One of the best things in Sydney was sitting and resting by the pond at the Chinese Gardens.
Granted, it’s a little odd to look at a serene garden and see skyscrapers in the background.
However, as long as you keep your eyes down and in the garden, it is really relaxing.
I particularly liked all the animals. None of them are in cages or technically considered part of the garden. They just visit and/or live there by choice.
I saw iguanas, birds (including the much hated White Ibis,) turtles, and ducks.
Of course they do keep koi there, which is awesome.
Anyway, it’s a peaceful place and there are lots of benches. I brought a book and some water, and i just hung out for awhile.
If you need a break, and you are tired of the hustle and bustle of being a tourist; this is the spot to visit.