounter with a Great White Shark. Octonauts enthusiasts will also ride in the Gup-E and learn all about the new animals on show in a very special “Creature Report” with the whole Octonauts crew.

And if the kids can’t get enough of the new Octonauts World, the Merlin Annual Pass is perfect for endless undersea adventures with the Octonauts and the aquarium’s 13,000 other ocean stars.

Where: SEA LIFESydney Aquarium, Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Vivid Breaks at Metro Hotels

Running from 22nd May to 8th June, Vivid Sydney 2015 will illuminate, interpret and transform Sydney’s urban spaces, as well as hosting a lively and eclectic range of live performances throughout the city. See Sydney in a sparkling new light during the annual Vivid Sydney where the world’s best designers and artists transform the city. See stunning images projected onto the Sydney Opera House, control the lights on the Harbour Bridge, play with interactive light sculptures throughout the city centre, experience great music and hear inspiring talks.

What started out as a little idea to boost winter business in central Sydney is now one of the city’s biggest success storiesVivid started in 2009 has been streamlined into three simple concepts – light, music and ideas – that unfold over 18 days. The event is now so popular that it attracts nearly 1.5 million attendees each year.

To get you into the spirit of Vivid Sydney, Metro Hotels, with four properties located in the central CBD in Sydney, are offering Vivid Brilliance Hot Deals Our prices start from $144 per night at Aspire Hotel Sydney in Ultimo and include complimentary Vivid glow bracelets and WIFI in your hotel guest room. Check the website for these brilliant hot deals at our other city locations, Metro Hotel on Pitt, Metro Hotel Sydney Central and Metro Apartments on Darling Harbour. All deals are subject to availability – See Hot Deals

If travelling from country regions, take advantage of Trainlink’s ‘2 for 1’ deal during April and May on all first and economy class fares.  Aspire Hotel Sydney and Metro Apartments on Darling Harbour will also offer in the hot deal package, 2 adult Opal cards for travel anywhere in Sydney (value $20).
Bookings can be made at Metro Apartments on Darling Harbour by calling the toll free Central Reservations line on 1800 114 321 or to book online

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Rocky Horror Show @ Sydney Lyric Theatre from April 2015

The Rocky Horror Show @ Sydney Lyric Theatre from April 2015

The Rocky Horror Show @ Sydney Lyric Theatre from April 2015

The new Australian production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show will play a limited season at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from April 2015.

Returning in the coveted role of Frank N Furter will be television and theatre star Craig McLachlan, fresh from shooting the title role in the third series of ABC TV’s top rating drama series The Doctor Blake Mysteries. Further cast members will be announced later this year. The new Australian production of The Rocky Horror Show has been nominated for Best Musical and Best Male Actor in a Musical (Craig McLachlan) at the 2014 Helpmann Awards, and received critical and popular acclaim. Craig McLachlan went on to win the 2014 Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical.

The Rocky Horror Show is a true classic and one of theatre’s most endearing and outrageously fun shows. It opened at London’s Royal Court Theatre on June 19, 1973, quickly developing a cult following, and was adapted into the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which has the longest-running release in film history. This iconic brand holds a unique place in theatre history, a show which has defied the decades and continued to grow in popularity. In 2010 the music of Rocky Horror was showcased in the smash hit TV show Glee, seen by over 20 million people worldwide. Rocky Horror even has its own postage stamp.

Millions of people all over the world have and continue to see productions of The Rocky Horror Show and sung along to classics like Sweet Transvestite, Dammit Janet, I Can Make You A Man, Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me, Over At The Frankenstein Place and of course The Time Warp.


Show Duration: Approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes (including interval)

Playing from 10 April 2015


Sydney Showground Reveals Infrastructure Upgrades

Spice caught up with Sydney Showground general manager Peter Thorpe to find out what’s in store for the year ahead.
What are the planned infrastructure upgrades?The main upgrades include site-wide fibre and data cable upgrade, kitchen equipment upgrades, CCTV upgrade from analogue to digital and an upgrade to 50,000 hour LED of house lighting and lighting controls within The Dome and Halls 2, 3 and 4, providing significant flexibility of use and the ability to dim all lights collectively or individually making further energy savings.
When can we expect them to be completed?
By the end of September 2015.
What are the obstacles to getting these upgrades approved?
No obstacles, these projects have all been funded and approved but need to go through a rigorous procurement process and take time to undertake in an operating venue where works have to be scheduled around client requirements.
Why do you think it’s important to have light rail access to Sydney Olympic Park?
Sydney Olympic Park corridor represents a significant urban renewal opportunity. It is a pivotal and suitable location for increased density in terms of residential, commercial, retail, educational and cultural activity, however site residents and users need quick and simple access to key areas such as Parramatta and the City. The proposed Light Rail route will provide this access.
How much will it cost?
Unknown at this stage.
Who will pay for it?
It is anticipated that private enterprise would provide 100% of the required funding subject to the required density uplift.
Where is this process up to?It is anticipated that the NSW Government will make an announcement soon after the upcoming state election.

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