No-one is better equipped to recommend the city’s coolest in-the-know venues, destinations and activities than those who live there. We want you to experience not just the well-known, but the under-the-radar, too so we’ve curated a list of both: our favourite iconic experiences along with hidden gems, secret spots and undiscovered local eats for you to enjoy during your time in spectacular Sydney.
Bondi to Coogee
This one might not be a secret, but there’s a reason for that. The six-kilometre Bondi to Coogee walk traces the Eastern Suburbs’ most spectacular coastline, passing famous beaches Bronte and Tamarama and lesser-known snorkelling spot, Gordon’s Bay. You’ll get to walk through the famous Waverley Cemetery, and cafes at Tamarama and Bronte provide abundant cafe options to refuel.
One of Australia’s most iconic experiences, the Bridge Climb up the Sydney Harbour Bridge comes with the ultimate reward of spectacular 360-degree views over the harbour and beyond.
Ferry to Cockatoo Island
Still at the Harbour, take the ferry from Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island – a former convict penal establishment and naval shipyard. With a rich Aboriginal and colonial past and panoramic views, it’s a special spot whether you’re in the mood to learn some history or just picnic in the sun.
North Sydney Olympic Pool
Over the bridge, mix up your daily workout with some laps at North Sydney Olympic Pool. Positioned under the majestic arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge, you’ll be hard pressed to get closer to a Sydney icon.
If you’re in Sydney during the summer, don’t miss what has long been considered the ‘world’s most beautiful outdoor cinema’, St. George Open Air Cinema. This is as memorable as experiences come.
If you’re in town on the first Saturday of the month, beeline for Shannon Reserve for the Surry Hills Markets, where you can hunt down bohemian treasures and quirky fashion.
Golden Age Cinema
Keen to catch a screening? Head to the much-loved Golden Age Cinema & Bar to enjoy a cult classic or new release with a glass of wine and gourmet olive oil-drizzled popcorn.
Wander Spice Alley in Chippendale for a lively buzz and some of the best Asian food in the city outside of Chinatown.
Experience an ice cream you’re unlikely to ever forget at Gelato Messina. There will almost certainly be a line, but the lip-smacking, creative flavours that come out of this ice creamery each day make the wait worth it.
Brett Whiteley Studio Museum
If you’re an art fan, make sure you visit the Brett Whiteley Studio Museum, the former warehouse home and actual studio of the celebrated late Australian artist Brett Whiteley.
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