Heading to south-east Sydney? There’s a lot to see and do in Sydney, and luckily the efficient public transport system helps you to get around and experience it all. The suburbs of the south-east have a number of must-visit destinations, offering everything from beaches to cinemas to shopping. Check out these activities in order to complete your Sydney stay.
With golden sand, clear blue water, surfers and sun tanners, Bondi is one of Australia’s most famous beaches. Coogee Beach, which is smaller, less crowded and very pristine, was ranked the best beach in Sydney by the website U.S News. Why not explore both on the same day? The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk is a six km walk along the clifftops of Sydney’s eastern suburbs with stunning views of the ocean, headlands and other scenery.
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A place of authentic history with stunning ocean views. Perched on the green headland of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, this museum in the historic cable station building has almost 2,000 items documenting the exploration of the Comte de Laperouse, who arrived in Botany Bay just one week after the First Fleet. Check out artefacts like the Atlas of the Voyage of Laperouse, with 72 coloured maps and pictures.
3. The Ritz Cinema
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One of the only two Art Deco cinemas left in Sydney, the Ritz is a historic gem built in 1937. It’s a must-visit both for the low-price movie tickets and for the mezzanine-level bar with its cocktails and wines.
With its proud claim to be “Australia’s favourite outdoor cinema”, this popular cinema is - like the name suggests - an open-air moviegoing experience that happens each summer in Centennial Park. Spread a rug on the lawn of the Belvedere Amphitheatre and watch the latest blockbuster.
A one-km stretch of sand with a rocky headland and mighty waves, ‘the Bra’ is a beach beloved by surfers and swimmers, tourists and locals. It’s a top destination to take a surfing lesson, splash about in a rock pool or enjoy a picnic.
7. Tamarama Beach
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Just around the corner from Bondi lies Tamarama. A beach between two headlands on the Bondi to Coogee trail, this smaller beach is surrounded by parklands and filled with tanned surfers and sunbathers. It’s also known as ‘Glamarama’ for the good-looking folks who hang out there.
8. EQ Moore Park
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EQ is Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter, a place with bars, restaurants and shopping. It’s the home of the Showring, a space for outdoor events and the home of the EQ Village Markets. Make your way to the Markets every Wednesday and Saturday for farm-fresh food, coffee, clothes and crafts.
Ready to laugh, be moved, see something a little different? This is the place. Once known simply as the Cleveland Street Theatre, Giant Dwarf is a theatre complex privately owned by the Chaser team. Inside its art deco interior, this Redfern venue showcases the work of local Sydney performers, comedians and writers. There’s always something interesting happening on Giant Dwarf’s stages, so take a peek at their website for what to see in Sydney.
Award-winning, modern and funky, this shopping village in the suburb has eye-catching architecture and more than 50 speciality stores to satisfy your shopping needs. With restaurants and cafes like Oliver Brown (pictured), fashion and fitness, East Village is the place to chill out, meet up with somebody or grab a bargain to take home in the South-East.
It doesn’t stop there. With so many fun things to do and satisfying activities, all of Sydney is worth seeing. And once you’ve had a taste of what’s in the South-East, you’ll want to explore more.