Sydney is a wall of tourism. From the moment you step off the train in Circular Quay until your shopping spree in the Queen Victoria Building. But despite this beautiful city catering to all sorts of tourists there are a few secret places in Sydney city left to explore. Here is a short list of some of our favourites to give you a story that no one else will have about their trip to Sydney.
Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Paddington
These secluded gardens are built on a water reservoir which was built for water from the Botany Swamps pumping station for supply to parts of Sydney between 1866 and 1899. The site was refurbished as a garden and opened in 2008 featuring a lot of the original structures. Situated close to the CBD this is one of the best secret places in Sydney city if you want to relax and get away from the rat race. You can find the gardens at 255 Oxford Street, Paddington. More information on the gardens is available here.
Bradley’s Head, Mosman
A quick twenty minute drive away from the CBD is Bradley’s Head in Mosman. Jutting out into Sydney Harbour this beautiful walking track takes in some great views of the harbour and city. You’ll find an amphitheatre on the headland and some great spots for photos. Take the five kilometre walk around to Chowder Bay for a great spot for swimming, diving and seeing some of Sydney’s historical buildings. Chowder Bay is famous for crystal clear water and is truly one of the best secret places in Sydney city if you want to take a dip. Find out more here.
Auburn Botanic Gardens, Auburn
Surprisingly, tucked away in one of Sydney’s most unassuming suburbs is a really great botanic gardens. Great to stop by if you’re in the western suburbs of Sydney for a spot of tranquillity. These gardens feature lakes, a waterfall and a Japanese garden. Opened in 1977 the gardens are visited by over 200,000 people every year. Best visited during spring to see the blossoms of the new growth this is truly one of the most secret places in Sydney – I didn’t even know about it until it was recommended to me. If you’re looking for more information you can find it here.
Sydney still holds a few secrets despite the millions of tourists that flock to it every year. If you’d like to take a tour of this beautiful city you can find one that suits your needs or contact one of our guides to customise a tour here.