Exploring Chippendale

Chippendale has become known as one of Sydney’s key creative art districts. More than a dozen art galleries and back streets adorned with street art murals all contribute to give the suburb its creative vibe. The area has also been the focus of a lot of creative architectural development over recent years and together with the diversity of students from the nearby Universities this has resulted in the traditional pubs and corner cafes of the small suburb being joined by vibrant Asian Hawker stalls, hipster cafes, high-end restaurants with degustation menus and small bars.

On a child-free Saturday in July, we took to the streets of Chippendale to experience a small sample of what this changing suburb has to offer. Continue reading Exploring Chippendale

Oasis in the Eastern Suburbs

When a sunny, summers day arrives in Sydney it is all too easy to head to one of the city’s stunning beaches. Problem is that often, the rest of Sydney has the same idea as you. You end up struggling to lay claim to your own piece of sand and often find yourself wedged between families with crying children getting sand in their eyes, teens playing ‘stacks-on’swearing and joking around and groups of lobster coloured backpackers baking themselves in the sun. That is only after you have had to park in the next suburb and struggle with your beach bag, umbrella/sun-tent etc on the long walk through the back streets from the car to the beach.

What if there was an alternative? What if there were an oasis in the Eastern suburbs, away from the hoards, that offered lush, green grounds and gardens to lay your picnic blanket with plenty of shady trees to relax to the sounds of the surrounding birdlife? What if there were farm animals for the kids and on-site coffee for the adults? What if there were soft, grassy hills to roll down and all of this was just a stones throw away from a harbour beach where you could loll about in the water dreaming of what life might be like if you lived in one of the harbour side mansions dotting the shoreline.

Well, there is, and you can. Continue reading Oasis in the Eastern Suburbs

Middle Eastern Food Feast in Auburn

Going to Auburn is like catching a direct flight to Istanbul. You get off the train, or out of your car, and the main streets are lined with Turkish markets, takeaway outlets and restaurants. It is a fantastic place to explore and after a little bit of research on various food blogs, we knew some key places we wanted to visit but that didn’t stop us from discovering a few new places along the way.

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A-Z of Picnic Spots in Sydney

You know the feeling, a sunny weekend comes along and you are left scrambling for where to go for a picnic to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Well, here is my A-Z list that you can bookmark for just those weekends so that you can find the perfect spot for any type of picnic experience you are looking for. Continue reading A-Z of Picnic Spots in Sydney

Travelling on my Doorstep: Bankstown Bites

There are times for us when life becomes too, well…. familiar and we are eager to mix things up with new and different experiences. We want our kids to enjoy trying new things, be curious about learning about new cultures and be hungry to experience everything that this world has to offer.

In Sydney we are lucky to have ready access to suburbs, festivals and events that give us the opportunity to ‘travel the world’ and experience all of this on our own doorstep.

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Bankstown Bites is one of these festivals. Living up to its reputation as one of Sydney’s best and most loved food festivals, it attracts over 7,000 people each year. 15 minutes by train from home, our family had never before visited Bankstown but it was the perfect outing for us to get our ‘travel’ hit. Continue reading Travelling on my Doorstep: Bankstown Bites

Top 10 Things to Do on a Sunny Winters Day

A sunny winters day is not to be wasted. There are so many things to do to take advantage of the weather in Sydney so the choices are almost limitless, however here are my top tips for what to do in Sydney when the sun shines in the winter months.

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Top 3 Ways to Keep Warm this Weekend

We are being warned of a “bone chilling” cold snap this weekend, which will give many an excuse to lock themselves away at home with the heater on and a hot cup of tea. But, if like me you still want to get out and about but don’t want to sacrifice your warmth, here’s my top 3 ways to keep warm in Sydney this weekend. Continue reading Top 3 Ways to Keep Warm this Weekend

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