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.
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.
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.
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→
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→
Campfires are my favourite things. I have strong memories from childhood on the North Coast of visiting public parks with wood-fire BBQs that previous picnickers had left with burning embers and I would make it my mission to reignite the fire with my gathered dry leaves and sticks. But, there aren’t many places where you can have a campfire in Sydney without driving for miles out of the city… or so I thought.
Hundreds of thousands of families across the country will celebrate Mothers’ Day this weekend. For many, it is a day to spoil our mums but it is also a time to spend together as a family. So, with that in mind, here are my top 5 ideas for things to do as a family this Sunday.
1. Sculpture at Scenic WorldFans of ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ on the Bondi Coastal Walk will love Sculpture at Scenic World in the Blue Mountains. Thirty three sculptures by a range of Australian and International artists are dotted alongside an elevated boardwalk among the Jurassic rainforest.
The sculptures keep the kids interested along the thirty minute walk along the Scenic Walkway and the ‘rides’ add another level of excitement for them. For mums, it is simply a chance to escape the stresses of the city.
2. Picnic & Paddleboating in Lane Cove National ParkIf you are looking for an escape without the long driveLane Cove National Park is perfect. There are great picnic spots by the water and plenty of parking. Aside from a little kiosk selling chips, drinks and ice creams, there are no food outlets here so be sure to pack a full picnic with everything you need. The paddleboats are great fun and there are short bush trails to explore. Check out this blog from 2014 for more.
3. BBQ at Camellia GardensThe Camellia Gardens in Caringbah are a gorgeous spot for a relaxing picnic surrounded by gorgeous landscaped gardens, with ducks wandering the grounds searching for excited children ready to feed them with their bread scraps.
There is a BBQ area, picnic tables dotted around the grounds and plenty of grassy areas to lay down a picnic blanket. There are plenty of walks through the gardens and a babbling brook cascading through the grounds to keep it interesting for the kids as well as two fenced in kids playgrounds. There is also a teahouse onsite for a special treat although on days like Mothers’ Day it is often busy.
What are your favourite Mothers’ Day activities in Sydney or surrounds?