13 More Must-Visit Places In Sydney
Last post we recommended BridgeClimb, aboriginal tours, fish markets, and a groovy pizza joint in Hunter Street. But there are tonnes more options if you have a few days to spare. So clear your itineraries, it’s time discover more fun stuff in this great metropolis of ours.
- Cool Cocktails
The CBD is heaving with hip small bars that give the traditional pubs in town plenty of stiff competition. Think craft beers and inventive cocktails in an original setting where you can be as dressed up or down as you please. There’s a bunch of great places around York and Clarence Street in the CBD right near Wynyard Station. Great places to try are Baxter’s (one of the world’s top 100 bars), The Barber Shop, York Lane (for a casual relaxed vibe), Uncle Mings’s, Mojo’s Record Bar, Stich, and The Spooning Goat.
- Local Delicacies
You haven’t been to Australia until you’ve tried kangaroo, crocodile or emu. Grab them on a kebab at the Rocks markets, or on a pizza at the Australian Heritage Hotel in Cumberland Street, the Rocks.
- Chinatown – an Asian Food Lover’s Dream
Sydney’s Chinese community has been around since the early 1800’s and Chinatown is a homage to those who brought their home-grown specialties with them. This place has everything from hole-in-the-wall dumplings to Yum Cha, and has dishes from Korea, Thailand and Malaysia as well. There’s even Uygur cuisine. Satisfy your taste buds with a visit to China Town and take in the bustling atmosphere and great smells too.
- Go Veggie
Veganism is a huge food trend in Sydney right now, and there’s plenty to delight the plant-based food converts. Head to Newtown and hang out at Lentil As Anything, where you only pay what you can. Lentil As Anything is partially staffed by volunteers and is one of the most responsible businesses in the area. But if you’re after fast food, head further down the road to Soul Burger for fantastic plant-based burgers and heavenly fries. lentilasanything.com/newtown
- Visit Carriageworks
Carriageworks carriageworks.com.au in Redfern is one of those hip places where there’s always something cool happening. Visit on a Saturday and get lost in the farmer’s markets. Otherwise there’s a great art gallery that’s open every day featuring contemporary art from around the world.
- Shop Yourself Silly
Weekends are a great time to catch some local markets. marketsandfairs.com.auTry Glebe (Glebe primary School) or Paddington, Bondi or Surry Hills on Saturdays, and head over to Marrickville on Sundays. The Rocks has markets every Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well, so you can cover your history, shop for quirky souveniers, and head over to the Irish pub all in one day. Boom!
- Thrift It
Thrift and vintage shopping is big news and Sydney has plenty to keep a thrifter busy. The best place for vintage is King Street, Newtown but these can be on the pricier side. Otherwise, head over to Marrickville Road, Marrickville for some more down-to earth thrifting from local charity shops.
- Secret garden
Wendy’s Secret Garden in Lavendar Bay was created by Wendy Whiteley after her artisit husband, Brett Whiteley died in 1992. With its ancient trees, hidden nooks and crannies, and stunning views of Sydney Harbour, it’s a rare oasis within the inner city. wendyssecretgarden.org.au
- Roar and Snore
Sydney’s iconic Taronga Zoo with its stunning views and exotic and native animals has long been a tourist favourite. But did you know you could glamp there as well? Taronga Zoo offers ‘Roar and Snore’ packages in a luxury tent with views of Sydney Harbour and the lion enclosure. taronga.org.au
- Go Bush
Sydney’s Royal National Park is stunning and offers a seven-mile walk through native bushland. Breathe the fresh air as you take in taking in Garie Beach and the surrounding waterfalls. Stop in one of the stunning picnic spots for rest and food. nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
- Artisanal Brew
Marrickville is renowned for thrift shops, but it also has a great selection of artisanal breweries. Batch Brewing on Sydenham Road is a great place to start, followed by Grifters on Enmore Road. There’s also Bucket Boys on Illawarra Road. Need some food to soak up the brew? There are plenty of cheap and cheerful eateries along the way.
- Home and Away
You’re either a die-hard fan, or you’ve got plenty of time to spare, but either way, a day spent at Palm Beach, where soap opera Home and Away is filmed is an original way to spend a day in Sydney. See Alf’s Bait Shop and eat at the Summer Bay Diner from the series.
- Catch an Aboriginal Dance Show
Bangarra https://www.bangarra.com.auis a dance group that connects traditional storytelling with modern performance. Their performers are members of various aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, performing unique dance shows based on Country and stories.