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Q: “I’ve been to Sydney three times now to visit my family and have done all the major sights.
Can you recommend any off-the- beaten-track experiences, for seasoned visitors?”
A: There’s still plenty more to explore in Sydney and New South Wales. Shark Island can be visited by water taxi, rewarding you with a scenic view of Sydney Harbour – the perfect place for a picnic lunch.
Don’t miss the island’s grottos which were hand-built in the 1900s. For an afternoon stroll, Wendy Whiteley’s secret garden is one of Sydney’s hidden treasures.
Open year-round, the garden is built over a former train yard and is full of winding paths, offering gorgeous views of Sydney Harbour from the North Shore.
For a slice of the Sydney-sider life, grab a coffee, pastry or delicious dumpling at the Carriageworks Market in Eveleigh, where every Saturday morning, growers and producers offer local specialities and regional treats.
Beach lovers can visit the floating pontoons in the Murray Rose Pool, one of Sydney’s most prized summer spots.
This calm tidal swimming pool is a favourite with locals, hidden away beside Double Bay, with a wooden boardwalk running around the edge for overwater strolling.
Bondi and Coogee beaches are well known but just around the corner is the secluded oasis of Gordons Bay. Climb across the rocky headland to find the perfect place to spread your towel.
Further afield, visitors can head to the Royal National Park, just a short drive from the city.
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It is a great location to explore the outdoors, offering barbecues, fishing, bushwalking and bird- and whale-watching.
Further still, it’s hard to resist the powder-fine sand and clear turquoise waters of Jervis Bay, on the south coast of New South Wales.
The beaches are among Australia’s safest and most beautiful, with amazing scuba diving, whale and dolphin-watching cruises, fantastic bush camp sites and quaint coastal villages.