Sydney is a hugely popular holiday destination for both Australians and tourists around the globe, which is why you might think you already know the city pretty well. There’s Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour which all feature high up on the list of top sights and attractions in the city. But there’s much more to Sydney than these popular tourist haunts, beneath the surface there are tonnes of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Book your car hire in Sydney and get exploring. From secret gardens to breathtaking views overlooking the city, here are the best hidden spots…
Many of Sydney’s gems are areas that you’ll simply have the pleasure of stumbling upon, but Angel Place is definitely a spot that is worth seeking out. Stroll down either George Street or Pitt Street to Angel Place and you’ll find a fascinating art installation in the form of bird cages suspended above the street. This artwork designed by Michael Thomas Hall is named “Forgotten Songs” and commemorates the songs of fifty birds once heard in the city centre before it became a bustling, built-up metropolis. A beautiful, chilling and iconic sight that’s not to be missed.
Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden
What could be more intriguing than a secret garden? Make all of your childhood fantasies come true with a pitstop at Wendy’s Secret Garden. This oasis of green was converted from a derelict space to a leafy haven back in the 90s by Wendy Whiteley, wife of Australian artist Brett Whiteley. Located next door to Luna Park, this hub of life is definitely worth a visit during your time in Sydney. Escape the city and feel at peace, even if it’s only for an hour or two.
Situated on the western side of Cremorne Point is a 33m seawater pool that offers scenic views and a great swimming spot for both locals and tourists. Dating back to the 1920s, the pool has been restored with its heritage theme maintained over the years to retain the character and charm. Pack your swimming costume and cool down with a view of the Opera House in the distance.
Observatory Hill Park
Sydney’s most popular parks include the likes of Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens, but the lesser-known Observatory Hill Park is an area that deserves more recognition than it currently receives. The perfect picnic spot overlooking Sydney with beautiful elevated panoramic views, you can’t beat this park for a lazy afternoon under the sun. Capture the perfect shots of the sunset and enjoy nature at its finest.
Paddington Reservoir Gardens
This heritage-listed public park is an underground secret, quite literally. This impressive hidden spot makes great use out of an old abandoned water reservoir from the 1800s with surviving brick arches and chambers, making for quite an interesting landscape. Wander around the sunken garden and lawns, perhaps you can even spy some of the graffiti which has been preserved for many years.
Sydney is a magical city and there’s so much more to it than meets the eye so don’t be afraid to explore off the beaten track and discov