Parsley Bay - Parsley Street Vaucluse.
This secluded spot is ideal for picnicing and swimming. A suspension bridge runs across the bay, and the swimming area is netted. On quiet days you can imagine you're on the front lawn of your own harbourside mansion. Best to visit if you have a car, otherwise it is hard to get to.
King Street, Newtown.
This is a Sydney suburb with a bit of an edge, it has a slightly alternative and grungy feel to it. It is fast becoming popular with young professional set with a twist as well. King Street has a great energy and feel to it. Almost every second shopfront is a great place to eat. This is where you'll find the whole variety of food to eat, from Spicy Thai, to Vietnamese, Indian, Italian, Lebanese, Greek, Japanese, Nepalese, Chinese etc! Between the food shops and restaurants, you'll find second hand bookstores, new age/healing shops, new and second hand clothes stores, hairdressers, and even the Dendy Movie theatre. It is also one of the gay capitals of Sydney. The Bank Hotel is a local institution which has something for everyone, and serves great cocktails as well as Thai food downstairs. To get to King Street, catch the train to Newtown Station from Town Hall or Central Station (pic above left: your typical terrace lined street in Newtown)
We arrived off the plane from San Francisco mid morning and the hotel rooms weren't ready, so we decided to explore. We took a ferry to Balmain, and wandered about the streets there, found some cute little shops and a bar where we had a beer (yeah, jet-lagged and all!). These guys were playing bowls nearby. Like time stood still!
LEICHARDT is an inner west Sydney suburb adjacent to Annadale just a short distance down Parramatta Road from Sydney University. It is known as 'Little Italy'. Norton Street is the center where all the good stuff is, heaps of restaurants and cafè's, and possibly the best gelato in the world (well apart from, you know Italy!).
Another sight here is the Italian Forum you find walking through an alley off Norton, which brings you to a modern piazza. Very charming and colourfull place. defintely worth visiting. While you're there, check out Leichardt Town Hall. You can't miss it if you stroll up Norton.
if u want to stay somewhere beside the city,
i recommend cronulla, its about 40 mins out of the city, u can catch a train from central station.