Travelling through other travellers recommendations is one of the best ways to find hidden gems. Travel Collective is a space that shows you not only Australia's hidden gems, but undiscovered locations found all over the world. These places are usually recommended by locals and other travellers that have fallen in love with them. We hope these places give you the best experience as you explore as much as they did for us.

Before I went, three of my friends recommended this place to me. @overpackedsuitcase, Jacob and my friend Ben who actually lives in Hong Kong.

With people lining up around the block as we arrived to this place, we knew we definitely had to check it out now. They actually went through everyone in the queue in no time and before we knew it they were serving us our little cafe booth and menus.

The top photo is a set menu. I had the second option ($46 HKD) which included:

  • Macoroni Pork soup
  • Scrambled Eggs and Ham on thick toast 
  • Ice Milk Tea 

Although it doesn’t look like much, this three course meal will surprise you. The scrambled eggs are soooo fluffy.. they just melt in your mouth! I never knew you could even make eggs as good as this. haha I will need to find this recipe.

For 5 people total of the bill was 220$ which included three of the set menu options, a steamed pudding and a cappuccino.

This place is known for their steamed pudding so definitely have one to try. You will need to buy this separately to the set menu. But, if you have some time walk around the corner to try Yew Shun Milk Company. Ben swore this steamed pudding tastes even better.

Directions to the Australian Dairy Company
Catch the train to Jordan station
Take exit C2 and turn left then cross the road
Walk another block and as you reach the intersection, turn right (cross the road) and follow the street till you reach the yellow sign.. or the long queue that snakes around the block

Platform 82

Location: Platform 82, Queen St Concord West, Sydney 

Starting the morning off right, head down to Platform 82 for a feast an a half.. Even their coffees are worth your time.

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This cafe is like any other cafe serving all your favourites including smashed avo, muesli and yogurt, poached eggs on toast.. UNTIL you come across their famous Breakfast Platter. A two tiered platter of goodness with everything you could wish for.

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The base includes everything from scrambled eggs, poached eggs, bacon, avocado, mushrooms, spinach, salami, tomato, hash browns and sourdough bread and the top offers something sweet to satisfy the sweet tooth.

The perfect brunch doesn’t exis…

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The menu allows you to change your platter to the way you want. From the way you like your eggs done, adding extras such as halloumi, or for $2.50 extra pp you have a choice of waffles and pancakes instead of the standard chocolate crumpets with a cornetto to top it off.

The Breakfast Share Platter comes in at approx $32pp, more depending on extras, but let me tell you, it’s well worth your money. If you aren’t looking for an all day breaky to satisfy your tastebuds, they also offer

Opening hours: 6am-3pm (Mon-Fri); 8:30am-3pm (Sat-Sun)
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/platformeightytwo/
Get Directions:Platform 82, Concord West, Sydney 

Getting there:
Catch the train to Concord West
Take exit Queen Street
When facing the street, turn left and walk about 150m

Next Stop: Sydney Railway Square Hostel

Location: Sydney Railway Square YHA, 8/10 Lee Street, Central, Sydney

Ever slept in a hostel in your own city? This place is just like an old fashioned station, with old train carriages that have been refurnished into rooms.

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We heard about this place, probably over a year ago. Known as the “Top 10 coolest Hostels in the World”, we knew we would check have to check it out considering it’s right on our door step. So for my birthday, my travel partner in crime, Chris surprised me with a night on the town.

This hostel is located 2 minutes away from Surry Hills, we decided to check out some hidden bars for happy hour before coming back to the hostel for their Free Wine & Cheese night.

This hostel has something new every night and I was super impressed they had a night where everyone went down to Frankies Pizza to check out the local music. Love Frankiessss!

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Features:

  • Wifi included
  • Linen included
  • Air conditioning
  • 24hr Reception
  • Self Catering Kitchen
  • * check the chalk board at reception for what’s on each night *

Cost: $35-41 per person/ night ($54.50 over New Year)
Websitehttps://www.yha.com.au/hostels/nsw/sydney-surrounds/railway-square/ 
Location: 8/10 Lee Street, Central, Sydney

 

Location: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Diamond Bay Reserve

In the midst of Sydney city, this local gem is slowly attracting the attention from tourists and instagrammers everywhere.

This is Raiders of the lost Ark in Diamond Bay Reserve, Vaucluse.

I found this place about two years ago on instagram. It took me about 3 hours of researching to finally find the exact location.. so, I have provided the location and directions to getting there, below.

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As it’s on the east coast of Aus, I would definitely recommend to go before midday so there are no harsh shadows and lighting when taking photos. The sun rises from the horizon, so the best time to go would ultimately be golden hour/early morning.

Make sure to check out the local cafes on your way back, there are some really cute ones.

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Getting there: 

  • Location: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Diamond Bay Reserve
  • Park your car on the street along Craig Ave, if you get there early enough there should be heaps of spaces.
  • Walk down the stairs and along the boardwalk
  • You will reach a lookout. You actually want to walk past there then sneak through the gap on your left that will take you down underneath the lookout
  • Make sure to bring a friend so they can take your photo from the edge of the path opposite the lookout and stairs

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The Abandoned Railway – La Petite Ceinture

Location: La Petite Ceinture Entrance


This railway line is so well hidden from the public that it goes straight through a park full of kids running around and they would never know it existed.

The first time I typed ‘La Petite Ceinture’ into maps, it lead us fence on the side of the road telling me to climb down a 10 metre drop. Eventually we found the real entrance to the train line. So I’ve added the real location above. But once you see the vibrant orange shipping container you know you’ve found the place.

Getting there: 

  • Catch the train to
  • LocationLa Petite Ceinture Entrance will take you directly to the entrance
  • Once you reach a orange shipping container, jump the fence
  • Walk 800 meters through the tunnel and through one more arch way

..and then arrive at paradise.

 

Underground Paris

Location: Musée des égouts de Paris, 93 Quai d’Orsay Paris

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haha now this one made me laugh. Look, it’s an interesting experience to say the least. All i wanted was this photo..

But hey it’s a great story to tell your friends over a few drinks.

This underground museum explains the history of creating under ground tunnels that run throughout the entire city. This museum actually inspired Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Miserables so it’s definitely worth checking out.

Students: €3.60
Adults: €4.40
Opening hours: 11am – 5pm

Paris Flea Market

Location: Marche aux Puces de Saint Ouen 


You know your going to find a good bargain when you find yourself in a Flea Market. We went to a few around Paris, but this was by far my favourite. Old records, postcards, book store cafes and an unlimited amount of authentic French crepes on every corner.

There are 15 markets that make up the Puces. Some markets are hidden through secret alleyways, others offer vintage clothes and cute cafes. If you have enough time, explore them all and find your favourite.

Opening Hours: Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 10am-6pm; Mon 11am – 5pm
Getting there: 

  • Catch metro line 4 to Porte de Clignancourt
  • Walk towards KFC with your back facing McDonalds
  • Walk under the highway overpass and one block past it
  • Turn left onto Rue des Rosiers and start exploring

Pink Flamingo

Location: Pink Flamingo Pizza

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Ahh I love everything about this. As the sun sets, grab a pizza and beer from Pink Flamingo and take a pink helium balloon to the edge of  St Martin’s Canal and enjoy a drink by the water whilst your pizza cooks. In no time at all your pizza is delivered straight to you by bike. How cool is that?!

Price: €11:50 – €17:50
Opening Hours: 7pm-11.30pm (Mon-Thurs); 12pm-2:30 & 7pm-11.30pm (Fri-Sun)

Crazy Horse Cabaret

Location: Le Crazy Horse, Champ-Élysées

Rather than spending all your money to see Moulin Rouge (unless you’re paying all that money just to say that you have been to Moulin Rouge), check out Crazy Horse. With some of the fittest, most beautiful girls you have ever seen, doing some of  most incredible performances, this is worth your money. Yes, you will see nudity the whole time, but you will also witness talent, strength and an incredible performance.

Students prices are cheaper, from what I remember I paid about €40, but they have specials on their website all the time.

Book tickets through their website: www.LeCrazyHorseParis.com
Opening Hours: multiple shows throughout the night

Le Lavomatic Bar

Location: Le Lavomatic Bar, Paris

Tucked away, this hidden bar is a functioning laundromat by day and a hidden cocktail bar by night.

My favourite part about this, is that you have to find the hidden door in the laundromat that looks exactly like all the other washing machines. It’s a good laugh opening up all the machines trying to guess which one it is, but when you finally pick the right one, it opens up to a spiral staircase leading you up to a funky, pop art styled bar with hanging swings, 80’s sofas and a cocktail menu you must check out.

Cocktails Prices: approx. €9
Opening Hours:
6pm-2am (Tues-Sat)