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Sydney Expat Interview Series Part 11: A Sydney Weekend

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Hey, Sydneysiders, what are you doing this weekend? For this month’s Sydney Expat Interview Series question, I asked the expats what they’d most likely be doing on a beautiful weekend day in Sydney. Let me tell you, none of them seem to have had any trouble getting into the groove of this city. Beaches, parks, cafes, BBQs and friends. It’s a tough life, but someone has to do it!

(This is the 11th in an 18 part interview series with expats living in Sydney. Please make sure to visit the fantastic websites of the participants linked below, and follow me on Facebook for much more on expat life in Sydney. )A Sydney Weekend

Question 11: It’s a beautiful weekend day. What are you up to, where are you going, and who are you spending the day with? 

Name: Debbie
Country of origin: England
Lived in Sydney: 10 years

I’m with my family and if I can roust them away from the X-box, then our first choice is always Fagan Park (Galston).


Name: Julia
Country of origin: UK
Lived in Sydney: 6 years

At Balmoral Beach – we’d normally get there early and have brunch with friends getting a take-away bacon and egg sandwich and coffee from The Boathouse, picnic blankets out near the kids playground so our kids can run about – and just enjoying the beautiful views.

Balmoral Beach

Balmoral Beach – photo by Julia

Name: Dido
Country of origin: India
Lived in Sydney: 1.5 years

With family or friends – playing lawn balls, or going for a beer, or on my bike, or going for a bush walk, or going to a beach, or having a family picnic, or going for a swim, or having a barbie in a park … or grocery shopping…


Name: Mollie
Country of origin: USA
Lived in Sydney: 4 years

In one of our many parks, with my husband and our dogs. Maybe Cafe Bones.


Name: “Bushranger”
Country of Origin: Serbia
Lived in Sydney: 6.5 Years

With my wife and daughter at Cremorne Reserve. It’s astoundingly beautiful.

Cremorne Point

Cremorne Point

Name: Melissa
Country of origin: USA
Lived in Sydney: 1 year

Melissa blogs at Leche Love

As we’re still pretty new, we’re still exploring. However, we’ve been to Sydney Park quite a bit. Usually my husband, 6 year old son, and myself, enjoying the lovely weather, playing, and having a picnic.

Name: Ashley
Country of origin: United States
Lived in Sydney: 2 years (in Newcastle)
Visit Ashley on Instagram

There are so many stunning outdoor places in Sydney. I’d be with my husband and 2 kids (5 and 7) We’d probably grab lunch at a cafe, find a playground, and just chill out. I’ve found there tend to be a lot of art exhibitions going on so those are always fun to check out as well!

Name: Victoria
Country of origin: England
Lived in Sydney: 5 years
Victoria blogs at The Freedom Travellers

I’d be doing the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk with my girlfriend Elaina finishing up at The Hill Eatery in North Bondi for a late lunch and good coffee. North Bondi

Name: Caitlin
Country of origin: England
Lived in Sydney: 1 year
Caitlin blogs at Where’s Wallis

First I’d be going for a spin on my bike around Centennial park with the gang from Coogee Triathlon Club. This would be followed by relaxing in the sun on Bondi beach before an afternoon drink and snack at the Bucket List.

Name: Kirstie
Country of origin: United States
Lived in Sydney: Since September 2013
Kirstie blogs at Venga Vale Vamos

I’d love to be having a picnic and sipping wine in a spot in Kirribilli my friend used to live right by, overlooking the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, surrounded by my fantastic group of expat and Aussie friends.


Name: Rachel
Country of origin: England
Lived in Sydney: 4 years

I would probably be with my boyfriend and group of friends, relaxing and enjoying the sun either with a few schooners at our local, or with an esky of beers at the beach or a perhaps enjoying a bike ride with a few laps around Centennial Park.

Name: Shane
Country of origin: USA
Lived in Sydney: 1 year
Shane blogs at Sea Salt Secrets

Strolling around the city, checking out the markets, street art and local beaches.
Don’t forget your sunscreen, there’s a hole in our ozone layer!

Sydneysiders, tell us, what are you doing this weekend?

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Tunks Park – Our Tucked Away Retreat in Cammeray

Little Aussie, Sydney

One day last Spring, the weather was the cool, blue, and clear perfection that makes you feel like going all “The hills are aliiiiive with the sound of muuuuusic.” I had the afternoon free, so I tucked Hushpuppy into her stroller, and set out walking with no destination in mind. We walked and walked, I resorted to Google Maps for some guidance, we walked some more down some windy, residential streets, and finally found ourselves at Tunks Park in Cammeray. (Pro tip, I’d strongly advise you *not* to walk to Tunks Park via the roads, if you go. They are not pedestrian friendly, and definitely not pram friendly.)

Partner-in-Crime was, mercifully, able to pick us up in the car to spare me the long, uphill end of my Spring Fever retreat. When he arrived, he looked around and was surprised to find that he’d been here a number of times. He’d taken up walking trails near us, and always ended up at the other end of this park. So, it turned out that both of our wandering pairs of feet had brought us to this lovely spot, and since then, we’ve claimed it as one of our favorite places to roam.

At the bottom end of the park, there’s a boat ramp and a couple hundred meters away, a green lawn with a BBQ grill and a picnic table. We love this spot, and it never seems to be crowded, even when we spent the afternoon there on New Year’s Day. Or, as Hushpuppy said on our last visit, “so nice and quiet!”

Best of all, this is the view. Tunks Park1

There’s a tiny rock beach, which Hushpuppy quite likes exploring. It’s also popular with dogs who want a refreshing cool off (be aware that there tend to be a lot of dogs here, if you have a little one who is afraid of them … or, one who loves them and needs a canine fix!). IMG_6804

And the boat ramp… Tunks Park2

Across the way is a large playing field, which often serves as a dog park. The last time we visited, we took advantage of the walking track along the filed, which was perfect for Hushpuppy’s Christmas scooter, and for her to stalk some puppies. Tunks Park7

Tunks Park4

A few steps up the hill is a marvelous playground. There’s an area for the little ones… Tunks Park6

…and a very cool treehouse for the bigger kids. The diggers for moving rocks definitely have Hushpuppy’s heart.Tunks Park5

We love this park for a picnic or a play. Tunks Park Map

A few things to know if you go:
Tunks Park, Brothers Ave, Cammeray
Public toilets on site (next to the playing field
Playground suitable for all ages
BBQ on-site