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Sydney: 20 hidden gems unknown to tourists!



1. Paddington Reservoir Gardens

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The Paddington Reservoir is a heritage-listed public park located in the inner Sydney suburb of Paddington. Designed by Edward Bell in the mid 1800s, it operated as a water reservoir which accepted water from the Botany Swamps pumping station for supply to parts of Sydney between 1866 and 1899.

Click here to find out more: https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/parks/paddington-reservoir-gardens




2. Burnum Burnum Sanctuary

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Located in Woronora in Sydney’s South, Burnum Burnum Sanctuary is the ideal spot for picnics, with playground, walkways of varying degrees of difficulty, look-out points, sandy beaches, boat ramp and resting places. The reserve contains a playground, bike track, BBQs and picnic shelter, parking, as well as a double boat ramp fronting the Woronora River.


Click here to find out more: http://www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Outdoors/Parks-and-Playgrounds/Parks/Burnum-Burnum-Sanctuary-Woronora



3. Great River Walk


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The Great River Walk offers stunning scenery along the Hawkesbury-Nepean River. Take your bike, pack a picnic or put on your walking shoes and visit the Great River Walk as it passes through Penrith at the foot of the Blue Mountains.


Click here to find out more: https://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/facilities-recreation/outdoor-recreation/great-river-walk



4. Darook Park


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Darook Park has a sandy bay beach and is great for families seeking a sheltered swim away from ocean waves. Darook Park has a pretty backdrop of bush and a wide view of Gunnamatta Bay and is one of the most popular parks for weddings ceremonies and wedding photography.


Click here to find out more: http://www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Outdoors/Parks-and-Playgrounds/Parks/Darook-Park



5. Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden


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Wendy Whiteley is the wife of renowned Australian artist, the late Brett Whiteley and this is her small, romantic oasis, open to the public for picnics, walks & harbour views.


Click here to find out more: https://www.wendyssecretgarden.org.au/



6. Kamay Botany Bay National Park



The Kamay Botany Bay National Park is a heritage-listed protected national park located in Kurnell, Sydney. The 1,130-acre national park is situated approximately 16 kilometres south-east of the Sydney central business district, on the northern and southern headlands of Botany Bay. The northern headland is at La Perouse and the southern headland is at Kurnell. The area is recognised for its outstanding cultural and historic heritage values to Australia.


Click here to find out more: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/kamay-botany-bay-national-park



7. Glebe Foreshore Walk


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The Glebe Foreshore walk is 27 hectares of beautiful parkland and reserves stretching along Bicentennial Park and all to the way to the Sydney Fish Markets. It is a popular waterfront park with BBQ facilities, extensive paved paths, bike hire & a fenced playground. Enjoy a gorgeous daytime walk and enjoy fantastic views of the bays and the Sydney CBD, Sydney Harbour, and Anzac Bridge. The walk is 2.2 km one way and suitable for all fitness levels. It is also dog-friendly with sections of the walk and park being off-leash.



Click here to find out more: https://www.sydney.com/destinations/sydney/inner-sydney/glebe/attractions/glebe-foreshore-walk


8. Wattamolla


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Wattamolla, also known as Wattamolla Beach, is a cove, lagoon, and beach on the New South Wales coast south of Sydney, within the Royal National Park. It is a popular family spot for swimming,

fishing, snorkelling and bushwalking. The calm waters of the lagoon are favourite among children for swimming and snorkelling. You can have a picnic under the shade of the cabbage tree palms or head to the beach for a spot of fishing.


Click here to find out more: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/picnic-areas/wattamolla-picnic-area



9. Hyde Park Barracks


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The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks is a must-visit destination for all ages. Discover one of Australia’s most important archaeological collections. Displaying over 4000 original artefacts, the Barracks is a direct link to items worn, touched and treasured by past residents. As some of the world’s few remaining examples, it’s a rare opportunity to get up, close and personal with Australia’s past. The Barracks provides an extraordinary new way to experience history.

Home to Australia’s convict and colonial history, Hyde Park Barracks is a must-see Sydney destination.


Click here to find out more: https://hydeparkbarracks.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/



10. Bondi to Coogee Walk


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The Bondi to Coogee Walk is a popular coastal walk offering beautiful coastline vistas, cosy beaches and cafe strips for refuelling. It is six kilometres long and takes about two hours to complete at a good pace. The walk is easy to medium with a steep section and quite a few steps.


Click here to find out more: https://www.bonditocoogeewalk.com/



11. Shark Island


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Shark Island is an island in Sydney Harbour, measuring 1.5 hectares in area and lies off the Sydney suburbs of Point Piper, Rose Bay and Vaucluse, in the eastern section of the harbour between the

Harbour Bridge and the harbour entrance. Shark Island sits in Sydney Harbour, just one kilometre from Rose Bay. With its lush grassy areas, picnic shelters and spacious gazebo and amazing 360° views, the island is the perfect place for a harbour picnic or to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Ferries run from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay on a regular basis.



Click here to find out more: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/picnic-areas/shark-island


12. The Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse


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