Sydney’s Best Kept Secrets
Sydney’s Hidden Gems – A Guide to Some of Sydney’s Best Kept Secrets
You’ll never be short of things to see or do in Australia’s busiest city. A swim at Bondi Beach and a visit to the Sydney Harbour and Opera House are always on the itinerary for first time visitors – but where do you go when you want to get away from the crowds?
If you’re looking to experience Sydney and don’t mind a bit of an adventure, then you’ve come to the right place! I’ve put together a list of some of my absolute favourite, secret spots in Sydney for you all to explore.
Check out these hidden gems during your stay, and don’t forget to let me know how you liked them. If you stumble across any other noteworthy, secret hangouts on your travel be sure to let me know as well; I’d love to add them to the list!
Nestled between Clovelly and Coogee, less than 10 kilometers south-east of the CBD is a secret beach that can only be accessed via a pathway along the cliffs. The path and boardwalk stretches from Clovelly Beach all the way down to Coogee Beach, and will take you on a journey through a small wetland area fed by a natural spring.
Abundant with dense native vegetation, the area is a haven for many birds, lizards and other wildlife.
After a small hike down from past the racks of boats of the local fishing clubs you will reach the gorgeous waters of Gordon’s Bay Beach. The pint-sized beach is secluded and quiet, however on clear, sunny days it is not uncommon to find some locals lying in the sun or snorkelers enjoying the crystal blue waters of this hidden bay.
Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden
Aptly named, Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden is well hidden in a section of Clark Park, near the waterfront of Lavender Bay. Wendy transformed the garden from a neglected, weed-infested lot into its present state after the passing of her husband, well-known Australian artist Brett Whiteley, in 1992.
The park overlooks the water with a breathtaking view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge set to a backdrop of the Sydney city skyline. Filled with sculptures, native fruit trees and herbs, set along a crisscross of garden paths, you’ll fell as though you’re actually in someone’s private garden rather than a public space.
Despite the beauty and central location of Wendy’s Secret Garden, the area is rarely busy, and there are plenty of seating areas for you to enjoy the serenity and admire the gorgeous views. Perfect for some relaxing alone time, or a romantic rendezvous.
Jay Martin was born in Brisbane, Australia, but has spent his life traversing the world in search of excitement and freedom. From tearing up the slopes in Canada, the U.S. and New Zealand to backpacking across Europe and living the high-life in Asia, there’s always a new challenge on the horizon for this intrepid adventurer.
After graduating from the University of Queensland with a BBM (Marketing), and working at a few advertising agencies, Jay went out to start his own digital marketing firm. Assisting other businesses build their brands through the development of interesting and exciting content has helped him fine-tune his own passion for writing.
He is currently based between Hong Kong and Australia, with his job allowing him the freedom to travel and work from wherever his next escapade begins- as long as they have internet there.