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5 Unusual Things to Explore or See in Sydney's Favourite - Circular Quay!

If you are visiting Sydney, odds are you'll find yourself around Circular Quay which is the gateway to the Opera House. It is also the hotspot catering to pubs, eateries, and buskers, and some lesser-known, more eccentric, and just plain interesting things. Here are a few of our favourites.


Spotting The Sydney Seal

A series of steps going down to the waters is located somewhere behind the Opera House, and a fur seal nicknamed Benny is frequently seen lazing around these steps. If you simply want to include Benny to your checklist of all the fun things you can do in Circular Quay without its history, then go across the Opera House on the left side till the end to discover his platform. When you see the 'Do Not Feed the Seal' signs, then you definitely know you are in the right location. The Opera House Seal Steps is also marked on Google Maps. If you would like to book accommodation close to this place, then check out hotels in Circular Quay the likes of Oaks Sydney North Ryde Hotel.


Having a Wizardry Afternoon Tea

The Wizardry High Tea, $89, on Macquarie Street, is among the most famous specialised afternoon teas, with treats including The Sweetest Sorting Hat pastries and some Philosopher's Scones. Remember, these sell out quickly, so if when you're in Sydney and you want to go, make a reservation as soon as possible. Details about whichever theme they're running at the moment now may be found in the dining part of their official website; if you pass through the place, you will also see it on a poster outside.


Tiny Bird Treasure Hunting

Tracey Emin, a British artist, just put 60 or so miniature bronze birds on the one-kilometre length of Bridge and Hunter Streets. This place is quite close to Circular Quay, and it's a lot of fun looking and hunting for them. Why not make it a family adventure and have some fun?


Marvelling at the Suspended Tree – Underwood Ark Sculpture

Circular Quay has a lot of fun stuff to do. What about going to a tree that's fifteen feet up in the air and dangling horizontally? You will notice tree roots protruding from the side of a building. Confusion is the least way to describe it when you first spot it. This was actually a real tree where its bark was removed, and the roots cleansed. It does change colour between brown to silver as it matures. The tree is meant to represent the area's previous history of shipyards and shipbuilding, as well as the fact that a stream once ran through this lane. The easiest method to discover the Underwood Ark is to go along Dalley Street, which is between Pitt and George Streets, and look for the roots poking out of the laneways.


Booking Mystery Picnics at the Botanic Gardens

The scavenger Hunting continues. You book the picnic on a specific day, and you will be given a set of clues that lead you to food stores where you can stock up on all the picnic essentials. The Botanic Gardens is your final destination, where you may relax and enjoy all of your delicacies.