5 of Sydney’s Best Kept Secret Spots

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Sydney has an incredible amount of stunning scenery to offer, and phenomenally, some of its more beautiful spots remain relatively free from crowds.

Most Sydney-siders who have lived in the Harbour City their whole lives, still haven’t heard of some of its more beautiful spots to picnic and play.

Don’t stick to the same park, the same walk or the same beach this weekend, there is so much of Sydney to go and explore.

Here are 5 of Sydney’s Best Kept Secrets:

Wendy’s Secret Garden, Lavender Bay

Shot of Wendy Whitely's Secret Garden

Wendy’s Secret Garden

This is probably the worst kept secret in North Sydney, but, is still an often-overlooked place to go for a sporadic Sunday picnic. Wendy’s Secret Garden resides in Lavender Bay on Sydney’s North Shore.

Wendy Whiteley, former wife of the late Australian artist Brett Whiteley, spent a great deal of time to create a public garden that gives you a feeling of peace and tranquility, and she succeeded.

Overlooking Sydney Harbour, this is a must-go-to picnic spot. Be warned though,  the garden it is not very easy to find. There is no signage leading to the hidden garden, so your best bet is getting it up google maps, or asking locals to point you in the right direction.

Distance from the CBD: 10-minute drive.

Maccallum Pool, Cremorne

Shot of Maccallum Pool

Maccallum Pool

Another North Sydney gem, especially in the summer, this pool is a much-needed escape from the other over-populated Sydney swimming spots.

The pool is freezing cold, so go on a really hot day to cool off and soak up some of the best harbour views on offer.

Its turquoise waters are unrivaled by any other Sydney pool and it sits right next to rolling green lawns that are perfect for a post swim picnic, with one of the most Instagrammable views of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney.

Distance from the CBD: 15-minute drive.

Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Paddington

Shot of Paddington Reservoir Gardens

Paddington Reservoir Gardens

A slightly surreal spot where you’ll completely forget you are in the heart of the city, right next to the bustling Oxford Street. The garden is actually underground, having been converted into a public garden from an old and rather ugly 19th Century water supply.

Architecturally, it still maintains the original archways and chambers that now feature a hanging garden and a 21st century water feature.

You’re already in Sydney’s trendiest neighbourhood, so go and grab a good book and immerse yourself amongst this beautiful place and the beautiful people you’ll find there.

Distance from the CBD: 12-minute drive.

Wattamolla, Royal National Park

Shot of Wattamolla waterfall

Wattamolla Waterfall

Wattamolla is the isolated gem inside the Royal National Park. Wattamolla is an aboriginal word that means ‘place near running water’, and when you visit this stunning oasis of natural beauty you’ll see why.

A lagoon, cove and beach located just under an hour out of Sydney, it is a stunning location for a day out with family or friends.

Make sure you check out Wattamolla Waterfall located right next to the parking area, to get a photo of one of the most magical Australian landscapes just outside of Sydney. BYO food and friends for a great day out.

Distance from the CBD: 58-minute drive.

Milk Beach, Vaucluse

milk beach in Vaucluse

Milk Beach and Strickland House – Vaucluse

Located at the base of Hermit Bay in Sydney Harbour National Park, Milk Beach is an iconic isolated beach where iconic and heritage listed Strickland House is.

The beach offers breathtaking views of Sydney and is one of Sydney’s best kept secrets and a great spot to take a walk, take photos and take in the scenes any time of the year.

From fishing, and snorkelling (when the weather is warm again), to family picnics under the awning, our a walk along the heritage listed foreshore – its a great place to unwind and take a breath from city life.

Distance from the CBD: 20-minute drive

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