Intimate breakout sessions hosted by locals provide the pulse of an AFAR Experiences event. Throughout your four days in Sydney, you’ll choose from a multisensory menu of experiences that include touring a market with a chef, clinking glasses with a wine expert, sipping tea in the salon of an artist and scaling the Harbour Bridge with an engineer. AFAR’s carefully curated excursions grant access to a Sydney that’s unpredictable and electrifying.
Australian Wine Tasting
In the elegant setting of a private home overlooking the harbor, the accomplished and engaging wine educator Henry Dawson Damer will fill your glass with some iconic varietals while filling any gaps in your knowledge of Australian wines.
Tribal Warriors Mentorship
We’ll meet the elders, mentors and motivators behind Australia’s only Indigenous maritime training company. In conversation with Aboriginal youth, you’ll learn how the Tribal Warriors organization promotes cultural exchange and injects vitality into struggling communities through its unique marine skills development program.
Dinosaur Designs Studio Tour
Dinosaur Designs creates supremely beautiful jewelry and homewares, but creativity also plays a role in the studio’s business success. Managing Director Richard Brooks will share the fascinating story of studio founders Stephen Ormandy and Louise Olsen and describe their vision for the company.
Shopping Supreme Tour
With cutting-edge stores and indie designer boutiques scattered throughout the city’s leafy streets, Sydney is a city that lends itself to strolling for fabulous finds amidst a vibrant shopping scene. Urban strategist Jane Jose guides our excursion into the Woollahra and Paddington neighborhoods in search of that one-of-a-kind furnishing or unmatched antique.
Artist’s Studio Tour
Installation artist Janet Laurence invites you into her private studio for an afternoon of tea and conversation. Discuss the intersection of art, science, memory and nature with an artist whose visual exploration of these subjects has received international accolades.
Sydney Architecture Walks
What do you mean, “if” walls could talk? The walking tours offered by Eoghan Lewis prove that buildings have stories to share. Stroll through Sydney’s architectural history with Lewis and discover the surprising ways we interact with brick-and-mortar structures in our daily lives.
Sustainable Home Tour
An archetype terrace house it may be, but that’s where the similarity to other Sydney residences ends. The home of Michael Mobbs creates its own energy and saves more than 8 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Join Mobbs for a tour of his off-the-grid property and learn what his house means for the future of sustainable cities.
Indigenous Art Gallery Tour
View stunning art from Australia’s varied Aboriginal communities in your visit to the Coo-ee Gallery at Bondi Beach. Enjoy a discourse on the works with an exhibiting artist as well as gallery executive director Adrian Newstead, who ranks among the country’s foremost experts on Aboriginal art.
Harbour Bridge Climb
If you’re going to climb the catwalks that snake up the landmark Sydney Harbour Bridge, do it with an engineering expert. Prepare for a breathtaking glimpse of Sydney from four hundred feet in the air in an exclusive excursion guided by engineer Andrew Pratley. *Please note this activity is not for the faint of heart. It is physically challenging, includes heights, and lasts approximately three hours (which will take up some of your free time).
Architect Home Tour
Do the homes of architects reveal anything about their work? Here’s your chance to find out. Brian Zulaikha’s practice, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, is responsible for some of Australia’s most recognizable spaces. Swap public concepts for private architecture when you join Zulaikha on a tour of his property.
EARLY RISER BREAKOUT ACTIVITY – limited space and very early departure of 5:30am
Sydney Fish Market Auction
If markets offer a glimpse into the soul of a city, it’s best to go with an experienced medium. In the early sunrise, internationally renowned chef Tetsuya Wakuda will interpret the controlled chaos of the world’s second largest seafood market, guiding us through stalls of sustainable seafood and sparking conversation with purveyors and auctioneers.
If you have questions about any of these breakout activities, please email [email protected].