Sunday, February 8, 2015

Top 5 Underrated Tourist Attractions in Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia is well-known for its beautiful beaches, infamous Opera House, and BridgeClimb Sydney at Harbour Bridge. But there are plenty of other attractions in Sydney that you may not have heard about, and will want to add to your itinerary. Check out these five lesser-known Sydney attractions.

Watsons Bay

Image via Flickr by Mark Hobson - Multi Xpression Media
Watsons Bay is located on the southern head of the Sydney Harbour entrance, and is flanked by the Harbour as well as the Tasman Sea. It’s not only a wonderful place to get a glorious view of the city, but is also a historical landmark. Watsons Bay was established in 1788, and is Australia’s oldest fishing village. The bay is also home to the original Doyles Restaurant, located on the site where Doyle originally sold his daily catch in 1845. You can still eat at the restaurant, or, if you prefer, grab lunch at the Doyles’ fish and chips outlet.  The Bay also features two walking paths, a park, and a direct route to Bondi Beach.

Paddington

If you enjoy shopping, a day at Paddington is a must. Here you’ll find the best boutique shopping, art galleries, tailors, shoemakers, and milliners in Sydney. You’ll also explore rows of Victorian terraces that house Sydney’s fashion scene. As you travel along Paddington, checking out boutiques, furniture stores, housewares, and fine wines and dining, you’ll spot the terraces decorated with cast-iron lace detailing. It’s a shopping excursion you won’t want to miss.

Manly to Spit Bridge Walk

One of the best ways to explore Sydney’s beaches is to take the 10km Manly to Spit Bridge Walk. The walk begins at the Spit Bridge end, wanders around the shoreline to Fisher Bay, Sandy Bay, and Clontarf Beach, then enters Sydney Harbour National Park at Castle Rock. You’ll head past Middle Head towards Manly via Dobroyd Head. Here, you can take a break, and soak up views of the harbour. Along the way, stop for a quick dip at Reef Beach and Forty Baskets Beach. Once you’ve completed the walk, take the ferry back to the city. This is a great way to check out the beautiful beaches Sydney has to offer. The walk takes about three to four hours to complete. For those less inclined to complete the full walk, you can easily drop out halfway and only do a section.

Hawkesbury River

Hawkesbury River stretches from Windsor to Brooklyn, and offers plenty of dining and accommodations in Sydney hotels. The River is surrounded by steep, forested slopes, with many stunning natural attractions waiting to be explored. Plenty of activities are available, including fishing, water skiing, picnic spots, canoeing, and mountain bike trails. You can even rent a houseboat for a night or two. The region is another piece of Australia’s history, and will make a great addition to your travel plans.

Harry’s Café de Wheels

Don’t miss the infamous Harry’s Café de Wheels during your trip to Sydney and sample Sydney’s Best Pie. The 70-year-old café has maintained its tradition of daily fresh pie deliveries, while updating its menu to accompany today’s consumers.
Be sure to include these five lesser-known attractions on your next trip to Sydney.