Sydney is such a huge city that it’s impossible to visit every amazing cafe or playground. To get another blogger’s suggestions on where to eat, play and explore in Sydney, I asked Leah from the wonderful Kid Bucket List.
Where to Eat
Sydney has such a diverse mix of options that you could close your eyes, spin around and place your finger on a map of the city and find a foodie delight nearby. Asking a Sydneysider for their top place to eat is liking asking a mother to choose her favourite child. It just can’t be done. I thought I would reveal three places that we seem to head back to again and again.
Earlier this year we discovered Daisy’s Milkbar in Petersham. It is on a main road which could be problematic for some families, but the milkshakes, sundaes and homemade cakes are to die for. It’s a great spot for an after school treat and a place the kids keep asking to visit.
Some weekends we travel out to Camden to meet friends and we almost always end up at the Italian Food Project (above). The kids both adore this vibrant and busy restaurant not only for the pizza, but for the dough they’re always given to play with between dishes.
The Grounds of Alexandria (above) is always abuzz and has enough room to accommodate even the most exuberant of children. The food never fails to delight the adults and the kids are kept busy with the animals, the cubby house and everything else. If you’re only in Sydney for a few days, make sure you visit for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Where to Play
Occasionally a weekend will sneak up on me before I can plan a trip to a new destination. On those days I am likely to head to the Blaxland Riverside Park in Homebush (pictured above). It’s the perfect park for all age groups and features almost every playground feature you will have favoured at your local park. There are swings, slides, climbing frames, a gigantic climbing tower, a water play area, bike tracks, nets…..everything! It’s free and has clean toilets, BBQ facilities, a small takeaway store and the divine Armory Café.
Where to Explore
Barrenjoey Lighthouse is one spot that intrigues and delights me every time we visit. Overlooking the famous Palm Beach, it is a bit of a walk but the view is the perfect reward especially during whale season when you can spot the cows and calves making their trek south for summer. If you make the climb on a Sunday you can access the Lighthouse for a small fee, which is totally worth it, and a real treat for the kids.
Leah is an award-winning family adventure blogger documenting her family adventures around Australia and overseas on her blog, the Kid Bucket List.