25 August 2015
My neighbourhood: Obviously a visit to me and my team at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar on Bondi Beach is a must-do during summer, but I also love visiting The Bus Stop cafe on Clovelly Road for a coffee and a Vietnamese chicken sandwich on locally baked Iggy’s sourdough. Then I take an avocado, spinach and apple smoothie on a beautiful walk… turn right down Bligh Place, stroll through Fred Hollows Reserve and down to Coogee Beach for a dip.
The perfect picnic: A quick ferry ride across the harbour will get you to Cremorne Point on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, where you can secure a picnic spot with a front row seat to one of Sydney’s finest views.
Use your noodle: This is a down right tip. Head to Happy Chef in Sussex Street Food Court, Chinatown, and order the No #24 + wontons. If you like laksa, you won’t regret it.
Beach ball: Maroubra Beach in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs is a beautiful white sand surf beach with enough sand to go round. It has all the bases covered – decent coffee, a gym, playground, fish and chips and amazing surf.
Hole in one: Sydney has some of the best golf courses in the world. One of my favourites is The Coast at Little Bay, straddling the coast and cliffs in Sydney’s south. If you’re anything like me, you might want to take a few extra balls.
In the swim: Below the 18th tee at The Coast is a little swimming spot, which is one of Sydney’s most peaceful. It has rock pools, no (big) waves and fresh open ocean.
Food heaven: Every Saturday, whatever the weather, Eveleigh Market operates at Carriageworks, established in the old Eveleigh Rail Yards in Redfern. With much of the site’s heritage industrial elements preserved, this is my favourite farmers’ market in Sydney. My food-on-the-go tips are Kylie Kwong’s native Australian dumplings, Bird Cow Fish’s Crooked Madame or a Russian farmers’ sausage roll or the chilli falafel roll. You really are spoilt for choice here.
Make a splash: Sydney’s Inner West holds a special place in my heart – it’s a bustling metropolis with universities, a rich cultural heritage and amazing parklands. The Cooks River runs through eight council areas and its beauty and sustainability is a testament to the hard work of the people. Marrickville to Tempe is one of my favourite stretches. It has the Marrickville golf course but now that I have kids I like to take them to Marrickville Water Park, which is free and open throughout summer.
Show time: Enmore Theatre fits roughly 2,000 people and is one of the prettiest old theatres I have seen. I once watched The Rolling Stones from the middle of Enmore Road after the place got swamped. Start with dinner at Oscillate Wildly or Hartsyard around the corner or sneak down to Emma’s Snack Bar for some beautiful family style Lebanese eats before the show.
Water taxi: Often overlooked by locals but a truly memorable experience is the water taxi from the city to The Spit in Mosman. Ask your “captain” to give you a sneak peek up into Sailors Bay, as it is truly breathtaking. Once there you can have a dip, go for a walk, borrow a kayak, or even get a boat for a night or two and make the most of it. Grab a tasty Italian snack at Chiosco on the wharf at The Spit while you’re there.