Hello to all of the beautiful readers of In Whirl of Inspiration! My name is Kitty and I blog over at Kitty & Buck. I am so happy to have been invited to guest post on Debbie's lovely blog! I am going to share some secrets about Sydney, Australia (my home town). I imagine you all know about the Harbour, Bondi Beach and the Opera House! But today I'm going to share some of the local secrets! I hope you enjoy my insider's guide to Sydney! All photos are sourced online, and credited back to the original source.
I am so lucky to live in a country with so much natural beauty. I know many people think of the 'outback' and the beaches, but we have so much in between! There are mountains with skiing, rainforests, deserts, coral reefs and pine forests. Here are a few activities that I love to do outdoors in Sydney.
|photo via: The Experience Junkie|
The Royal National Park is the second oldest National Park in the world, after Yellowstone National Park. I am so lucky to live so close! I spend a lot of time walking through here. If you want to have an easy picnic, Audley is a very popular location inside the park. It has a kiosk that is newly renovated and offers cafe food as well as high tea. Or you can pack lunch and cook a BBQ or just have a picnic. Aside from relaxing on the picnic rug, you can also hire a rowboat (or kayak) and paddle down the river. I spent many weekends as a small child picnicking down here.
|Audley photo via: diah123 on Flickr|
|Garie Beach photo via: cvn76hk on Flickr|
Here's a little list of extra places to enjoy the natural beauty in Sydney:
- Lighthouse walk to Palm Beach
- Nielsen Park, in Vaucluse. There is a great walk to this beach from Rose Bay - it goes past lots of little hidden, secret beaches in rich peoples backyards!
- Redleaf Pool and Blackburn Gardens above the pool (which is not a pool, but a harbour beach enclosed in a net) is a perfect spot for a picnic.
- Mrs Macquaries Chair and The Royal Botanic Gardens. You can attend the Aboriginal food and plants talk there, which is supposed to be absolutely fascinating. (on my to-do list!) The little train is fun to catch too. They also have a fancy restaurant in the middle, if you're too lazy to prepare a picnic!
Sydney is finally catching up to Melbourne with the introduction of a small liquor license, which means there are a lot of small independent bars opening. Because this is a fairly new movement in Sydney, the list of bars and restaurants changes very quickly! I won't write too many as there'll be something new and interesting next week, it changes too quickly! There are a few places that are always around though.
|photo via: Opera Bar Website|
|photo via: Mietta's|
There are many other beautiful places to eat and drink!
- The Winery in Surry Hills (and Manly) for a nice dinner
- For some Southern Charm in Sydney (in the shape of a bar) head on down to Shady Pines Saloon
- Indulge in High Tea at The Victoria Room in Darlinghurst, it is beautifully furnished and a real treat!
- My favourite place for a super cheap eat is "Sizzling Hot Pot" in the Dixon Arcade in Chinatown. It's underneath the street level in a food court, the sizzling plates are amazing! And the lady who serves you called my boyfriend and his male friend "little girls" to make fun of them. Hilarious! You might need to email me for directions if you're not a local, it's a bit tricky to find :)