There's more to Sydney than climbing the Harbor Bridge or posing for photographs outside the Opera House! If you're keen to get off the tourist track read on to discover 5 unusual things to do and see in Sydney.
1. Visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship
The Chinese Garden of Friendship is centrally located near Darling Harbour and provides a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. The garden which was designed to mark the friendship between Sydney and it's Chinese sister Guangzhou boasts waterfalls, lakes, koi ponds, dragon statues and an abundance of Chinese plants. You may even be able to spot a variety of colorful birds and iguanas. Visitors to the garden can also choose to sit down and be served a traditional cup of Chinese tea.
2. Explore the Jenolan Caves
The Jenolan Caves are a group of 11 spectacular limestone caves, located within Sydney's Blue Mountains. Visitors can choose to take a leisurely tour of the main caves or embark on an adventure tour. If you choose to tour the main caves you'll be able to see underground crystal caves, natural chambers and rivers. If you're brave enough to book an adventure tour you'll get the opportunity to try abseiling and crawl through small narrow passages.
3. Swim in North Sydney's Olympic Pool
Imagine floating on your back and staring up at the Harbour Bridge. North Sydney's Olympic Pool is located next to the Harbour Bridge and Sydney's amusement park, Luna Park and offers a large outdoor Olympic sized swimming pool. If you're lucky enough to visit this city in summer, make sure to check out some of the summer carnivals held at the pool.
4. Take a tour of Goat Island
Consider taking a short ferry ride to Goat Island, which is located within Sydney's stunning harbor. Visitors to Goat Island can book a guided walking tour of the island ,where they'll hear stories about Goat Island's unique history as a quarry, convict stockade and police station. If you're superstitious or enjoy a good scare, you can even book a night tour of the island, where your tour guide will share spooky convict related ghost stories with you.
5. Climb up to the top of Observatory Hill
If you're looking for a panoramic view of Sydney, consider packing a picnic and climbing up to the top of Observatory Hill. Once you've reached the top, you'll be treated to a spectacular view of city downtown and the Harbour Bridge. Also located here is the Sydney Observatory where guests can take a turn at using a high powered telescope or watch a variety of 3D space related presentations.
Next time you visit Sydney, make sure to get off the tourist track and discover some of Sydney's hidden treasures! After all, by getting off the beaten track, you'll get a real sense of the variety of activities that this city has to offer. As a bonus, you'll be able to skip the crowds and queues found outside most of Sydney's major tourist attractions.