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
Finding things to do on weekends can be challenging enough, but throw in two straight weeks of school holidays and it can be hard to keep coming up with new and fun things to keep the kids occupied- especially ones that don’t cost the earth. So, here are my top 10 things to do in Sydney these school holidays to give you some inspiration.
1. Check out one of Sydney’s fab winter festivals. Whether you choose to don the ice-skates or simply soak up the winter sun whilst sipping on a hot chocolate and checking out all the free entertainment on offer, these festivals are certainly a grew way to spend a few hours on a winter’s day. Read here for more details on winter festival locations in Sydney this school holidays.
2. Go Paddle boating in Lane Cove National Park. Paddle boating brings back great memories from my childhood, and you can now create these same memories with your family in the gorgeous surrounds of the Lane Cove National Park. Check out this blog for more information.
3. Ferry to Parramatta. A trip on Sydney’s harbour coupled with an adventure down the Parramatta is a great way to keep the kids entertained. Couple it with an exploration of Parramatta Park, lunch at Jamie’s Trattoria and maybe a show at the Riverside Theatre and you have an action-packed day of fun. Check out this blog for more details.
4. Build a campfire at Manly Dam. When I was a kid I was fascinated by campfires and I loved foraging for kindling and working hard to get the fire started. I also loved cooking marshmallows over the open fire. A day-trip to Manly Dam lets you do just that and there are plenty of bush walks as well. This blog will give you the full low-down.
5. Be Tourists in Circular Quay. There is always plenty to see in Circular Quay including an array of buskers providing entertainment along the boardwalk. Take the time to stop and watch their shows rather than rushing past. Check out the exhibitions and activities at the Museum of Contemporary Art, visit the Sydney Opera House and run up the stairs, rediscover the Royal Botanic Gardens or get a round-trip on a ferry. There’s loads to see and do and you can check out this blog for more.
6. Food & Cultural tour of Cabramatta. Join with the kids and discover all of the great Vietnamese and South East Asian food in Cabramatta. You can get the train right to the city centre and there are temples and a range of cheap Asian food stalls scattered around which are great fun to explore. It’s South East Asia in a day and you can read more about it in my blog.
7. Learn about our WWII history at the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway. This is a real suburban gem that I only recently discovered. It is a great way to get outside and engage the kids in learning about an important part of Australia’s history in beautiful surroundings. Read more about this great, free attraction here.
8. Go whale spotting. It is still whale migration season so there is no better time to pick your favourite viewing point, pack the binoculars and try and spot some whales. Check my blog for some popular viewing points around Sydney.
9. Go to a farm and pick your own mandarins. Forget about Coles & Woolies, take your kids to one of Sydney’s great ‘pick your own’ farms and help them get a greater appreciation of where our food comes from. Gorgeous surroundings and great fun for everyone! Check out the second section of this blog for more.
10. Pack a picnic! Picnics are great fun. Get the kids to help with making up the picnic food (check out these tips for how to pack an easy picnic) and head to one of the great parks Sydney has on offer to enjoy your spread. You could try the Shire’s Camellia Gardens, Clarkes Point Reserve near Woolwich, or get the ferry to Watsons Bay– there are endless possibilities of beautiful picnic spots in Sydney.
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 World Fans 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.
Why not make a weekend of it and stay overnight in a cabin at the nearby Blue Mountains Tourist Park- Katoomba Falls and take the opportunity to check out the amazing views at night on the floodlit walk along he southern escarpment with views of the three sisters.
2. Picnic & Paddleboating in Lane Cove National Park If you are looking for an escape without the long drive Lane 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 Gardens The 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?