Sydney's annual summer festival has commenced with a lively array of activities. Some are thought provoking, while others are entertaining, and many are just plain fun.
The Sydney Festival hub is located in Hyde Park north of Park Road, and there's truly something for everyone in the Village. For bookworms, the City of Sydney's Lawn Library provides an opportunity to get one's nose stuck in a great book. There are also story time sessions for kids and adults.
For foodies, there are plenty of stands offering a broad range of culinary delights.
Music lovers can enjoy free live concerts and DJ sets, or attend the ticketed events to see big names like songstress Cat Power.
The unquestionable highlight of the Village is the quirky installation by Jeremy Deller called Sacrilege. It's a giant inflatable replica of the famous and incredibly mysterious Stonehenge monument in England. Festival goers of all ages are invited to bounce around on the massive structure to their heart's content - or until the ten minute time limit is up.
A word to the wise: the bouncy version of the UNESCO heritage site is plagued with long queues; therefore you're advised to get there early or be ready to stand patiently for at least 30 minutes. It's worth it though.
It's the best time of year to take advantage of the fun and free things to do in Sydney and the Festival Village is definitely one of them.
Where: Hyde Park - north of Park Road
Why: It's a fun and free thing to do in the summer with family and friends.
Cost: Free apart from ticketed events
When: January 9-26 January