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5 Late Afternoon Jaunts in Sydney

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by Ali Millgate (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer from Sydney.
Published September 26th 2013
Do you stay local on weekends because you think you don't have time to hit the city?

Do you fear the throngs of tourists you can find at city attractions?

Cue the late afternoon dash!

Here are five ways to enjoy an afternoon in the city in only three hours minus the crowds.

4pm - Visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales an hour before closing

Hit Sydney's oldest gallery at this time and you'll miss the masses who visit from mid-morning through to mid-afternoon. It is enough time to take in an exhibition or to just wander around and see what's there.

5.15pm Stroll through The Royal Botanic Gardens

Keep going past The Domain and take the Woolloomooloo entry to the The Royal Botanic Gardens. This gate closes at 6pm, so don't worry if you're behind schedule. A path will take you from sci-fi looking gardens to luscious manicured lawns as you head towards the harbour.

5.45pm Behold the Sydney Opera House

Ten minutes from The Domain will see you at arrive at the Sydney Opera House; that's if you can tear yourself from the Royal Botanical Gardens. Take a few snaps of the iconic building as it basks in the glow of the late afternoon sun.

Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House

6pm Take refreshment at the Opera Bar

You won't have this gem of a bar to yourself at this time, but there's room for everyone if you keep your eyes peeled for a seat. Tucked under the Opera House, you'll find tourists gazing at Sydney Harbour in all its glory, and gazing at each other.

It's people watching at its best. Amongst the tourists there are groups who've been there all afternoon, still sporting their sunnies; and groups in tuxes and slinky dresses, big hair and sky-high heels. Take a seat on the sea wall and take it all in as the sun goes down, over a couple of beers or a wine or two.

7pm Jump on the train at Circular Quay in search of food

Head to your favourite restaurant for dinner in or out of the city. You've hit some of Sydney's best attractions in three hours of power, crowd-free, and it's time for a leisurely meal. Enjoy.

AGNSW is on Art Gallery Rd The Domain and is open from 10am to 5pm everyday excluding Wednesday which is 10am to 9pm. Entry is free.

The Pavilion Kiosk is open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Sunday and is located at 1 Art Gallery Rd Sydney.

The Royal Botanic Gardens is open from 7am to 7.30pm in October and is located on Mrs Macquarie Road Sydney. Check out the website for more opening hours. Entry is free.

Opera Bar is open until midnight Sunday to Thursday and 1am on weekends and can be found on the lower concourse level of the Sydney Opera House
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