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Visiting Greenwich Baths, Sydney

Visiting Greenwich Baths, Sydney

Enjoy an ocean dip at Greenwich Baths. With calm water, stunning views and an onsite cafe, the Baths are the perfect spot for swimmers of all ages.

Greenwich Baths is located on the tip of Greenwich Point. Surrounded by a shark-proof net and a child-proof gate, the Baths are the perfect spot for families to relax as well as adults to swim laps in the gentle ocean water.

The Baths are ideally located in a protected inlet, so the water is calm and flat, but the surrounding views of Sydney CBDm Cockatoo Island and Iron Cove are spectacular. 

Greenwich Baths

Bathers pay a small fee to enter and use the facilities inside, which include a cafe, toys for sand play, sun-loungers and picnic tables. The cafe serves coffee and solid meals including fish and chips, toasted sandwiches and calamari, as well as snacks, milkshakes and gelato.

Greenwich Baths

Change rooms and shower facilities are also included in the entry fee. Kids under 3 are free. 

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There is free parking on the surrounding streets however it is limited and there is a bit of a walk to get down to the Baths from the street. Wollstonecraft station is a short walk. Another option is the 265 bus or by taking the Sydney Ferries Woolwich/Balmain ferry route to Greenwich Point which docks metres away from the Baths.

Greenwich Baths
Albert Street, Greenwich NSW
Cost: Casual entry adults $4.40, children under 16/students $3.40
Phone: 02 9438 5922
Hours: October 7am- 6pm, November 7am- 7pm, December & January 7am- 8pm, February 7am- 7pm, March 7am- 6pm, April 7am- 5pm
greenwichbaths.com.au

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KOI Dessert Kitchen & Frozen High Tea

Enjoy spectacular desserts beyond your wildest imagination at KOI Dessert Kitchen in Chippendale and Ryde.

Koi Dessert Kitchen

KOI, which stands for ‘Kids of Ike’, is a dessert “kitchen” operated by brothers Ronald, Arnold and Reynold Poernomo. Reynold came to national attention through his appearances on Masterchef – and indeed, a walk into KOI reveals a showcase of the most amazing looking cakes that our eyes have seen.

Koi Dessert Kitchen

The desserts are single serve or cake-sized which are perfect for parties.

Koi Dessert Kitchen

The three brothers aim to deliver KOI diners an experience that arouses and excites the senses. The kitchen is really more like a cafe serving just desserts. They do put on high teas, and we attended their “In Summer” high tea, inspired by Frozen the Musical.

Koi Dessert Kitchen

The High Tea is available Saturdays and Sundays only from 9th January – 31st January at KOI Chippendale and KOI Ryde.

Koi Dessert Kitchen

The high tea comes in adult and child servings. We opted for two adult servings for the three of us to share as hubby isn’t a dessert person and the kid doesn’t like the savouries. The kid version has two less dessert items.

Koi Dessert Kitchen

“In Summer” High Tea includes a selection of savoury bites, “In Summer” inspired desserts and free-flowing tea or coffee.

“IN SUMMMER” HIGH TEA MENU
Eternal Winter (raspberry, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry)
Jade (chocolate, raspberry)
In summer Jar (passionfruit, coconut, pineapple)
Cherry Jazz (cherry, raspberry, jasmine, blood orange, almond)
Salted Caramel Macaron
Chamomile and Honey Scone
Brik Pastry, Tomato Cream, Lump Fish Roe
Chicken and Leek Pie
Tomato on Toast with Feta

$70/person
(Including free flow of tea and coffee)

We had a vegetarian version which had a mushroom pie and tomato cream roll without the fish roe.

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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION
High Tea time allocation is 1.5 hour per seating.
Booking time is between 11am to 4pm (last seating).
Minimum 2 people per high tea set.
Please provide 48-hour notice for all dietary requirements. Bookings are highly recommended and must be fully prepaid in advance.
Cancellation policy: 72 hours notification required, in the case booking is canceled less than 72 hours $70/person cancellation fee applies.

koidessertbar.com.au

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Tee off at Pixar Putt in Sydney

Pixar Putt Sydney Australia

Tee off with Woody and friends at the pop-up mini golf experience, Pixar Putt at Bankwest Stadium, Sydney.

Pixar Putt Sydney

After making its successful worldwide debut in Melbourne in January 2019, with over 25,000 enjoying a round of Pixar Putt, then Sydney in May, 2019, our fave putting experience is back for a limited time ay Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta.

Pixar Putt Sydney

Tickets are now on sale for the attraction. Due to Pixar Putt’s popularity, it’s highly advisable to book a session in advance.

Pixar Putt Sydney

Pixar Putt was inspired by beloved stories, characters and icons from some of Disney-Pixar’s most iconic films including Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Inside Out and Coco.

Pixar Putt Sydney

It is located right next to the new Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta, where guests can choose between playing 9-holes or the full 18-hole course. We chose 18 holes and it took us almost 2 hours to complete the course on a busy day. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water as the weather has been all over the shop.

Pixar Putt Sydney

We loved Pixar Putt when it first came to Sydney in 2019 and loved it just as much again for our second go. There are two new holes to represent the new films Onward and Soul, plus some extra photo ops.

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Bankwest Stadium is located right next to Parramatta Park, so I highly suggest making a day of it in the park with a picnic lunch or with a cafe and trying the two playgrounds in Parramatta Park.

Find things to do nearby in Parramatta and Western Sydney.

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There is a parking lot right next to the putt putt course for easy access.

There are also adults only “After Dark” sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm-10pm.

Pixar Putt
Dates: Currently through to January 31.

Bankwest Stadium, 11-13 O’Connell St, Parramatta.
Hours: Sun-Thurs 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat 10am-10pm (Adults Only from 7pm-10pm)
Prices: 18 holes $39.90 Adult, $29.90 Child, $119.60 Family (2A/2C or 1A/3C), 9 holes $24.90 Adult, $19.90 Child, $79.50 Family (2A/2C or 1A/3C)
pixarputt.com.au

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Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool & Poolside Cafe, Sydney

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool & Poolside Cafe, Sydney

Enjoy swimming with a view of Woolloomooloo Bay at the Andrew “Boy” Charlton Pool, located in The Domain, Sydney.

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool is an eight-lane outdoor heated salt-water 50-metre swimming pool, with a smaller, 20m shallow pool. 

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney

There have been 11 outdoor bathing establishments in the Woolloomooloo Bay area since European settlement, including the “Gentlemen’s Baths”, which held Australia’s first official competitive swimming events in 1846.

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney

The most recent pool was named in honour of Australian swimmer Andrew “Boy” Charlton, who won five Olympic medals during the 1920s, and who set a world record at the baths (then called the Domain Baths) in 1924.

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney

A visit to the pool is really the perfect Sydney outing. The pool is typically closed for four months in the colder period of the year – May through August – so plan your visit accordingly.

From September 1 – April 30, the pools are open and heated for comfort.

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney

The 8 lane x 50m Pool is chemically treated sea water and heated to a balmy 25 degrees. Depth ranges from 1.2m to 2m. 

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney

The 20m Program Pool has a maximum depth of 1.2m and heated to 29 degrees. This pool is perfect for babies and toddlers, and also has a shade cover to protect littles from the sun. 

While there would usually be sunbeds on the pool deck available for use, when we visited in November 2020 there was no sunbathing due to COVID safety plans. 

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney

There is however a shaded grandstand area where people are able to place their belongings or watch family members swim from.

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney

The Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool hosts Learn to Swim lessons and swimming squad programs. 

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney

Other features include a family change room and access for people with disabilities. 

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney

After your swim, do what we did and enjoy a sensational brunch at the Poolside Cafe, which is located at the entrance to the pool. It has a stunning view of the pool and bay, and offers both indoor and outdoor seating.

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney

The cafe offers all-day breakfast and lunch from 12pm. They have an excellent range of smoothies and healthy food options, with gluten-free and vegan options.

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney

We ordered the Free Range Eggs on toast ($13, available until 11:30am only), one serving scrambled, and one with additional bacon, wilted spinach and roast tomatoes, the Blush Bircher Museli with Almond Milk (raspberries, kiwi, strawberries, coconut, pistachio & roasted hazelnuts, $18) and the Summer Sunrise smoothie (mango, raspberry, banana and coconut water, $9.50). 

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney

The food and service were both A+ and the view amazing – this is a cafe that we will absolutely come back to time and time again, with a quick refreshing dip in the pool for some exercise first. 

Read more about visiting the Poolside Cafe.

After your swim and brunch, I highly recommend exploring more of the Royal Botanic Garden or Mrs Macquarie’s Point, which is what we did on the day we visited. 

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and Poolside Cafe Sydney

The iconic view from Mrs Macquarie’s Point is on the tourist track for a good reason – it really is stunning. 

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

We love to stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden in all seasons – spring is particularly gorgeous with the Spring Walk and jacarandas in full bloom.

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Take a ride on the Choo Choo Express if you want to save little legs walking, visit the pond with eels in the centre of the garden and pass through the cactus garden near Lion Gate on your way out. 

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Read more about visiting the best Sydney gardens.

To get there: We drove and parked on the side of the road near Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool. There is metered parking here and it’s the shortest walk to get to the pool via a short walk down the hill down either a path or steps. There is a disabled car parking spot at the entrance to the pool and cafe. 

You can also park in the Domain Car Park and walk, or catch train/bus.

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool & Poolside Cafe
1c Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney
abcpool.org

This review was written in conjunction with Belgravia Leisure. All opinions are my own.

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Cook+Phillip Park Pool & Aquatic Centre in the Sydney CBD

Cook and Phillip Park Pool Sydney

Cook+Phillip Park Pool & Aquatic Centre in the Sydney CBD

Swim in one of three heated pools, including a 50m lap pool and leisure pool, in the heart of Sydney at The Cook+Phillip Park Aquatic Centre.

The Cook+Phillip Park Aquatic Centre is located smack in the middle of Sydney’s CBD, nestled between St Mary’s Cathedral, Hyde Park and the Australian Museum.

Cook and Phillip Park Pool Sydney

Perfect for year-round aquatic fun, the centre features three heated indoor pools:

Cook and Phillip Park Pool Sydney

An 8-lane 50m lap pool, with ‘easy steps’ for assisted entry and hoist, heated to 26.5°C.

Cook and Phillip Park Pool Sydney

A leisure pool, heated to 30°C with ‘beach-style’ entry and full-access ramp. There is a 35-metre wave pool inside the leisure pool which operates hourly on weekends from 12:00pm.

Cook and Phillip Park Pool Sydney

The leisure pool is fantastic for little ones with its shallow entry, a small slide and fountains. The large, colourful mosaic sculpture in the middle of the pool is great for kids to splash around.

Cook and Phillip Park Pool Sydney

A hydrotherapy pool, heated to 33°C with full ramp access.

The Cook+Phillip Park Aquatic Centre also hosts Learn to Swim lessons for all ages (starting at 6 months right through to adult advanced), plus competitive squad programs and swimming clubs. The pools for baby classes are located at the back of the Aquatic Centre, in their own designated space. The lap pool is used for older children’s lessons.

Cook and Phillip Park Pool Sydney

There is a large courtyard attached to the centre with tables and chairs. It was closed (as was the cafe) when we visited. 

Cook and Phillip Park Pool Sydney

There is a sports shop at the entrance which sells swimsuits and other swimming essentials. 

Cook and Phillip Park Pool Sydney

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There is a pay parking station on Cathedral Street which offers all-day parking on weekends for a reasonable amount. If your visit is going to be short, street parking in this same area is a cheaper bet. You can also catch the train to Museum or St James.

After you’ve had a swim in the Cook+Phillip Park Pool, make a day of your city visit with one of these ideas:

Yum Cha at Bodhi

Located right next to the Aquatic Centre, Bodhi is an excellent choice for a post-swim lunch. Bodhi serves vegan yum cha that is pretty to look at and delicious to eat. Choose a table under the fig trees and enjoy this Sydney dining institution that is a long-time fave of ours.

Read more about dining at Bodhi.

Australian Museum

A day at the Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia

The Australian Museum re-opens on November 28th after a long renovation. We can’t see what’s in store at the new museum! 

St Mary’s Cathedral

St Marys Cathedral Sydney

The Cathedral is a fave of ours to visit too. The soaring ceilings are awe-inspiring, and a visit to the crypts always fascinating.

Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia

It’s a short stroll down the road to the Art Gallery of NSW. We love their collection of Australian Art, which dates from the early 1800s. Iconic Australian artists including Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Jeffrey Smart, John Olsen and Brett Whiteley have work in display. 

Read more about visiting art galleries and museums in Sydney.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park, Sydney, Australia

The heritage-listed 16.2-hectare park is a beauty in all seasons. The stunning Archibald Fountain is stunning, there are plenty of trees for shady picnics, and there is also the newly renovated Anzac Memorial to visit. 

Read more about visiting Sydney’s best parks.
 
Hyde Park Barracks
Hyde Park Barracks Sydney
The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks is a cutting-edge museum that brings Sydney’s past to life through a series of innovative and immersive experiences.
 
Read more about visiting Hyde Park Barracks.
 

Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic Centre
4 College St, Sydney
cookandphillip.org.au

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Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Ultimo

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Ultimo

Get fit year-round at the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, featuring three indoor heated pools and a spa, cafe, shop, health club and a sauna and steam room.

The Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre (ITAC) also offers a range of aquatic and fitness programs suitable for a wide range of ages, interests, fitness levels and abilities.

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

Named in honour of five-time Gold Medal winning champion, Ian Thorpe, the centre opened in 2007 to provide the community with a well-rounded fitness centre that could be enjoyed in all seasons.

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

The Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre has a wide range of excellent features:

50m Indoor Heated Lap Pool
Squad program
Leisure Pool
Program Pool
Spa, Sauna & Steam Room
Learn to Swim
Fully equipped Gym
Small Group Training
Personal Training
Group Fitness Classes
Aqua Aerobics
Café (currently closed due to COVID-19)
Birthday Parties (currently closed for bookings due to COVID-19)
Family change rooms
Underground car park with elevator access
Disability access

It has a distinctive wave design that lets a lot of light into the centre and makes for a very appealing aesthetic while you’re enjoying the facilities. 

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

The Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre runs an excellent Learn to Swim program, developed in partnership with Swimming Australia. The program focuses on contemporary experiential and activity-based learning techniques.

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

Aspiring swimmers can also join the competitive squad program once they’ve graduated from Junior Dolphins (also open to new members of all ages wishing to extend their swimming skills).

The Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre has three pools.

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

50m Olympic Swimming Pool
The Ian Thorpe Aquatic lap pool is an eight lane 50-metre pool with ‘easy steps’ for assisted entry and hoist. This indoor pool is heated all year round at approximately 26.5°C.

We highly enjoyed splashing around in the Recreational and Free Play Lane in the 50m pool, as well as doing some laps in the slow lane to help build up that swimming endurance again.

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

Program Pool
The program pool is used for the swimming and water safety program and gold aqua classes. The pool can be accessed by stairs or the access ramp and aqua wheelchairs are available for use. It is available at certain times for access by the general public and is heated to 32°C.

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

Leisure Swimming Pool
The leisure swimming pool is available for recreational swimming at all times and is equipped with a spa, water fountain and bubbles for fun and interactive play. It is a shallow pool suitable for all ages and is heated to approximately 30°C.

Spa, Sauna and Steam Room
The Ian Thorpe Aquatic and Fitness Centre has a sauna (dry heat), which is heated to between 70°C – 90°C. Steam room (wet heat) heated above 41°C with a humidity of around 100%. The sauna and steam room are open from 6:00am until 9:00pm. The spa, sauna and steam room were closed during our visit.

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

Parking is available in the underground carpark. There is lift access from the car park to the aquatic centre so on rainy days it’s easy to go from car to the centre without getting wet as well as making access easy for strollers and wheelchairs.

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

There are multiple changing rooms available as well as lockers to safely store belongings. Next to the 50m pool is a row of steps and benches that is great for sitting on while watching swimmers in the pool and for putting your towels and non-valuable items.

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre

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After your swim, check out nearby Powerhouse Museum or the Darling Harbour precinct.

The Powerhouse Museum is an interactive art and science museum located in Ultimo. The museum’s collection encompasses science, technology, design and decorative arts, engineering, architecture, health and medicine, fashion and contemporary culture. 

Powerhouse Museum Sydney Australia

Locomotive No. 1, the first steam locomotive to haul a passenger train in New South Wales, is a popular drawcard just inside the museum’s entrance, as is the ever-popular interactive Wiggles Exhibition. More on the Wiggles exhibition here. There is also a great hands-on science section that we love.

Nearby Darling Harbour is has so much to entertain families, from waterfront restaurants, wildlife and tall ships to one of the best playgrounds in Sydney.

Darling Harbour

We often eat at Fratelli Fresh in the Darling Quarter and race home-made ships in the splash section of the playground, or enjoy a peaceful stroll around the Chinese Garden of Friendship.

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We also love visiting the giant rays at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, the butterflies at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and the hands-on exhibitions at the Australian National Maritime Museum. You can read about all the things to in Darling Harbour here.

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre
458 Harris St, Ultimo
Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-8pm, Sat & Sun 7am-4pm
itac.org.au

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This post was written in collaboration with Belgravia Leisure.

17 awesome things to do in Wollongong Australia (with or without kids)

Things to do in Wollongong with or without kids

17 things to do in Wollongong Australia (with or without kids)

Wollongong, located an hour south of Sydney, is a coastal city with 17 stunning beaches, rock pools, gardens, cafes and many attractions for a great day trip. There are so many things to do in Wollongong that it’s hard to fit it all in.

Grand Pacific Drive and Sea Cliff Bridge

Sea Cliff Bridge

The 140-kilometre coastal route from Sydney to Shoalhaven winds its way through the Royal National Park and past spectacular sheer cliff drops. Our favourite section is the Sea Cliff Bridge, which was built in 2004. The bridge is 1/2 a kilometre in length and clings to the cliff-face. Park at either end of the bridge and stroll the bridge in both directions. 

Wollongong Botanic Garden

Wollongong Botanic Garden

The Wollongong Botanic Garden is a 30-hectare garden in the suburb of Keiraville featuring a large collection of native and exotic plants from around the world. The garden features a Japanese drum bridge, cactus collection, large playground and picnic facilities. Visiting the Wollongong Botanic Garden is one of our fave things to do in Wollongong – make a day of it with a picnic lunch.

Read more about visiting the Wollongong Botanic Garden.

Bald Hill Lookout

Wollongong Bald Head Lookout

This scenic spot overlooks the beach where Australian aviation pioneer Lawrence Hargrave  made a successful flight on 12 November 1894. Today, its a well-known lookout over the Sea Cliff Bridge and popular hanggliding point.

Symbio Wildlife Park

#Symbio #Wildlife Park via brunchwithmybaby.com

Nestled in the quiet suburb of Helensburg lies Symbio Wildlife Park,  a tiny zoo that makes for a great afternoon of wildlife encounters — particularly for little kids. Symbio boasts “we’ll get you closer”, and there are indeed opportunities to get up close to lots of animals. The grounds are spacious and well-kept, and the animals all healthy and happy looking. No sad depressed animals in tiny enclosures here.

Read more about visiting Symbio Wildlife Park.

Wollongong Harbour and Lighthouses

Wollongong City
Photo by Destination NSW

The heritage-listed Wollongong Harbour was created to ship coal from mines in the area in the 1840s. It is now a departure point for fishing boats and home to the Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse, which was built in 1872.

Nan Tien Temple

In the southern Wollongong suburb of Berkeley you’ll find Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere. Built in the early 1990s, the temple has peaceful Japanese-style gardens, two large prayer halls featuring Tibetan-style architecture, accommodation and a restaurant serving vegetarian dishes.

Read more about visiting Nan Tien Temple.

Jamberoo Action Park

Jamberoo

Kids will love Jamberoo Action Park, famous for its water slides and attractions. There are water-based activities for adults and kids of all ages at Jamberoo. Billabong Beach is a popular spot for littlies to play, as is the Mushroom Pool, a bright and colourful pool with a mini water slide and squirting frogs.

Read more about visiting Jamberoo Action Park. Photo courtesy of Jamberoo.

Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Budderoo National Park
Photo by Destination NSW

Wander the elevated walkways through remnants of an ancient rainforest that once covered the Illawarra region. The 1.6km walking loop takes visitors across suspension bridges and raised boardwalks into the heart of the forest. Keep our eyes peeled for the local wildlife –  lyrebirds, eastern water dragons and swamp wallabies live here.

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Illawarra Fly

Illawarra Fly, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Fly through the tree tops at Illawarra Fly, the highest zipline tour in Australia. Illawarra Fly is located 2 hours south of Sydney, and also includes a 1.5km Treetop walk.  

The perfect day trip for a special occasion, Illawarra Fly offers Australia’s highest zipline tour for adventure junkees, and a stunning accessible walk with views of the Southern Highlands and Pacific Ocean from an elevated treetop walk. 

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Austinmer Beach

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Local families love Austinmer Beach, particularly the fenced in playground (sadly no shade cloth) that has plenty of activities for kids of a variety of ages. The rock pools are a major draw for this beach, too.

Located at the south end of the beach, they attract children and adults alike with their amazing ocean life. We spotted fish, a crab, sea snails, an anemone, and some freaky looking creatures that none of us could identify. We have been back to Austimer Beach so many times over the years – it’s one of our fave things to do in Wollongong with kids.

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Australian Motorlife Museum

Visit the second-largest motor museum in Australia and check out the rare, vintage collection that includes cars as well as motorbikes, telephones, lawnmowers, radios, typewriters and more. Several of the vintage appliances were loaned to Baz Luhrmann for filming of the Great Gatsby in 2013.

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Illawarra Light Railway Museum

Illawarra Light Railway Museum
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Take train-obsessed kids to the Illawarra Light Railway Museum! They will adore riding the miniature railway, while adults will get a kick out of seeing the collection of excellently preserved steam and diesel locomotives.

Read more about visiting the Illawarra Light Railway Museum.

Wollongong Art Gallery

Wollongong Art Gallery
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Wollongong Art Gallery is a leading regional art gallery with an excellent collection of Contemporary, Aboriginal, Asian and Colonial artworks. The gallery itself is housed inside a local landmark: a unique building, designed and built in the 1950s.

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Early Start Discovery Space

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Australia’s only dedicated children’s museum is located on the campus of the University of Wollongong in Sydney’s south. The Early Start Discovery Space is designed for kids aged 12 and under and features 14 interactive spaces designed to spark the imagination as they build, create and explore through play. A particular hit is the Tummy Tour, where kids can imagine themselves as a piece of food and crawl through an inflatable digestive system. The Early Start Discovery Space is one of our fave kids activities in Wollongong.

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Science Space

Science Space in Wollongong has over 100 interactive science-based exhibits, a planetarium, live shows, plus a gift shop and cafe.

Wollongong Space Science

The major hands-on science venue of southern New South Wales, Science Space is suitable for all ages, with two floors of interactive exhibits, plus live shows in the science theatre and Australia’s most digitally advanced Planetarium. Science Space is the major hands-on science venue of southern New South Wales.

Read more about visiting Science Space Wollongong.

Royal National Park

Wattamolla Beach National Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia


The Royal National Park is one of the oldest in the world. Established in 1879 the park spans 160 square kilometres and makes for the perfect family day trip with plenty of spots for picnics, bbqs, bushwalking, swimming, fishing and whale watching. There’s wildlife to discover and Aboriginal heritage to explore. Enter the park by car, ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena or a tram from the Sydney Tramway Museum in Loftus.

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Wattamolla Beach

Wattamolla Beach National Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia

A popular spot for families in the Royal National Park, Wattamolla is the name of a cove, lagoon, and beach. It’s an absolutely stunning spot with a flat lagoon for kids to swim in, a waterfall and a beach with rocks to climb on.

Get more info on visiting Wattamolla.

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Let Curious Minds Play at Science Space Wollongong

Wollongong Space Science

Let Curious Minds Play at Science Space Wollongong

Science Space in Wollongong has over 100 interactive science-based exhibits, a planetarium, live shows, plus a gift shop and cafe.

The major hands-on science venue of southern New South Wales, Science Space is suitable for all ages, with two floors of interactive exhibits, plus live shows in the science theatre and Australia’s most digitally advanced Planetarium. Science Space is the major hands-on science venue of southern New South Wales.

Wollongong Space Science

Science Space opened in 1989 under the name of Science Centre and Planetarium, just north of the current location. In 1998 Wollongong suffered severe floods, damaging the gallery and exhibits. In 2000 Space Science was rebuilt with support from the University of Wollongong (UOW) and the NSW Government in its current location, on the UOW’s Innovation Campus. 

Wollongong Space Science

Science Space is the only dedicated immersive science centre in NSW.

Wollongong Space Science

The exhibits cover a range of topics from dinosaurs to gravity. Their interactive nature makes science fun and exciting for kids – you could easily spend an entire day here just tinkering with the exhibits.

Wollongong Space Science

We watched a live show in the science theatre (check the schedule to see when shows will be running again) which saw a chemical eruption – included in the ticket and well worth watching.

Wollongong Space Science

It’s also worth watching a show in the Planetarium, which uses a 4k laser projection system to take visitors on an immersive tour of the Universe, a journey back through time or to the deepest and darkest depths of the ocean. Check the website for the show schedule.

Science Space Wollongong

Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and use outdoor picnic areas. There is also a kiosk and café onsite.

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Science Space Wollongong
60 Squires Way, North Wollongong
Hours: Thur-Tue 10am-4pm (Closed Wednesdays)
sciencespace.com.au

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Wentworth Falls Walks Blue Mountains, NSW

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Wentworth Falls Walks Blue Mountains, NSW

Enjoy breathtaking grand valley and waterfall views on the Wentworth Falls walks in the Blue Mountains National Park.

Blue Mountains Wentworth Falls

The Wentworth Falls track starts from Wentworth Falls picnic area. There is one main car park plus overflow parking on Falls road. The picnic area has shaded picnic tables and a decent bathroom.

Blue Mountains Wentworth Falls

If you’re catching public transport, regular trains run from Sydney Central Station to Wentworth Falls. The picnic area is around 2km walk along Falls Road, or you can catch a bus to the corner of Fletchers Road and Falls Road.

Blue Mountains Wentworth Falls

The road into the car park is sealed and easy to access. There is a wide, paved path from the carpark along to Jamison and Wentworth lookouts. 

Blue Mountains Wentworth Falls

The Wentworth Falls walk is 1.4km return, with an estimated time of 45min – 1hr. There are steep steps involved that are not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. The trade is a grade 3, and we found it quite do-able with our nine-year-old. There were plenty of younger children also completing the walk.

Follow the path past Jamison and Wentworth lookouts.

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Blue Mountains Wentworth Falls

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There is a steep descent of around 200 steps to the cliff-edge Fletchers lookout. This is a stunning spot to take a look at Wentworth Falls as it plunges 100m into the valley. 

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Keep following the path down a few more steps to the top of the Falls.

Blue Mountains Wentworth Falls

The Jamison Creek cascades into a shallow pool to one side, which makes for a lovely little paddling pool for kids.

Blue Mountains Wentworth Falls

The other side opens into the Jamison Valley. 

Blue Mountains Wentworth Falls

You can continue on a variety of routes from here, including the National Pass, Weeping Rock circuit, Undercliff track or historic Princes Rock lookout track.

Blue Mountains Wentworth Falls

We took the this round walk track, which is a short circuit through the bush and comes out at the most incredible view of the other side of Wentworth Falls.

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Return to the car park via the same route. Take a towel and change of clothes if you’re planning on paddling in the cascades. 

Wentworth Falls
270 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath
nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/wentworth-falls-track

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Where to find the best Blue Mountains high tea

Blue Mountains High Tea Australia

Where to find the best Blue Mountains High Tea

An elegant Blue Mountains high tea is the perfect way to enjoy the fresh mountain air and spectacular scenic views. These four spots guarantee warm scones, fresh ribbon sandwiches and a divine pot of tea.

Lilianfels Resort & Spa, Katoomba

Enjoy the grand tradition of Lilianfels High Tea, served on a three-tier platter, in the elegant Lilianfels Resort & Spa in the NSW Blue Mountains.

Lilianfels High tea is a triple-tiered plate that includes fluffy homemade scones served with homemade jam and fresh cream, petit pastries, selection of finger sandwiches and your choice of tea or coffee.

Leura Lilianfels High Tea

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Hydro Majestic, Medlow Bath

High tea is served in the elegant Wintergarden, with panoramic views overlooking the Megalong Valley.

Choose from the traditional High Tea, Eastern High Tea or Gluten-Free High Tea, each served to the table on a three-tiered silver stand and including a range of tea and coffee.

Hydro Majestic, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

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Bygone Beauties, Leura

For a truly unique high tea, journey inside the Bygone Beauties Treasured Teapot Museum & Tearooms, home of world’s largest private collection of teawares. Enjoy High Tea or Devonshire Tea surrounded by stunning teapots from a bygone era, while waitstaff zoom past with high tea on silver trays.

Katoomba Bygone Beauties

Entry to the teapot museum is right next to the tearoom and well worth a look.

Katoomba Bygone Beauties

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Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains

Treat yourself to something special with a selection of sandwiches, traditional homemade scones with fresh cream and conserve, decadent sweet treats, rich loose leaf La Maison Du The. The view over Megalong Valley from the dining area is as much of a star of the show as the food! The Fairmont high tea has excellent scones and sandwiches and top notch service, plus the prettiest plates of any high tea.

Fairmont Resport & Spa High Tea

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