Hello, my name is Delphine Mignon. I am from Paris and I have been living in Australia for 20 years, 15 of those in Sydney. I recently went on a journey of rediscovering my city and showcasing it on my blog.
There are lots of beautiful spots in Sydney and not all of them are full of tourists, so I’m more than happy to share them with you.
A Visit to Observatory Hill Park
You can visit Observatory Hill when you walk around The Rocks, a historic area of Sydney. It’s a great viewpoint over the area and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The views extend over Darling Harbour and the Inner West suburbs. I love it especially at dusk when the light dims, and it’s a good alternative view compared to Circular Quay.
Swimming at Balmoral Beach
Balmoral is a lovely Sydney suburb, with a gorgeous beach within the harbour. This is a view of Rocky Point, which is a great spot to have a picnic or ice-cream (The Bathers Pavillion has a kiosk). Balmoral Beach is very relaxed, great for families because the water is quiet. You can get to Balmoral Beach by bus, from Wynyard in the Sydney CBD.
A walk along Cremorne Point Wharf
Cremorne Point is in Sydney Harbour and offers great views of the city. I love to walk around the cove early in the morning and catch the light reflecting on the city buildings, as the picture shows. Cremorne Point is a great coastal walk and a great vantage point for the New Years’ Eve fireworks. The best way to get there is by ferry from the Sydney CBD.
Taking pictures from the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon
The Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout is well-kept almost secret tip when visiting Sydney. When you walk across the bridge, you can climb into the south-east pylon of the bridge and for only $15, you can access the viewing platform and get awesome views over the harbour, the Sydney Opera House and the city. There is also a little museum on the building of the bridge. It is so much cheaper than doing the BridgeClimb and you can take your camera with you.
A Picnic at Georges Heights Lookout
Middle Head is one of Sydney’s seven headlands and has awesome views over the harbour. It’s a great coastal walk too. I love going to the Georges Heights Lookout for a picnic. The building in the photo is Gunners Barracks, where I got married, so it’s a pretty special place for me!
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