5 Beautiful Hidden Places in Sydney You Must See

Sydney is one of Australia’s largest cities, so there’s no shortage of fun things to do and see. You can visit the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour and Bondi Beach, but they’re not exactly hidden and they attract a lot of people from around the world. So where should you go?

Go off the beaten path and you’ll come across beautiful hidden places that not many travellers have visited, such as secluded gardens, unspoiled beaches, and ocean pools. Sydney has so many hidden gems for you to discover, and here we’ve put together the best five.

Why travel to Sydney?

Sydney is a visually stunning city, with gorgeous buildings, clear blue skies, and bright sunshine. It also offers something for everyone. Want to hit the waves? There are many top beaches to enjoy like Palm Beach and Bondi Beach. There are also delicious Aussie foods to savour like fish and chips and pies with mashed potato and mushy peas. Want to go on a cruise for sightseeing? Take a ferry from Circular Quay.

Travelling on a budget? Sydney has some beautiful places to hang out and do things for free. For example, you can stroll around the leafy suburb of Paddington or walk amongst the colourful flowers in the Royal Botanic Garden. The garden is also teeming with wildlife, including fruit bats, lorikeets, cockatoos, and completely harmless water dragons. What’s more, the garden offers fabulous views of the city, Opera House, and Harbour Bridge. You’ll be sure to have a fun and unforgettable time in Sydney.

5 hidden gems to discover in Sydney

1. Shark Island, Sydney Harbour

Want to get away from it all? An island getaway is the answer, and the best place to go is Shark Island – one of the most isolated gems of the Royal National Park. You can have a picnic while enjoying 360-degree views of Sydney Harbour and its lush greenery. Afterwards, you can explore the hidden grottos that were built in the 1900s. Want to snorkel? You can do so at the rock pools on the island, which contain hundreds of species of marine life.

Shark Island is a 17-minute drive from the Central Business District (CBD), but you can only access the island by taking a ferry from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour.

2. Wendy’s Secret Garden, Lavender Bay

Wendy’s Secret Garden is a secluded garden built by Wendy Whiteley, the wife of Australian artist Brett Whiteley. Here you’ll find native trees, weeping willows, exotic flowers, ferns, vines, herbs, and birdlife. There are also stone fountains, bronze busts, statues of Cupid, winding paths, timber walkways, and tables and chairs. It’s one of the best places for solitude, a picnic, and getting close to nature. What’s more, this leafy oasis offers a majestic view of Sydney Harbour and the bridge.

It’s just a 10-minute drive from the city centre, but there’s no directional street signage. A quick search on Google Maps should help you find a way to access the secret garden.

3. Arthur McElhone Reserve, Elizabeth Bay

Keen to learn about Australian history? Arthur McElhone Reserve is home to the historical Elizabeth Bay House, which was built in 1900 and is part of Sydney’s Living Museums. You can tour the house by daylight or, if you’re brave enough, by candlelight. And in front of the house is a garden reserve, with a lush garden, a carp-filled pond, and a magnificent harbour view from across the bridge. It’s a great place to have lunch and to take a leisurely stroll.

The reserve is a 12-minute drive from the CBD, but only a seven-minute walk from Potts Point and Kings Cross train station.

4. Milk Beach, Vaucluse

If you want to go to a beach but waves aren’t your thing, Milk Beach is for you with its white sand and calm aqua water. It’s located in Vaucluse, an isolated eastern suburb. You can take a relaxing swim while enjoying a view of pretty much the whole city, including the harbour. It’s worth spending an entire day here, so bring your swimwear, floaty, and anything else to set you up for a perfect day.

This well-hidden beach is a 22-minute drive from the Sydney CBD. You could also take the bus from Bondi Junction or get there by boat.

5. Maccallum Pool, Cremorne Point

This gem is hidden away on the harbour, so if you want to escape the city’s busier swimming spots, look no further than Maccallum Pool in the Lower North Shore. Plus, with its timber deck, white picket fence, turquoise water, tumbling lawns shaded by trees and a great view of the city, it’s a picture-perfect spot for a beautiful snapshot.

This ocean pool is only a 13-minute drive from the city centre and is the best place to cool down on a hot day. Just be sure to get there early.

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As you can see, there’s so much more to Sydney than meets the eye. Be sure to include these hidden gems in your itinerary – you won’t regret it! Want to stay in a central location in order to access everything that Sydney has to offer? Maze Backpackers is in a prime location for backpackers and tourists visiting Sydney. Book your stay today.