Get off Sydney’s Beaten Track by Visiting These Hidden Gems

Sydney is Australia’s most popular tourist destination, with sights such as the Opera house, Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach attracting people from all over the world in their masses. However, while such hotspots shouldn’t be missed, there’s much more to this city than meets the eye.

If you want to enjoy a trip to Sydney with a difference, you ought to check out some of the hidden gems that add to this city’s charm and diversity. From underground Scandinavian restaurants to the beautiful gardens that even most residents aren’t familiar with, there are dozens of opportunities to get off the beaten track in Sydney and enjoy a holiday like no other.

One of the best ways to catch a glimpse of the real Sydney is to go on a coach tour. The best bus hire companies know all the hidden spots and can tailor an excursion to meet your requirements.

Here at Pegasus Coach Tours, we’re one of Sydney’s leading bus tour providers, offering excursions for singles, families, corporate getaways and more. Call us today to learn more about our tailored Sydney tours, but keep reading below to find out about some of Sydney’s lesser-known hotspots.

Don’t Miss These Secret Spots When Visiting Sydney

Sydney is a sprawling metropolis that has something to offer all tourists regardless of their interests, and this list of hidden gems proves it.

  • Paddington Reservoir Gardens

What was once a reservoir is now the site of a sunken but beautiful garden in the heart of Sydney’s city centre. It was first constructed in 1866 to meet the growing water demands of the city’s residents, but it was later used as a garage after the reservoir was abandoned. The garage collapsed in 1990, and the site remained an eyesore until it was beautifully restored into a garden that boasts some of the original architectural remains as well as a variety of plant species and water features. If you want to see something that tells a story of Sydney’s history, visiting the Paddington Reservoir Gardens is a must.

  • Norsk Dor

Sydney boasts plenty of fine dining opportunities, but perhaps one of the most unique restaurants in the city is Norsk Dor, a Scandinavian establishment that boasts a delicious menu with a Nordic theme. You need to climb down 34 steps to reach this seemingly hidden restaurant, but when you do, you’ll be greeted by a cozy atmosphere, welcoming staff and hanging light bulbs that only add to the restaurant’s charm.

  • Karloo Track

If you’d like to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s city centre, then you should consider walking the largely unknown Karloo Track. This 5km trek begins at Heathcote Train Station and passes spectacular sights such as the ‘whaleback’ rocky outcrops and the Uloola Falls. Keep your eyes peeled for beautiful wildflowers if you visit Sydney in the spring, and remember to pack a picnic so that you can make the most of your time with nature.

  • Balmoral Beach

If you’re holidaying in Sydney, you undoubtedly want to spend some time relaxing on the beach, but you might want to avoid the crowded tourist hotspots, such as Bondi Beach, that attract thousands of visitors daily. If you’d prefer to enjoy a little seclusion, head to Balmoral Beach and feel the white sand between your toes. Even though the water is clear and the area looks pristine, it remains one of the city’s most discrete beach resorts.

  • Observatory Hill Park

There are plenty of vantage points dotted all over Sydney that give people the opportunity to absorb the spectacular views of the skyline, the Harbour Bridge and an abundance of other landmarks, but one of the best and least visited viewpoints is located at Observatory Hill Park. You won’t regret heading over to the park to witness the sunset over the bridge and the river, and you won’t have to fight for the best views like you would at Hyde Park or the Botanical Gardens.

  • Uncle Ming’s

At the end of a busy day of travelling around the city, you might fancy relaxing with a few alcoholic beverages. Thanks to Uncle Ming’s, a bar that takes inspiration from the Ming Dynasty, you can enjoy some of the world’s finest whiskeys while experiencing one of the city’s most atmospheric hidden gems.

  • Chinatown Laneways

Sydney is a diverse city that provides a home to people from a broad range of cultures, and China Town is one of the best places to witness some of this diversity. Walk through some of the small lanes in between buildings that are covered with impressive artwork to see the city in a new light. Don’t forget to visit Kimber Lane, where Jason Wing’s artwork is the main attraction.

  • Prince Alfred Park

Sydney boasts plenty of green spaces that are ideal for a morning run, picnic or afternoon sunbathe, but Prince Alfred Park is one of the least crowded despite being situated very close to Central Station.

Embark on a Tour with a Difference

Sydney has so many things to see and do that you wouldn’t be able to cover everything in a lifetime. However, you’ll struggle to pack as much as possible into a short trip if you’re unfamiliar with the area. The best way to witness all the city has to offer is to sign up for a tour that visits a multitude of hotspots.

At Pegasus Coach Tours, we offer a broad range or private excursions in Sydney for families, couples, singles, corporate getaways and more, and we can tailor a trip to suit your particular requirements. All our drivers are trained to the highest industry and safety standards, and we maintain a modern fleet of luxurious coaches that will keep you comfortable as you explore the city with a knowledgeable guide. Contact us today on (02) 9838 1733 for more travel tips or to find out how we can tailor a coach tour for you.

Upcoming Sydney Events

As a world city, Sydney has a whole host of events you can attend at any time of year but the hassle of getting to and from these events can take some fun out of the day and even provide frustration due to parking, congestion and of course, a lack of capacity when transporting more than around 3-4 people. Fortunately help is at hand, Pegasus Coach Tours can take away any potential issues you may face when using public transport or using a private vehicle. In this blog we are going to touch upon just a small selection of events in Sydney happening in the near future that can be visited with ease using the professionals at Pegasus Coach Tours.

Without further ado, lets take a look at the some of the best upcoming events Sydney has to offer:

  1. Spring Harvest Festival – Elizabeth Farm, Rosehill – Sunday September 17thSydney Living Museums present a marketplace of spring fare in the outstanding colonial location of Elizabeth Farm. The festival’s emphasis is firmly placed on food and there are a whole host of activities and attractions including cooking demonstrations and a homegrown produce crop swap where you can bring your own produce to exchange with others. This family friendly event is a great way to spend a peaceful Sunday and soak up the atmosphere at this wonderful location. Hiring a private coach from Pegasus Coach Tours presents the ideal opportunity to take all the family and maybe a few friends as well for a great day out. Please check this link for full details of the Spring Harvest Festival in Rosehill.
  2. Surry Hills Festival – Saturday September 23rd – Now in it’s fifteenth year the Surry Hills Festival is a firm favourite for both Sydneysiders and people from across the country and it’s estimated crowd of sixty thousand plus festival goers are testaments to this. Festival attractions include live music performances, art trails, artisan food and produce, market stalls and kids activities. The Surry Hills Festival is one of those events that really does have something for absolutely everyone. The best thing about this festival? It’s free apart from a local charity donation. With the estimated number of festival goers this is a Sydney event where hiring a Pegasus private coach really does make sense.
  3. Sydney Fringe – Around Sydney/Sydney Park- Until the 30th September – Although not as well known or as established as it’s Melbourne counterpart, the Sydney Fringe is attracting a lot of attention across the media and from Sydney natives alike. Featuring an array of immersive theatre performances, art installations, parties and even a circus, this event is sure to attract a great deal of interest from people from all walks of life. For 2017, in conjunction with property developer HPG, the Fringe has secured a 7000m square space in Sydney Park to work their magic. Kensington Street Precinct in Chippendale will also be lively for the duration of the festival with two venues showcasing the latest in cutting edge comedy and theatre. Surely an event not to be missed!
  4. Luna Park Rooftop Cinema – Luna Park Sydney, Milsons Point- Until the 30th September – A must do experience for all film buffs, this limited time event really is something special, made even more special due to the extensive views of Sydney Harbour. The outdoor cinema screens classic films, blockbusters and many more. To pick a flick please check the Luna Park Rooftop Cinema schedule for details. If you’re concerned about any potential noise issues whilst enjoying the film, fear not! All movies goers are issued with noise cancelling wireless headphones! All you need to do is arrange a convenient form of transport to get you and your fellow movie aficionados to and from the venue.
  5. Cabramatta Moon Festival – Around Cabramatta – September 24thFor previous attendees the famous Cabramatta Moon Festival needs no introduction but for those who have yet to experience this breath taking Southeast Asian street festival, you are in for a treat. Drawing 90,000 people from across Sydney and further afield, the festival runs throughout the day and into the night with gourmet food stalls, fairground rides, cooking demonstrations and more. The evening concludes at 8pm with a firework display. If you’re a fan of SE Asian culture this a must attend event, fantastic. Find out more about the Cabramatta Moon Festival here.
  6. Sydney Architecture Festival – September 29th– Oct 2nd – King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour –

In its eleventh year, the Sydney Architecture Festival showcases and highlights the architectural excellence employed in the design of some our best-loved buildings. This year the festival focuses on Western Sydney’s future heritage and also includes architect led walking tours to the Surry Hills Police Centre, Sydney Masonic Centre and the Sirius building. This is a must see for anyone with a passing or even an avid interest in the dazzling array of great buildings that Sydney possesses.

The six events mentioned above barely scratch the surface of what is on in Sydney in the near future, there are literally hundreds if not thousands of things to do and see for a plethora of ages, tastes and budgets. There are theatrical performances, independent and foreign film screenings and everything in-between. With all these fun filled and factual events on offer and easily accessible the last thing you want to do is worry about getting to the venue and back. Pegasus Coach Tours offers you and your party a stress free means of transportation with the services of a locally experienced professional driver. Simply pick the event or events you wish to attend, the number of people in your party and contact us at your convenience, either by using the online enquiry form or calling us on (02) 9838 1733.

Travel Club Twilight Trotts

What a fun evening we had. To start the evening we stopped over at Mirambeena Regional Park where we all enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea. It is such a pretty spot overlooking the water. Friends mingled together and had a chat, while others went for a walk down to the water. We re-joined the coach where Ken (the coach captain) gave everyone a idea on the proceedings for the evening. Did we tell you that Race 1 was called the Pegasus Coach Tours Travel Club Dash ….and did we tell you that you are the starters… everyone had a laugh …..and hoped that Ken was joking ! We arrived at the Bankstown Paceway to begin our evening and what a lovely night it was. Although it was overcast the weather was lovely and the rain kept away. Everyone settled down, got their race forms, some studied them, others didn’t, bets were placed. We enjoyed a delicious meal and before and between our meals and in-between the races we were entertained by the entertainers from the Burning Log Theatre Restaurant. The music was enjoyed by all singing and clapping along. Then the serious part of the evening the pacers. It had been a long time since a lot of the people had enjoyed going to the trotts and most had fond memories of Harold Park in it’s day. Some people had a small bet, some people just chose to watch the pacers do their thing. Some people won with their bets Lyn to mention one, some lost the whole 5 races that we stayed for I won’t mention any names here Ken. It was a lovely magical evening that I am sure will hold in everyone’s mind for time to come.