Homesick for Sydney
Collected by Caroline Eubanks, AFAR Local Expert
Another one of my former homes, somewhere that will always have a piece of my heart. It's one of those iconic destinations for a reason, with the city skyline placed against the stunning harbor and its bridge. You've got unique neighborhoods like Darlinghurst and Surry Hills, just asking you to spend the day drinking flat whites.
Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
The largest and most storied of the Sydney Harbour islands, Cockatoo was once an Aboriginal fishing ground, a naval shipyard, a girls' reform school, and a gruesome prison. Today, it offers fascinating walking tours, a casual café, and a...
20 Campbell St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
Be prepared to wait for your supper, which can be torturous once you see the chefs cooking in the window. I waited 30 minutes on my trip to Chat Thai and was told I was lucky. The best way to experience this well-known Chinatown Thai restaurant is...
316 Stanmore Rd, Petersham NSW 2049, Australia
Cowper Wharf Rd &, Brougham St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia
4/256 Crown St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
Speakeasies and secret bars are an ongoing trend in Australian cities, namely Melbourne and Sydney. Down an unassuming alley off Crown Street, behind an equally unassuming doorway, lies Shady Pines Saloon—if it weren’t for the...
George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
The Rocks is undoubtedly one of Sydney's most beautiful areas. Follow George Street until the very end and it’s almost like you’ve stepped back in time—there are cobblestones under your feet, quaint stores to browse, and great pubs to visit. One...
Coogee NSW 2034, Australia
Coogee Beach is a quieter stretch of sand, situated between Clovelly and Maroubra. Being less of a surf beach, Coogee is a great spot for families and young children, and is a hot spot for tourists and backpackers as well. The beach itself offers...
241 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
A scoop of Italy in Sydney, this gelato mecca has foodies and bloggers queuing up all week. Go for the salted-caramel-and-white-chocolate gelato, one of the store’s best sellers, or try the “Poached Figs in Marsala” flavor,...
633 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Queues consistently spill out onto the footpath at this little corner shop. A rusted metalwork sign above the tiny bakery café, situated on the leafy Bourke Street Surry Hills, reads ‘Boulangerie’. The creme brulee tarts are locally famous, and...
152-156 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Sydney’s small bar epidemic is at its peak, and no lane or alleyway is safe from its symptoms. Needless to say, Sydneysiders are finding it hard to keep up with the dizzying number of small bars opening after recent changes to the city’s...
7a/2 Huntley St, Alexandria NSW 2015, Australia
The Grounds café—run out of a former pie factory in the warehouse district of Alexandria—makes coffee, juices, smoothies, baked goods, and rustic breakfast and lunch dishes with equal care. Order a flat white (a cross between a...
1 Olympic Dr, Milsons Point NSW 2061, Australia
Luna Park is one of the most iconic features of Sydney. The amusement park was first constructed in 1935 and been through much tragedy over the years, including the 'ghost train fire' in 1979, that killed six children and one adult. It's worth a...
Lavender St, Lavender Bay NSW 2060, Australia
Over the past 15 years, Wendy Whiteley (known as the "goddess muse" and wife of one of Australia's most famous artists, Brett Whiteley) has lovingly restored a once derelict piece of land, owned by the NSW Rail Corporation. It's a magical place to...
Art Gallery Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
The Australian collection here includes almost 19,000 pieces ranging from paintings and decorative arts to modern photography, pop art, and screen-printing. The Yiribana Gallery is renowned for some of the best permanent and rotating exhibits of...
140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
Housed inside the Maritime Services Board building and a modern addition on the western side of Circular Quay, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is the country’s leading institution for modern art. While access to touring...
Manly NSW 2095, Australia
From Shelly Beach in Manly, the path climbs a flight of stairs surrounded by jungle foliage before alternating between idyllic neighborhoods, clifftop bushland, secluded beaches, and more rainforest. Along the way, you’ll see tropical...
64 Foveaux St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
El Loco does an excellent taco for a fiver. A crunchy tangle of chopped cabbage, coriander, spring onion, and a spiced mayonnaise done in messy zigzags over the lot arrives at our table. Little cubes of "mystery" meat, offal perhaps, are tender...
Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
There are certain touristy things that one must do while traveling. And some places are so great that even locals flock to them despite the fact that they're heavily trodden. The Opera Bar at the Sydney Opera House is one of those places. There...
Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Sydney’s 158-acre botanic garden, which hugs the harbor between Mrs Macquarie's Chair and the Sydney Opera House, is home to nearly 9,000 plant species. Depending on the season of your visit, you might seek out spring peaches and wisteria or...
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia
Bridge St &, Phillip St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
This sculpture was commissioned for the Museum of Sydney and developed by an indigenous and non-indigenous artist working together: Fiona Foley and Janet Laurence. The name of the sculpture comes from an essay by historian Rhys Jones, 1985: "…the...
Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
1-5 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Take a trip Down Under to Australia’s gateway state, New South Wales, home to the iconic city of Sydney. With its picturesque harbor and stunning beaches blending intoxicatingly with a world-class, bustling city, Sydney is the perfect snapshot of...
536 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
If there was ever a place to open an old book and smell its past life or thrill to the flick through stacks of vinyl, Gould Book Arcade in Newtown is it. Operated for years by the prickly and eclectic late owner Bob Gould, his legendary store is...
100 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
175 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
Quality Mexican fare is hard to come by Down Under, but thankfully Guzman y Gomez opened up shop back in 2006 to remedy this. Now with locations all over Australia, GYG has become the go-to place for the best burritos in town. They even have...
98 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
“This one feels like the home of a friend with a lot of books. Its selections are exceptional, ranging from bestsellers (whose British and Australian cover designs are better than those in the U.S.) to books about design.” —Fred Dust 42 Oxford...
Essex St & Gloucester Street, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
You can't go down a single street in the Rocks, Sydney's oldest neighborhood, without finding a great pub. Many have quite the history and story to tell. Harts Pub is home to the Rocks Brewing Company, which offers craft brews on 12 rotating taps....
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