My Sydney Summer Secrets: Peter Gilmore

3 September 2015

Peter Gilmore. Image Credit: Brett Stevens

Peter Gilmore. Image Credit: Brett Stevens


Cast away: I love fishing on the Hawkesbury River, just north of Sydney. Sometimes we hire a boat, other times we fish from the shore. A favourite spot is Wisemans Ferry, the meeting point in the river between salt water and fresh water. It’s full of bream and kingfish. We use local school prawns as bait.

On the fry: We love to stop for a serve of the great fish and chips from the shop next to Barrenjoey House in Palm Beach.

Ticket to glide: The ferry is a fantastic way to get around Sydney especially on a hot summer’s day, and it offers a lovely new perspective of the city. A beer at the Manly Wharf Hotel is a nice way to end the day.

Active adventure: We enjoy doing the foreshore walk around Middle Head as a family. It leads you around the perimeter of Middle Head and is a great place for my boys to explore, with many forts and barracks. Plus the views over Sydney Harbour are spectacular.

Growth area: I have four 10-metre-long raised garden beds that I grow different things in every season, things that I haven’t tried before. I like to experiment with new varieties for my restaurants, Quay and Bennelong. This is my own garden but there are some great community gardens around Sydney that are worth a look. It’s encouraging to see the community coming together and caring about what they eat.

Breakfast high: The Boathouse Palm Beach offers great, simple food that’s perfect on a summer’s day. It’s beautiful to sit out the back and enjoy the breeze coming off the water. You immediately feel like you are on holiday. Don’t go past the avocado and tomato on charred toast.

Touch of glass: Order a glass of champagne or a negroni at the excellent bar at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar at Bondi Beach.

Perfect picnic: Nielsen Park in Vaucluse is a fantastic spot for a picnic. Relax on the grass and enjoy lunch under one of the big fig trees while gazing out at the harbour. It’s away from the crowds and a great place for kids to swim. We enjoy the kiosk there for afternoon ice-creams. And there’s a nice harbour foreshore walk.

Waterside dining: It’s hard to go past Otto Ristorante on Woolloomooloo Wharf. My favourite thing to eat there is the strozzapreti, twisted pasta with king prawns, garlic, chilli, black olives, tomato and calamari sauce.

Don’t stall: We visit Carriageworks Farmers’ Market at Carriageworks, Redfern, on Saturdays as a family for personal shopping. It’s hard to go past Kylie Kwong’s stall and her amazing dumplings.

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