Today I have a special guest on my blog, Olivia Jones. She is here to tell us all about Sydney from an insider’s point of view. Olivia hails from Australia and is a regular contributor on the High Style Life blog.
As you probably already noticed, this BattleMum is all about being on the move so the whole family knows that whenever they get the chance, they’re out and about exploring and enjoying themselves. Since it’s winter time here in Australia, there aren’t that many things we get to do outside. However, that’s not going to stop us. Here are some activities you can do around Sydney this winter that’ll make you leave the house and have some fun.
When you think ‘Sydney’ you think ‘beaches’ and every chance I get, I like to take my kids and our dogs out to stretch our legs a bit. And what better way to do that than walk along some of the most beautiful beaches Australia has to offer. The spectacular coast between Bondi and Coogee really is amazing to see, and you shouldn’t only visit it during the summer for swimming and sunbathing. The coast has some amazing rocky cliffs and lovely parks, not to mention all the cafes and pubs where you can just sit, relax and enjoy the amazing view of the ocean.
My kids love animals so, of course, we can be found whale watching pretty much whenever we have some free time. Whales migrate from May to November along the coast of NSW so you have plenty of time to see some humpback whales going to the warm waters off Queensland. We love packing up our binoculars, some blankets and plenty of food and heading to Cape Solander in the Kurnell section of the Kamay Botany Bay National Park. There are also plenty of cruise companies that offer whale watching tours so you can have a great view from the water. Another great place to spot the whales from is North Head Lookout at Manly.
The Snowy Mountains
Both my hubby and I love to ski, so what better time than now to head off to the Snowy Mountains and glide down some slopes. Yes, Thredbo is six and a half hours away from Sydney but don’t let that discourage you. Instead, pack up the family with all that’s necessary and get some appropriate womens snow gear and head up for a fun and exciting weekend in the mountains. We usually love to rent a cabin at the base of the mountain and visit some of the great restaurants around the village. Thredbo offers some of the longest ski and snowboard runs, but if you’re not into skiing, you can always pop on some walking boots and explore the cute Thredbo Village where you can see some amazing flora and fauna as well as plenty of sculptures and paintings dotted throughout the resort.
Royal National Park
Wherever we feel like being adventurous but can’t get anywhere far away, Royal National Park is our go-to place and I’m not sure who loves spending time there more. This place is amazing and it’s just an hour’s drive away from CBD but unfortunately, not many Sydneysiders go there. We simply love packing up some picnic stuff as well as our bikes, and just heading off over there for a fun and adventure-filled day out. The park is huge and there are so many things to do there. Things like jumping off the rock at Wattamolla if you’re an adrenaline junkie, swimming in the secluded Marley beach, or hiking and visiting some of the most beautiful falls. The park also has a visitor centre with spacious lawns as well as an old-fashioned dance hall. You can even rent a canoe or a rowing boat. No matter whether you like to spend your free time being super active or simply lazing on a blanket somewhere, Royal National Park is the place to go, especially if you have kids and want them entertained for the day.
There you go everyone and fellow Sydneysiders, just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you have to stay in and be bored out of your mind. There are plenty of things to do in and around Sydney so all you need to do is find what suits you most, just like this we have.