Sydney is a typically busy and crowded city filled with people either pacing to and from their workplaces, or tourists exploring about. In the midst of this madness are numerous havens where you can relax and release your inner calm and peace. Here are a few very relaxing places in Sydney where you can unwind:
Barangaroo Reserve is a relatively new and well-crafted park located north-west of Sydney’s CBD. The Reserve is a transformation of a former container wharf, into what is now a scenic foreshore that now can be enjoyed by all. Stroll along the tracks to loop around the park and sit on the rocks by the edge of the water, with views to the harbour. With 10,000 blocks of sandstone placed around this site of amazing lookouts, walking trails, coves and picnic spots, Barangaroo is a great place for clearing your mind.
Royal Botanic Garden
A trip to the Royal Botanic Garden in Circular Quay will surround you with thousands of plant specimens and a plethora of wildlife ranging from birds, lizards and even bats! Though it may be crowded at times considering it is one of the most visited attractions in Sydney, plan your visit to this 30 hectare oasis in the evening nearer to the closing time and take a seat on a bench at one of the rose gardens. Inhale the scent of flowers and breathe in the fresh air as you admire the beauty of life.
Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden
The story behind this secret garden is quite an emotional one. Built from the sweat and tears of a woman channelling her grief and sorrow, what was once old railway land is now a beautiful garden that not too many know about. The garden is a nice option for holding small picnics. In a secluded location in Lavender Bay, Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden makes for a great place to find peace.
A UNESCO world-heritage-listed island located in the middle of Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island is a quiet destination of beautiful views and rich heritage dating back to the time of convicts and shipbuilders in early Australian history. To get to Cockatoo Island, you’ll need to hop on a ferry. The trip is very worthwhile as you’ll get to explore the island and see remnants of the past. When there are no major events on such as Biennale Sydney, you’ll find the island quite deserted, giving you the option to wander freely around the island without any distractions.