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The dead centre of Sydney secrets revealed

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Before large cemeteries were created throughout Sydney, the local parishes buried their dead within their own grounds.  Sydney’s first official cemetery was located where Sydney Town Hall now stands. Dating back to the 1790s, the site is commonly called the Old Sydney Burial Ground. The site, on the outskirts of town, was chosen by Governor…

Sydney apple that was created by accident

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Maria Ann Smith arrived in Australia with her husband Thomas in 1830. She had already three children when they established their family home and orchard in North Road. Maria would go on to conceive another 13 children! When her fruiting trees were in season and bearing and there were sufficient vegetables and eggs from her…

Sydney’s best Adventure Playground? Found!

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A new favourite of one of our guides is this Wonka-esque playground. With one of the most epic super slides you’ve ever seen (it stands at 3-stories high!), colourful climbing towers, multiple observation decks, climbing nets, swings, and a large nearby lawned area with a handball court and two tennis tables, this is one of Sydney’s…

Sydney’s car-haunting ghost

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Strange rumours surround the Wakehurst Parkway on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, but the standout tale is of a ghost who hops into the backseat of unsuspecting cars driving down it after midnight. Stories vary, but most centre around a section of the road near Oxford Falls, where it’s been reported that a young girl opens a…

Best Unconventional Breakfast in Sydney

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Non-Indigenous Australia has a pretty brief culinary history. The First Fleet arrived here in 1788, when Chinese cuisine was already well over a millennium old. But while many of our chefs can’t draw on generations of tradition, they’re also not constrained by it. They can experiment as much as they like.  Despite this, Sydney’s superb…

Sydney’s smallest bar is how small?

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Just what constitutes a small bar? In NSW, the small bar licence caters for up to 100 people; when we think about small bars, Melbourne bars more broadly — spring to mind. But what about Sydney? Set inside a garage down the end of an alleyway off Clarence Street in the CBD, Cantina OK! (that…

Sydney’s secret repository of peace and quiet

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In a city obsessed with water views, Bantry Bay remains a comparatively little-seen wonder. This gangly strip of water at the top of Middle Harbour is cradled by the bushland of Garigal national park. Along the bay’s western shores are historical magazines, once used to store explosives, but these days, Bantry Bay is a repository…

From your pocket to the podium

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Only in Sydney can you turn loose change into something worth a small fortune. Many Sydney locals used to drop their “shrapnel”, 1 and 2-cent coins, into ash trays, fruit bowls many into the boxes of Salvation Army collectors. The coins were phased out in 1992 but still remain legal tender as long as you…

Sydney’s most “only locals know” beach

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Sydney is blessed with lots of beautiful beaches, some big and world-renowned, others much smaller and not so well-known. With so many quality beaches on offer, Sydney is almost unrivalled in the world. But these often get crowded. What can you do? There are a few secluded beaches in and around Sydney.  Be mindful that…

Is something is stalking you in Sydney?

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Something evil has been stalking the western suburbs of Sydney and Blue Mountains for close to 80 years. Reports of big cats that shred livestock and kill pets have been around since the 1930s, with at least 600 reported sightings in the past two decades alone. While the puma-sized creatures proved elusive during several government…