Sydney, the splendour of New South Wales

Sydney has so much to offer as a city!

Check out the fantastic gems for foodies and the buzzing markets. Visiting Sydney with your family? Then you certainly can't skip Luna Park, Taronga Zoo or the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Fun guaranteed!

8 hidden gems for foodies (Yummy!) Places your stomach won't want you to miss on your trip to Sydney...

#1 The Grounds of Alexandria

A popular landmark coffee roastery, cafe and sustainable garden known for its fresh produce and hands-on experiences. Tips: You can make reservation online a few days before you arrive in Sydney.

Location: Alexandria

#2 Devon Café

Devon on Danks serves up quirky touches to classic cafe dishes, alongside a range of delicious seasonal house-made ‘cronnies’ or cronuts, doughnuts and soft serves.

Location: Waterloo and Surry Hills

#3 Brewtown Newtown

Aside from serving up really photogenic and equally as delicious brunches, it is also reputedly the pioneer of the cronut (donut-shaped croissant hybrids) movement in Sydney.

Location: Newtown

#4 Black Star Pastry

Be sure to try the strawberry watermelon cake with fresh slices of watermelon sandwiched between layers of rose-flavoured fresh cream and their raspberry cake!

Location: Newtown, George Street and Rosebery

#5 Gelato Messina

A cult classic among locals and seasoned travellers alike, indulge in flavours like poached figs in marsala, salted caramel with white chocolate chips (their best seller) and apple pie.

Location: Roseberry, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Bondi, Parramatta, Miranda and The Star

#6 Luke's Kitchen

Celebrity chef Luke Mangan is opening Luke's Kitchen in the space formerly occupied by his MOJO by Luke Mangan restaurant. This elegant and modern eatery with a casual, lounge-like feel exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere and offers breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday.

Location: 8 Danks St, Waterloo, NSW 2017.

#7 Aqua S

Order the sea salt with the bright blue soft serve and a swirl of lemon ice tea! The dreamiest, Instagram-worthy gelato store will leave you and your followers swooning. Tips: Do add toppings of fairy floss, sweet popcorn or popping candy!

Location: George Street, Sydney CBD.

#8 Cow and the Moon

This may be a boutique, family-run gelato and coffee bar - but their almond affagato flavour won the world's best gelato title in the recent Gelato World Tour in Italy!

Location: Enmore

Experience Sydney's Black Star Pastry

Renowned for its signature Strawberry Watermelon Cake, check out this fantastic bakery in Newton. Get your tastebuds going with the likes of the Lemon Zen with Pistachio White Choco or go savoury with a quiche or the kangaroo pie! Thanks to The Smart Local» for creating this vide o for us.

6 Buzzing markets to explore in Sydney

#1 The Rocks Markets

Set amid quaint cobblestone laneways, there are more than 200 colourful stalls offering anything from locally designed fashion to handcrafted accessories.
Every Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 5am. On Fridays, The Rocks transform into a foodie paradise. Pick up fresh fruit, bread, chocolate, olive oils and a whole other range of Australian-made gourmet produce. Every Friday, 9am - 3pm.

#2 Sydney Fish Market

This is the largest working market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Book a Behind the Scenes Tour and see all the action. Taste a wide variety of fresh seafood. Daily, 7am – 4pm. The Sydney Seafood School holds a variety of seafood cookery classes including some that are hosted by Australia’s leading chefs! Or simply be amazed with the wide selection of fresh seafood.

#3 Carriageworks Farmers Market

An award-winning authentic Farmers' Market with over 70 farmers and artisan food producers packing their trucks with fresh, seasonal and homemade produce they grow or make. Don't forget to try some dumplings and pancakes from celebrity chef Kylie Kwong!
Opens every Saturday, 8am- 1pm.
Tip: Make sure you bring cash because many stalls don't accept cards.

#4 Marrickville Organic Food Market

Be delighted by the wide mix of fresh produce and hot food. Buy organic fruits and veggies direct from the farmers or pick up some burgers from the food stalls.
Opens every Sunday, 8.30am – 3pm.

#5 Bondi Farmers' Market

Fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, organically grown meat and poultry, flowers, artisan breads, homemade jams, farmstead cheeses, seafood, olive, herbs, spices and more!
Opens every Saturday, 9am -

#6 Paddington Markets

A community based market that is passionate about their craft and the local community. The market has over 150 unique stalls filled with creative fashion and accessories.
Opens every Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

Explore Sydney Fish Market with us

Located in Blackwattle Bay is the LARGEST fish market in Sydney! Home to a wide variety of FRESH SEAFOOD like sashimi, lobsters, prawns, oysters and even scallops, it's the must-visit destination for seafood lovers! Thanks to The Smart Local» for creating this video for us.

Top 3 Family Attractions

There is plenty to keep both your little ones and the young at heart entertained in Sydney, here are our favourites to explore on your holiday

#1 Luna Park

Have a good time on the thrilling rides at Luna Park, Sydney’s very own amusement park on the edge of the beautiful Sydney Harbour. The park is most weekends throughout the year but check the opening times of the park and save money by pre purchasing your pass here».

#2 Taronga Zoo

Meet native wildlife; interact with the kangaroos at Taronga Zoo or have breakfast with the koalas at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. Why not take the ferry from circular quay over to the zoo and start your trip with a cable car ride over the park. Don't miss the spectacular bird show with views over the Sydney city skyline or the chance to feed the giraffes.

#3 SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Experience the world’s largest display of Australian underwater creatures n the heart of the city! Get up close to over 13,000 amazing creatures from 700 different species. From the Great Barrier Reef to the arctic you can explore the world's oceans all in one day. Will you spot nemo? Come and see!

The coastal walks & beaches in Sydney are the best for getting some fresh sea breeze.

Don't miss out on the sunny beaches to explore by day and incredible sunsets in the evening. Discover the freshest seafood in one of the many seaside restaurants.

Manly Lagoon to North Head

Catch the iconic Manly ferry with prime views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House to the beautiful Manly Beach and enjoy a walk up to the clifftops of North Head. You can even explore on a bicycle!

DON'T MISS! The scenic Fairfax Walk connects 3 fantastic lookouts and is an easy circuit, ideal for children. It’s perfect for whale watching from June to October.

Watson’s Bay

Breathtaking coastal cliffs and plenty of opportunity along the way to get the finest seafood. Discover the best of both worlds with Sydney Harbour on one side and the vast Pacific Ocean waves crashing onto dramatic cliffs on the other side.

DON'T MISS! Enjoy prime Australian seafood at the famous Doyles Restaurant on the Beach. If you visit at sunset, you can watch the Sydney city skyline light up!

Bondi to Bronte

Dramatic coastlines and the coolest ocean pools. Stroll along the dramatic cliffs between two of Sydney’s iconic beaches, Bondi and Bronte. Stop at various lookouts along the way for photo opportunities. For some action, take a dip at the iconic Bondi Icebergs Pool – or give surfing a try!

DON'T MISS! Sculpture by the Sea (18 Oct – 4 Nov 2018), the world’s largest annual free outdoor sculpture exhibition.

Barangaroo Reserve

Sydney’s newest waterfront park. A spectacular, brand new waterfront park that sits right in the heart of Sydney city. Check out its extraordinary shoreline laid with skilfully cut sandstone slabs. Wander along the winding paths around its hills and beautifully designed terrace gardens.

DON'T MISS! Venture into The Avenue, Sydney’s newest High Street at Barangaroo and discover a trove of hand-crafted goodness, including Bourke Street Bakery - Sydney’s unofficial temple of pastry.

Cockatoo Island

Explore a historic UNESCO World-Heritage Island. Wander around one of Australia’s most fascinating historical islands and discover its colourful pasts as a shipbuilding yard, Commonwealth naval base as well as a convict island. Entrance is free – simply catch a ferry from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour.

DON'T MISS! Camp overnight at what Lonely Planet described as “one of the world’s most spectacularly located campsites”

Experience Bronte Baths with us

Need to cool off after your walk from Bondi to Bonte? Take a dip in this iconic Sydney shore pool with FREE ACCESS 24/7! Built in 1887, it’s one of the NSW coast’s first rock pools and the oldest in Sydney! Thanks to The Smart Local» for creating this video for us.

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