Welcome to my world of exploring the sights of Sydney with my two fun and feisty ankle biters in tow. For more of our crazy times, check out www.mummymuckups.com ; memoirs told through sleep deprived eyes and a heart full of love.
Published October 2nd 2016
You know what I like most? Heading for the South East coast
OK. I must admit it. I am a bit of a cheapskate.
It's just that the reality is, if you hit up some of the big tourist attractions around Sydney on a family ticket, you can really blow a load of cash. For many families on a tight budget, we need to play smarter.
Now our kids are finally a little bigger, we all look forward to getting outside, taking a picnic and exploring some of the tracks about Sydney's coastline. Whilst the better known coastal walks are undoubtedly absolutely breathtaking, add a 3 and 4 year old into the mix and they become a commando course of crowds, dangerous obstacles (like, well... steep cliffs!) and difficult hills for little legs.
Our latest 'discovery' has been to head down to La Perouse — away from the crowds, easy to get to and views that I continue to marvel at. On our first visit we saw whales, and the thrill of spotting them as we continued the walk is an incredible family memory. Yes, there are still cliffs to be aware of with kids, but not too close to the path and allowing plenty of room for the kids to run and scream and explore.
We skip the well known Henry Head Walking Trail, and take the lesser known Cape Banks Trail. If walking directly, it is less than an hour round trip. With kids, and allowing time for lunch and a play, you have created a magical few hours. In the past we have picnicked right at the very top of Cape Banks and watched the tug lead the giant cargo ships into Botany Bay. It is also a fantastic spot to watch the planes landing and taking off from Sydney airport. These are giant ticks for the smalls.
Depending on the ages of your kids, if you rock hop carefully down to the water when the tide is low, you are met with an incredible display of rock pools to inspect. Who needs Pokemon cards or the Frozen movie on repeat (well, me sometimes, but... sshhh)?
Be aware there is a golf range close by, though this is actually more of a bonus to see them tee off from such an incredible hole. Be safe around the cliffs and make sure you go to the toilet beforehand, especially with the kids. Lock your car (the parking seems quite remote), bring heaps of water and dedicate these few hours to the family.