sydney

Mention Sydney, Australia and the first attractions that come to mind are the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Taronga Zoo, and The Rocks.

But locals and regular visitors will tell you that there is so much more to this vibrant city than these iconic landmarks.

For example, here’s six quirky attractions worth checking out.

1.Open up a Pandora’s box of plague and pestilence at the Museum of Human Diseases at the University of New South Wales. With more than 2,000 cadaver parts on display, this museum isn’t for everyone, especially if you have a weak stomach. But I’d guaranteed even the most bored teenager will find this museum fascinating.

2. Find dead fish right in the heart of Sydney at the Sydney Fish Market. Most locals know about the market, but very few know about the large Fish Auction that occurs every morning behind the market. The second largest fish market auction in the world (the largest being in Japan), it is a hive of activity from 5 am to mid morning. It’s open only to those in the industry, but visitors can get take part in a behind the scenes tour of the Sydney fish auction floor on Monday, Thursday, and Friday mornings.

3. Be an urban Robinson Crusoe and get lost on Store Beach.  Sydney has more than it’s share of beautiful beaches but to lose the crowds, head for Manly, rent a kayak and paddle your way to Store Beach. With no roads and no paths, the only way to get there is by sea, which all but guarantees a pristine stretch of deserted beach.

4. Check out the world’s longest moving walkway in the Southern Hemisphere. Hidden underground between St Mary’s Cathedral and the Domain Car Park I’m not sure it’s something I’d be checking out at night.

5. Count money at the Museum of Australian Currency Notes. Discover fun facts, trace the history of Australian coins and banknotes, and learn about forgeries at this small museum maintained by the Reserve Bank of Australia.

6. Reflect and relax at the Paddington Reservoir Gardens . This two chambered reservoir was originally built in1866 and played a key element in Sydney’s water supply. But after being decommissioned in 1899, the area fell into disrepair, becoming home to feral cats and graffiti artists. Restored in 2009, the Paddington Reservoir Gardens give the appearance of a Romanesque sunken garden, complete with lake and hanging garden canopy and frescoes and murals lining the walls.