Activities & Events
We have 16 special interest groups which all take place during the day, either on a weekly or monthly basis. These interest groups are the main focus of SWIC and allow members to socialise, learn, have fun and make friends. They are held at members’ homes or at a community centre or sports facility. While Art & Culture takes us all over Sydney to galleries and cultural institutions, other groups involve sport, foreign language conversation, reading, craft, strategy games like Bridge and Mah-jong, going to the movies, lunching, or out for a casual social night. The range of groups grows and develops over time, depending on the interests of our members. If you have a special interest you’d like to pursue, there is scope to create a new interest group.
Interest Groups include:
Art & Culture
Art & Culture focuses on monthly visits to art galleries and places of cultural interest in and around Sydney.
Book Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at two venues hosted by members. The book list for the year is selected at an annual lunch.
Intermediate standard Bridge is enjoyed on Monday afternoons at two locations – one in the eastern suburbs and the other on the north shore.
Café Society meets on the third Thursday of each month at a variety of luncheon venues around the city for a light meal and chat.
The Choir provides an uplifting start to the week, meeting on Monday mornings. The ‘SWIC Sweet Voices’ perform at SWIC functions and charity events.
The Craft Group meets on the first Friday of each month, with members working on their latest projects over a light lunch.
This group provides an opportunity for members who have English as a second language to practise their English in a relaxed, supportive and informal environment. They meet on the third Monday afternoon of the month.
This special activity is offered periodically on the second Friday of the month by a SWIC member who teaches various types of flower arrangements at her home. It is restricted in numbers.
This is all about conversation over a cup of coffee, and is aimed at those who want to practise their German and those who enjoy staying in touch with their mother tongue.
Nine holes of friendly golf are played on Friday mornings at the charming Warringah Golf Course in North Manly and on Wednesday mornings at Woollahra in the eastern suburbs. The groups combine for an annual tournament.
Ladies’ Night Out
Held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, this is a social group which gathers in the early evening for drinks, dinner, movies or shows.
Ladies Who Lunch
Ladies Who Lunch is on the first Wednesday of each month, and is the perfect sociable way to sample some of Sydney’s most interesting restaurants, cafés and bistros.
Mah-jong is played every Thursday afternoon at two different venues. No experience is necessary as the Western form of the game can be taught and new members are always welcome.
The Movie Group meets on the fourth Tuesday morning each month to see a film at either the Dendy Quay or Cremorne Orpheum cinemas. There’s usually a coffee or a light lunch afterwards to discuss the film and chat with friends.
Tennis is played on Thursday mornings in the eastern suburbs and on Monday mornings on the north shore. There’s also an annual tournament with lunch to follow.
Explore Sydney Walk is on the second Wednesday of each month and involves moderate exercise of 5-7 kms over 2 hours, with the added bonus of exploration and learning about the history of our beautiful harbour city. Short Walk, on the third Wednesday of the month, is for those who prefer level terrain and a walk of up to 3 kms. Challenging Walk, which takes place on the first Tuesday of the month, is for those who like challenging bush and coastal walks of about 9-11 kms and which take 3-4 hours.
Springboard aims to help newcomers settle into life in Sydney, matching them with a ‘buddy’ if requested. Springboard can also provide information on volunteering, study and work in Sydney.
Monthly Morning Teas (March-November)
A morning tea is held on the second Tuesday of each month, providing an opportunity to meet new friends. This year our morning teas have an international flavour.
Each month our activities team organises an outing to a place of special interest, open to all members.
In February we hold our Annual General Meeting and Birthday Lunch, and in December we hold our Christmas Lunch. Two or three times a year our committee also organises a special event which partners or friends are welcome to attend.