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Why August Is The Perfect Month To Experience The Quirky Side Of Sydney

Some six thousand kilometers away from Manila, the land down under seems like a good idea especially when you’re craving a cool breeze without the humidity we know so well. If you’re planning to go, August is the perfect month to visit—you’ll arrive just in time for the transition from winter to spring, which means you’ll still get a slight nip of cold, but it will be tempered by sunshine.

While the Sydney Opera House sounds like the first one on your list of go-to places in the city, we’ve rounded up five unusual things to do when visiting the land of koalas and kangaroos.


1. Take a tour of haunted historical sites around the city.

What looks like a typical street in the morning could be surprisingly filled with spine-chilling stories by the time dusk crawls in. Several groups organize a walking tour at night for adventure-seeking travellers who want to add a bit of thrill and spice to their trip to Sydney. Visit the haunted and historic St. Thomas Anglican Church Cemetery of North Sydney, as well as a haunted mansion, a historic cottage that served as a mortuary in the olden times, and an aboriginal site that Australians believe to be cursed—not least because a spate of accidents happened there.




These haunted sites are known to have a deep-rooted history of greed, murder and–hold on to your seats–cannibalism. If you wish to travel back in time and experience close encounters of the paranormal kind, the Sydney ghost tour is for you.





1) flashbacks from the #ghosttour did here few months ago ....end of this path the playground swingset where pair of sister ghost girls Emily and Alice if I recall have been spotted a few times , swings known to move by themselves and I’m not talking like just swinging in the wind ..... 2) behind the Sextants Cottage a cluster of bushes and trees where a manifestation of a man in long coat who goes by the name I think of John if I remember. Tame , harmless not malevolent, but dead eitherway... or is he ? Daniel our ghost guide before said he is buried somewhere nearby yet his figure is said to lurk between the trees just peering watching shuffling about. Perhaps lonely in death curious to see who’s hanging around his rest park . 3) The Sextants Cottage now a mini museum but long ago WAS the mortuary / undertakers Cottage ? Think story went in the days some of the corpses were stacked in back before burial the cause of death wasn’t always determined to be 100% accurate thus some misdiagnosed . Do I dare say it some people were buried without being totally actually dead thus some bodies had a string and a bell at end of it and IF they woke up or corpse “ reanimated “ or moved Bell would ring ??. Sometimes I think to this day in Cottage a bell can still be heard but who rings it ????#hauntednsw

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2. Swim at famous Straya rock pools.

The wide stretches of ocean in Australia are tempting to dive into! But alas, riptides and shark attack scares are rampant in the area. So instead of worrying about whether you’ll be the next meal of hungry sea creatures, or if you’ll get caught in the middle of a lethal riptide, why not opt to take it easy and enjoy the view while taking a peaceful swim?



Giles Baths #gilesbaths #coogeebeach #coogee

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The stunning Mona Vale rock pool in New South Wales is one of the many rock pools in Australia that offer alternative swimming spots for tourists and locals. If you’re the sunrise type of traveller, you might want to consider getting up early in the morning for a swim at the rock pool to witness the glorious spectacle of an ocean sunrise.






3. Stroll around Wendy’s Secret Garden (which is not so secret anymore).

Located at Lavender Bay, Wendy’s Secret Garden is a peaceful setting for your mid-afternoon daydreaming. It gives you a good view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House without you having to fight for a spot with other tourists who also want to gaze at the famous landmarks.



concrete jungle ?? . . . @frankie4footwear ??

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The garden has an interesting backstory. Wendy Whiteley, lost and aimless after her husband’s passing, decided to focus all her energy into throwing away unwanted stuff in their family home. She then started cultivating a garden filled with lovely and lively flora and fauna, all of which testified to her sense of fun and whimsy.



My secret garden oasis lunch spot

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Stunning artifacts are also scattered around the garden–some from formal creations and some just simple finds by volunteers and gardeners.




4. Visit historical living museums.

Living museums are our gateway to the distant past. Through them, we get to walk through different historical events. In Sydney, there are a lot of living museums that make up the rich narrative of the city. One of which is the Hyde Park Barracks, a World Heritage site.




Rooflines and shadows. @sydlivmus #hydeparkbarracks #sandstone #shingles #brick

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It used to serve as board and lodging for some 600 convicts, but it later on became the world’s most ambitious site for convict labor and punishment. Public opinion eventually trumped the practice of the inhumane treatment of convicts, which in turn led to the cessation of operations.



Convict Capers. #hydeparkbarracks #dormitory #ifthesewallscouldtalk

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The very Australian picture #hydeparkbarracks #penalcolony #sydney #australia

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The Hyde Barracks Museum now stands as a representation of the grim reality of the past. It is the first publicly funded archaeological site in New South Wales.


Pro Tip: Leave the zoos for later. Start getting to know Australia by immersing yourself in its rich history whilst others trek to all spots touristy and crowded.


Banner photo from @wilgalens | Thumbnail photo from @tourismnsw