Baby booming freelance travel writer, blogger and photographer, Gary Yeates is now temporarily nesting back in his home town Sydney and pretending, albeit unsuccessfully to live a Gen Y life. His blog site; www.thegreyglobe.com
Published October 12th 2013
A Sunday in Bundeena, where the bush meets bohemia
Environmentally secure under the National Park's umbrella, Bundeena is isolated from urbanity yet near enough to gaze across at Cronulla, the city skyline and the other world beyond. It's those attractions that have lured in a vibrant sub culture of a burgeoning arts community.
On the first Sunday of each month around 20 of these artists open their studio doors to the general public, creating the Bundeena Art Trail. The desultory route is outlined on a free map readily available at the ferry terminal and in most shops in the tiny town centre.
The smiles and amiability of the artists exude a sense that these are folks well at ease with the path their lives have taken, like the young boy who grew up to actually become a fireman.
Extra dimensional are their human stories. These personal histories are books waiting to be written. Jai Wei Shen's background, for example, is a work of art in itself. Formally trained in Beijing, Jai Wei immigrated to Australia in 1989 and initially made ends meet drawing tourist portraits around Sydney Harbour. This compulsion unwittingly developed into the genre of historical portraiture that has seen him accumulate an impressive CV of awards.
A studio that has launched numerous Archibald hangings
For a hit of eclectic, stroll down to the home of Ike Glatz. From studying fashion design in Hamburg, Ike has somehow finished up with her young family in Bundeena. From the bowels of her studio with postcard views, Ike now creates thought provoking personal works that she is happy to discuss with visitors.
Regardless of your particular art poison, something on the Art Trail will whet your appetite.
Bundeena's cherry on top is its perky community market staged to coincide with the Art Trail. It's not the sort of market where you would expect to unleash the credit card but my wife still managed to fall in love with some Turkish cotton towels - CaCHINK!
Bundeena may be a new kid on the block in the bohemia game but throw in some craggy coastline, pristine beaches, some bush and the only missing ingredient is a touch of sunshine for the ideal Sunday on Sydney's urban fringe.
WHEN: 1st Sunday of each month, 10am - 4pm.
ARRIVE: Drive 25 clicks from Sutherland into the Royal National Park. Better still, jump the ferry from Cronulla for the languid 20 minute chug across Port Hacking. They leave on the half hour from Cronulla and on the hour from Bundeena.