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5 Hidden Sydney Gems Only Locals Know!
14 Decembert 2023
Written by Y Suites

With its iconic landmarks and bustling tourist attractions, Sydney is a city that never fails to captivate visitors from around the globe.

However, while most are well-versed with the typical landmarks in New South Wales, such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, there is a fair share of hidden gems within the city waiting for you to uncover!

So, if you’re ready to explore some of Sydney’s best secret spots that add a unique and authentic touch to the city’s vibrant tapestry, keep reading!


Paddington Reservoir Gardens

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Image source: City of Sydney

Located in the heart of Sydney’s Paddington suburb is a unique underground oasis that beautifully combines history, architecture, and nature.

Originally built in the late 1800s as a water reservoir, the site underwent a creative transformation in the 2000s, evolving into a sunken garden and popular recreational area. From art installations to outdoor film screenings, the gardens provide a peaceful retreat from the bustling city.

Best of all, the site offers some of the best photographic opportunities due to its unique architectural features, the interplay of light and shadow, and the juxtaposition of historic and modern elements.

You can easily reach the place by catching a bus from the central station. It’s the perfect place to spend a couple of hours exploring and taking the perfect Instagram pictures with your roommates or new classmates!

While you’re in the area, you can walk down Oxford Street for fashion stores, delicious restaurants and even hidden bars.

Address: 251-255 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia


Wendy’s Secret Garden


Image source: Wendy’s Secret Garden

Here’s another secret spot (or maybe not so secret anymore) you can visit other than the Royal National Park for a breath of fresh air and a change in scenery.

Situated in Lavender Bay, the secret garden is the result of the passion and dedication of Wendy Whiteley, who transformed the neglected and overgrown railway land near her home in the 1990s as a way of coping with the loss of her husband.

easily accessible by public transport (Lavender Bay Railway Station), Wendy Whiteley’s secret garden is a tapestry of lush greenery, with meandering paths that lead visitors through a variety of plants, flowers and trees – truly, a haven for nature lovers!

Throughout the garden, you’ll discover artistic elements, including sculptures, mosaics, and other creative touches. Also designed with intimacy in mind, the garden provides secluded corners for your quiet time while enjoying the stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Address: Lavender St, Lavender Bay NSW 2060, Australia


Collins Flat Beach

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Image source: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Nestled along the coastline of Manly Beach and Sydney’s North Head is a hidden paradise that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, tranquillity, and panoramic views.

Located within Sydney Harbour National Park, the beach boasts clear, calm waters and a beautiful sandy shore, which make it an ideal spot for swimming and provide visitors with a tranquil experience.

From the beach, you can feast your eyes on the panoramic views of the city skyline, giving you a unique perspective of the city and the harbour. With basic amenities provided, it’s a perfect setting for picnic dates!

Unlike most popular spots, Collins Flat Beach tends to be quieter due to its being surrounded by bushlands and only accessible via a 1.5km walking trail that begins at the North Head Scenic Drive. However, these trails offer nature enthusiasts the opportunity to explore the local flora and fauna, adding an extra layer of adventure to the beach experience!

Address: 57RR+MJ, Manly NSW 2095, Australia


Angel Place

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Sydney is not just about gardens and beaches; it’s a city well-steeped in culture and arts. Hidden away in a quiet alleyway is a cultural space that seamlessly blends public art, historical reflection, and contemporary performances.

Hanging above the alley is a canopy of mismatched suspended birdcages that emit the sounds of native Australian birds, titled “Forgotten Songs”. This magical artwork is a homage to the birds that once inhabited the area before being forced out by European settlement.

The backdrop of birdcages creates an atmospheric and aesthetically unique visual, which makes it a popular spot for photographers. Be sure to drop by the place for your dose of Instagram pictures!

Additionally, the place is surrounded by various dining establishments, cafes, and shopping precincts, making it an ideal spot to explore the broader city space.

Angel Place can be easily located via train stations such as Wynyard and Martin Place and is a short walk away from Circular Quay, connecting to major bus routes.

Address: George St To Pitt St, Sydney, 2000, Australia


Mackenzie’s Bay, Tamarama


Situated between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach is a small, secluded bay with stunning coastal views, a sandy shore, and a vibrant atmosphere. Mackenzie’s Bay is known for its natural rock pools for both swimming and exploring marine life – perfect for surfers and marine lovers!

What’s more? During low tide, the pools will transform into a serene and sheltered space for you to enjoy the ocean soothingly.

The famous coastal walk, also known as Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk, provides you with breathtaking views of Mackenzie’s Bay, its rock formations and the surrounding coastline. The walk can serve as both an exercise and panoramic vistas for walkers and joggers.

Whilst you’re there, don’t miss the chance to take a dive in the ocean and capture the picturesque sights of cliffs and the unique characteristics of Mackenzie’s Bay!

Location: Eastern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


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