The sparkling city of Sydney, with its iconic bridge and overall performance centre, is one particular of the most gorgeous destinations in the globe, but can you uncover some hidden treasures and see the harbour city in a new light?

More than, below and on the harbour

The Sydney Harbour Bridge, affectionately recognized by locals as the ‘coat-hanger’, stretches 1.1km across central Sydney to the northern suburbs, but as properly as becoming in a position to stroll across on a secure pedestrian walkway, you can also climb the steel arch structure and stroll up to its summit of the world’s biggest bridge, on a tethered stroll. The gleaming white sails of the Sydney Opera Property can be appreciated from lots of angles, and you can join a one particular-hour tour for insights into the controversial building’s history. But probably the finest way to practical experience the bridge and the Opera Property is at evening on a Captain’s Table Dinner cruise with Captain Cook Cruises aboard sophisticated multi-deck MV Sydney 2000. Complimentary bubbly is served followed by a 3-course meal of modern Australian cuisine though the sleek vessel glides below the bridge and close to the Opera Property – twice. Right after dessert, passengers can head up to the Star Deck for the spectacular nightscape.

Shearing to sharing

Australia’s wealth is it stated, was constructed partly off the sheep’s back. But in Darling Harbour a former wool retailer has been converted into a boutique heritage hotel, Ovolo 1888, with a quirky wine bar and bistro restaurant in its ground floor lobby. Named just after a wool classer who left his name on the wall, Mister Percy (139 Murray St, open 5pm-11pm every day, telephone 85861888, misterpercy.com.au) blends restored heritage with revolutionary cuisine, providing Mediterranean-inspired fare making use of fine nearby components, with plates developed for sharing.

Turning water to vines

It is straightforward to pass on bustling Oxford Street in posh Paddington the iron, timber and brick framework of a former water reservoir has been transformed into a garden with ponds, walkways and greenery. The Paddington Reservoir Gardens (255a Oxford Street, 7am-7pm every day) had been as soon as hailed as a blend of ‘the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon’, but you will only know if you take the escalator down to the sunken gardens.

Final cease on the line

A different landmark usually ignored close to Central Station, at the intersection of Regent and Kensington Streets, is the Regent Street Railway Station, which appears much more like a chapel than a train station. Extended ago the ornate Gothic-style creating served as a mortuary, and the 10-mile train line took hearse carriages transporting up to 30 bodies at a time to their final resting location at the sprawling Rookwood Cemetery. The protected creating is opened up on the 1stof November on All Saint’s Day, but guests can peek by means of the iron fence at the angel and gargoyle carvings, and wonder if it is nevertheless haunted.

Intense Art

Nearby, items can be even much more disturbing at the White Rabbit Gallery (10am-5pm, Wednesday to Sunday, free of charge, 30 Balfour St, featuring one particular of the world’s finest collections of Chinese modern art. An old Rolls-Royce service depot now exhibits 4 floors of arresting and believed-provoking artworks, finest savoured in tandem with the café serving up steamed dumplings and pots of exotic Chinese teas.

Behind bars

Australia nevertheless revels on its convict previous, and fittingly, some of the finest areas to drink are tucked away down dark alleyways or in underground cellars. Queues are occasionally noticed at evening outdoors a door in an old loading dock in the CBD, exactly where a hidden staircase leads to the secret whisky globe of The Baxter Inn at 152-156 Clarence Street. With a ceiling-to-counter menu board, and whiskeys from the highlands and lowlands, the employees endeavour to uncover the appropriate drink for every single buyer. Hungover? Attempt the Small Italy 1960s Bill and Toni’s at 72-74 Stanley Street for a quick-service remedy, followed by coffee from the city’s finest coffee, served at Gumption in The Strand Arcade, a Victorian-style retail mall.