Six Hidden Gems In Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs
Working across the eastern suburbs from Point Piper to Coogee, we have uncovered our fair share of local secrets and out-of-the-way places to enjoy.
Here are our six favourite little-known places in Sydney’s east that make it such a special community to be a part of.
1. Two leafy retreats in the heart of the city
Hidden deep in Double Bay are two stunning parks that aren’t top of any tourist list: Blackburn Gardens and Cooper Park. Blackburn Gardens is an immaculately restored heritage garden just 50 metres from a tiny harbour side beach – perfect for an afternoon picnic. Cooper Park not only offers dedicated picnic areas and playing fields but is also home to a network of walking trails that bring the bush right into the heart of the city.
2. The ghost of Woollahra train station
Few people know about the planned train station at Woollahra, between Edgecliff and Bondi Junction stations. The abandoned remnants of the station are still clearly visible from Edgecliff Road and the train itself. Consistent opposition from residents has meant that the project remains incomplete.
3. Sydney’s original arts and craft market
Home to Sydney’s designers, artists and local producers since 1973, Paddington Markets is a Saturday morning mainstay for residents and visitors alike. These markets may not have the international reputation of Paddy’s or The Rocks Markets, but they consistently offer a unique mix of handmade treats and local specialities.
4. The Chauvel: An art house icon
Another Paddington mainstay is Oxford Street’s Chauvel Cinema, which reopened through a partnership with Palace Cinemas in 2006 offering an emphasis on art house and alternative titles. Along with hosting regular film festivals, the cinema runs monthly pop culture trivia nights and event screenings showcasing opera and theatre from around the world.
5. Your own private harbour side beach
Away from the crowds at Bondi, Coogee or Clovelly, savvy Sydneysiders make their way to some of the quietest beaches in the east. Vaucluse’s Milk Beach may have some of the best views of anywhere in the harbour. Lady Martin’s Beach in Point Piper is another hidden gem, surrounded by some of the harbour’s most stunning real estate.
6. Centennial Park
Further inland, the expansive grounds of Centennial Park offer something for everyone, from bike riding trails to sporting facilities. For a quiet walk that will help you to forget you’re anywhere near the CBD, make your way to Pine Grove in the centre of the park. Keen walkers may also want to tackle Mount Steele in neighbouring Moore Park – the climb is worth it for some of the best views of the city skyline in the area.
Discovering local gems like these is part of our team’s dedication to knowing every corner of Sydney’s eastern suburbs. If we’ve sparked an interest in an area you hadn’t considered, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.