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recommended Valley of the Waters WalkA thoroughly beautiful 2 - 3 hour bushwalk through through gumtrees and across streams and past waterfalls, this track is a great place to spot cockatoos and get away from the crowds that mob the ... read morewalking paths around the Three Sisters lookout. It's moderately strenuous, so avoid the day's peak heat when walking. Even better is the National Pass Loop trail that covers from of the same territory and takes in the magnificent cascade of Upper Wentworth Falls. Bring a camera.Matthew Crompton
Don't just go to the Blue Mountains and look at the Three Sisters -- get out into the bush! The National Pass Loop is amazing.
- Royal National ParkFarnell Avenue, Sydney, NSW 2233 Australiarecommended Royal National ParkOnly an hour from Sydney, and totally accessible by train from the city's Central railway station, this gem of a national park offers stunning and hugely varied coastal scenery, with unspoiled ... read morebeaches, lovely grasslands, dense forest, and tons of wildlife. In particular, the two-day, 26-km Coastal Track is one of the world's best short walks, and offers an attractive alternative to wilderness lovers seeking to avoid the crowds of the Blue Mountains. Extremely highly recommended.Matthew Crompton
Amazing natural beauty here a short train ride from the city.
- White Rabbit Gallery30 Balfour Street, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australiarecommended White Rabbit GallerySydney may be a gorgeous city, but few visitors note it as a destination with dazzling high culture. As such, it may come as no surprise that Sydney's finest art museum isn't a museum at all, but this ... read moregallery of contemporary Chinese art in the Chippendale neighborhood near Central Station. Offering everything from painting to photography to sculpture and video installations, the exhibitions here are always thought-provoking, edgy and top-notch. The cafe and gift-shop in the lobby are also a thoroughly nifty place to have a cup of tea or pick up an interesting gift. Entry is free.Matthew Crompton
Sydney is a bit weak on the museum front, but this gallery is spectacular.
- One Six EightMillers Point NSW 2000, Australiarecommended One Six EightNear the King Street Wharf area, Sydney's new(isn) One Six Eight is a pricey but good-value addition to the city's gourmet dining scene. The eight-course tasting menu with matching wines is highly ... read morerecommended, featuring inventive creations like kingfish ceviche with horseradish ice cream -- divine.Matthew Crompton
Or splash out on a really awesome dining experience.
- Gumshara209/25-29 Dixon Street, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australiarecommended GumsharaRich, salty, fatty tonkatsu ramen is the business of this perpetually busy hole-in-the-wall eatery hidden away in Chinatown's "Eating World" food court. They're estimated to go thru literal tons of ... read morepork bones eat week making their specialty broth, and the results speak for themselves. The garlic tonkatsu ramen is a highlight, but virtually any ramen dish off their tiny menu is guaranteed to be delicious, with tender, melt-in-your-mouth barbequed pork slices and perfectly done wheat noodles. As an added bonus, it also won't hurt your wallet.Matthew Crompton
You can really well relatively cheaply...
- Bondi to Coogee WalkBondi Beach to Coogee Beachrecommended Bondi to Coogee WalkToo many visitors confine their coastal visits in Sydney to Bondi alone. More's the pity, because the roughly 6km walk south from the city's blockbuster surfing beach to the suburban coast at Coogee ... read moregives an overview of what's best in sun-and-sand, with glimpses of what the locals love apart from all the tourist glitz. The roughly two-hour walk (though you could easily make it a whole day if you want to stop and swim or explore along the way) takes in a gorgeous varied coastline, from Bondi's broad crescent to Bronte's twin bays to the rocky headlands and snorkelling hotspots at Clovelly. This hike highlights the natural best of the city, and should be considered a must for anyone wanting to understand why this is one of the globe's most beautiful urban areas.Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsMatthew Crompton
This walk, for example, is superb.
recommended SydneySydney, a thoroughly cosmopolitan city in one of the world's most beautiful natural settings, is a place that I usually like, and occasionally love. While certain elements of Sydney's ... read morebusiness-financial and hipster culture can be a tad pretentious, and the population often a far cry from "Australian-friendly", the wonder of Sydney's beaches, stunning waterfront, charming neighborhoods, and tasty (if expensive) restaurants and pubs make it a thoroughly lovely city to visit. See Circular Quay, Bondi, and the Opera House, but don't neglect hip spots like Newtown, Glebe, and the stunning walk from Bondi to Coogee, with a prospective stop for snorkeling in Clovelley's sheltered pool.Matthew Crompton
Sydney has been my home for the last two years, and where it really shines is in the amazing natural beauty both in and around the city.
- Blu Bar On 3636/176 Cumberland Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australiarecommended Blu Bar On 36If you go the check out the Sydney Tower, and sniff out that its a completely trashy tourist trap at over 25 dollars for a viewing, yet still want an amazing view of the city, come here. It is on the ... read more36th floor of the Shangri-La hotel, not flip flops or tank tops, but otherwise everyone is invited. There is an incredible view of the harbor, the bridge, and the surrounding downtown, and the drinks are delicious. Try the IPA from Western Australia, or have an Italian Job (Passion fruit with grapefruit) or their chile fire drink. Liquor is top shelf the the mixes are top notch. A bit of money though, as drinks are 15-20 dollars.
- Abraham's Bosom ReserveNorth-east of townrecommended Abraham's Bosom ReserveThis is a underrated reserve. Hardly mentioned, seldomly visited, and so much to offer. It offers great trails for walking, suburb rocky outcroppings for snorkeling and spearfishing, one of my ... read morefavorite beaches in the world (Honeysuckle), and vista points overlooking the entire peninsula. The reserve is full of flora and fauna wonders. On a half day trek through the bush we saw a couple akidna, some beautiful purple orchids, kookaburras, and Rosellas. For a quick jaunt into the reserve, take the wreck walk out to the small ship wreck on the point, and then continue to Honeysuckle Beach for a swim. You can then come back on Marion's way. However, to get a more in-depth sense of the park there is a nine km loop called Commie's Walk which is very much worth doing, and is about 2.5 hours of walking. It continues through lobster bay where there is a nice little beach, and then to Mermaid's inlet, where it is impressive to watch the power of the surge hit the rocks below. It then continues up to Beecroft point for sweeping views of the area, and then back into the bush, where there are plenty of animals running around, and a small Aborigine cave to check out.
- Green Patch BeachTelegraph Creek, Jervis Bay, Australiarecommended Green Patch BeachThis is as picturesque a beach as you will ever find. One of the more crowded beaches in the National Park though, as it is easy to get to, and hosts a large campground. However, that means there is ... read morealso a lot of infrastructure here, including nice bathrooms, and a large shady area overlooking the beach with picnic tables, and BBQs. There is also some mediocre snorkeling off the rocks on the eastern end. Very protected beach, so no waves.Recommended for:Outdoor Enthusiasts
- Different Drummer Bar185 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW, Australia
- The Old Fitzroy Hotel129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia
- Sydney ObservatoryWatson Road, The Rocks NSW, Australia
- AMP Tower100 Market Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
- NewtownNewtown NSW 2042, Australia
- ChinatownDixon Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
- Shady Pines Saloon4/256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst NSW, Australia
- The Rocks Market55 George Street, Sydney NSW, Australia
- South Head and Watsons Bay WalkMilitary Road, Sydney, NSW 2030 Australia
- Blue MountainsSydney, Australia
- Bondi to Bronte Walk1 Notts Avenue, Sydney, NSW 2026 Australia
- Section 827-29 Tattersalls Ln, Melbourne Victoria, Australia