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Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway

kokoda track memorial walkway

Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway

A living memorial and commemoration site in Sydney’s inner-west, the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway honours Australians who fought for their country during World War II.

kokoda track memorial walkway

The walkway runs over 800m from Rhodes Station to Concord Hospital, along the mangrove-lined shores of Brays Bay on the Parramatta River.

According to the official Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway site, “A principal focus is on the sacrifices made during key Papua New Guinea battles which took place in 1942-43 along the Kokoda Track, at Milne Bay on the south-eastern tip of Papua, and at Buna, Gona, and Sanananda on the northern coastline.”

Kokoda

The official start of the walk is at the Memorial Rose Garden near Concord Hospital. The Rose Garden, features two semi-circular Memorial Walls, set amongst beautiful roses (visit in summer to see them in full bloom). On the walls are plaques dedicated to the memory of Australians who served in the war.

kokoda track memorial walkway

The Bruce Kingsbury VC Path links the Rose Garden to the rainforest-lined Walkway, where 22 audio-visual stations have been nestled into the bush alongside the path.

kokoda track memorial walkway

Each station describes a significant place or military engagement which took place along the Kokoda Track, at Milne Bay, and the northern coastal regions of Papua New Guinea. The lush vegetation lining the Walkway is reminiscent of the Kokoda Track.

kokoda track memorial walkway

The Killoola Street entrance brings you to Rhodes Park, where you’ll find the Kokoda Cafe, offering breakfast and lunch with traditional brekkie-style dishes and salads for those who are health conscious. There is outdoor seating available.

kokoda track memorial walkway

Restrooms are also available at this entrance, as well as the Five Senses Garden and play area for people of all ages, toddler to seniors.

kokoda track memorial walkway

Inside the Five Senses Garden is a selection of play and discovery equipment for children, as well as opportunities for people in the community, including those with disabilities, to get involved with the garden through workshops and classes. The garden was designed to function as “an inter-generational garden where children can play and older people can learn and feel less isolated.”

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The Walkway ends at Brays Bay Reserve, which has a large grassed area, two playgrounds, one fenced for younger children and one unfenced for older kids, and picnic facilities. 

Read more about Brays Bay Reserve.

The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway is wheelchair accessible, as are the toilets and cafe. Rhodes railway station is wheelchair accessible. When arriving at Rhodes Station, follow the signs to the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway.

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Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway
Rhodes Park, Killoola St, Concord West
https://www.kokodawalkway.com.au/

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Glenorie Bakery: Pies and eclairs and freshly baked bread, oh my!

Glenorie Bakery Sydney

Glenorie Bakery: Pies and eclairs and freshly baked bread, oh my!

Get your pastry on at Glenorie Bakery, a destination for some of the best pies and bread in Sydney. The bakery features cafe dining, indoor and outdoor seating plus a playground.

Glenorie Bakery Sydney

Glenorie Bakery is a well-known pie destination, winning awards such as Bakery of the Year and inclusion of lists for Sydney’s best pies. And yes, Glenorie Bakery does amazing pies, and incredible bread, too. If you want to drop by and pick up a few pies or loaves of bread, it’s worth dropping by at any time. 

Glenorie Bakery Sydney

The bakery also offers a cafe menu and onsite dining, with indoor and outdoor seating. Breakfast is served daily from 7:00am to 11:30am, with lunch taking over from 11:30am to 3:00pm.

Glenorie Bakery Sydney

Glenorie Bakery is open longer hours for takeaway coffee and food. As well as their coffee, pies and breads, the bakery has the most incredible assortment of sweet pastries, fruit tarts and eclairs, plus locally made produce such as jams, juice and honey. There are 14 types of eclairs on offer, including Nutella. They’re our fave!

All of the baked goods are made on-site by the Glenorie Bakery pastry chefs.

Glenorie Bakery

Glenorie Bakery is famous for their award-winning meat pie – however they also do great vegetarian/vegan pies.

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If you have kids, choose a table outside near the play equipment.

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Glenorie Bakery
4/930 Old Northern Rd, Glenorie NSW
(02) 9652 2624
Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-6pm, Sat & Sun 6am-5pm
glenoriebakery.com.au

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Harry Potter Store Quizzic Alley in Drummoyne Sydney

Quizzic Alley Drummoyne

Harry Potter Store Quizzic Alley in Drummoyne Sydney

Find the finest selection of officially licensed Harry Potter merchandise in Sydney at Quizzic Alley, Drummoyne.

Quizzic Alley first opened in Canberra in 2018. A second store opened in the Sydney suburb of Drummoyne in late 2020. The store is owned and operated by Michael Milton, who decided to open the store after seeing a high demand from Sydney locals visiting his Fyshwick outpost.

Read more about the original Quizzic Alley store in Canberra.

Quizzic Alley Drummoyne

The new Quizzic Alley store has taken over the original Bank of NSW building in Drummoyne, built in 1928. While there is no Ford Anglia in this store, it’s still filled with plenty of Harry Potter magic.

Quizzic Alley Drummoyne

A trip to Quizzic Alley is not your regular retail experience. While the store stocks an astonishing variety of Harry Potter merchendise, what makes it really special is the staff, who love to talk all things Hogwarts, and meeting fellow Potter-heads. 

Quizzic Alley Drummoyne

Quizzic Alley is the place to find basically anything Harry Potter you can imagine. From wands to Gryffindor robes, Hogwarts Express slippers, backpacks, pens, puzzles, books, collectables and dress-ups, not to mention chocolate frogs and even a cup of Butterbear, Quizzic Alley will have whatever it is your Harry Potter-loving heart might desire. 

Quizzic Alley Drummoyne

Parking in the area can be a bit tricky. There is on-street parking on Victoria Rd 10am-3pm weekdays and a free council car park in Formosa St.

Quizzic Alley Drummoyne

To get there by public transport, catch a ferry to Drummoyne Wharf (950m) away or a bus from Town Hall (20 minutes).

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Quizzic Alley
191 Victoria Rd
Drummoyne NSW 2047
Hours: Wed-Fri, closed Mon & Tue.
Phone: 02 97199286
quizzicalley.com

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Bulgandry Aboriginal Art Site, Central Coast

Bulgandry Aboriginal Engravings

Bulgandry Aboriginal Art Site

The Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place is a sacred Indigenous site in the Brisbane Water National Park, near Kariong.

Bulgandry Aboriginal Engravings

This incredible Aboriginal rock art site is a short stroll through the bush from the car park, with a boardwalk placed around the site to protect it from visitors. 

Bulgandry Aboriginal Engravings

Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place is truly a special place, with so many ancient engravings in the one space, so well preserved considering that most of them are over 200 years old, with many perhaps ten times that age.

Bulgandry Aboriginal Engravings

The name “Bulgandry” comes from the name given to a large engraving of a man who was thought to represent an ancestral hero. He is depicted in the engravings with an impressive headdress.

Bulgandry Aboriginal Engravings

Other engravings include wallabies, fish, a dolphin and some stone tool sharpening grooves.

Bulgandry Aboriginal Engravings

Bulgandry Aboriginal Engravings
Tool sharpening grooves.

Please treat the site with respect and keep on the boardwalk when exploring the Bulgandry Aboriginal Art Site.

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The site can be a bit tricky to find as it’s not signposted well. From the Central Coast Highway, take Woy Woy Road at Kariong. Travel approximately 3km towards Woy Woy and you will see a very small sign indicating a turnoff to the Bulgandry Art Site Aboriginal Place on your right. The walk starts at the far end of the car park – there is no sign but it is the only path that is there to take.

There are no bathroom facilities in this area.

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Bulgandry Aboriginal Art Site
nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

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Amazement Farm and Fun Park Wyong

Amazement Wyong

Amazement Farm and Fun Park Wyong

The Amazement Farm and Fun Park in Wyong has plenty for the whole family to enjoy, from mazes to friendly farm animals, train rides and giant board games.

Amazement Wyong

A family-friendly attraction on the Central Coast, the Amazement Farm and Fun Park is a great outing with plenty to explore. 

Amazement Wyong

The Amazement Farm and Fun Park offers several attractions that can be enjoyed all day as well as timed activities, making it a perfect road trip stopover or a way to spend the entire day. 

Amazement Wyong

Kids will enjoy running through the three hedge mazes, swinging through the playground and playing giant board games, as well as feeding the farm animals.

Amazement Wyong

If you want to do all of the activities on offer, arrive by 10am and follow the presentation schedule. When we visited it was as follows:

10am – 11am – Farmyard Animal Petting
11.30am – Reptile Presentation
1.00pm – Donkey Walk and Pat
1.30pm Baby Animal Bottle Feeding
1.45pm – Baby Emu / Black Swan Presentation
2.00pm – 3.00pm – Farmyard Animal Petting
3.30pm – Baby Donkey “Cadbury” Meet and Greet

Amazement Wyong

There are also pony rides on offer between 11.30am – 12.30pm and ferris wheel rides between 10am-2pm – both for an additional cost.

Amazement Wyong

To see all of the animals at Amazement Farm and Fun Park you’ll need to take a train ride, which lasts 15 minutes and runs at 11.00am, 1.00pm and 3pm (additional cost). Camel feeding can be done only when taking the train.

Amazement Wyong

There are also optional animal encounters for an additional cost: reptile holds, emu chick encounters and possum encounters. 

Amazement Wyong

There is a cafe onsite or bbq facilities and picnic tables to BYO food.

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Amazement Farm and Fun Park Wyong
170 Yarramalong Rd, Wyong Creek NSW
Hours: Wed-Sun 9:30am-4pm (Last Entry: 3pm)
Open every day in the school holidays

Open all public holidays except Christmas Day
https://sydneykoala.com.au/

 

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Wyong Milk Factory, The Perfect Central Coast Outing

Amazement Wyong

Wyong Milk Factory, The Perfect Central Coast Outing

The Wyong Milk Factory has something for everyone: great food, a playground and locally-made treats.

Wyong Milk Factory

The Wyong Milk Factory was originally built as a Butter Factory in 1907 by a cop-op of 56 local farmers to take advantage of the newly completed Sydney to Newcastle railway. The Butter Factory burned to the ground in a fire in 1921, and was rebuilt as the current Milk Factory by the 200+ dairy farmers who had by this time become shareholders in the Co-op.

Wyong Milk Factory

Today, the Wyong Milk Factory is more than just a pitstop on a road trip, it’s a destination worth visiting on its own. The Factory is home to two eateries, the Milk Factory Café and Wyong Milk Factory Tavern, plus a variety of local businesses, a playground and leisure activities.

Wyong Milk Factory

The Wyong Milk Factory Café is a kid-friendly spot open open seven days a week, offering light and hearty breakfast and lunch dishes with plenty of options for kids and dietary requirements. You really need to have a milkshake if you visit!

Wyong Milk Factory

The cafe has both indoor and outdoor seating. The outdoor seating is closest to the outdoor playground. You do however need to cross the road area where cars might drive through when parking, so please walk kids there and back yourself. 

While we had a delicious breakfast at the Wyong Milk Factory Café, they’re also well known for their wood fire pizzas. 

The Wyong Milk Factory Tavern is the other dining option, offering a mix of hearty pub food, burgers and pizzas, along with a Thai menu. There’s also daily specials made with local produce, local and craft beers and a fine wine menu. The Tavern is open Wednesdays through to Sundays and is a family friendly venue, with a special Kids Zone indoor play area to keep little ones occupied while waiting for food to arrive. 

Wyong Milk Factory

The outdoor playground was a hit for us. Fully fenced, it features a pirate ship, swings, cubby houses and picnic benches. It’s fully-fenced as well. 

Wyong Milk Factory

Make a day out of your visit to the Wyong Milk Factory with a kayak, stand up paddle board or row boat on the river. These can all be hired from All Sorts by calling 4352 3811.

Before you hop in your car and head back home, stop by the little local stores who are set up inside the Wyong Milk Factory. 

Wyong Milk Factory

When we visited, we highly enjoyed watching chocolate being made (and then sampling some!) from Luka Chocolates, as well as watching donuts being glazed at Daily Dough Co. Next time we will try some cheese from Little Creek Cheese.

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Wyong Milk Factory
141 Alison Rd, Wyong
wyongmilkfactory.com.au

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Visit Camp Cove Beach at Watsons Bay, Sydney

Camp Cove Beach

Camp Cove Beach

Take a dip at Camp Cove, a short stroll from Watsons Bay ferry wharf. Millionaire views and calm water make for a delightful beach outing.

Camp Cove is a wheelchair-accessible beach located on the harbour side of South Head. Its calm waters attract families, while adults love the stunning city views and underwater aquatic life – octopus, cuttlefish, frogfish and the occasional seahorse can be found in the water for divers, while there is good snorkelling round the rocks.

Camp Cove Beach

Parking is extremely limited and in summer this tiny beach is very popular, so if you’re intending to head here, arrive very, very early to secure street parking. 

Camp Cove Beach

There is very little shade on Camp Cove Beach, so as well as packing your picnic blanket and towels, I recommend a beach umbrella or tent. We have a small tent that folds up in the boot of our car and is the size of a large beach frisbee.

Camp Cove Beach

As the water is so calm, it’s a great spot to bring a boogie board or kayak for a paddle. 

There is a small kiosk at the entrance to Camp Cove Beach selling snacks and drinks. It’s a longer walk to a proper cafe however, so BYO food.

Camp Cove Beach

There are shower facilities, and toilets are located at Green Point Reserve at the southern end.

Dogs are prohibited at all times.

If you have time, take the South Head Heritage trail, starts at the northern end of the beach. The walk has stunning scenery and also lets visitors take in the unique history of the area.

Camp Cove Beach

Camp Cove Beach was a place where the local Aboriginal community found fish and shellfish. There are rock engravings in the area depicting a range of marine creatures including whales and fish, and a a rock shelter at the northern end of the Camp Cove Beach that shows evidence of habitation by the local Aboriginal people.

Camp Cove Beach

European history at Camp Cove Beach begins in 1788, when Governor Phillip and the First Fleet rested here for a night before landing at Sydney Cove. A fishery was set up nearby in 1792 to help feed the new settlement at Sydney Cove.

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Camp Cove Beach
23B Victoria Street, Watsons Bay

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Visit Red Hands Cave in the Blue Mountains National Park

Visit Red Hands Cave in the Blue Mountains National Park

Red Hands Cave in Blue Mountains National Park is one of the best examples of Aboriginal rock art in this part of Sydney.

Red Hands Cave

Located in the Glenbrook area of the Blue Mountains National Park, Red Hands Cave can be reached via the 8km Red Hands Cave loop walking track which starts at the causeway near the park entrance.

Red Hands Cave

The cave can also be accessed by driving around 13km past the park entrance (it takes around 30-40 minutes), along the unsealed Oaks trail and Red Hands trail, to Red Hands Cave carpark, for a 1km return walk.

Red Hands Cave

Red Hands Cave features thousands of layered hand prints and stencils, thought to have been painted between 500 and 1600 years ago. The vibrant colours of red, yellow and white are still highly visible, creating a stunning collage inside the cave. 

Red Hands Cave

Indigenous artists would have created these stencils though several techniques including chewing a mixture of ochre and water, and then blowing it over a hand resting on the wall, forming a stencil.

Aboriginal axe grinding grooves can also be spotted in the rocks beside Camp Fire Creek, in the walk to the cave.

Red Hands Cave has a protective grate in front of it, however the art is still easily visible through the holes. Photos are allowed, however please don’t use a flash as that can damage the art work.

Red Hands Cave

The walk to the cave is an easy 500m walk. Oh a hot day, however, you will need a hat, sunscreen and water. 

There are basic restroom facilities available at the car park.

Read more about visiting Red Hands Cave.

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Red Hands Cave

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Take A Dip In The Jellybean Pool in the Blue Mountains National Park

Jellybean Pool

Jellybean Pool Blue Mountains

Enjoy a refreshing dip in the Jellybean Pool, a short stroll down the Jellybean Track in Glenbrook, at the base of the Blue Mountains. The pool makes for a perfect Blue Mountains day trip with kids, who will love swimming in the calm waters.

Jellybean Pool

Located inside the Blue Mountains National Park, the Jellybean Pool is a relaxing spot to swim, watch birds or picnic on the shore. There is a large parking lot which fills quickly on hot days, and an overflow car park which has a steep walk down to the start of the trail.

Jellybean Pool

From the parking lot the Jellybean Track is a 500m walk downhill to the Jellybean Pool. The walk is graded a 3 as it is steep and slippery in places with sand.

Jellybean Pool

An $8 park entry fees applies – you will be charged as you drive into the Blue Mountains National Park. You can also leave your car at the Glenbrook Information Centre at the Starting at the Glenbrook entrance to Blue Mountains National Park and walk from there for a more challenging walk.

Jellybean Pool

The Blue Mountains National Park is open from the first Sunday in October to first Sunday in April 8.30am to 7pm, and the rest of the year 8.30am to 6pm.

Jellybean Pool

When visiting the Jellybean Pool pack sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, towels and any food and water you might need. Floatation devices are fun as the water is so flat. You will see boogie boards, pool floats and even paddle boards down there. Remember it’s a walk through the bush to get to the pool and pack appropriate footwear. 

Jellybean Pool

The Jellybean Track winds through the Glenbrook Gorge, past pretty mountain spotted gums, down to the river. There is a lot of birdlife in the area so keep eyes peeled for kestrels and other birds of prey, rainbow lorikeets and even blue kingfishers.

Jellybean Pool

The water is shallow and perfect for littlies to paddle in safely. Up river the water gets deeper.

Jellybean Pool

There are no bathrooms at the Jellybean Pool, or rubbish bins, so prepare accordingly and take your rubbish with you.

Jellybean Pool

The pool gets extremely popular in summer so go early. We arrived at around 10am and it was a little busy but still plenty of parking available.

Jellybean Pool

Keep a close eye on small children. Remember there are no life guards present and keep a close eye on kids in the water.

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After a swim, we highly recommend the 30min drive to Red Hands Cave to see amazing Aboriginal hand prints and stencils.

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Jellybean Pool
Hours: 8.30am–7pm during daylight savings; 8.30am–6pm the rest of the year.

Distance: From the Jellybean Pool car park it’s about a 200m walk downhill including steel stairs (about a 10-minute walk).

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Bells Road Social Native High Tea

Bells Road Social Native High Tea

Enjoy the flavours of Australia with a Native High Tea at the Bells Road Social cafe in Oatlands, Sydney.

Bells Road Social

Bells Road Social is a beautiful little cafe in Oatlands, Sydney. They have developed a beautiful Native High Tea that showcases ingredients that been used by the Indigenous communities for thousands of years. Bookings are essential. There is no kids’ serve of the tea, however they do run a seperate kids’ high tea during school holidays.

Bells Road Social

Bells Road Social

The tea includes savoury and sweet options plus hot tea and a cool mocktail, all featuring native ingredients. We had a special vegetarian version of the high tea.

Bells Road Social

The Native Australian High Tea is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 11 am to 2 pm. Booking is essential (min 2 people).
Price $49 pp.
 
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We really enjoyed our high tea as it was very different from the others we have experienced. It was lovely to introduce my 9-year-old to native Australian ingredients that she had never heard of before. 
 
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We highly enjoyed our Native High Tea experience. Every item of food was delicious, and the service was excellent. I also really appreciated that we were given our own vegetarian menu.
 
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Across the road is a lovely little park with lots of shade and play equipment for kids to run around before or after dining at the Bells Road Social. Free street parking is available directly outside of the cafe.
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Bells Road Social
1 Bells Rd, Oatlands NSW
Phone: (02) 9684 6221
thebellsroadsocial.com.au
 

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