15 Things To Know About City Parenting In Sydney
5 things I love about being a parent in Sydney.
The beaches -Not just being a parent, but a Sydneysider. Nothing better than hanging out with Mila at ‘the boat beach’ (harbor-side), or ‘the wave beach’ (ocean-side) and enjoying the picture perfect scenery.
Being outdoors with so many choices of things to do- we hit the beach, the parks, the harbor, the zoo, shall we get on the bikes, walk, ride the ferry….endless options to be outdoors and enjoy what the city has to offer.
Where we live- Paddington, technically a suburb 4kms from the city but with a real village and community vibe, culminating in the countless afternoons at the neighbors followed by adult drinks once the children go down!
Access to kids sports – there is something (literally) for everyone…soccer, dance, nippers (kids surf life saving), AFL, horse riding – whatever they want to try, you can be sure there will be a local club within a short walk or drive….
The weather- (I know a lot is revolving around outdoors and the sun here but this is the best of Sydney)…for 9 months of the year, it’s barely below 20 degrees C….but when it rains, it really rains
4 places every family should visit when coming to Sydney
The beaches – there are so many to choose from, but my favourites: Bronte, Tamarama and Bondi (just to say you’ve been) in the East, or Manly / Shelly Beach if you are North. Don’t forget the harbor beaches though – smaller and more secluded – Milk Beach and Watsons Bay (for fish and chips on the beach) is a must!
The Grounds of Alexandria for brunch – Sydney urban garden at its best – fantastic food, coffee in a relaxing garden environment, with goats, chickens and their very own pig – Kevin Bacon. Go on Saturday for the market with local designers.
Taronga Zoo – it’s a cliché but the zoo is just fantastic. We are there at least twice a month following our routine path through the park….also some of the best views you’ll get of Sydney Harbour Bridge anywhere!
Centennial Park – fantastic inner (ish) city park. Make sure you visit Wild Play, the new kids adventure playground with a mini water park, tree house, bamboo forest and enough open space to have the kids wear themselves out.Tthe family bikes are also a must to scoot round the roads through the park….
3 things I dislike about being a parent in Sydney.
The social clique – everything from the car you drive, the school your kids are signed up and where you live can sometimes feel under scrutiny…
Everything is expensive -from property to coffee to the $15 avo on toast with poached eggs….
Not a lot to do if it rains (literally)- Sydney is built on the outdoor lifestyle, so when the weather is a little sketchy there’s not a heap of things to do
2 of my favorite food places
Vino E Cucina – you’ll find it at Five Ways in Paddington. It’s the best authentic pizza we’ve found, and Mila swears by the spaghetti Bolognese (followed by a scoop of gelato if she’s eaten her main!)
North Bondi Fish – after a day at Bondi, nothing better than the 10 meter stroll to North Bondi Fish – amazing food (soft shell crab sliders a must), and no better way to see in the evening than outside on the balcony overlooking the sand…
1 item I cannot live without
SUNSCREEn...it goes everywhere