Top five Sydney secret hot spots

Everyone knows the iconic places to visit in Sydney, the hot spots that draw travellers from all over the world in admiration of their wonder. Think Bondi Beach, the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. But, there are still some secret less-known spots in Sydney away from the tourist crowds that will really take your breath away. Here, we highlight some of our favourites.

Wendy's Secret Garden, Lavender Bay

Any landmark with the word ‘secret’ in its name deserves a place on this list, especially when it’s as beautiful as this leafy oasis on the doorstep of the city centre. Wendy Whiteley, the wife of legendary Australian artist Brett Whiteley, converted a derelict space that was once a rubbish dump into an immaculately curated garden in the 1990s, and those lucky enough to stumble upon it, next door to Luna Park in the salubrious harbourside suburb of Kirribilli, have been treated to a maze of winding walkways, rambling paths, picnic tables and colourful plant life ever since.

Pylon Lookout, Sydney Harbour Bridge

This secret is hiding in plain view, camouflaged in one of Sydney’s most photographed icons. While Bridge-Climbers are shelling out hundreds of dollars to scale the iconic ‘Coat Hanger’, budget travellers can get just as good a view from the south-eastern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge — the enormous granite structure closest to the Opera House and Circular Quay — which costs just $15 to enter. Accessible from the footpath over the bridge from the Rocks, just ascend the 200 steps to the top of the pylon for panoramic vistas of the Harbour City.

Angel Place

A skinny stairwell off Martin Place in the city centre leads to this hidden alleyway, which is filled with the chirps of dozens of birds once found in the Sydney area. Forgotten Songs is an art installation of 50 cages representing the birds that flourished in the region before European colonisation; it also holds the hundreds of native species listed either as extinct or threatened. And just down George St in Chinatown, In Between Two Worlds is another immersive inner-city installation worth discovering.

Wormhole, Manly

Want to flee the crowds flocking to the uber-popular Manly Beach? Escape into this wormhole, a 50-metre tunnel dug by fishermen a century ago to connect the sand at Queenscliff and Freshwater. Head to the north end of Manly Beach, walk past the children’s pool and spy the pink graffiti heart that marks the start of the dark tunnel that takes you to ‘Freshie’, one of Sydney’s most eye-popping strips of sand. The Fairy Bower Sea Pool, with its enchanting statue, as well as Shelly and Collins Flat Beaches are other well -kept hideaways in the Manly area.

Maccallum Pool

Want to flee the crowds flocking to the uber-popular Manly Beach? Escape into this wormhole, a 50-metre tunnel dug by fishermen a century ago to connect the sand at Queenscliff and Freshwater. Head to the north end of Manly Beach, walk past the children’s pool and spy the pink graffiti heart that marks the start of the dark tunnel that takes you to ‘Freshie’, one of Sydney’s most eye-popping strips of sand. The Fairy Bower Sea Pool, with its enchanting statue, as well as Shelly and Collins Flat Beaches are other well -kept hideaways in the Manly area.

 

November 7, 2018