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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
I am a travel writer and photographer with a passion for the great outdoors and food! I love travelling and discovering hidden gems... experience the journey on Instragram! @gypsy_compass
Published April 10th 2018
Sshh can you keep a secret?
You have seen the iconic and stunning Opera House, explored the famous Bondi Beach and wandered the terrace-line streets of Paddington. What you must do now is explore, experience and enjoy the secret spots with some of the most beautiful spaces in Sydney.

The list below features Free 6 secret spots waiting for you to discover:

1. Mitchell Library Reading Room
Where: State Library Sydney, Macquarie St, Sydney
When: Monday-Thursdays: 9am-8pm, Fridays: 9am-5pm & Weekends: 10am-5pm
Details: This hidden library inside the stunning State Library features scale, light and a huge number of books, making it one of the most spectacular spaces in Sydney, especially for bibliophiles. There is free Wi-Fi, comfy desks and a hush atmosphere adding to the room's appeal. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The State Library of New South Wales Facebook


2. The Calyx
Where: Royal Botanic Garden, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
When: All year round- 10am-4pm
Details: This breathtaking space houses Australia's largest green wall (standing at 6m high and 50m wide) as well as changing exhibits and an array of different flora and events, including everything from chocolate making to a botanically-inspired high tea. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney Facebook


3. Spice Alley
Where: Kensington St, Chippendale
When: All year round
Details: Paper lanterns, large-scale street art and vibrant red doors make this secret spot one to visit. The food is excellent with a number of hawker-style restaurants and the atmosphere is certainly a photographer's dream come true! Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Kensington Street Facebook


4. The Foyer at 50 Martin Place
Where: 50 Martin Place, Martin Place
Details: Built in 1928 as the Government Savings Bank of NSW and restored to architectural glory in 2015, this stunning foyer is guaranteed to take your breath away! You will find towering marble columns and intricate plaster work, glass lifts, grand stairways and a sweeping atrium. Click here for the website.

5. Wylie's Baths
Where: 4b Neptune St, Coogee
When: All year round
Details: Sitting on the less populated end of the famous Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, Wylie's Baths are undeniably gorgeous with the ocean pool sitting beneath the towering headland which provides uninterrupted views out to Wedding Cake Island and back into Coogee Beach. This piece of seclusion is not easily found, making it a true secret spot! Click here for website.

Image Courtesy from Wylie's Baths Facebook


6. Paddington Reservoir Gardens
Where: 251-255 Oxford St, Paddington
When: All year round
Details: Previously home to a functioning reservoir, parking garage and petrol station, these secret gardens have been beautifully planned to breathe new life into their old bones. They sit below street level and are full of echoing chambers and wide walkways. The space has a distinct historic feel and the bonus is that not many people know about these splendid gardens! Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from City of Sydney Facebook
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Why? Everyone likes a secret place...
When: All year round
Where: Sydney & Surrounds- see above
Cost: Free
Your Comment
wow, great article Gypsy Rose, these are new things for me to explore next time I visit!
by Kate Blake (score: 3|1285) 161 days ago
Thank you, Kate Blake :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|370) 161 days ago
Lovely article! Great spots to discover!
by Phoebe Hackett (score: 2|134) 49 days ago
Thank you, Phoebe Hackett :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|370) 49 days ago
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