Where those in the know go.

The Northern Beaches

Palm Beach

Sydneysiders are proud of their buzzy city beaches 
but the laid-back Northern Beaches, about an hour’s drive from the CBD, is where city slickers go to get away from it all. Palm Beach has long been the king of the north but locals congregate in the elegant suburb of Avalon, with its chic cafés and restaurants, such 
as Alma, and boutiques including Bassike.

Secret cinemas

Sydney still has a handful of independent cinemas. All are worth a visit but The Golden Age Cinema in Surry Hills is the best Art Deco destination for food, cocktails and flicks. For something a little more chilled, head to Govindas in Darlinghurst for its famed vegetarian buffet before relaxing on a cushioned day bed to catch an evening film.

Centennial Park

Centennial Park

Centennial Park in the eastern suburbs is one of 
the only inner-city parks 
in the world where you can book a horse or pony ride 
for a sightseeing trip with 
a difference. It’s an all-ages activity and you don’t need prior riding experience.

Secret gardens

Sydney has a stash of secret gardens. The Lex and Ruby Graham Gardens is on the northside Cremorne Foreshore Walk, with stone steps leading to a secluded bay. In the east, 
is Blackburn Gardens offering 
a neat lawn, sundial and also access to Redleaf Beach, while Paddington Reservoir Gardens’ towering arches and palms are set below Oxford Street

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