I'm a city girl passionate about travelling, discovering new places and making the most out of my weekends.
Published June 28th 2012
As much as we love Sydney's sunny winter days, there are days when the weather just disappoints. Instead of canning our outdoor BBQ and beach plans, why not make the most of it and explore new places that do not require sunny weather.
My perfect rainy day combination is scones and hot tea (better known as Devonshire Tea). You get hot tea to warm your belly and delicious scones to keep it satisfied. Throw in an ambient location and you've just nailed yourself a rainy day activity.
The Teahouse in Camellia Gardens, Caringbah is one of the Shire's best kept secrets. If you hardly venture out southwest of Sydney city, this is an opportunity for you to bring your partner or best friend for some tea and a walk in the gardens after.
If tea and scones are not your fancy, there is a delectable menu of gourmet sandwiches and more to choose from. I recommend the calamari if you're a fan of that. The side salad that comes with most of their mains is drizzled with some of the best dressings I've ever tasted.
Once you're ready, grab your brollies and head out to the gardens for a walk around. Trust me when I say that the gardens come alive on a rainy day. The colours become more vivid and the stream gushes into a mini waterfall. It's almost mesmerising standing over the bridge watching the rushing of water.
The best thing about coming on a rainy day? You almost have the entire gardens to yourselves. There's hardly anyone blocking your view of the flowers or sounds of kids screaming as they chase after ducks. Its pure serenity surrounded by nature at its best.
I worked at the teahouse many years ago and loved it. Over the years I have taken friends to visit who are surprised to find such a lovely place in the middle of a city and believe me if you think its beautiful when it rains its just as beautiful on a summers day. Autumn and Spring being the best time to go. BBQ's are also available so its a lovely place to spend with family