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
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.
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One of the advantages of travelling on your own doorstep is having all the conveniences of home at your fingertips. Picnics are much easier when you have access to table wear, your picnic rug, access to your own kitchen and/or know where to go to get all the best picnic food locally. Picnics are also a hell of a lot easier when you have your own car to carry your load of picnic gear to your chosen destination!
Many of my suggestions for things to do in Sydney are based around picnics, so here is my fuss-free guide for packing the most delicious (and practical) picnic. Continue reading Top 10 tips: How to pack an easy picnic
Much of Sydney take the opportunity to leave town on a long weekend but for those of us who are left behind, there is still plenty to do.
The following activities are my picks for what to do to make the most out of your three day winter break in Sydney. Continue reading June Long Weekend in Sydney
There are plenty of reasons to dislike Sydney’s public transport system, but the Family Fun Day Sunday tickets are certainly one of Sydney Train’s saving graces. For $2.50 per person, your family can enjoy unlimited travel all day Sunday in Sydney, Newcastle, the Blue Mountains, the Central Coast, Hunter and Illawarra areas, by train, bus, ferry and light rail. Such a great deal.
Here’s the first of a series of posts I will do to give you some ideas for where to take public transport with the family on a Sunday.
From the inner west, we take the train to Circular Quay. There’s always plenty to see at Circular Quay- buskers line the wharfs and it’s great fun to take the time to wander along and watch some of the entertainment on offer. The Parramatta Rivercat leaves every hour from Circular Quay and travels past Darling Harbour, Cockatoo Island and down the Parramatta River past Sydney Olympic Park and finally, to Parramatta. The kids love the constantly changing scenery on the Rivercat- it’s a great way to make the journey part of the fun of the day.
When you get to Parramatta there are loads of options: Continue reading Family Fun Day Sunday Destination: Parramatta