Hidden or Not So Hidden Spots in Sydney

The Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney Opera House. Bondi Beach. All of these destinations are on every study abroad student’s bucket list prior to visiting Sydney. For this blog post I thought I would touch on some of my favorite hidden and some not so hidden spots in Sydney.

Chinese Garden of Friendship is nestled at the south end of Darling Harbour and a short walk from Urbanest. Entering the garden you forget how close you are to the bustling streets of the city.  The garden’s quiet feel makes you feel as though you stepped back in time to ancient China. There are beautiful running waters, towering willow trees and large colorful fish. This does cost money to enter, but with a student card it is only 3 AUD.

The Grounds of Alexandria This is truly one of my favorite spots in Sydney and truly one of Sydney’s hidden gems. Opened in April of 2012, the site spans approximately an acre and hosts a coffee research and education facility, artisan bakery and a permaculture garden of heirloom vegetables, herbs, fresh fruit and flowers along with a small animal farm. Everything here from the time you walk through the beautiful green archways is picture perfect – literally picture perfect. Trained baristas and chefs create edible photo-worthy masterpieces which recently have generated a buzz on social media. This is free! But I have to say it is very easy to get sucked into buying the drinks, food and desserts.

Bondi Iceberg Club Probably one of the most popular and instagrammed places in Sydney, the Bondi Iceberg Club has been a historical landmark of Bondi Beach for over 100 years and is open all year round. The cost is 7 AUD and is well worth the views. Make sure to go earlier in the morning for a spot to relax.

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Kirribilli Markets Today, the Kirribilli Markets is now one of Sydney’s oldest and most popular markets. The market features over 220 stalls selling new and recycled fashion and accessories, home and gift wares, arts and craft, jewelry, plants and gourmet food. There are two markets held each month The Art, Design & Fashion Market is held on the second Sunday of the month while The General Market is held on the fourth Saturday of the month. I went with my friend this past month to The Art, Design & Fashion Market and absolutely loved it. Have you ever heard of a Potato Tornado? Look it up – it was delicious.

Barangaroo Reserve Barangaroo Reserve is Sydney’s newest Harbour foreshore park and acts as both a park and an entertainment space. The space was created with naturalistic rocky outcrop and sensitively landscaped native trees and shrubs. My favorite part of this space is the picturesque view of the city’s iconic Harbour. This is free!