Top 10 Things to do in Kensington, Australia

July 26, 2017 Almeta Stockton

Discover the best top things to do in Kensington, Australia including Sydney Harbour, Sydney By Seaplane - Private Tours, Bronte Beach, Sydney Dive Safari, Wylie's Baths, Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk, Paddington Markets, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Royal Randwick.
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1. Sydney Harbour

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia +61 2 9240 8500
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5 based on 18 reviews

Sydney Harbour

Secluded Beaches, quiet coves and soaring headlands predominate this harbor, which is considered one of the world's most beautiful.

Reviewed By FrankieLankie - Hong Kong, China

Started the day walking from Paddington to Hyde Park (about 20min). We started at Hyde Park and strolled through this great park. We then headed towards the Domain, which then led us to the Royal Botanical Garden, which then led us to the Sydney Harbour.
Here you can go to the Opera house (left) or we went (right) over to Mrs. Macquarie’s chair/point.
From the point we headed back towards the botanical Gardens and stopped by the art museum for a snack. The cafe was great and just what we needed.
After this we headed back to our place in Paddington.
Was a great day for sight seeing the best of Sydney.
ENJOY!

2. Sydney By Seaplane - Private Tours

594 New South Head Rd | Rose Bay Marina, Rose Bay, Waverley, New South Wales 2029, Australia
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5 based on 108 reviews

Sydney By Seaplane - Private Tours

Fabulous Seaplane flights around Sydney - 15 and 30 minute scenic flights and sensational fly and dine lunch packages to restaurants on the Hawkesbury River and Day Trips and a range of Gourmet Picnics to beautiful Palm Beach. A must-do for all visitors. Professional, highly experienced crew - Australian owned and operated. Flights from Rose Bay in Sydney Harbour and from our northern base at Palm Beach. Call Jenny anytime to make a booking.

Reviewed By Catzontherun - Sydney, Australia

What a fantastic experience. Starting off from Rose Bay we had an absolutely amazing flight up the coast to our lunch destination, Cottage Point Inn. After a fantastic meal and a few hours relaxing over a few quite drinks we then boarded the plane for the...MoreGreat to hear that you enjoyed your experience and we also enjoyed having you on board. Thank you for taking the time to write your review - we appreciate it very much. Kind regards, Steve.

3. Bronte Beach

Bronte Road, Bronte, Waverley, New South Wales NSW 2024, Australia
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4.5 based on 318 reviews

Bronte Beach

Bronte Beach, sandwiched between the bigger Bondi and Coogee Beaches, is a cozier stretch of sand and surf perfect for families.

Reviewed By Caleb W - Benoni, South Africa

Bronte is a nice tranquil beach, with a convenient grassed area behind the beach. In terms of a pure swimming beach Bondi is better and has more space. Worth doing the walk from Bondi to Bronte beach.

4. Sydney Dive Safari

512 Bunnerong Rd, Matraville, Randwick, New South Wales 2036, Australia
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5 based on 279 reviews

Sydney Dive Safari

SYDNEY DIVE SAFARI IS DEDICATED TO BUILDING PASSION THROUGH CONFIDENCE With one of the largest retail showrooms in Sydney we stock a broad range of quality brands across scuba diving, snorkelling, freediving, spearfishing and stand up paddle boards. In addition to the full range of scuba courses, we also offer snorkelling, freediving and workplace first aid courses from entry level through to instructor. We are the closest dive shop to Bare Island, arguably Sydney's most popular shore diving site, being just five minutes from our front door and have on site HOT showers and washing facilities available post-dive. Our social club is very active and we stock a full range of hire equipment, offer air and nitrox fills, equipment servicing, guided shore dives, boat dives, weekends away and overseas holidays. We are one of Sydney's leading Career Development Centres with two full time SSI Instructor Trainers on staff which provides us with the ability to train beginners through to the highest levels of instructor, any day of the week.

Reviewed By Pan P

I dove with Sydney Dive Safari and specifically Gregory last week. It was a twin guided shore dive in Kurnell in search of Weedy Sea Dragons (I had limited time in Sydney and wanted a 'guaranteed' location for weedies and this was suggested).
Overall, Sydney Dive Safari has great gear and seems like a great operations. Communication could be a bit better/easier (maybe adding Whatsapp option so overseas folks can contact them more cost effectively).
Similarly a bit more 'organised' would have been great. I tend to be very punctual in such trips hence I showed up just before the quoted time of 9am having had to go through the city to be on time this early... only to be told we had to wait till 10am for another person... who never came in the end.
That said, the dives were great. Gregory was very helpful, wonderful to hang out with but most importantly had spare equipment that proved incredibly useful as I didnt expect the 21c water and didnt pack my gloves! He was also able to spot lots of stuff I didnt even see or know where to look for!
In the end... we didnt see weedies... which was a let down but wild animals are unpredictable. Visibility wasnt perfect and they are tiny... and current was strong so I guess they were hiding in the kelp.
On the bright side we did see a wobbygong, 2 huge cuttlefish, stonefish, pipefish, a ray and a few more 'local' typical fish and the two dives were great.

5. Wylie's Baths

4B Neptune St, Coogee, Randwick, New South Wales 2034, Australia +61 2 9665 2838
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4.5 based on 177 reviews

Wylie's Baths

One of many sea baths in Sydney – a walled-off section of ocean – this one is particularly popular with locals, and includes changing rooms, a picnic area, a kiosk and outdoor massages and yoga.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

As a Coogee native, my sister & I Learned how to swim here, thanks to Dad who threw us in she 3 without warning. Been coming back ever since. The tourists & noisy transients unfortunately have caught wind of it but being a local institution they don't get away with much bad behaviour down here. Came here on a January Sunday when the mercury was pushing 41 degrees and it didn't disappoint. Pool was a bit rough & tidal, but that adds to the fun. Watch the kiddies in the rough! Lifeguards on duty but they're not babysitters, so remember that's your job to look out for them. Clubhouse snacks are pretty basic but reasonably priced (bring your own picnic if you like, but no. Ooze allowed) & it's a short
Walk to coogee beach proper. Give it a try. You won't regret it. You can even get married down here in their new function centre, featured on Married At First Sight!

6. Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

Arden Street | Coogee Beach, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia +61 406 333 665
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5 based on 12 reviews

Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk

A cliff top coastal walk, the Bondi to Coogee walk extends for six km in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. The walk features stunning views, Beaches, parks, cliffs, bays and rock pools. The Beaches and parks offer a place to rest, swim or a chance to eat at one of the cafes, hotels, restaurants or takeaways. All Beaches offer picnic shelters, electric barbecues, play areas, kiosks, toilets and change-rooms. The walk is not difficult, there are medium gradient paths and several staircases with occasional Seating. It takes about two hours to complete the Bondi to Coogee Beach section of the walk and another hour and a half if you choose to continue to Maroubra.

Reviewed By gatormotherof2 - Washington DC

This is by far one of the more scenic coastal walks that I’ve completed. It was an exquisite day and though it was a weekday, it was still quite a busy thoroughfare. I would not recommend walking it on a weekend as navigating past the crowds would take from the breathtaking views. Good walking shoes, a camera, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and plenty of water will provide you with ample protection against whatever nature might cast your way. There are water refilling stations, restaurants and restrooms along the way. As mentioned in a prior review, there are some renovations around the cemetery whereby you need to navigate your way thru those graves of those departed, but this is only a short disruption in time and distance and will not minimize the beauty of the walk.

7. Paddington Markets

395 Oxford Street, Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales 2021, Australia +61 2 9331 2923
Paddington Markets

Reviewed By neminskii - Singapore, Singapore

The stalls sold a variety of things like children's clothes, flowers, plants, reflective vests for cyclists, handphone covers, belts, etc. Largely things that I don't need. The area around the market is a little more interesting with an interesting bookshop near the bus stop across the road. The cafes in the area close quite early at 3.30pm. Maybe it's better to go on Saturday morning. But if you have no time you can skip this place.

8. Sydney Opera House

Bennelong Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia +61 2 9250 7111
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Sydney Opera House

One of the most iconic buildings in the world – the Sydney Opera House is an architectural masterpiece and vibrant performance space. It's a place where the past shapes the future, where conventions are challenged and cultures are celebrated. Step inside and discover the stories that make the Opera House so inspiring. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, a first-timer or an aficionado, the Sydney Opera House has something for everyone.

Reviewed By Blowflyyachts - Sydney, Australia

Great spot to take sunrise shots up the harbour or walk around under the bridge and take great sunrise shots looking back at the opera house

9. Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney, New South Wales 2060, Australia +61 2 9240 1100
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Spanning the city center to the North Shore, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a wide steel arch bridge known for its beauty as well as function, providing a crossing for cars, trains, bikes and pedestrians. While the more daring can do the BridgeClimb to the top of the structure, opened to traffic in 1932, anyone can enjoy a walk for free.

Reviewed By Maureen G - Chelmsford, United Kingdom

This is very well organised and everything is done to ensure your safety and comfort. It is not made clear on the website but the suit they give you is worn over underwear (your clothes and belongings go into a locker). They also provide a headset (so that everyone can hear the guide), cap, hanky (!), rainwear (just in case), straps for your glasses/sunglasses. Everything is clipped to the suit for safety. You practise climbing using the safery line before venturing out.
The actual climb lasts two hours. This is not too onerous as there are stops to admire the fantastic views, listen to the guide, ask questions, have your photo taken.
The photos were good quality and good value.
My only criticism is that the cost of the climb is excessive in my view. Having said that, we really enjoyed the experience.

10. Royal Randwick

77 - 97 Alison Rd, Randwick, New South Wales 2031, Australia +61 2 9663 8400
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4 based on 100 reviews

Royal Randwick

Royal Randwick is the jewel in the crown of Sydney racing. A compelling theatre of sport, culture, fashion and cuisine, racing’s premier playground will entertain you with the extraordinary. Situated minutes from the CBD and in close proximity to the airport, Royal Randwick can be found in Sydney’s eastern suburbs where the ‘Sport of Kings’ is celebrated all year round. Particularly coming to life during The Spring and Sydney Carnivals. Royal Randwick is the proud home to the world’s richest 2000m turf race, the $4million Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and the World’s richest turf race, the $10million The Everest. The venue sets a world-class standard in racing and hospitality, enriched by over 35 bars and restaurants, reserved dining establishments and cutting edge facilities for members and racegoers alike. As Australia’s longest standing racing venue, Royal Randwick has helped shape and been a part of Australian culture for over 150 years.

Reviewed By Wayne N - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

On Melbourne Cup day I was lucky enough to be invited for lunch at the Chairman’s Club within Randwick Racecourse.
It is situated in the upper levels of the main grand stand with floor to ceiling views of the race course straight.
Our position had us across from the finishing line
The food and service were top notch equal if not better than Flemington and Rosehill race courses
Pricey, but as everything was included I could sip Veuve all afternoon as it was included.
Bar closes early 530/6pm, so we had to make our way elsewhere.

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