A local's guide to Sydney

A local's guide to Sydney

by Jacinta Pogson

Sydney, Australia. A stunning city with a seamless blend of natural beauty and adventure. It’s also where I grew up and lived most of my life until moving down to Melbourne. I love my home city and want to help you uncover the best of it, so here is a list of all my favorite things to do.   

Have a dip in the ocean pools  

Sydney’s ocean pools are cherished havens for locals. Start your day with a refreshing swim at Bronte Baths or savor a relaxing dip at Wylie’s Baths. The rhythmic sound of waves crashing against the pools edges creates a harmonious ambiance that encapsulates the essence of our coastal lifestyle.  

Wander through the Art Gallery of NSW  

You will find the Art Gallery of NSW in most Sydney travel guides, yet it is also a much-loved place for locals seeking solace and inspiration. Particularly the modern wing, which has recently opened and boasts rooftop art terraces and courtyards. The new wing is beautifully built into Wolloomooloo’s natural landscape, following the slope of the hill its built into.   

Wendy Whitleley’s Secret Garden  

A hidden gem in Lavender Bay. With lush greenery, including a massive Australian fig tree (you’ll find these trees all over Sydney!), artistic sculptures and a gorgeous view of the blue harbour, it’s a special oasis - perfect for a leisurely scenic walk.   

Stroll through Potts Point Markets  

Held every Sunday, Potts Point markets has delicious food and a diverse array of vintage and handcrafted treasures. My personal favorite are the fresh juices and Portuguese tarts! Once you’ve enjoyed all the stores, take a stroll down the hill to Rushcutters Bay.  

Snorkel at Gordons Bay  

A secluded gem between Clovelly and Coogee, Gordons Bay is a peaceful escape from the tourist crowds around Bondi. Bring your goggles and witness the captivating marine life beneath its calm crystal clear waters. Over the summers, I’ve seen stingrays, wobbegongs, blue gropers, starfish, nudibranch and many tropical fish! 

Royal Botanical Gardens  

Another I’m sure you’ve seen in all the Sydney guides, but it’s always been my natural refuge right in the heart of the city so I couldn’t pass on adding it to my list. Bring a picnic and bask in the views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House while surrounded by native Australian plants. If you stay until dusk, don’t forget to look up and watch all the bats flying above!  

Alibi Bar and Dining  

Ask any local of the best place to eat in Woolloomooloo and they’ll be quick to tell you - Alibi Bar and Dining at the Ovolo Hotel. In fact, when writing this post, I texted my sister asking her favourite place to eat in Woolloomooloo and she even suggested it too! Known as Sydney’s conservatory of green, it exudes a sense of natural, both in the fit out and plant based food.  

That’s why we’re so excited that Natio has partnered with Ovolo Hotels to offer you the chance to win an unforgettable three-night getaway for two at Ovolo Woolloomooloo, and over AU$500 worth of Natio products! 

Want to experience Sydney's beauty first-hand? Enter the luxury getaway competition here.