Sydney is one of Australia’s most popular cities – in fact, it is one of the most visited cities in the country, and both foreigners and Australians visit the location every once in a while. It gets pretty crowded and full, especially during summertime – where you can see people lounging along the shore of Bondi Beach under the golden sun.
While the Opera House is definitely a sight that you must see and take a picture of when visiting the city, there are a lot of underrated areas that you must explore in Sydney. Here are some of them:
- King’s Cross’ Hidden Half
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While King’s Cross may be known for its night clubs, hostels, and adult entertainment, there’s actually a part of it that’s so serene and calm, you’d definitely love to visit. Go past the nightclubs straight into the residential pockets and you will see Elizabeth Bay – a hidden area full of leafy parks, gorgeous cafes,and art deco apartments. You will also find Potts Point nearby, where the city’s bohemians and creatives usually hang out.
How to get to Elizabeth Bay from the CBD: Walk from the CBD all the way to the town hall. Hop on the train at the Bondi Junction Station, then get off at the King’s Cross Station. Walk straight for about 10 minutes, and you’ll finally reach Elizabeth Bay. Alternatively, you can also get a car rental in Sydney for a faster and hassle-free travel.
- The Beaches at the North
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When you say “let’s go to the beach!” in Sydney, everyone’s automatically going to think that you’re heading to either Bondi or Coogee Beach. They get most of the attention since they’re fairly near to the CBD, so it’s easier to reach if you want a quick swim. However, there are beaches at the Northern part of the city that’s less crowded and even more beautiful. Beaches such as Avalon and Curl Curl both feature outdoor swimming pools – which are fed by tidal water. The view is amazing and there aren’t many people in the area, so you are sure to enjoy your stay here!
How to get to Curl Curl Beach from the CBD: Walk to the Wynyard Station for about 8 minutes, and hop on the bus going to Mona Vale. Get off at the Pittwater Rd near Warringah Mall, and walk straight for about 2 minutes. Get on a bus going to Manly, then hop off at Carrington Pde near Adina Rd. Walk for about 1 minute straight all the way to Curl Curl Beach.
- The High-Fashion Shopping Hub
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Australia may not be known for originally creating high-fashion clothing, but there are shops in the metro where you can get some of the best pieces of expensive but quality clothing. Harrolds holds a number of high-end clothing brands for both men and women, including Rick Owens and Comme Des Garcons. Sneakerboy is just a walk away from the CBD, and holds several brands including Raf Simons.
How to get to Sneakerboy from the CBD: Luckily, all you have to do is walk. Head west on Market St. then turn right on George St. Turn left onto Temperance Ln, and you will find your destination on the left.
- Pubs and Live Music
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If you’re into live music, then you’re in luck. If you think you can’t find any of that in the city, then let me tell you: you definitely can. Newtown Social Club is the perfect place for fans of rock music, as they usually feature popular Australian bands as well as cult international artists. Red Rattler and Black Wire feature active punk, jazz, and even queer performances. Trust me, visit one (or all) of these places, and you will not be disappointed.
How to get to the Newtown Social Club from the CBD: Walk from the CBD to the town hall for about 4 minutes. Get on the train and hop on the Homebush Station. Depart at Newtown, walk for about 3 minutes straight all the way to the Newtown Social Club.
- Inexpensive But Delicious Thai Food
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This restaurant may not be the fanciest-looking restaurant you’ll ever see, but I can assure you that it’s one of the best places to go to if you’re ever craving for Thai food. It’s one of the local’s favourites, and even though it’s about 28 minutes away from the CBD, it’s totally worth giving a chance.
How to get to Thai On Wok from the CBD: Walk straight to David Jones, Castlereagh St. from the CBD for about 4 minutes. Hop on the bus going to Glebe, then hop off at Glebe Point Rd. near St. Johns Rd. Walk for about 1 minute straight, and there you’ll find Thai On Wok.
Now, go on and embark on that great Sydney adventure!