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Sydney’s Hidden Gems

Sydney sunset

I used to work with the lovely Lucy a couple of years ago in leafy Chiswick and Lucy has since moved to Sydney. Jealous of her beautiful beach photos posted on her Facebook page, I asked her to share the little-known gems that Sydney offers. 

Since moving to Sydney a little over six months ago, I’ve made little secret of how much I’ve fallen in love with this new city of mine; with its endless coastal walks, beautiful balmy temperatures and sunset-spots a-plenty. And while Bondi and its world-famous beach is where I call home, there’s another pocket of the Eastern Suburbs that might be slightly lesser known, but is oh-so worth visiting.

Sydney beaches

While the most famous coastal walk in Sydney is perhaps the Bondi to Bronte – or Bondi to Coogee if you’re feeling enegertic – my personal favourite has got to be Rose Bay to Nielsen Park. An affluent harbour-side eastern suburb, Rose Bay has a Hamptons-esque quality about it with patisseries and boutiques lining its peaceful highstreet, and a beautiful bay that offers some of the best paddle-boarding and kayaking in Sydney. The beach at Rose Bay is fairly quiet – even in peak season – and attracts local dog-walkers and those wanting a sun drenched afternoon on the sand with views of the famous harbour bridge and the gentle lapping of water.

The walk to Nielsen Park is just over 2 kilometers and features beautiful harbour views, remnant heaths, woodland and some patches of rainforest as well as craggy cliffs and secluded coves for fishing. Post walk, Nielsen Park – deemed by many as one of Sydney’s best beaches; with gorgeous white sand and a bustling picnic area for friends and families alike – is a great spot to drink in the views of Sydney with a fresh juice or some tempting bites from the shaded café.

For the energetic among us, the walk continues on to perhaps my favourite spot in Sydney – glorious, gorgeous Watson’s Bay. Also accessible by bus from both Nielsen Park and Rose Bay, Watson’s Bay and its famous boutique hotel is the ultimate in beach chic and one of the most instagrammable spots in the city. From the nautical umbrellas that line the hotel’s deck, to the breathtaking views of the city, to the platters of freshly caught fish and coconut cocktails, while it may be slightly further out that many wish to venture, it’s certainly worth the extra miles.

Watson's Bay in Sydney

Lucy Pearson is a freelance social media manager and writer, a recently-qualified yoga teacher and ​a lover of all things literary. A book blogger first and foremost, after having moved to Sydney in September 2015 to train as a yoga teacher, she now blogs about yoga, travel and life down under at

Kirsty Marrins

Reader, writer, occasional runner, travel lover.




  • MariaAbroad

    Sydney sounds so lovely. One of my clients is located in Manly Beach, but I never had the chance to go visit them. I hope one day, I’ll get invited 😉

    • Kirsty Marrins

      I hope you get invited too, Maria!

  • Tonya

    I love learning the little hidden gems of a place, especially when it exposes me to more locals. Thanks for sharing this lovely little insight into Sydney and a new path for some walking adventure!

    • Kirsty Marrins

      Thanks Tonya for the lovely comment and hope you enjoy your new walking adventure!

  • Tarah Vongbouthdy

    Sydney is so beautiful! Its always fun to find places off the beaten path a little, always seem way more genuine to us!

  • Jen

    I love Sydney. There’s so much to explore and such great walking. I enjoy discovering cities by running and Nielsen Park sound like a place I’d love to go for a morning run on my next visit, which will hopefully be sometime soon!

  • Laura @Travelocafe

    Sydney is still uncrossed on my bucket list. Great to find out about these gems before visiting it. I’ve bookmarked the post. Thanks.

    • Kirsty Marrins

      Thanks Laura, glad you enjoyed the post and have fun in Sydney!

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