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Village Life Sydney

Village Life Sydney brings you experiences in Sydney's villages.

Sydney is a city of villages with every village having its own distinct lifestyle and unique personality. They have crafted experiences in selected villages to show you their character and give you a taste of Sydney life. You will meet local characters, enter private paces, and leave with a cache of stories to share.

A Village Life Sydney experience is an ideal gift for visitors to Sydney.

For more information: www.villagelifesydney.com

Tours

Hear an Italian migrant's story in East Sydney
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Meet a celebrated Australian in Sydney's "Little Italy". He came to Australia in the largest wave of Italian immigration in Australia's history to seek a better life and he enriched the Australian way of life in doing so. Some honour him for introducing fine Italian cuisine to the Australian palate while others speak of the example he sets in fine dining service.

Nearly 60 years ago, with a bank loan and a dream, he opened his doors. His restaurant is now one of the longest running and most acclaimed in Sydney. It has won more than 40 awards. Come and hear the story of our "Cavaliere del Lavoro" at an Italian feast.
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Beppi's, East Sydney Beppis, East Sydney
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Car Half Day or less, Tailored.
Price
$215.00 Price Range Includes hearing a wonderful migrant story, three-course lunch and beverages, your Village Life Host, pick up from any Sydney CBD Hotel.
Be part of a Sydney institution, be an Iceberg for the day in Bondi
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In 1929 a band of Sydney surf lifesavers, determined to maintain their fitness over the winter months, formed the Bondi Icebergs Club. To be a member, one must swim in the ocean pool all year round. Once housed in a tin shed, the current day clubhouse stands four storey's high and holds the title of the only licensed winter swimming club in the world.

You will sit down and enjoy a seafood lunch with views of Bondi Beach in the company of a legendary "Iceberg" who will recount his stories around this Bondi institution.

Your experience includes your choice of lunch and beverages; entry to the Icebergs ocean pool and sauna; and a coffee at the Crabbe Hole.
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The Icebergs Club Bistro, Bondi Beach The Icebergs Club, Bondi Beach
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Car Half Day or less, Tailored.
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$170.00 Price Range Includes stories shared by an "Iceberg", your Village Life Host, a seafood lunch and beverages, entry to Icebergs ocean pool and sauna, and a coffee at the Crabbe Hole Cafe. Optional: an afternoon by the pool or down at Bondi Beach, bring your b
Enjoy a taste of Sydney's obsession with coffee
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Sydney-siders are obsessed with coffee. Some spend $3,000 a year on their habit and it is a startling fact that coffee sales in Sydney are expected to reach $800 million this year. While cafes abound, there is one place in Sydney for the truly devoted. It is described by national and international media as "one of a kind".

Australia's "Michelangelo of coffee", who is also a director of the business, will treat us to a coffee tasting. This man has devoted this life to sourcing and serving the best coffee in the world. We will hear his story and learn how to identify the perfect cup, and brew it at home.
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The Grounds, Alexandria Coffee tasting with Australia's "Michelangelo of coffee", Alexandria
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Car Half Day or less, Tailored.
Price
$134.00 Price Range Includes: morning tea, a coffee tasting lesson with Australia's "Michelangelo of coffee", your Village Life Host, a private tour of premises, and transport from Sydney CBD Hotels.
Step into a private coastal garden in Clovelly
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This sunburnt country of ours poses formidable challenges for any gardener. Our dry weather patterns and poor coastal soils have spawned creativity from our gardeners. Many adhere to planting natives while others mix natives and exotics. You'll visit the garden of a beach home whose owner commissioned a celebrated Australian designer to create something nautical and whimsical.

The owner will speak of the designer's journey - of how he literally "lived" in the garden during its formation. We also discover the garden's charm, quirkiness, resilience and use of natives and exotics to attract local fauna.
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Swell Cafe, Bronte Entry into a private coastal garden, Clovelly West
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Car Half Day or less, Tailored.
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$134.00 Price Range Includes: morning tea, your Village Life Host, a short coastal walk, an interesting historical detour, entry into a private garden and discussion of its creation with the owner, and transport from any Sydney CBD Hotel. Optional: an afternoon at the beach,
Improving your fortunes with a visit to "another world" in Chinatown
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The search for fortune brought many Chinese immigrants to Australia, particularly during the gold rush years, and their traditions of luck are celebrated here every Chinese New Year.

A Master of the ancient Chinese traditions of improving good fortune will lead us on a journey of harnessing qi, the central force of life and energy. Our journey takes place in the beautiful surrounds of waterfalls, lakes and hidden stone pathways in "another world" within Chinatown.

It is a world which has been meticulously created to form a fluid and nurturing environment. Their stroll through secret gardens and peaceful groves includes time to relax in a traditional Chinese Teahouse.
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Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour Conversation with a Master of Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology, Darling Harbour
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Car, Ferry, Train Half Day or less, Tailored.
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$134.00 Price Range Includes: morning tea, time with a Master of Feng Shui and Chinese Astrology, your Village Life Host, entry into a Chinese Garden, transport from any Sydney CBD Hotel.
Dine with a Diva in Darlinghurst
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Have you ever met a Prada Clutch, Polly Petrie, Candy Box or Minnie Cooper? Well here's your chance to lunch with one of Sydney's celebrated Divas and gasp at the talent and beauty of an Oxford Street queen of drag.

Every March Sydney celebrates the vibrancy of its diversity when it hosts its gay and lesbian street parade, Sydney Mardi Gras. Oxford Street is the hub of the celebration and the premier venue for the gay community throughout the year is where our experience takes place.
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The premier venue, Darlinghurst Dining with a Diva, Darlinghurst
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Car Half Day or less, Tailored.
Price
$170.00 Price Range Includes: lunch and beverages, a glamorous performance by a Diva, titillating conversation with a Queen, your Village Life Host, transport from any Sydney CBD Hotel.
An Aboriginal Elder introduces urban Aboriginal art in Leichhardt
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In addition to the dot and bark paintings of the Australian Western Desert and Northern Territory Aboriginal communities, is the work of urban Aboriginal artists. The first urban Aboriginal art co-operative in Australia was formed in Sydney in 1987. Today you'll visit its gallery and be joined by a Bundjalung and Mananjali Elder who is one of the leaders of the urban Aboriginal art movement.

Their speaker is represented in Australia's national collections and has exhibited internationally. You will hear her story of nurturing the artistic expression of Aboriginals living in urban Australia and then discover the works on show.
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Boomalli, Leichhardt Conversation with an Aboriginal Elder, Leichhardt
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Car Half Day or less, Tailored.
Price
$134.00 Price Range Includes: morning tea, conversation with an Elder, viewing of the current exhibition of urban Aboriginal art, your Village Life host, transport from any Sydney CBD Hotel
Sport in Oz, there's never enough of it! We go "on field" in Moore Park.
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Sport is an important part of Australian culture. It takes up a good part of radio airtime, television time, and the pages in daily newspapers. Questions on our sporting history even appear in the test for Australian citizenship. The Nation is obsessed and Sydney, the hub of sport since colonial times, is its epicentre.

They'll walk and talk through the history of our earliest sports - cricket, rugby and Australian Rules at two of Sydney's major sporting venues. You'll then have lunch with a former Australian Wallaby (an Australian rugby union player) who holds the record of playing the most first-grade rugby union games in Sydney.
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Venue Services Office, Allianz Stadium, Moore Park Lunch with an Australian Wallaby, Darlinghurst
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Car Half Day or less, Tailored.
Price
$170.00 Price Range Includes: lunch and beverages, tour of two stadiums, conversation with a former Australian Wallaby, your Village Life Host, transport from any Sydney CBD Hotel.
The people and terraces of Paddington
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Paddington is magical. Its terraces stand side by side in various colours and trims, and its iron lace balconies gleam. This village has some of the best examples of Victorian terrace architecture in the world. Within those walls have lived rogues, bohemians and businessmen, soldiers and the occasional mutineer.

They give life to those characters by entering: a private precinct of the best Regency architecture in the southern hemisphere; the hidden streets of some of the most exquisite terraces; and a private Georgian home. More stories will be shared over morning tea, in a local bohemian cafe housed in a terrace.
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Chauvel Cinema, Paddington Entry into a private Georgian Home, Paddington
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Car Half Day or less, Tailored.
Price
$134.00 Price Range Includes: morning tea, entry into the grounds of an historic Regency property, entry into a private Georgian terrace, your Village Life Host, transport from any Sydney CBD Hotel.
Prized "Australiana" objects presented by a noted collector of antiques in Surry Hills
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This morning they explore one of Australia's oldest and largest antique markets and spend time in the company of one of its frequent visitors - a Sydney-sider said to be the most prolific collector of Australiana pottery, pre-1950's in Australia. Their collector will show some prized pieces from his private collection and share the stories surrounding them.

They enter into the world of Australia's arts and crafts movement, feel the passion of a collector, and marvel at his exquisite pieces which show how Australian artists in the early 1900s found a uniquely Australian style.
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Sydney Antique Centre, Surry Hills Showing of a private collection, Surry Hills
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Car Half Day or less, Tailored.
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$134.00 Price Range Includes: morning tea, a showing of a private Australiana pottery collection, conversation with the collector, a tour of one of Australia's oldest antique markets, your Village Life Host, transport from any Sydney CBD Hotel.
Sydney's obsession with real estate revealed in Woollahra
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Within 48 hours of visiting Sydney someone will surely speak of the price of Sydney real estate. It is highly sought after, even by the world's billionaires according to the Forbes List. Sydney appears in the top 10 of the world surveys of the most expensive real estate in the world.

Today they venture into the exclusive and chic suburb of Woollahra, famous for its tree-lined streets, village shops and grand residences, to hear an expert representing buyers and another representing sellers. They will then walk through a private residence on the market and put their own price on it.
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Morning tea at Luxe Bakery, Woollahra Entry into a private residence, Woollahra
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Car Half Day or less, Tailored.
Price
$134.00 Price Range Includes: morning tea, conversation with an expert on buying Sydney property and also an expert on selling Sydney property, entry into a private residence, your Village Life Host, transport from any Sydney CBD Hotel.
The Art Adventure in various villages
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Their art tour is offered on the basis that they will take you to what we consider to be the most intriguing exhibitions of contemporary art and the most interesting art galleries and art spaces displaying it on this particular day. Today they may visit one, two or three Sydney villages to find "the best on show". Transport will be provided between the villages.

This experience is about quality, not quantity though they can say a minimum of three galleries will be visited. The adventure is curated and led by the former Managing Director of a leading Sydney arts organisation.
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The entrance of The National Art School, Darlinghurst Discovery of leading exhibitions in private galleries, Darlinghurst
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Car Half Day or less, Tailored.
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$215.00 Price Range Includes: morning tea, transport from gallery to gallery, a tour curated and led by a former Managing Director of a leading Sydney arts organisation, your Village Life Host, transport from any Sydney CBD Hotel.
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