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The Teahouse at the Camellia Gardens on a Rainy Day

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by Eunice (subscribe)
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.

Sitting inside a cosy teahouse with the sounds of pitter patter is so conducive to enjoying the hot tea and warm scones served by some of the friendliest faces around.

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.

Further down along the gardens you can find ducks in droves, some floating along another stream of water, some waddling on the ground.

Wooden benches can be found along the pathways and around corners, and there are even public toilets available.

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 made a mental note to return to the gardens if I was ever in the area again, but it might not be quite as captivating if it was a sunny day, would it?
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Why? Great rainy day activity.
When: Mon to Fri 9am-4pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm
Where: President Ave & Kareena Rd, Miranda NSW 2228 President Ave & Kareena Rd Miranda NSW 2228
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It seems to be a very nice place. Would love to check it out one day.
by Wendy (score: 2|882) 2524 days ago
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
by maria (score: 1|57) 2572 days ago
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