You might think that nature in Australia consists of just beaches, beaches, and more beaches. While we’re certainly not claiming that we don’t love this about Australia, travellers should know that the country has so much more to offer, even in the cities. Sydney is just such a spot, and to let you in on a few local secrets, from hiking paths, gardens, and, admittedly, one or two beaches that we just couldn’t miss off, here are our top 5 places to enjoy nature in this Aussie urban paradise.
1. Paddington Reservoir Gardens
Once the source that contributed water to the city of Sydney back in the 19th century, Paddington Reservoir Gardens has been integral to Sydney’s survival. Now, it’s an interesting spot to go for a stroll among the lush gardens and along the wide boardwalks. For those who like their nature with a pinch of history, there couldn’t be a more perfect spot for you in Sydney.
2. Manly Cove
Those of you who are willing to go a little further afield for your nature fix should hop on a ferry and head up to Manly Cove. It’s the ideal place to get away from the busy beaches closer to the city, and up here you’ll find a quiet harbour beach, cool surfing areas, and even the Manly Sea Life Aquarium, where you can say hello to the local marine life – including sharks!
3. Middle Head
We’ll come clean – one of our favourite things about Middle Head in Sydney isn’t necessarily the nature (although it is a great green spot, for sure!). Our major love affair with this part of Sydney started with a rich, delicious hot chocolate at Coco Chocolate, a cafe and chocolate school right next to Middle Head’s beautiful parks. Pull up a pew outside, order one of their sumptuous chocolate creations, enjoy the view of the ships going by in the harbour, and totally relax.
4. Bondi to Coogee Cliff Walk
In our opinion, this is hands down one of the coolest things to do in Sydney. The 6km walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee will give you spectacular coastal views, and lungfuls of revitalising fresh air to boot. We recommend that you try and complete the walk on a weekday, as it can get busy on the weekends.
5. Bronte Beach
If you’re the kind of person who’d rather lie in the sand than hit up a hiking trail, we recommend that you head straight to Bronte Beach in Sydney. This sandy paradise is perfectly situated right next to some of our favourite cafes and restaurants, making it one of the best places to spend an entire day in the sunshine. Bring your friends and family, take advantage of one of the public barbecues, and don’t forget to sunscreen up!
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