Hidden Gems Sydney
There is more to Sydney than meets the eye. If you think you know all there is to see, you will be in for a surprise. You can skip the touristy places and discover new sights when you seek out these hidden gems.
Shark Island provides the perfect getaway from Sydney, especially if you are in search of isolated spots. This island is only accessible by boat (or kayak, if you dare). But this island has some of the best views in Sydney that offers a panoramic view of the Sydney Harbour. There are also lush lawns that you can set a picnic in.
You have plenty of other things to see in this island including the hidden grottos that were built by hand. And you can check out the abundant marine life at the rock pools. This is where you can find some of the untouched natural haven in Sydney.
Paddington Reservoir Gardens
Are you seeking a lush retreat from the hustle and bustle of Sydney? Head to the Paddington Reservoir Gardens. This is a sunken garden that is hidden by the Chinese eateries and skyscrapers that surround it. It boasts of excellent features such as the high walkways, enormous chambers, water features, and hanging gardens. This garden served numerous purposes over the years but its original architecture has been kept intact.
There were some renovations done in the garden during the 19th century. This adds to the uniqueness of this reservoir garden as it offers a mix of old and new architecture. If you are seeking out hidden gems in Sydney, this one is worth visiting as it is free of entry.
Elizabeth Bay House
The Elizabeth Bay House is one of many living museums in Sydney. This historic house is fronting a historical bay. When it was built in the 1900s, it was known to have been a lavish home that cost a lot to build.
Visitors can tour the home and its interior rooms wherein you can find antique furniture and interior details kept intact. There are also various events held at this lavish home throughout the year. This home is also complemented by a picturesque garden that offers magnificent harbour views.
Bradleys Head to Chowder Bay
Sydney is known for its coastal walks but you might not have heard of this one before. This is a 4-kilometer coastal walk that is perfect for Sunday mornings. To get here, you must drive to Taronga Zoo and then put on your walking shoes.
This secret coastal walk from Sydney requires you to weave through a bush track. You will be making your way through the harbour headlands as you traverse Bradleys Head towards Chowder Bay. This is the perfect walk for when you want to soak in the views of the harbour and Sydney’s skyline. Thankfully, this walk is still relatively unknown so you can enjoy the views to yourself – or with your hiking buddy!
Sydney is best known for its beaches but only a few probably know about Milk Beach in Valcluse. If you are looking for a quiet beach escape, add this to your go-to destinations. This beach is located along Hermit Bay within the Sydney Harbour National Park. It is a small beach but it is isolated so you can have it all to yourself.
There is limited access to this beach, although you can get here via public transportation. Off-street parking is also limited. But it will be worth the effort to get here as you can enjoy many activities aside from swimming, such as snorkeling and fishing. You can even set up a picnic under the awnings at the Hermitage Foreshore.
Another secret beach that you can get to from Sydney is Chinamans Beach. This is a 250-meter stretch of beach that is a great place to go to for a relaxing swim. It is a great beach destination for the entire family, if you want to swim without the crowd. The beach itself is gorgeous with fine, white sand to sink your feet into.
Indu is one of the foodie gems in Sydney that only the locals know about – or a select few foodies. It is located at the basement of Angel Place and offers a contemporary Indian cuisine. Their menu boasts of authentic curry dishes, seafood fare, and signature Indian dishes with a modern twist. Their drinks menu is equally as exotic as the dishes they serve. The next time you are craving for bold flavours in Sydney, you know where to go.
Bulletin Place Bar
This restaurant is perfectly hidden that you won’t find it unless you know about this place! To get here, you need to walk past Bar Tapavino and make your way through a door with the tattoo parlour sign. Go up a set of stairs until you see this tiny bar. It comes with a friendly service and a tapas food menu (great for pre- or post-dinner snacks). But you don’t come to Bulletin Place Bar for the food – their cocktails are their specialty. The best part is that they have different cocktails served every day.