Things to do in Outside Sydney
Named for Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, you can browse used books, settle into a comfy couch, or munch on “modern Australian cuisine” like mushroom and leek soup or sweet soy chicken with broccoli; there’s no menu, just a changing list of a dozen specials.
With four bars and a Thai restaurant, this nightlife spot combines an Art Deco background with the vibe of a 21st-century dance club.
The temple belongs to the Taiwanese Fo Guang Shan sect. Said to be the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Buddhist shrine, it’s billed as an international tourist attraction; busloads of Asian visitors mill the grounds yet the temple maintains an overwhelming sense of serenity, almost solitude.
Grab your “cossie” (swimming “costume”) and take a surfing lesson with the experts at Let's Go Surfing.
Cost: $75 per person for a two-hour five-person group lesson with a “soft surfboard."
Officially christened in 2005, this stretch along the Tasman Sea is part of a government effort to redirect leisure travelers south of Sydney onto a coastal highway.
The dramatic coastline views along the winding path to the century-old Cape Byron Lighthouse are worth the hike.
According to Guinness World Records, this beach on the shores of Jervis Bay has the whitest sand in the world. Its natural beauty is further enhanced by national parks to the north and botanic gardens to the south, giving the beach an unspoiled feel.
Kirrily Johnston exemplifies the laid-back Down Under aesthetic with her earthy-urban, feminine clothes (think billowy red skirts with high cinched waists).
Mick and Paula Woodney purchased the Kangaroo Valley Fudge House and Ice Creamery in 2011 with the goal of returning the old-timey candy shop to its roots.
This 29,000-acre national park on Australia’s southeast coast has Spotted Gum and Eucalyptus forests, lake, 27 miles of undeveloped coastline, and an aboriginal area that includes a sacred lagoon, home to a mythical serpent.
Clean lines and simple designs layer on each other, forming the complex and feminine looks that are the hallmark of Scanlan & Theodore.
Olympic Pedigree: Built for the 2000 Games’ canoe and kayak slalom competitions, Penrith is the only man-made whitewater course of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
This Paddington neighborhood shop is part of Edwards Imports, a company that works with international fashion brands to bring the latest trends to Sydney.