Sculptures by the Sea

Every October, I vow I’ll make it to Sculptures by the Sea. And nearly every single year I never get there. It only runs for two weeks and it’s a good hours drive away,  so trying to fit it in at that busy time of the year can be hard. I can’t understand why events like this and things like the Vivid light festival and the Hyde Park noodle markets only run for two weeks in Sydney. They are getting so popular and attract thousands of visitors  that when you do visit it’s completely crowded.

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This year, we ventured out on an overcast Sunday to see the famous exhibition of sculptures. I knew parking would be hard so we opted to park down near Bronte beach and then walk towards Bondi. It was definitely a good walk, a 6 km round-trip!

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The Bondi sculptures were a mix of traditional style, humorous, abstract, eclectic and absurd. It really was a great day out, combining various works of art with the lovely coastline of the eastern suburbs.

I definitely like to go again,  maybe when it’s not so crowded? Ha ha!

They also hold this event in Cottesloe, WA in March. I bet that isn’t as crowded as Bondi!

 

 

Wolfe and Co. Dural

Sydney’s cafe scene is always evolving. There are so many more options, both near the beaches, in the city, north shore and inner west and an ever growing number of ‘trendy’places popping up in the ‘burbs.

One of those is Wolfe and Co. organic cafe in Dural. A busy indoor/outdoor cafe on a busy intersection, but not that busy that you are distracted by noise, and there’s usually enough parking.

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I went one weekday morning for brunch, and had the very yummy creme brûlée French toast. I see that the menu now has been updated to Rocky Road French toast, cue drool here…

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They have a great all day menu, with scrumptious breakfast that rolls into simple and easy lunches with a range of sides. They also have a mouth-watering sweets menu, so coffee and a dessert could be another option if you are stopping by.


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I just loved my cute soda bottle. Alcohol free can still look and taste good!

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Drive out to Dural to grab a seat and enjoy, 6am – 4pm Monday to Friday, 7am-3pm Saturday, 8am-3pm Sunday.

Wolfe and Co. now shares the intersection (‘Round Corner’ as the locals call it) with a growing number of foodie options, such as Billy the Greek, Gata Thai, Pirates Grill, Lombardo’s Restaurant and Bar and Austrian restaurant Bernhard’s Kitchen.

Palm Beach

At the northern most point of Sydney lies Palm Beach. Famous for Home and Away, rich celebrity homes and wedding destinations, us mere mortals can enjoy a leisurely drive up the Northern Beaches peninsula and a wander around the beach, bay and headland. 

We often go for a drive up to Palm beach and simply walk along the beach, walk around the rocks and the ocean pool and if we’re feeling adventurous, climb up North Head to visit Barrenjoey lighthouse and lookout. 

Last time we found a delightful little path that links the beach and a road further back that meanders through some rainforest reserve. A great local find which didn’t look like much from the road. 

I remember on my last day of high school, half of the cohort of students caught buses to Palm Beach (a good hour journey) to have BBQs, drinks and sleepovers on the beach in sleeping bags (not sure who decided this was a great idea since it was September and it rained! ) A fun carefree night nonetheless.

And recently Palm Beach was the scene of a very romantic wedding proposal, at night under a supermoon – of course I said yes!

Getting There: Allow about 90 minutes from the Sydney CBD

Look Out for: Ocean Pool, Lighthouse headland walk, Large rocks by the beach, Summer Bay scenery

Eat At: The BoathouseDunes Restaurant

Shark Bay, Sydney

In summer it’s hard to keep a good find a secret. I’m sure the locals of Vaucluse have been enjoying the stunning beach that is Shark Bay, but  in the recent summers you have to fight for a carpark and a spot on the sand or grass, even on a weekday.

Nevertheless, we were determined to enjoy one of Sydney’s glorious summer days with a walk and swim around Shark Bay, through Nielson Park, along the paths in front of the sand and around to the rock formations and headlands.

With views of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline, clear blue water, minimal waves (which always pleases me!) and a small Kiosk for snacks, its great for anyone, especially families. We sat for a while under the shade on a park bench people watching, old men snoozing on picnic rugs, kids kicking balls around, portable BBQs, adventurous teens clambering over the rocks, couples sneaking a kiss, snorkelers swimming about, even fancy smancy types diving off their luxury yacht that was anchored just off shore.

Getting There: Head out of the Sydney CBD towards the coast, approximately 10 minutes

 

Look Out For: Historic house in the park, amazing rocks shaped by the wind, avenue of trees.

Little Beach, Bouddi National Park

I have been visiting Little Beach since I was born. Family members have a holiday house on the street leading to the 750m walk to the Beach. The house is affectionately named within the family as simply ‘little beach’. eg ‘when are we staying at little beach?’

It is a tiny beach (as the name suggests) and the walk through the forest to get there is splendid, rainforest, ferns, bird sounds, canopies and the distant crash of waves. Once at Little Beach you can explore the rock pools and beach rocks on each side or dabble in the water.

Its not the safest for swimming, hard core surfers often head out, but its great for splashing about on the shore and in the small creek that runs into the ocean, my childhood memories are full of those moments. In the 34 years I have been visiting Little Beach the topography has changed due to constant erosion of wind and surf- I seem to remember more sand as a child, though that could just be because I was a lot smaller then.

You’ll often find some campers down there as it is a popular little camp spot. It also marks the beginning of several great walks around Bouddi National Park, I remember doing the Bouddi Coastal Walk as a child with my dad, a strong memory of eating muesli bars on a headland comes to mind.

Getting There: Little beach is located about 90 minute drive from the Sydney CBD, but could take up to 2 hours in heavy traffic.

Look out for: The face in the cliff, the curved caves, cuttlefish galore