My Sydney secrets: Sharni Layton

18 March 2015

Sharni Layton

The NSW Swifts are competing in the ANZ Championship from March to June 2015; home games are played at Sydney Olympic Park. Image credit: SMP Images.

Australian and NSW netball champion Sharni Layton shares her favourite things to see and do.

Favourite outdoor activity: The spectacular 4km Bondi to Bronte coastal walk is a must-do for anyone who visits Sydney. The clifftop views of Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte Beaches provide the backdrop for some amazing photos. After the walk, visit Three Blue Ducks café up the hill from Bronte Beach on Macpherson Street. There’s a relaxed vibe and the food is outstanding. The owners source the best local ingredients, many straight from their kitchen garden.

My great escape: Head for the Blue Mountains to enjoy the tranquillity of the stunning scenery and the area’s many walking trails. My favourite walks include the National Pass from Wentworth Falls to Conservation Hut; Lapstone Zig Zag,and Leura Cascades to Bridal Veil Falls. You can’t visit the Blue Mountains without stopping at both Echo Point at Katoomba to see the Three Sisters or Govetts Leap Lookout at Blackheath. And my final tip: Keep an eye out for the fruit and vegetable farms that often have “open pickings”, where you can pick your own produce.

Al fresco indulgence: The simple things in life are often the best, and for me grabbing a serve of fish and chips from Doyles on the Wharf at Watsons Bay and eating them in the adjacent park is bliss. I like to burn off the indulgence by walking to The Gap nearby, and taking in the quintessential Sydney view across the Harbour’s Heads.

The ultimate photo spot: I always take visiting family and friends to Dudley Page Reserve at Dover Heights in the city’s eastern suburbs for a great group photo. From this park you get a panoramic view across the city skyline, including the famous Sydney Harbour landmarks. For the perfect photo, take it just as the sun is setting to take advantage of the colourful skies.

On the water: While many enjoy catching the Manly Ferry, I prefer seeing a bit more of Sydney by taking a ride on the RiverCat from Circular Quay to Parramatta. You can still see the harbour landmarks, but also enjoy lesser-known parts of suburban Sydney from the water for an appreciation of how large the city really is. Stop at World Heritage-Listed Cockatoo Island, which played a pivotal role in Australia’s convict, shipbuilding and industrial history.

Discover more adventure in Sydney, from water and adrenaline activities, to stunning walks and fun tours for kids.