One of Australia's premier wine regions just north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley is a great destination to go and see some of the first vineyards in Australia. Although the vineyards were planted in the 1830s, the Hunter Valley has only been renowned as a wine district since the 1970s, popular with visitors for weekends away.
Surry Hills is an area of Sydney known for its multicultural atmosphere and diversity as ever since the 1940s, it has attracted a large number of migrants. There are many ethnic cuisine restaurants still around as well as trendy eateries. Now an area known for its style and café culture, there is a definite hipster vibe to this part of Sydney as it is off the beaten track of the CBD and was once the slums of Sydney, going through all of the hardships the great depression served. It holds a lot of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered by visitors including those listed below.
Want to explore more of Sydney's inner suburbs? How about a wander through the leafy streets of Balmain this weekend, browsing through boutiques and dining at delicious eateries. Located between Rozelle and Birchgrove, Balmain is an affluent inner suburb 3 kilometres west of Sydney's CBD.
As far as inner city suburbs go, Paddington is a great example of how such a historical place can retain its charm and eclectic mix of Georgian, Victorian and modern architecture whilst doubling as a chic and stylish hub for the modern generation.