OFF THE BEATEN TRACK IN SYDNEY
For the more discerning traveller, travelling off the beaten track in Sydney is the perfect travelling experience.
Sydney is one of the southern hemisphere’s most iconic cities and with it comes famous landmarks including the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Botanical Gardens. With a multitude of gravitating events such as Sydney Harbour Regatta, Vivid Sydney, Crave Food Festival and the City2Surf, New South Wales is inundated with locals and tourists alike. As with any focal city hosting ongoing activities, the accommodation prices can skyrocket, tripling in rates during these dates. For the more discerning traveller who prefers to visit the off beaten and less worn paths, there are few hidden gem areas in Sydney that attract the tranquil and calmer tourist. Amongst these is Cremorne Point in the lower North Shore, with stunning Harbour views and only a short ferry ride to Circular Quay. One of the city’s oldest hotels is Cremorne Point Manor, nestled between the iconic Maccallum Pool and Taronga Zoo. This four star heritage building provides an affordable base from $125 per night.
Attracting golden year couples and honeymooners looking for less noise than downtown, the only sounds you’ll hear at night are possibly the lions roaring in the nearby zoo. With single rooms, king size rooms and suites, you have a wide choice depending on your budget. With its fifth consecutive Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award voted by hotel guests, the Manor not only throws in stunning views of the Harbour skyline for free, yet if you book through the hotel website, a continental breakfast is included. Surrounded by affluent residential homes and a notorious magnet for Foreshore Walkers, after a stroll, a must see is the Orpheum Picture Palace. This fixture movie theater opened in 1935, with the interior restored to its former glory. For all foodies, the area may have a small selection of restaurants yet they offer a wide eclectic menu mix. From Hayes Street Wharf Bistro for French food buffs to Ta Ta Thai, offering a no nonsense bustling atmosphere and 3 Addictions for anyone craving a pizza, they’re a short walk from the Manor. Hop on the ferry to nearby Kirribilli and check out the Prime Minister’s Residence and Admiralty House. If your budget is on the tighter side, consider Glenferrie Lodge, in this hip and lively district. As one of the city’s few pet friendly hotels, bring food back to the hotel and let Fido play in the Lodge’s garden while you enjoy your meals.