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Published November 9th 2016
Cure the Usual Ills with a Dose of the Unusual
Sydney's entertainment options are often choked with visitors, well aware of the delights of our city and its attractions, many enjoying worldwide coverage. Be a savvy Sydneysider and walk a different path. Enjoy these unusual outings, bound to captivate your friends as you introduce them to Sydney's hidden delights.
Bury the Hatchet. In the real world, axes are practical tools for felling trees, rapidly chopping blocks of wood at the Easter Show but in the movies, action heroes use them as projectile weapons to stop monsters, dinosaurs, zombies and demons. Prepare for the apocalypse and the army of the walking dead at Maniax in St Peters, learning to throw axes safely, guided by experts to master this ancient skill.
Study a shipwreck. While the HMS Titanic rests at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, Sydney's own shipwrecks entice scuba divers into their rusting hulks, home to fish, crabs and the occasional shark. One shipwreck, the SS Ayrfield, still sits proudly above the surface at Wentworth Point as green shoots of native plant life steadily engulf it. Marvel at the striking vessel which won't be leaving port anytime soon.
(by Jason Baker / CC BY 2.0)
Museum of Human Disease. Your local GP can provide antibiotics and Dr. Google can fuel hypochondria but this museum at the University of NSW exhibits the most exotic, obscure and mystifying diseases we hope never to contract. Study the actual specimens, interactive exhibits and informative graphs to learn about the medical breakthroughs led by Australia's pioneering researchers, aided by history's bravest patients.
Uncover the Aboriginal experience. In the heart of the Rocks, the harbour was transformed as the First Fleet sailed into view but what was life like before they stepped ashore? Led by Aboriginal guides, you'll learn about the legends and beliefs, customs, culture and lifestyles of native aboriginals, including delicious tastings of kangaroo, emu and crocodile.
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Enjoy Caribbean at the Momofuku. The top-rated restaurant in Darling Harbour is a travelling adventure for the taste buds with beverages covering every continent, including cider and sake, sherry and scotch. The food is equally as eclectic, with caviar and crackers, jerk-spiced chicken with lime, crab and cassava.
Roll to victory with Lawn Bowls. You don't need a seniors card to master this sedate ball sport. Many of our RSLs and bowling clubs are in some of Sydney's prime pleasure spots with idyllic views and modern amenities and unlike golf, you won't lose your ball in a river. After a few rounds of hitting the white jack, retire to the bar for a pub lunch, beer on tap and a meat tray once you win a game of bingo.
Walk in Brett Whiteley's harbourside garden. With spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge, this native oasis in Lavender Bay thrives with kookaburras, parrots and owls chirping in the branches of fig and eucalyptus trees. Follow the enchanting trails to the water's edge, perhaps finding the creativity spark to paint your own masterpiece for display at the nearby Art Gallery of NSW.
Sail on the Harbour. It's not unusual to board a ferry or cruise ship to look longingly at the city's harbourside mansions. Take hold of the oars and pilot a kayak instead. Paddle through the city's creeks and rivers, entering secluded coves and building sand castles on secret beaches beyond the reach of hikers and cyclists.
Stay in a beach house. Save yourself from the long drive to escape Sydney and stay in a luxurious beachside cabin in Bundeena, living the sun, surf and sand lifestyle for a weekend. Enjoy the weekend markets, hike in the Royal National Park. Stroll to Cronulla to take selfies with the triumphant Sharks rugby league players as they scale the towering sand dunes then sample seafood at the dozens of restaurants and cafes along the Shire.
Take a Good Walk. A 19th century freight train corridor has been transformed into the Goods Line, a shared green space for pedestrians to walk from Ultimo to Darling Harbour. Enjoy the walk's features, including table tennis, an amphitheatre hosting outdoor film screenings, children's play areas and picnic spots shaded by fig trees.
What's been your most unusual (and enjoyable) experience in Sydney? Please let us know with a comment.