My Sydney Summer Secrets: Lennox Hastie

3 September 2015

Lennox Hastie. Image credit: Nikki To

Lennox Hastie. Image credit: Nikki To


Snorkelling at Shelly Beach, Manly: This popular ocean beach is a rarity for Sydney – the beach faces north and it’s sheltered by a headland. There’s also a great café just steps away and it’s at the end of a nice, short walk from North Steyne Beach.

Kayaking on Narrabeen Lakes: I love paddling here. The lakes and the nearby lagoon are just behind Narrabeen Beach so it’s a great area for watersports. Plus a new walking trail around the entire lagoon is popular with bushwalkers and makes access easier.

Pick your own peaches: This is a real summer treat. The Bilpin Fruit Bowl is just one of the orchards in the lower Blue Mountains that are part of the Hawkesbury Harvest food trail. It’s an easy 90-minute drive from the city to pick your own juicy peaches.

Sunset at George’s Head: There’s no better spot for a gin and tonic! I love watching sailing boats on the harbour and hearing the kookaburras in this little patch of Sydney Harbour National Park.

Sunday lunch at LuMi Bar & Dining: LuMi’s eight-course degustation lunch on Sunday has a delicious menu based on what’s in the markets. The location on Wharf 10 at Pyrmont adds to the chill factor with sliding glass doors opening on to water views and sunshine.

Wattamolla, Royal National Park: This fantastic ocean beach and lagoon is just one of the great beaches in this national park that’s about 60 minutes’ drive south from Sydney. Easy bushwalking trails head north or south from the Wattamolla picnic area.

Bushwalking in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park: There are plenty of tracks here but the best place to start is at West Head, which has amazing views across to Pittwater and Broken Bay. Keep an eye out for the Aboriginal engraving sites and wildlife along the way.

Lunch at Cottage Point Inn: Catch the 11.00am ferry from Palm Beach (Thursday to Monday only for lunch) and you’ll find out why this waterside restaurant is so popular. The Hawkesbury River setting and fine dining menu makes for a memorable and very laidback lunch.

Floating down the Colo River: I’m sure many Sydneysiders are not even aware of the whereabouts of this pristine river in the Hawkesbury region. The lower reaches are ideal for canoeing but just make sure you paddle downstream. It’s easier.

Wood fired barbie at Davidson Park: This fantastic picnic area in Garigal National Park is in a lovely waterside setting that’s just perfect for a barbie with family and friends. There’s plenty of space to play a game of cricket or chill by the river on a warm summer’s day.

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