Relax, Unwind and Rejuvenate around Sydney
Hidden amongst the bright lights of Sydney lies a treasure trove of serene destinations. Here are some of the best places to chill out in and around the city.
With its beautiful harbour and glittering cityscape, there’s no denying Sydney is an amazing place to visit. But before you start planning your itinerary, keep in mind this bustling metropolis can leave even the most energetic traveller feeling a little weary. To help you make time for some rest and relaxation during your stay, we share some of the best places to escape the crowds and recharge your batteries
Fresh mountain air, breathtaking views and cascading waterfalls – Katoomba has everything you could ever want for a relaxing daytrip destination. This quaint country town can be found in the heart of the Blue Mountains, just over 100 kilometres from Sydney.
Whether you want to get back to nature by hiking through the countryside or spend the day tucked up inside a cosy café, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Travelling with your significant other? When it comes to romantic getaways in Sydney, Katoomba is extremely popular for couples in search of both romance and relaxation.
Popular attractions near Katoomba include the Three Sisters and Scenic World, where you can admire the Blue Mountains from the glass-floored Skyway.
The Rocks, Sydney
Perched on the southern shore of Sydney Harbour, The Rocks is a charming maze of winding alleyways, sandstone buildings and boutique shops. Due to this precinct’s historical significance (it was established shortly after the First Fleet arrived in 1788), the Rocks has remained relatively untouched over the years.
Although it’s a busy tourist hub, there are still plenty of ways to relax in The Rocks – these are some of the more relaxed activities on offer:
• Indulge in a beer at the Fortune of War, the oldest continually licenced hotel in Sydney
• Soak up some history in the Rocks Discovery Museum
• Take a leisurely walking tour
• Or visit an art gallery.
If you’re craving a sugar hit, be sure to check out La Renaissance Patisserie, one of the most famous bakeries in The Rocks
The Gillian Adams Salon and Spa
Need a break from sightseeing? A few hours in the Gillian Adams Salon and Spa will have you feeling brand new. This luxury day spa has been pampering Sydneysiders for over 20 years – it boasts a hydrotherapy bath that looks like something out of ancient Rome, a steam room and a beauty salon.
Located in the leafy North Shore suburb of Turramurra, this is no ordinary spa – it provides the most cutting-edge services with a focus on mind, body and spirit. Whether you want to get a facial or are in desperate need of a massage, the Gillian Adams Salon and Spa can help you reach a state of deep relaxation.
Sydney’s most famous public pool is the perfect place to unwind while getting a healthy dose of vitamin D. Commanding the best views of Bondi, this Olympic-sized swimming pool lies directly in the path of the ocean. Big waves break over the top of the pool, so it’s constantly getting refilled with saltwater (no need for chlorine).
Refreshingly cool during the warmer months of the year and brisk in winter, Icebergs is open to the public all year round. Apart from the main pool, there’s also a smaller pool for kids and a sauna.