18 March 2015
Netball champion Liz Ellis shares her Sydney outdoor secrets.
Walk: Attempt the entire Sydney Coastal Walk from Barrenjoey to Cronulla (the whole 94km takes about eight days) or dip in and out. It’s a brilliant way to see the best of Sydney and there are some great cafés along the route. Leave the car at one end and catch the bus back. The area around Middle Harbour past Taronga Zoo is my favourite.
Swim: There are some superb ocean swims around Sydney, and you’d be hard pressed to find better than Fairy Bower to Manly Beach. Take the beautiful walk from South Steyne to Fairy Bower, and swim back. There is the promise of great food at the end – choose one of the waterfront cafés to replenish your energy levels and congratulate yourself!
Spectator sport: Catch a netball match at Sydney Olympic Park. Netball Central at the State Sports Centre is a $27million state-of-the-art facility, and home to the NSW Swifts. You will need to be quick though – the Swifts’ home games sell out fast. While there, check out all that Sydney Olympic Park has to offer … including great cafés.
Game on: I love a picnic, and I try to set aside a day every couple of weeks during which my family takes a picnic and some sort of ball and goes in search of a patch of grass to eat and play on. Sydney and the rest of NSW have a plethora of such places to choose from, but my favourites are Rocky Creek Dam in the hills behind Byron Bay and Cattai National Park, where I spent many a day as a kid on a family picnic.
Cycle: There is a great cycle track on the Far North Coast from Pottsville to Kingscliff, providing access to beautiful beaches and stunning scenery. I often do it from south to north and finish with a swim followed by fish and chips in the park at Kingscliff.
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