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Published September 18th 2017
Brunch In The Bush
If you're anything like me, you'll be over trendy and overpriced brunch spots around Sydney. I'd much rather a family-friendly dining experience that is relaxed, good value and away from the maddening crowds.
If you can relate, I have the perfect brekkie spot for you and it's the gateway to a tremendous day in the great outdoors.
A sunlit brunch at Bobbin Inn Cafe is a treat worth the trip
Just twenty minutes' drive from downtown Turramurra and also accessible from St Ives, is Bobbin Head, a jewel in Ku-ring-gai Chase's crown. For a casual day visit, bear in mind a $12 park entrance fee per vehicle (waived for annual National Parks' pass holders) but the wonders beyond are well worth it.
Bobbin Inn Cafe is an excellent vantage point for admiring the waterside parklands
Nothing is better on a blue sky morning, in any season, than the gorgeous bush surroundings of suburban Sydney. The Bobbin Inn Café is a relaxing and reasonably-priced family noshery for brunching by the water, with nearby parking, parklands, hiking and watersport facilities for outdoor fun.
A historic social hotspot from the 1930s, the ground-level of the art deco building has been restored as an eatery, with a modern Australian menu. Outdoor, shaded seating is plentiful for the summer and indoor, fireside tables are perfect for the winter. With counter service and a focus on daytime dining, the inn is well-suited to families, with a relaxed atmosphere and no need for awkward bill splitting, if you are part of a large group.
For a traditional big breakfast with the works, you're looking at $18.90 but there is a range of hot brekky options besides and light bites start at $5.90 for raisin toast or toasted Turkish with spreads, including vegemite for the kids. And while vegetarians are catered for with an omelette dish, don't expect some of the more health-conscious muesli/fruit combos you might find in the inner city. Still, if continental breakfast is more to your taste before a morning bushwalk, you might opt for a muffin, banana bread, croissant or scone, to accompany your barista-made coffee. Whatever you choose, the food is all the better for the beautiful environs.
Bobbin Head's sprawling picnic facilities (photo c/o- National Parks & Wildlife's Bobbin Head webpage)
But what if you'd like to take a more natural approach to brekky in the bush? I'm not suggesting foraging from the land but if you're willing to get up with the larks and 'bags' a good spot, why not pack your own picnic, or a selection of snags to barbecue up a riverside feast?
The parklands at Bobbin Head are beautifully maintained and well provisioned with BBQs, picnic tables, shelters and a children's playground for the kids to build up their appetites, or wear off their breakfasts.
Brunch is a great kickstart to a fabulous day out at Bobbin Head
And while this is a popular spot, it's nothing like the congestion of a city beach where vehicle access is charged by the hour and you're flat out getting a spot. Parking is close by to all eating facilities and comfortably on the flat, for wheelchair access.
Is your mind wandering to Sunday brunch? Spring is a great time to venture out, so if you've heard of Bobbin Head but not been sure of what's on offer, I hope I've convinced you it's the best way to start your day.