If you’re planning a trip to Sydney, there are no doubt a number of attractions you’re planning to see, from the Opera House to Bondi Beach. However, there are also many underrated attractions that may not be as popular as the big names, but gives you a more authentic feel of the city. Here are some off the beaten track attractions to see.

  1. Whale watching tours

For a city destination, you may be surprised how much wildlife watching is available just a short boat ride away. Book whale watching Sydney and you depart from Sydney harbour in the heart of the city, yet get to see some of nature’s most amazing creatures in the water. It’s a once in a lifetime experience to see them migrate.

  1. Luna park

Sydney has a lot of things to do with kids, and Luna Park is often the most popular with the younger generation. There’s plenty to do in this waterfront amusement park, including:

  • Funfair style rides
  • Thrill rides
  • Kid-friendly rides for the youngest guests
  • Other carnival themed fun

Luna Park has a fun, slightly retro vibe and certainly makes for some great holiday photos.

  1. Beaches and water sports

Most people know that Sydney is close to lots of amazing beaches, but they might not know how beautifully unspoiled these beaches are and how many things you can do. For example, you could visit Shelly Beach, a protected marine reserve close to Sydney where you can snorkel and see exotic fish. In fact, if you just walk from Sydney’s CBD, you can find spots to surf, sail and enjoy many different water sports.

  1. Sydney Observatory

Sydney Observatory doesn’t usually make the top ten attractions lists, which is a shame because it’s an amazing place to see the city at night. Book a night tour when the observatory is open to the public, and you can enjoy a guided tour and gaze at stars. It’s also an incredibly romantic night out, with great views and a cosy little planetarium where you can learn about space.

Even if you’ve been to Sydney in the past, there are many different attractions that you may have missed. Next time you visit, consider seeing some of Sydney’s underrated attractions, the ones that you don’t see as often in tourist guides. You can avoid the tourist crowds and see a whole new side to the city.