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
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
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.
Continue reading Top 10 Things to Do on a Sunny Winters Day
It’s no secret that our family loves to go camping. This time though, we headed further afield, six and a half hours north to Arrawarra, just north of Coffs Harbour on the NSW North Coast. Although we love bush camping, with two small children the lure of on-site amenities, pool with a waterside and a giant jumping pillow was still attractive so after a little research we found the perfect location for our five day camping adventure.
Continue reading Reconnecting
Sunny Spring days in Sydney are made for being harbour side. Whether it be a family picnic in a park or a casual lunch and a few drinks by the water with friends, Sydney Harbour is one of the best places to be.
After a friend’s wedding at Hunters Hill Sailing Club, we returned last Sunday for a family picnic at Clarkes Point Reserve. Clarkes Point Reserve sits on the harbour’s edge opposite Cockatoo Island. It is easily accessible by car and there is plenty of parking only a short walk to the picnic ground. Alternatively, it is only a short 15 minute walk from the Woolwich Ferry Wharf. Continue reading Sunny Spring Days North & South of the Bridge
Spring in Sydney is all about sun, surf, food and festivals. For me, it is the time of year when I wish I could be in more than one place on each day of the weekend. There are the local festivals, school fairs, art & about, and Good Food Month. And then the sunny days beg for trips to the beach, BBQs and picnics. If I wake up on a Spring morning and the sun is shining I jump out of bed with a spring in my step and am desperate to get the day started- trust me… this doesn’t happen in Autumn or Winter!
Today, that is exactly what I did – desperate to get out and make the most of my Sunday, despite my other half being a little worse for wear after the first Sydney FC game of the season!
With no time to lose, we packed a bag full of all the necessities for a beach BBQ and headed to Coogee for a beachside breakfast using one of the public BBQs to cook up a feast. It’s one of the many bonuses of ‘doorstep travel’- you have all the BBQ tools and essentials on-hand, if we were on holidays we would never be so prepared. Continue reading Spring in Sydney: Beaches & Festivals
We brought new meaning to ‘campfire’ on our first family camping trip in Harrington in NSW’s Manning Valley in October 2013. A few days before we were to set off we were alerted that the Big4 Holiday Park we were booked to stay in was evacuated due to an out-of-control bushfire in Crowdy Bay National Park!
After much deliberation and calls to the Rural Fire Service and Big4 staff, we decided to press on with the camping trip… but when we arrived we were greeted by the whir of helicopters water-bombing fires still raging in the National Park and as the sun set we could almost read by the glow from the fire! Continue reading ‘Campfire’ in Harrington