Mini guide: the great outdoors in Sydney

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Mini guide: the great outdoors in Sydney

© Lonely Planet Mini guide: the great outdoors in Sydney

The best way to discover the full grandeur of Sydney, located around one of the world's most beautiful city ports and along spectacular beaches, is to go outside.

Places of interest

Palm Beach

Ocean Road

Palm Beach is a crescent-shaped beach, famous as the Home and setting Away

. The Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse from 1881 on the north side is located in a part of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Palm Beach has two sides, Ocean Beach and Pittwater; the latter has quieter beaches that are suitable for children. Take a ferry to other parts of Pittwater, including other parts of the park.

Sydney Harbor Bridge

Sydneysiders love their huge "clothes hanger", which was opened in 1932. Experience this majestic construction on foot: stairs and lifts go up from both sides to a footpath on the east side (the west side is a cycle path). Traveling by train to Milsons Point and then walking back to the city is really spectacular. Climb the southeast pillar to the Lookout or climb the arch on the popular but expensive Bridge Climb.


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North Bondi is a great place to learn how to surf and this experienced surf school offers lessons for just about everyone. Outside the summer, prices are falling. The school also rents surfboards, wetsuits and sup boards.

Food and drinks

Dead Ringer

Behind the anthracite-colored façade is a relaxed mecca of modern Australian food and drink. The short, brilliant menu changes lightly every day and runs from bar snacks to tapas to main dishes. The food is all about taste and there is always something interesting to drink. The cocktails are excellent and original. Taste the house aperitif: a mix of wine, vermouth, strawberry and tonic.

Coogee Pavillion

This huge complex with numerous indoor and outdoor bars, a playground and an adult-only roof was built in 1887 and used to house an aquarium and swimming pools. Now it is wonderfully spacious and light with white wood. There are a variety of options, from Mediterranean-inspired bar dishes to fish and chips and sashimi.



Cockatoo Island


Waking up on an island in Sydney Harbor is extraordinary. Bring a tent (or only sleeping bags) or go "glam" in a double tent (with ditto bed) on the waterfront. Non-campers can go to elegant cottages and apartments. There is a well-equipped camp kitchen, but you can also go to the two cafés and bars.


Little Albion


This attractive hotel combines an attractive old building with modern conveniences. The rooms vary from very compact to comfortable suites; the striking art tends more to the gangsters and brothels in the history of Albion Street than to the history of this building as a monastery. The great honesty bar invites you to socialize and the staff is excellent.


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"Superoo" rooms are mostly on the street side or have a skylight, so for a view of the water you go for a "deluxe" (on the east side) or "city" (on the west side). The Ovolo is full of character, with long corridors, industrial machines and unusually shaped, artfully decorated rooms, some of which are split level. A real star.

You can find the complete mini-guide in the latest Lonely Planet magazine, which you can order here.

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