Sydney is famed for its big-ticket attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and Bondi Beach. But there’s so much more to the Harbour City!
Want to explore Sydney like never before? The city is full of artsy hidden gems and little-known hideaways just waiting to be found by you.
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Here’s a sneak peek of Sydney’s best kept secrets:
1. White Rabbit Gallery is a must-see for a quirky and fresh perspective on art
Sydney is packed with must-see, world-renowned art galleries. The Art Gallery of New South Wales is famed for their classic collections, while The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) displays the works of contemporary artists. For the best in photography, you have to check out the Australia Centre for Photography.
But to delve deeper into the artistic soul of Sydney, head over to independent galleries such as White Rabbit. Hidden away in a backstreet, this privately-owned, four-floor gallery is home to a remarkable collection of post-millennial Chinese art.
On top of the stunning artworks, you can also enjoy a beautiful gift-shop and tea house that is famous for their dumplings!
White Rabbit Gallery
Opening times: 10am-5pm, Wednesday-Sunday (Closed Monday & Tuesday)
Address: 30 Balfour St, Chippendale NSW 2008
2. Visit the two ‘Youngsters’ on Barrack Street for a new take on bronze sculptures
Most of Sydney’s famous street art is found in Newtown. The area is known for the variety of art styles, painted by street artists from all over the world. It’s a great spot to take loads of gorgeous photos!
But just 15 minutes away is Barrack Street, which is home to sculptor Caroline Rothwell’s ‘Youngsters’. The two bronze sculptures are influenced by ancient classical works, but with a contemporary twist. One figure is of a young girl dressed in baggy pants, a hoodie, and Dolce & Gabbana shoes, while the other does a handstand.
Learn more about the subtle meanings and powerful commentary on Australia when you see these unique sculptures yourself.
‘Youngsters’ by Caroline Rothwell
Opening times: 24hrs
Address: Barrack Street (across from Martin Place), Sydney
3. Go on a scavenger hunt in the city for the amazing Tank Stream Markers
Unknown to many visitors, beneath the city lies the Tank Stream, a river that flows under the pavement and concrete buildings. Sydney’s first water supply is one of the main reasons why a colony was established at this spot.
In 1999, artist Lynne Roberts-Goodwin installed unique markers at six separate sites throughout the CBD to map the river’s course. Spend the day seeking out the Tank Stream markers and learning about the history of Sydney while enjoying a scenic walk through the city.
The artwork is set into the pavement, placed in certain buildings such as the Recital Hall, and marked by beautiful water fountains. It is located in six places from Pitt Street to Alfred Street. Good luck finding them all, happy hunting!
4. Take a tour of the Sydney Bus Museum
Step inside the historic Sydney Bus Museum, tucked away in a 100-year old Leichardt tramshed. With an extensive collection of vintage buses that include double-deckers from London and Hong Kong, as well as a World War II exhibition, you will fall in love with the old school designs and pops of colour.
The great thing about this museum is that it’s totally interactive. So go ahead and climb on, have a seat, or pretend to be the driver. The space is run by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers who are more than happy to answer all your burning questions about buses!
After enjoying the exhibits in the tramshed, hop on a vintage double-decker bus for a one-of-a-kind ride. The 30-minute tour takes you across the Anzac Bridge to the CBD and back!
Sydney Bus Museum
Opening times: 10am-4pm, first and third Sunday of the month
Address: 25 Derbyshire Rd, Leichhardt NSW 2040
5. Photograph the beautiful purple blooms of the Jacaranda trees from October to November
During jacaranda season, Sydney transforms into living art. Take stunning photos at Circular Quay with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House as your backdrop. Then take a stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney or head to McDougall Street in Kirribilli for an iconic snap.
Want to get away from the crowd? Check out the quieter areas such as Lavender Bay, Waverton, and Wollstonecraft for gorgeous scenery without the tourists 😉
6. Visit Sculpture by the Sea, the epic exhibition that only happens once a year at Bondi Beach
Every year the world’s largest free to the public sculpture exhibition happens at Bondi Beach.
Featuring over 100 sculptures from both Australian and international artists, you can take your time walking the 2km coastal stretch from Bondi to Tamarama Beach to enjoy each artwork.
This year the exhibition will be happening from 24 October to 10 November, so plan your next holiday accordingly!
7. Get comfy and snuggle up with a good book at Green Square Library
If you’re looking for some peace and quiet in the bustling city, head over to Green Square Library. This innovative underground library is right in the heart of Green Square and conveniently located next to the train station.
The building itself is a piece of art and includes a subterranean garden, open air amphitheatre, and 6-storey glass tower. Inside you’ll find large open spaces, public computers, free WiFi, a dedicated children’s area with video games and robotic kits, and plenty of quiet reading space.
Be sure to take a photo in front of the famous rainbow book display while you’re there!
Green Square Library
10am-6pm, Thursday & Friday
Closed on Sundays and public holidays
Address: 355 Botany Road, Zetland NSW 2017
Admission: Free (membership available to NSW residents only)
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This article was originally published on SAYS.