List love: not-so-obvious ways to enjoy Sydney

There are loads of tourist traps in Sydney – the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, and the Blue Mountains – and they’re all great, but if you want to get away from the hordes of camera-toting tourists, check out some of these places instead.

5.  The Bondi to Coogee walk

OK, so a lot of tourists do go to Bondi but there is a nice scenic coastal walking track between it and Coogee Beach. It is a popular walk, but mostly you’ll see locals that love to jog along while plugged into their iPods or strolling couples and friends. Just be aware that the track gets rammed during the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition every October!

Bondi icebergs - Bondi to Coogee walk

4.  Wander the food markets

Sydneysiders love food – talking about food, eating food, trying new foods – so one of the best things to do is to try some of the farmer’s markets. There you can taste lots of delicious produce, baked goods, cheeses and yoghurts, and loads of other tasty treats. Try the Eveleigh Farmer’s Markets, Orange Grove Farmer’s Markets, and Pyrmont Grower’s Market.

3.  Have a picnic on the harbour

The harbour is the jewel of Sydney (other than its beaches of course) so there are few better ways to enjoy it than having a picnic lunch on a nice patch of grass that has harbour views. Take a bottle of wine and some cheeses and you’re set! Try the Royal Botanic Gardens, Wendy’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay, McKell Park in Darling Point, or the reserve at Cremorne Point.

2.  Wander the ethnic communities

Sydney is a cultural melting pot, with lots of immigrants from all around the world that add to the local culture. A lot of the immigrants settled together in communities and they are the best spots to check out for authentic food and cheap groceries. Check out the mosque and delicious Lebanese food in Lakemba, slurp Vietnamese beef noodle soup pho and browse the Asian supermarkets in Cabramatta, and have the best cannoli ever in the Italian enclave of Haberfield.

1.  Swim in a harbour pool

If the crowded beaches are not for you, there are loads of clean, harbour pools in which to bathe, swim, snorkel, or just sit beside and enjoy the sun. Try the baths at Balmoral, Dawn Fraser pool in Balmain, Nielsen Park in Vaucluse, and Clifton Gardens in Mosman. No better way to enjoy the Sydney life!

What are your favourite things to do around Sydney?  What things would you like to do in Sydney but have never tried?

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