Sydney and Surrounds

SYDNEY

BONDI BEACH

Aboriginal word meaning ‘water breaking over rocks’ it is seven kilometres from Sydney’s CBD with 1-kilometer stretch of sand.  Founded in 1907, Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club is claimed to be the first surf lifesaving club in the world and was added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2008.

  • Bondi Markets at Bondi Public School
  • Gertrude & Alice Cafe Bookstore
  • The Hill Eatery

BOTANY BAY

Welcome to Kadoo.  On the northern headland of Botany Bay is a land the native people once called Guriwal, “Whale”. Today we know it as La Perouse. To the north, at the  other end of the Eastern Surburbs, is Woo-la-ra, or South Head.  Come Walkabout with Kadoo at Watsons Bay & La Perouse.

CAMPBELLTOWN

  • CAMPBELL TOWN ARTS CENTRE Arguably one of the best art organisations in NSW, is committed to giving artists from diverse cultural backgrounds opportunities to exhibit work, helping to nurture and showcase some of the best multicultural contemporary art in Australia.

CHOWDER BAY

Location: Lower North Shore  |  The very picturesque Chowder Bay, now part of Sydney Harbour National Park, is one of those harbour bays with everything. There is a wharf, enclosed baths, change rooms, children’s playground, lots of grass, picnic tables and several places to buy food. When the picnic lunch is over, there’s bushland to wander through, or you can go fishing or snorkelling in the clear water.

Up until recently, the eastern side of the bay was off limits to the public. It was home to a naval base with historic buildings originally used as a Submarine Miners Depot. The Depot was completed in 1892 for the Submarine Mining Corps, which maintained an electrically triggered minefield within Sydney Harbour as a defence against enemy ships. This was later converted to barracks and mess buildings. In 1999, the Sydney Federation Harbour Trust took control of the whole defence complex at Chowder Bay and decided to undertake the Depot’s revitalisation as one of its first building conservation projects. The whole complex has now been given back to the public for recreational use. The Submarine Miners Depot buildings are today home to backpacker accommodation, cafes, a scuba diving centre and The Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS)research facility.

Catch the 244 bus from Wynyard Station Bus stops Stand A, 2-14 Carrington Street which will include a ride over the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, travelling through the lower north shore and some views through the bushland across the harbour to North and South Head and Nielson Park.  Travel to the end of the line with the last bus stop at the cal-de-sac near the old historic buildings.

CONCORD

KODODA TRACK  MEMORIAL WALKWAY

The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway is a living memorial and a principal site of commemoration honouring all those who fought for Australia during World War II. A principal focus is on the sacrifices made during key Papua New Guinea battles which took place in 1942-43 along the Kokoda Track, at Milne Bay on the south-eastern tip of Papua, and at Buna, Gona, and Sanananda on the northern coastline.

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The Walkway covers more than 800 metres from Rhodes Station to Concord Hospital in Sydney’s inner-west, and runs along the mangrove-studded shores of Brays Bay on the Parramatta River.

At the centrepiece are magnificent granite walls bearing photographic images of the Kokoda campaign. There are 22 audio-visual stations along the Walkway, each describing a significant place or military engagement. The Walkway has been planted with lush tropical vegetation simulating the conditions of The Kokoda Track.

DARLINGHURST

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  • Kurtosh, desert bar, 316 Victoria Street and a short walk from Kings Cross station.  Kürtőskalács is a traditional Hungarian pastry famously known as chimney cake, boasting the perfect harmony of caramelised crispy flaky outer with soft inner walls. Our Kürtősh is baked to sweet golden perfection & rolled in chopped nuts, chocolate or spices for added texture & flavour.  Also Randwick, Surry Hills, Crows Nest and Wollongong.

CROYDON

Wangal Park is a large park located at the corner of Cheltenham Road and Royce Avenue, Croydon. The park is currently under construction, following the planning and public consultation phase which has culminated in the Wangal Park Masterplan and Plan of Management (in progress). The Wangal Park site has an area of 4.2 hectares, and will enhance the provision of recreational and visual amenity in the area. Wangal Park is intended as a refuge from the surrounding urban environment, with trees, native plant species, fauna habitat and ecologically sustainable best practice.

DOONSIDE

FEATHER DALE WILDLIFE PARK, near Blacktown, is home to one of Australia’s most comprehensive collections of native wildlife. Have a personal encounter with a Koala and hand feed Kangaroos and Wallabies. Located at Doonside, en route to the famous Blue Mountains, Featherdale is Sydney’s ‘hands on’ wildlife experience.   As well as many Koalas and Kangaroos, features include face-to-face encounters with all kinds of wildlife including Wallabies, Emus, an amazingly diverse range of birds and 40 species of reptiles in the Reptilian Pavilion.

ERSKINEVILLE

Best Cafes

EVELEIGH

  • CARRIAGE WORKS:  is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia.  Carriageworks engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. The program is artist led and emerges from Carriageworks’ commitment to reflecting social and cultural diversity. The Carriageworks artistic program is ambitious, risk taking and unrelenting in its support of artists.  Carriageworks is open 10am – 6pm daily and open until late on performance nights.

HAWKESBURY  RIVER

  • THE RIVERBOAT POSTMAN  Come cruising with us on the Hawkesbury Mailboat, the famous Riverboat Postman, and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the lower Hawkesbury River as we deliver the mail and other essentials (the odd bottle of whiskey or rum…) to the river-access-only settlements upriver from Brooklyn.
  • JERUSALEM  BAY  TRACK can do Cowan to Brooklyn.  A challenging and hard walk, Jerusalem Bay track, from Cowan Station to Hawkesbury River, near Brooklyn, offers scenic views in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

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