Sure, all the tourist attractions are a must see while in Sydney, from buzzing Bondi Beach to packed-with-fun Darling Harbour. But if you want to escape the crowds and experience Sydney like a true local then these secret spots are for you. Sorry Sydney-siders, we’re exposing your best kept secrets. And the best part? They’re all easily accessible by public transport.
Wendy’s Secret Garden
Okay, so it’s not much of a secret anymore, with a dedicated website giving details instructions on how to find it. Wendy’s Secret Garden is still a very special place in Lavender Bay which boasts incredible harbour views and beautiful lush parklands. Pack a picnic and jump on the train to North Sydney station. From there, simply walk down Walker Street and cross the road. There isn’t any signage, but you’ll know you’ve arrived when you spot the huge Moreton Bay fig tree. Now all that’s left to do is sit back, relax and take in the stunning view.
Paddington Reservoir Gardens
Tucked under Oxford Street, Paddington Reservoir Gardens is the perfect place to escape the city without leaving it. This heritage-listed secret spot was originally a vital source of water for Sydneysiders in the 19th century. Completely transformed from its former life, nowadays this public park is a haven of relaxation. If you’re coming from the city, bus routes 378, 382 and 380 stop nearby.
Forget the costly Bridge Climb and have a similar experience for only $15! If you’re down to see the city from new heights, the South-East Pylon is a must-do. A modest 200 stairs will take you to the open-air lookout where you’ll enjoy uninterrupted 360-degree harbour views. Yep, this one is pretty special.
Welcome to your private little sanctuary in Sydney’s Lower North Shore. Surrounded by lush green bush, it’s a short walk down from Iluka Road to get to this hidden beach. If the weather is beautiful, we highly recommend catching a ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo then following the spectacular coastline trail to Clifton Gardens.
Another Lower North Shore gem, Maccallum Pool was originally a rock pool created by local residents to form a safe harbour swimming pool. To get here, jump on a ferry from Circular Quay to Cremorne Point, and it’s a short walk from there. With incredible harbour views, this spot is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a good book.