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    37 Things You Have To Do In Sydney, Australia, Before You Die

    What to eat, drink, and do in one of the most naturally beautiful cities in the world.

    1. Wander around Wendy's Secret Garden in Lavender Bay.

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    This magical garden was transformed from a literal pile of garbage into a pretty lil' sanctuary by Sydney resident Wendy Whiteley. It's not exactly a secret anymore, but you should still be able to find a quiet nook all to yourself.

    2. Eat pasta served from a wheel of cheese at Buffalo Dining Club.

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    If the photo above and the words "wheel of cheese" don't convince you to go, nothing will.

    3. Float in the stunning waters of Wylie's Baths in Coogee.

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    Ocean pools aren't exactly rare in Sydney (humblebrag), but if you only get to visit one, make it Wylie's Baths. As you float around with epic 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, it'll be hard to believe you're only 15 minutes from the CBD.

    4. Walk (or run) a lap of the picturesque Centennial Park.

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    Runners often take the Grand Drive track, a 3.5km (2.1-mile) loop around the inside of the park. But if jogging ain't your thing, pick up a coffee from Centennial Homestead and go for a stroll.

    5. Munch on a lamb, almond, and harissa sausage roll from Bourke Street Bakery.

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    The original bakery is in Surry Hills on – wait for it – Bourke Street, but you'll now find locations across Sydney. The sausage rolls are an absolute must, and if you're really hungry, order the beef brisket pie and ginger brûlée tart too.

    6. Go on a self-guided brewery crawl around Sydney's Inner West.

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    There are seven breweries within 8.6km (5.3 miles) of each other, so, depending on your drinking stamina, a walking tour is entirely possible!

    7. Watch a movie at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, a beautiful art deco cinema in Cremorne.

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    You could see a new release, but for a true ~experience~, attend one of the monthly screenings of the cult classic The Room (widely considered the best-worst movie ever made).

    8. Head to Frankie's Pizza for some pizza (duh), pinball, and live rock music.

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    This low-key joint in the CBD is open until 3am every night – a rarity in Sydney. Order the apple whisky (made with fresh apple juice) to wash down your pizza.

    9. Try to find the most authentic Vietnamese food in Marrickville.

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    Is the pho better at PHD, Pho Ha Noi Quan, or Eat Fuh? You decide.

    10. Soak up views of Sydney's shoreline on the ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly.

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    No Sydney experience is complete without a boat ride on the harbour, and the ferry trip to Manly is hard to beat. You can catch one of the standard ferries, or opt for the fast ferry which takes only 20 minutes AND has a licensed bar on board.

    11. Then walk along the epic coastal track from Manly to the Spit Bridge.

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    This scenic walk stretches for 10km (6.2 miles) one way and takes ~3.5 hours, though I highly recommend you allow for more time so you can have a dip at some of the amazing swimming spots along the way.

    12. Stuff your face with dumplings, noodles, and curries at Spice Alley in Chippendale.

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    If you and your friends can't agree on what to eat for dinner, this hawker-style food hall is just what you need. There are six different vendors, each of which specialises in a different Asian cuisine. Problem solved!

    13. Catch a show at the Enmore Theatre, the oldest and longest-running live theatre in Sydney.

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    It was built in 1908 and is one of only two remaining art deco theatres in Sydney. Find out what's on here.

    14. Chow down a late-night Indian kebab from Indian Home Diner on Paddington's Oxford Street.

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    Prepare your tastebuds for this feat of culinary genius: garlic naan smeared with butter chicken sauce, topped with an onion bhaji, potato, and a piece of tandoori chicken. It's hands down THE BEST drunk food in Sydney. Case closed.

    15. Rummage for goodies at Glebe Markets.

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    Open every Saturday in the grounds of Glebe Public School, stalls here sell cute second-hand clothes, records, books, and bric-a-brac, along with new and artisanal goods.

    16. Contemplate some contemporary Chinese art at White Rabbit Gallery.

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    Tucked away in the backstreets of Chippendale, this gallery is home to one of the biggest contemporary Chinese art collections in the world. The best part? Admission is free!

    17. Watch the surfers and the sunset from North Bondi's grassy knoll.

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    There are few better ways to spend a summer evening. Before you get settled, grab some fish and chips for dinner from Bondi's Best or Fishmongers (both are within walking distance).

    18. See a movie at the ridiculously beautiful OpenAir Cinema.

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    And if the movie is crap, you can just stare at the view. This cinema pops up every summer and often sells out, so book your tickets in advance.

    19. Be slightly amazed at how beautiful raw meat can look at Sydney's fanciest butcher, Victor Churchill.

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    Anthony Bourdain described it as "the most beautiful butcher shop in the world". If you're vegetarian, though, maybe give this one a miss.

    20. Treat yourself to a scoop or two from Gelato Messina.

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    OK, so, it might not be the trendiest place anymore, but IMO Messina still serves up some of the best gelato in Sydney. Their weekly specials keep devoted locals coming back on the reg. Don't be scared off if there's a line – it moves quickly.

    21. Get drunk with Newtown hipsters, then head to Mary's for a fried chicken and burger feast.

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    If you're looking for a quiet place to eat, keep looking. They blast rock music at all times, but it's worth enduring for the fried chicken.

    22. Learn about gin, whisky, and vodka on a tour of Archie Rose Distillery, then sample them (all of them) in delicious cocktails at the bar next door.

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    For the real spirit fanatics, they also run blend-your-own-gin and -whisky classes.

    23. Drool over a chicken parmigiana from The Unicorn Hotel, a quintessential Aussie pub.

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    Succulent breaded chicken breast (plus the wing!) topped with a tomato sauce, ham, and cheese. You won't find a better parma in Sydney – trust me.

    24. Go for dinner and a drag show at The Imperial Erskineville.

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    This iconic Sydney pub is a favourite among the LGBTQIA+ community. It recently underwent a refurb and is now more fabulous than ever.

    25. Learn about Australia's Indigenous cultures at the Australian Museum, which is home to one of the biggest First Nations collections in the world.

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    It's a big museum and there's a lot to see, but the Cultural Connections section is not to be missed.

    26. Sip on a drink in the sunshine at Opera Bar.

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    This outdoor bar gets packed on a clear day, but it's worth stopping by for one drink. Just be careful of the seagulls if you order food – they have no shame and will steal a chip right out of your hand.

    27. Make a huge mess eating a Bar Luca burger. / Via

    You'll be thinking about this burger looooong after you finish eating it. Sit down for one at Bar Luca in the CBD, or order takeaway from BL Burgers in Parramatta or Darlinghurst.

    28. Explore the amazing beaches, sandstone cliffs, and natural swimming pools in the Royal National Park.

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    Just an hour south of Sydney, the Royal National Park is perfect for a day trip. It's home to the Insta-famous Figure Eight Pools and Wedding Cake Rock, both of which can be dangerous, so please respect the warnings (and Mother Nature!).

    29. Have brunch overlooking Sydney Harbour at Celsius Coffee Co.

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    Perched on Kirribilli Wharf, the wait for a table here can be long, but the view is worth it. If you're feeling restless, put your name down and wander around the streets of Kirribilli while you wait.

    30. Get your fresh food fix at Fishbowl.

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    If you're craving something quick and healthy to eat, you can't go past this sashimi salad bar. The flagship store is in Bondi, but you can now find them all over the city.

    31. Hit up a few of the specialty coffee roasters in Surry Hills and get super buzzed on caffeine.

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    Rueben Hills, Veneziano Coffee, and Artificer are good places to start.

    32. Check out some gorgeous art with an equally gorgeous backdrop in the annual Sculpture by the Sea festival.

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    Every spring, the coast from Bondi to Tamarama is transformed into a seaside gallery. Featuring over 100 sculptures, it's the biggest annual sculpture exhibition in the world. Oh, and it's free!

    33. Pack a picnic and hike up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse at Palm Beach (aka Summer Bay, where Home and Away is filmed).

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    If you're a fan of the Aussie soap Home and Away, you can geek out about the show while you stuff yourself with cheese. If you're not, just enjoy the view!

    34. Drink a few too many frozen margaritas at El Loco @ Excelsior.

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    Come here for the relaxed-yet-fun vibe. The food isn't going to blow your mind, but it's cheapish and certainly tasty enough.

    35. Meander through Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden, marvelling at the native (and exotic) plants and Australia's most iconic bird: the ibis.

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    Also known as bin chickens, tip turkeys, and dumpster chooks, Aussies love to hate ibises. Their nicknames come from their tendency to forage through rubbish bins, but it's kind of unfair since they're just adapting to the loss of their natural habitat (thanks, humans). You'll see plenty here, along with around 5,000 different varieties of plants.

    36. Sit at the counter at Continental Deli Bar & Bistro and order a cocktail served from a can.

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    Choose from the aptly named Mar-tinny, Can-hattan, or Cosmopoli-tin, then order a couple of small plates to snack on. The food isn't cheap, but it's worth it.

    37. Tuck into some fresher-than-fresh seafood from Sydney Fish Market.

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    Calamari, prawns, oysters, oh my! The Sydney Fish Market Cafe also makes a sushi-doughnut hybrid called a "doshi", if that's your thing.

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