After a good bit of R and R on the pool lounges at Kiama Big 4, I was ready to show the girls the city life. After debating whether we should stay at Lane Cove National Park or with family, we opted to stay with my cousin. You may think it would be a no-brainer – that of course, we should stay with family – but the reason I had to really think about it
Sydney with kids. On a budget. Hmmm … First things first:
1) Get an Opal card, top it up and get to know the public transport routes.
2) Visit the Zoo – make a whole day of it! See the shows (especially the seal show) and pack snacks and lunch etc. There is something special about Sydney Zoo – maybe it’s the chairlift thingy (what are they called?) that takes you to the top, or maybe it’s the view of the harbour, but its just special.
3) Ferry fun for everyone. Just catch one and cruise around. So much fun. One of our
4) Stay local. Enjoy the area you’re staying in … walk the streets, check out the houses and the little township if it has one, visit the local pool. We were staying in Beecroft and loved the area: so different than home and the Epping pool is inexpensive and really picturesque. Again – pack snacks.
5) Homemade Home and Away Summer Bay Tour – looks like this …
1. Wake Home and Away fan with Home and Away theme song.
2. Head to the carpark near the Barrenjoey Lighthouse – pay $10 an hour for car parking (totally worth it).
3. Go to the Pier Diner and Alf’s Bait Shop. Be filled with joy!
4. Have massive muffin at the diner (really called the Boatshed).
5. Take a photo with a photo of Alf that is in the Bait Shop.
6. Pat the dog that Alf has patted.
7. Swim swim swim and walk the beach.
8. Soak it all in – the view is amazing!!
9. Discuss all the scenes that have happened on the pier.
10. Head to the Summer Bay Surf Club (Palm Beach Surf Club) and do a photo shoot.
11. Talk about all the scenes filmed there.
12. Swim between the flags and dream of seeing H and A fans
13. Drive around the Palm Beach
Harper, 11, the Home and Away fan (like her mum) had the BEST day!
6) Opera House and
Sydney, there was so much more we could have explored, but better leave some things for next time. I’m learning less can be more and to love every step of this journey … and not to get caught up in ‘should’ve’, ‘could’ve’ … etc …