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Sydney’s inner east – a beach playground

Sydney has a lot to offer if you venture outside of the CBD and well worn tourist paths. A private tour guide in Sydney will show you the local spots. The inner eastern suburbs of the city are home to cafes, waterside walks and dog friendly beaches. A lot of locals head here for a relaxing weekend as living here is a bit pricey. Check out these local spots if you can find them.

Kings Cross

Exploring the inner east of Sydney starts in the notorious Kings Cross. Still living in the shadow of its hedonistic days as the Golden Mile it has cleaned up its act a lot recently.  In the past Kings Cross was the red light district of Sydney, drawing in all those looking for a quick thrill. Once famous for gangs, drugs and scandalous behaviour it’s more of a backpacker haven these days. It has inspired more than a couple television series about the late night criminal activity that once flooded the streets. You’ll still find the strip clubs but local laws have reigned in the wild excess that once was.

The streets are lined with pop up cheap eats and the bars are lined with travellers from every corner of the world.  If you’re looking for something a bit more sophisticated you can stroll downhill where high end restaurants have started to gentrify the area. If you crave Greek, The Apollo is a good spot, Cho Cho San is Japanese option and often seen as one of the best restaurants in Sydney. Afterwards it’s a short stroll back to the bars or head to the back streets and check out The Butler. It’s a great cocktail spot with an amazing view of the city (although you wouldn’t pick it from the apartment like front door).

Rushcutters Bay

Just down from Kings Cross is the beautiful Rushcutters Bay.  Once the site of the famous Sydney Stadium where boxing matches would occur it is now a large dog friendly park.  You’ll see a lot Sydneysiders that head here to take in the sun and walk their dogs.  The bay itself is where the rich inner east residents moor their boats while they are home.  The park itself has plenty of room to play sport and jog, hence why it’s such a popular locals hangout.

Despite the difficultly of pronouncing its name, Woolloomooloo is the place to be scene on a Saturday morning.  Sitting on the edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens this waterfront precinct is full of great cafes.  Sitting in the middle of Potts Point, one of Sydney’s most expensive neighbourhoods it’s a great place to eat, relax and watch the fashion wonder past.  If you’re not in the mood for high end cafes you can stop by Harry’s Cafe de Wheels.  It’s a Sydney must do and has been there since most people in the city can remember.  Basically a pie shop on wheels it serves up Australia’s signature dish meat pies.  After living in Sydney you tend to forget that these aren’t a staple menu item worldwide.  Harry’s is well known for drawing a celebrity crowd (both international and home grown).  A private guide in Sydney will help you find the place, I got a bit lost!
Rose Bay
A little further afield is beautiful Rose Bay.  Crystal clear water and a walkway lining the waterfront make this a great place to relax.  You’ll find dog beaches at either end of the bay and a park in the middle.  The Ministry of Coffee pours a good drop of caffeine and you can sit along the edge of the water, hanging your feet in the water watching the water planes take off and land.  There are a lot of nice stops along the way and it’s a good to have a Sydney private tour guide to take it in.  If you’re feeling adventurous you can hire a paddle board and take to the sea at Rose Bay Aquatic Hire.
The beach takes in a great view of the city and the harbour.  Sitting here to waste an afternoon is something many a Sydneysider has done.  It backs on to nice cafe area where you’ll find some great eats.
Nielsen Park
A little further around the way is a national park, Nielsen Park.  Situated in Vaucluse.  The suburb sits just inside Sydney harbour mouth and looks across to Mosman and the CBD.  Historic Vaucluse House and the estate that it sits on take centre place.  The House is a nineteenth century Gothic style house originally build by Sir Henry Brown Hayes who had been sent to Australia in 1802 for kidnapping.  He was later pardoned before returning to live out his days in Ireland.  The history is eclipsed by the view somewhat as is common in Sydney.
The inner east suburbs have a lot to offer for a lazy weekend tour.  From backpackers to high end eateries you’ll a bit of everything.  The best way to get to Kings Cross is via the train which will put your right in the middle of the action.  For each of the further out places you may need a private guide to find your way.  Bring your swimwear if it’s a hot day!
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