1. The Northern Beaches
Beaches of the Eastern suburbs, like Bondi and Coogee, may boast dramatic vistas and bronzed swimmers, but for an authentic Aussie ocean dip, travel north across the Harbor Bridge and investigate the scores of low-key coastal strips that make up the Northern Beaches region. This is a tourist-free zone, where surfers, families, and nature-lovers congregate.
2.The Hidden Half of Kings Cross
The Cross, as it’s known, is full of nightclubs, adult entertainment, and hostels for backpackers. You’ll probably read about it in guide books and decide to steer clear. But reconsider: just streets away from the seediness are residential pockets that are among Sydney’s most enchanting. Hidden between The Cross and the harbor is Elizabeth Bay, a secret enclave full of Art Deco apartments, leafy parks, and excellent cafes. Also nearby is Potts Point, which has long been a favorite of the city’s bohemians and creatives.
3.Paddington Reservoir Gardens
This sunken garden in the heart of Paddington features hanging gardens, water features, high walkways and enormous echoing chambers. In the past, Paddington Reservoir Gardens has been a functional reservoir, a parking garage and a petrol station, and still retains much of the original architecture .
Sitting alongside Sydney’s Central Station is a Gothic building established in 1868 to transport the dead to Rookwood Necropolis. Once the home of a pancake diner, Mortuary Station is no longer functional but visitors can come and marvel at what might have been their ancestors’ final train ride .
5.Milk Beach Vaucluse
Situated to the North of Hermit Bay and right below heritage listed Strickland House in Vaucluse, Milk beach is one of Sydney’s best kept secrets with incredible views over the Harbour Bridge and city skyline. With an array of things to do from snorkelling, fishing, swimming in crystal clear waters to walking along the Hermitage foreshore, this small insulated beach is one of the best spots to avoid the crowds.