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Nine unusual things to discover in Cowra NSW

Nine unusual things to discover in Cowra NSW

Cowra

Discover Cowra’s stunning Japanese Garden, military history and outdoor activities. Visit in spring to experience fields of gold canola!  

Cowra is a medium-sized country town with a fascinating history. The site of the largest Prisoner of War breakout in modern military history, Cowra has several sites to visit that speak to the town’s role in WW2. 

Cowra is also well known for their tranquil Japanese Garden and beautiful fields of canola in spring. 

Canola fields

Canola Cowra Mayfield

It’s hard to miss the canola fields surrounding Cowra in spring, but you can opt for a Fields of Gold canola tour if you’d like to tag along with the experts to see the fields in full bloom. Remember to keep out of the fields and take photos from the roads only!

Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre

Cowra

The Garden is a must-visit at any tie of year, but is particularly stunning in spring. Opened in 1979, the Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre is a tangible monument to peace and reconciliation between two countries.

Cowra

The Garden is a stunning example of Japanese design with its traditional landscaping, and was created to support and advance the cultural relations between the people of Cowra and the people of Japan.    

Read more about visiting the Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre.

Cowra POW Campsite

Cowra

The Cowra POW Campsite has interpretive signage and an audio presentation to help visitors visualise what once stood in this field, and the events that unfolded in 1944. On August 5, more than 1000 Japanese prisoners launched a mass ‘suicide attack’ on their Australian guards to overcome the disgrace of capture.

Cowra

Approximately 300 Japanese POW armed themselves with crude weapons and threw themselves on barbed wire fences and into the firing line of machine guns.

All of the escapees were captured, with a total of 107 POWs wounded, 234 prisoners killed as well as five Australian soldiers.

POW Hologram Theatre

Cowra

To get an understanding of the 1944 breakout, I highly recommend watching the POW Hologram Theatre presentation, located inside the Cowra Visitor Information Centre. The 9-minute presentation of the Cowra Breakout and its aftermath is told through the eyes of “Claire”, a local girl. 

Cowra

Visitor Information Centre, Mid Western Highway, Cowra

Australian World Peace Bell

Cowra

The Australian World Peace Bell was awarded to Cowra in 1992 for its contribution to world peace. It is the only It is the only World Peace Bell in the world that is not located in a city, and was made from melted down coins donated by 106 member countries of the United Nations. 

Civic Square, Darling Street, Cowra

War Cemetery

The only Japanese War Cemetery to be retained in Australia, it was established in 1964 and contains 523 graves including the remains of the 231 Japanese soldiers who were killed in the 1944 Cowra Breakout and all Japanese Nationals who died on Australian soil during World War II. 

Doncaster Drive, Cowra

Cowra Sculpture Park

Cowra

Located at the John Moon Arboretum opposite the Cowra Japanese Garden and Cultural Centre, the Cowra Sculpture Park features sculptures from both nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. 

Cowra

Len Whitely Drive, Cowra Peace Precinct

Indigenous Art Murals

Cowra

Beneath the Lachlan River Bridge you’ll find the the Cowra Bridge Pylons which are covered by a set of stunning indigenous murals by local Aboriginal artist, Kym Freeman. The murals the history of the Wiradjuri people, who inhabited the Cowra area before European settlement. The murals are a short walk from the Visitor Information Centre down to the river.

Cowra

Beneath Lachlan River Car Bridge, Cowra

Bellevue Hill Reserve and Cowra Nature Based Adventure Playground

Cowra

This beautiful reserve, which is located next to the Japanese Garden, is one of the areas’ most popular parks. Containing shaded picnic facilities, free bbqs and public amenities plus the massive Cowra Nature Based Adventure Playground, Bellevue Hill Reserve is a beautiful spot well worth visiting.

Cowra

From the top of the hill you will have a lovely view of Cowra below.

Cowra

The Cowra Nature Based Adventure Playground has play area for kids of all ages, with little and big kids both catered for. The playground includes a nine metre climbing frame and a flying fox.

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Bellevue Hill, Binni Creek Road

Get more info on visiting Cowra here and here.

Get your complete Central West NSW Road Trip itinerary.

Find more things to do in the Orange NSW region including a visit to the Heifer Station.

Find things to do in Cowra NSW including the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

Enjoy the towns of Millthorpe and Carcoar.

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Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre

Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre

Cowra

The Garden is a must-visit at any tie of year, but is particularly stunning in spring. Opened in 1979, the Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre is a tangible monument to peace and reconciliation between two countries.

Cowra

The Garden is a stunning example of Japanese design with its traditional landscaping, and was created to support and advance the cultural relations between the people of Cowra and the people of Japan.    

Cowra

The five hectares of garden were created in the style of a Kaiyushiki (strolling) garden, by Ken Nakajima, to symbolise the Japanese landscape. The two lakes, streams and waterfalls provide a safe haven for local birds, as well as Koi carp whom can be fed from one of the viewing platforms overlooking the lake. We saw plenty of ducks, including a mum and her babies.

Cowra

Other special features of the Garden include a traditional Edo Cottage, an authentic open-air Tea house and a Bonsai House. The Cultural Centre joins the main building, featuring exhibitions from local and regional artists. 

Cowra

We enjoyed brunch at the Cowra Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre, with a beautiful view over the Garden. The Cafe serves modern Australian and Japanese cuisine and offers both indoor air conditioned and outdoor terrace dining.

Cowra

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http://www.cowragarden.com.au

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Find more things to do in the Orange NSW region including a visit to the Heifer Station.

Find things to do in Cowra NSW including the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

Enjoy the towns of Millthorpe and Carcoar.

Find plenty of things to do in Parkes.

Find things to do in Dubbo.

Read more about things to do in Mudgee.

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Carcoar, the town that time forgot

Carcoar, the town that time forgot

Visit the historic village of Carcoar in the NSW Central Tablelands. Take a walking tour of the preserved 19 century buildings set amongst picturesque green hills.

Carcoar

The tiny town of Carcoar can be found 260 km West of Sydney, and approximately 40 minutes equidistant from Bathurst, Orange and Cowra. 

Carcoar

The third-oldest settlement west of the Blue Mountains, Carcoar is a beautiful spot to visit year-round, but particularly during autumn when the leaves are changing colour.

Carcoar

Nestled in a valley alongside the Belubula River, Carcoar is an historic gem with a large number of well preserved 19th century buildings. A walking tour is the best way to enjoy the town, with maps available from the National Trust.

Carcoar

The oldest building in the village is believed to be the 1849 convict-built stables of Stoke House, which is now a museum full of interesting historic gems to peruse.

Carcoar

Highlights also include well-preserved Georgian buildings along the main street, St Paul’s Anglican Church built in 1848 and the century-old courthouse.

Carcoar

The buildings now house museums, shops and cafes, with the highest capita of museums to people of anywhere in Australia. If you wish to stay the night, Carcoar has a wide range of accommodation options, from restored heritage buildings to boutique B&Bs.

Carcoar

Carcoar was settled by Europeans in 1821. There was extensive bushranging in the area particularly after the discovery of gold (which is still mined commercially in the area). The first daylight bank robbery in Australia occurred in Carcoar in 1863, at Carcoar’s Commercial Bank. Today, the building is home to a private toy museum with over 2000 toys of various kinds on display.

Carcoar

To reach Carcoar, take the turn-off on the Mid-Western Highway, the A43.

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Get more information on Carcoar here, here and here.

Get your complete Central West NSW Road Trip itinerary.

Find more things to do in the Orange NSW region including a visit to the Heifer Station.

Find things to do in Cowra NSW including the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

Enjoy the towns of Millthorpe and Carcoar.

Find plenty of things to do in Parkes.

Find things to do in Dubbo.

Read more about things to do in Mudgee.

Read more about visiting Gulgong NSW.

Find more NSW road trip ideas.

Millthorpe Day Trip: How To Spend A Day In Milthorpe

Milthorpe Day Trip: How To Spend A Day In Millthorpe

The perfect day trip in the Orange region, Millthorpe is a heritage-listed village with historical buildings, restaurants, shops and wineries. There are plenty of ways to spend a lovely day in Milthorpe.

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A stroll through Milthorpe is like taking a step back in time to the 1900s in regional NSW. The cobblestoned streets are lined with relatively unchanged 19th century buildings that now house contemporary restaurants, boutique homewares stores and charming accommodation. 

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For a detailed look at Millthorpe’s past, take a tour of the Golden Memories Museum, or download the village walking map to your phone and take a gentle walk around the streets while soaking in its charm. 

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We enjoyed dining at the Railway Station Cafe and browsing the Millthorpe Chocolate shop inside. The Millthorpe Railway Station is a fine example of 19th century building that has been well maintained.

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Millthorpe Chocolates is a locally grown business using the finest Belgian Couverture Chocolate and ingredients. The chocolate is hand tempered and is hand crafted. Milthorpe Millthorpe

Millthorpe Chocolates is a locally grown business using Belgian Couverture Chocolate. The chocolate is tempered and crafted by hand.

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There is a lovely lolly shop on the main street that is impossible to walk past without buying something.

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How to get to Millthorpe:

 The historic town is 20 minutes’ drive southeast of Orange, 10 minutes from Orange Airport, and 30 minutes west of Bathurst. The drive from Sydney is 3 hours 30 minutes. 

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By train: the Western XPT arrives every day from Sydney at 11.48am on its way to Dubbo, then departs at 4.11pm. Book tickets online with NSW Trainlink or by phone 13 22 32. 

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Read more about Millthorpe Village here and here.

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Get your complete Central West NSW Road Trip itinerary.

Find more things to do in the Orange NSW region including a visit to the Heifer Station.

Find things to do in Cowra NSW including the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

Enjoy the towns of Millthorpe and Carcoar.

Find plenty of things to do in Parkes.

Find things to do in Dubbo.

Read more about things to do in Mudgee.

Read more about visiting Gulgong NSW.

Find more NSW road trip ideas.

6 Things to do in Orange NSW

Orange

Six Things to do in Orange NSW

Orange is a large regional centre with art galleries, wineries, hikes and leisure activities. There are plenty of things to do in Orange on a regional NSW road trip. Here are three of our favourite discoveries:

Lake Canobolas

Orange Lake Canobolas

Lake Canobolas is a man-made reservoir located near Orange, a popular spot for recreation since the 1970s.

Orange Lake Canobolas

Cycling, sailing, canoeing, walking, swimming, triathlons and dragon boating are some of the sports/activities held here.

Orange Lake Canobolas

Kids will love the Apex Adventure Playground on the eastern bank.

Orange Lake Canobolas

Bring a picnic or bbq lunch or grab a bite from the Lakehouse kiosk.

Orange Lake Canobolas

There is a walking track around the lake that is great for bird watching and wildlife spotting.

Orange Lake Canobolas

Be sure to walk over the top of the reservoir, it’s a great view of the water gushing over the side.

Orange Lake Canobolas

Lake Canobolas is open daily from early morning until sunset. Dogs are permitted within the park but must be on a lead.

Heifer Station Winery

Orange Heifer Wines

The Heifer Station was built on land that was once one of the biggest cattle stations in Orange. In 2016, Heifer Station opened their cellar door in a 100 year old wool shed, nestled in a beautiful garden with farm yard animals dotted around (or free roaming). 

Get more info on visiting the Heifer Station.

heiferstation.com

Cook Park

Orange

Enjoy the stunning seasonal colours of Orange in Cook Park, a 4.5 hectare park in the centre of Orange named after Captain James Cook.

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The park was laid out in a traditional Victorian design in 1873, with straight paths and rows of trees.

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Cook Park also features duck ponds, kids’ swings, an aviary with birds, the Lattice Fernery and Cook Park Guildry.

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Cook Park is an easy 10 minute walk west of the Orange CBD via Summer or Kite Streets.

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Spilt Milk Gelato

You must try this delicious gelato made with the best ingredients from Aussie farms.

Orange

spiltmilkbar.com

Racine Bakery

Orange

This bakery is a must-visit – if you can manage to find it! Racine Bakery can be found behind a strip of shops, with the entrance in the Woolworths car park. They sell the most delicious bread, cakes, pastries, sandwiches, salads, pies and sausage rolls, all hand-made on site.

Orange

Entry via woolworths carpark, 166B Summer St, Orange

racinerestaurant.com.au

Gracie Burger

Orange

We loved these brightly coloured burger and fries meals from Gracie Burger, with an option for a chickpea patty in lieu of meat for adult and kids meals. 

Orange

Fantastic fries and shakes, too!

Orange

gracieburger.com.au

Accommodation

We stayed at the Mercure Orange during our stay. The hotel was clean, conveniently located and well run.

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Get more info on visiting Orange.

Get your complete Central West NSW Road Trip itinerary.

Find more things to do in the Orange NSW region including a visit to the Heifer Station.

Find things to do in Cowra NSW including the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

Enjoy the towns of Millthorpe and Carcoar.

Find plenty of things to do in Parkes.

Find things to do in Dubbo.

Read more about things to do in Mudgee.

Read more about visiting Gulgong NSW.

Find more NSW road trip ideas.

Little Succers: Build Your Own Terrarium Bar Neutral Bay

Little Succers

Little Succers: Build Your Own Terrarium Bar

Get your hands dirty at Little Succers Build Your Own Terrarium Bar in Neutral Bay. Create your own succulent masterpiece to take home.

Little Succers

The Little Succers Build Your Own Terrarium Bar and Succulent Shop in Neutral Bay is a place to let your creativity run wild. Book in for their popular Build Your Own Terrarium events with a $20 ticket that is redeemable on the day towards your terrarium purchase.

Little Succers

Choose from a wide variety of terrariums to start your creation, each with a different cost point. Then, under guidance from the staff, choose from a wide selection of vases, succulents, cacti, coloured pebbles and sand, crystals and other decorations to build your own personalised mini-garden.

Little Succers

During the school holidays Little Succers runs special events for kids (which we attended), as well as hosting private parties, kids parties and corporate gigs. The classes run for approximately two hours.

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Little Succers also hosts private events, kids parties and corporate gigs.

Little Succers: Build Your Own Terrarium Bar & Succulent Gift Shop
Shop 5 and 6, 81-91 Military Road
Neutral Bay
littlesuccers.com.au

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Avoca Beach NSW Australia: Great for kids and dogs!

Avoca Beach NSW Australia

Enjoy the sparkling water of Avoca Beach, the perfect spot on the Central Coast for families (and dogs!). 

Avoca, NSW, Australia

Located about 30 minutes from Gosford, Avoca Beach is a popular spot for locals and Sydney-siders. Avoca Beach stretches 1.7km, with a beautiful shallow rock pool at the southern end.

Avoca, NSW, Australia

There are plenty of cafes to enjoy a hearty brunch at the southern end also. The cafes all feature outdoor seating, making this a fab spot for families and dogs to enjoy casual meals right by the water.

Avoca Beach NSW Australia

We love to grab snacks or smoothies from the Avoca Beach Kiosk next to the life saving club, or a delicious meal at Point Cafe.

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Point Cafe offers all-day breakfast, a kids’ menu and a variety of dishes to suit dietary requirements.

Avoca, NSW, Australia

There is a large, fenced playground behind the surf life saving club, and a grassy park next to it. 

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A large bathroom block is located next to the playground.

Keep walking past the rock pool and you’ll find a rock shelf with more little rock pools that are great for exploring.

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For more aquatic fun, hire a kayak, pedal boat or stand-up paddleboards from Aquafun Avoca Lake and splash around the lagoon.

Avoca Beach NSW Australia

The official off-leash dog area is from the surf club parking lot down to the North Avoca end of the beach on the opposite side of the lagoon. This is technically the space between two beaches, Avoca Beach and North Avoca Beach. 

Avoca Beach NSW Australia

Avoca Lake backs on to the beach. Hire kayaks, pedal boats and stand-up paddleboards from Aquafun Avoca Lake and splash about the sparkling waterway or paddle to the large island in the middle of the tranquil lagoon.

If the weather isn’t in your favour, catch a movie at the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, which opened in 1948 and is a lovely little single screen vintage theatre.

The fourth Sunday of every month you’ll find the Avoca Beachside Markets creating some extra bustle in town, with lots of local food and crafts on offer.

Avoca Beach NSW is an easy 90 minute drive north of Sydney and an 80m drive south from Newcastle. To reach it by public transport is a bit of an effort but do-able – catch the train from Central to Gosford or Newcastle to Gosford, then change to a bus to take you to Avoca Beach. It will take around 2 hours to reach Avoca Beach via public transport.

Avoca, NSW, Australia

I’d suggest staying a few days either at Avoca Beach or in the general area to explore all of the Central Coast gems. 

Avoca Beach NSW is located at the end of a long no-through road. There is limited parking so allow time to find a spot if you are on a schedule, or arrive early to ensure an easy park.

Avoca Beach NSW Australia

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Hillbilly Cider Shed & Pizza, Bilpin

Hillbilly Cider Bilpin

Hillbilly Cider Shed & Pizza, Bilpin

Enjoy crushed cider using Bilpin, Blue Mountains apples and woodfired pizza at Hillybilly Cider Shed. 

Hillbilly Cider Bilpin

Hillbilly Cider is the creation of Shane and Tessa McLaughlin, who moved to an orchard in Biulpin in 2007 and were inspired by their surrounds to brew this now local favourite Blue Mountains cider. 

Hillbilly Cider is the only cider in the world that uses the Julie™ apple, the first new commercial apple discovered in the Sydney/Blue Mountains area since the Granny Smith apple 100 years ago! The Julie™ was a chance seedling discovered by Bill and Julie Shields at their orchard located next door to the Hillbilly Cider shed.

Hillbilly Cider Bilpin

Drop by the Hillbilly Cider Shed to try their cider and also to enjoy some very fine woodfired pizza. 

There is plenty of outdoor seating and a large grassed area for kids to run around. Dogs are welcome!

Hillbilly Cider Bilpin

During winter, there is a log fire burning inside the shed to keep visitors cosy and warm. 

Bookings are always advised, but you can also drop by and grab whatever table you can find that’s free. 

The pizzas are Neapolitan-style pizzas. All bases and sauce are made at the Hillybilly Cider Shed. Gluten-free bases are available, as it a vegan pizza. 

Hillbilly Cider Bilpin

We highly enjoyed Margheritas (Neapolitan tomato sauce, Fior di latte, Grana Padano & fresh basil, $19) and a Pepperoni (Neapolitan tomato sauce, Fior di latte and beef pepperoni, $23).

Hillbilly Cider Bilpin

Hillbilly Cider
2230 Bells Line of Rd, Bilpin
Hours: Mon-Thur 10am-4pm, Fri-Sun 10am-6pm.
Wood fired pizzas available from 11.30am to eat in or take away.
https://hillbillycider.com.au/

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Breenhold Gardens Mount Wilson Sydney

Visiting Breenhold Gardens in Mount Wilson, Sydney

Breenhold Gardens Mt Wilson Sydney

Enjoy spring and autumn colours at the heritage-listed Breenhold Gardens in Mount Wilson, a two-hour drive from the Sydney CBD. The Garden Estate of Breenhold is one of the most extensive privately owned garden properties in Australia.

Breenhold Gardens Mt Wilson Sydney

Breenhold Gardens are only open during autumn and spring to the public, however are also available throughout the year for private hire for weddings, film shoots and special events. The Great Gatsby was filmed here!

Breenhold Gardens Mt Wilson Sydney

The garden estate is comprises of 45 hectares of gardens, parkland and native bushland. It was the creation of the late Thomas Breen (Snr) and his wife Charlotte, who commenced its planting and landscaping in 1965.

Breenhold Gardens Mt Wilson Sydney

Breenhold Garden has grown and developed over the years, and now includes thousands of exotic and indigenous trees and flowering shrubs from every continent.

Breenhold Gardens Mt Wilson Sydney

Set aside a good few hours to leisurely explore the six stone walled gardens, bush trails and forest walks. There are extensive lawns for playing and picnicking. 

Breenhold Gardens Mt Wilson Sydney

We visited during autumn, when the deciduous trees of Breenhold Gardens were in full colour. Japanese maple, beech, birch, oak and many varieties of pines and cedars have been planted alongside native tree ferns and eucalypts. 

Breenhold Gardens Mt Wilson Sydney

Spring is also a beautiful time to visit Breenhold Garden, when hundreds of flowering azaleas and rhododendrons, as well as Japanese cherry trees, magnolia and dogwood fill the estate with beautiful colour once again.

Breenhold Gardens Mt Wilson Sydney

Breenhold Gardens are dog-friendly! Well behaved dogs are permitted to enter but must stay on a leash at all times. 

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There are very basic bathroom facilities available at Breenhold Gardens, but no cafe / shop to purchase food or drinks. I highly suggest bringing your own picnic from home and a blanket to spread out on, or stopping by the Grumpy Baker in Bilpin on the way past to pick up some of the most delicious pastries you’ll find in Sydney. 

Grumpy Baker Bilpin

You can also do what we did and drop by Hillbilly Cider for pizza afterwards. It’s also super dog-friendly!

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Breenhold Gardens
Price: Entry fee

29 The Avenue, Mount Wilson
breenhold.com.au

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acre Artarmon: Bar, Cafe & Bakery

acre Artarmon

Enjoy farm-inspired food grown on-site at acre Artarmon. This open-air urban oasis features indoor and outdoor seating, picnic style areas, kids’ play area and chicken coop.

Acre Artarmon

We are frequent visitors to acre at Camperdown Commons, so were extremely keen to check out the new acre in the family, located at the HomeHQ Artarmon. 

acre Artarmon is a cafe, restaurant, bar and bakery set within sprawling indoor and outdoor gardens that produce the food that goes straight into kitchen to produce the meals. 

Acre Artarmon

Featuring local and exotic fruit trees, a kitchen garden, vertical plantings & hydroponic growing systems and planted pergolas, acre Artarmon is a fascinating place to dine and discover, where you can browse the gardens where your food was grown. You know your meal is going to be made with super fresh produce when you can see it growing on the vines!

Acre Artarmon

There are several dining options at acre Artarmon. There is a cafe bakery with freshly baked items that can be quickly consumed or taken to go, such as pies, sandwiches, quiche and delicious croissants. 

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The restaurant extends inside and out onto the terrace, with a breakfast menu offered until 11:30am and a dedicated lunch menu. The breakfast menu features traditional brekkie staples like eggs as well as dishes that hero the fresh plants such as tomatoes and avocado.

The lunch menu offers delicious homemade pizzas and an eclectic menu with burgers, salads and pasta. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan dishes on both menus and the kids’ menu has the usual favourites, served up in a generous portion. Adults might want to try a garden-inspired cocktail.

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We ordered the Kids Margarita Pizza ($10) and Smoked Beetroot, Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Ricotta ($22). Kids also get a cute colouring in sheet if they like.

Acre Artarmon

Outside, there are picnic style seating areas, a kids’ playground and chicken coop.

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If you’re driving there, park in the HomeHQ where the first three hours are free. acre Artarmon is also located 1km from Artarmon or St Leonards station on the North Shore line.

Acre Artarmon
1 Frederick Street, Artarmon
Hours:
Cafe Bakery: Mon – Sat 7am – 5pm | Sun 7am – 3pm
Restaurant: Thursday 4.30pm – 10.30pm | Fri 12pm – 11pm | Sat 12pm – 11pm | Sun 12pm – 4pm
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