Dragonfly Cafe at Eden Gardens in North Ryde – Sydney’s Best Cafes For Kids {Updated}

Dragonfly cafe Eden Gardens Ryde

Delighted today to bring you an updated version of a post I first wrote three years ago. Dragonfly Cafe at Eden Gardens in Ryde really is a marvellously family friendly spot. I was delighted to go there again recently to the launch of their new Edible Pavilion, which I will write about soon.

In the meantime, please enjoy this updated cafe post, with much better photos than it’s had for the past three years!

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Little Manly Beach Kiosk – Sydney’s Best Beachside Cafes For Kids {Updated}

Little Manly Beach cafe kiosk A safe harbour beach, a netted pool with fantastic places to climb and leap joyfully into the water. A kiosk and cafe with fantastic views. You’d seriously have to be bonkers not to get straight down there with the kids.

Little Manly Beach is a beaut spot in itself, but having the cafe there too really makes it a family mecca, and it’s as good on sunny winter days as it is in the ice block melting scorching days of summer.

There’s something there for all ages of kids. My daughter loves the rock pools with their crabs and anemones. Rusty Rocket loves leaping off the shark net walkway.  Dexbox wore goggles and chased fish for ages.  Giant Teen loves jumping too, showing off for the pretty girls I suspect.

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Shelly Beach, Manly – Sydney’s Best Beaches for Kids

Shelly Beach Manly-001 So I’m a few weeks into my photography course now, and getting more and more appalled at some of the photos used in the early days of this blog.

Some with horrible watermarks – too big and ugly.  I don’t believe in watermarks any more at all.

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The Grounds of Alexandria: Sydney’s Best Family-Friendly Cafes

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Please say g’day to Maxabella who’s guest posting on the blog this fine morning.

Maxabella Loves was one of the first blogs I ever read and loved. The quirky sense of humour, the warmth and humanity and wit, and the beautiful images on Maxabella Loves make it one of Australia’s finest. It’s a delight to have this post here today, I laughed out loud when I read it and you will too.

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South Curly Beach Cafe – Child-Friendly Beach Cafes in Sydney

South Curl Curl Cafe beach Love a cafe right by the beach.

I’m updating this post as South Curly Beach Cafe is under new management and has a lovely new look with excellent coffee.

This post also needs a lovely new look, some of the photos had terrible watermarks on them – all cleaned up now.

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The Boathouse At Palm Beach – A Review For Families

1 The Boat House Palm Beach 2 Oh I haven’t been to this cafe for years and I’m kicking myself. My sister and I were up at Palm Beach last week and we could have just squeezed in a quick lunch here before dashing home for school pickup. Curses!

If you don’t already know the Boathouse Palm Beach, you need to get up there sharpish.

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Governor Phillip Park And Dunes Kiosk At Palm Beach

1 Governor Phillip Park Palm Beach 3Here’s another informative and inspiring post from Northern Beaches insider Carolyn Darragh of Desire Empire.

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Peats Bite Restaurant On The Hawkesbury River

Peats Bite Hawkesbury River

Today’s post comes from a relative newcomer to Sydney, English journalist  Julie Cross. Julie writes about a gorgeous hideaway  on the Hawkesbury. I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of Peats Bite before, but now that I’ve read about this restaurant with accom.odation, I can’t wait to visit. 

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Supply Cafe in Huskisson – Great Coffee at Jervis Bay

Supply cafe huskisson2 Right, that’s it! Three people have now asked me where to find the best coffee at Jervis Bay… there’s nothing for it but to write a blog post.

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Bronze Kiosk in Mona Vale – Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Bronze Kiosk Mona Vale

If you’re looking for me on a Saturday morning around 10.30am this summer, here’s where I’ll be.

Mine’s a skim flat white, thank you… what are you having?

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Rushcutters Bay Playground and Cafe – Updated

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Now just hold me back here.  I am looking at these photos of the gorgeous sculptures in the playground at Rushcutters Bay and am seized with a frantic desire to leap into the car and zoom over there.
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Sydney Park Playground, St Peters – Sydney’s Best Playgrounds with Cafes (Updated)

Sydney Park Cafe playground

This is a totally groovy, state of the art playground with – shout hooray!- a lovely cafe.

If you’re looking for a list of the best Sydney Cafes beside playground, click here.

It’s wonderful spot and will keep children of all ages – even my teens – exercised and interested.

Quick, get your bag, grab bikes and trikes and head out.  PS Don’t forget to take the kids.

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Watsons Bay Hotel Beach Club – A Stylish New Bar in A Stunning Sydney Location

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel Beach Club Hello and good morning.

It’s rare for me to post about somewhere I haven’t been myself, but I just couldn’t resist these gorgeous photos.

The Beach Club at the Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel has been renovated and is looking absolutely divine.

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The Balmoral Boathouse Cafe: Sydney’s Most Child-Friendly Cafes {Updated}

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Quick, quick, hurry up. If we pack up now we can be there in 30 minutes!

This cafe is in a lovely location, right by the beautiful Baths. There are scrumptious views over the beach and the harbour, I love watching all the bobbing boats.

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Watson’s Bay Tea Gardens – Sydney’s Best Cafes For Kids {Updated}

Could there be any more sublime spot on a warm, sunny  day than Watsons Bay Tea Gardens?   The spectacular harbour views delight the adults, the bobbing yachts and busy ferries keep the children amused.

A morning tea, a bit of lunch, a casual afternoon cuppa; the Watsons Bay Tea Garden provides them all in a lovely outdoor setting, with toys for the children laid out on the lawn.

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The Hard Rock Cafe, Darling Harbour – Sydney’s Best Cafes For Kids + Teens

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Well, where else would you take a teenager to celebrate a 16th birthday?

Teen16 is a mad heavy metal fan, not to mention a mad burger, chips and soft drink fan, so his passion for the Hard Rock Cafe is totally understandable.

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Sydney’s Best Beachside Cafes – The Deck at Collaroy

The Deck

Think of me as this review is posted, I’ll be flying somewhere between here and Glasgow!

We absolutely love this cafe. Talk about right on the beach!

I took some photos there recently and went back to look at a post I did years ago. It was terrible!  Bad photos, no detail. What was I thinking?

So here’s the updated and very full scoop on this lovely beach cafe on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

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The Cocoa Room Cafe, Huskisson

Call me a playground and cafe nerd, why don’t you?

I really do love a new find.

This new addition to the Huskisson cafe scene gets my vote for convenience and charm.

It’s away from the hustle and bustle of Owen Street, so feels lovely and quiet.

But the best thing is that it is just across the road from White Sands Park playground.

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Kyeemagh Beach, Baths and Playground at Brighton-Le-Sands

My kids love this area for the great airport views. They can watch planes taking off and landing for hours.

But there’s loads more here to enjoy, good playground and the biketrack and cafe making this a very family-friendly beach and baths. 

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Talking Heads Cafe, Killarney Heights – Sydney’s Best Cafes For Kids

Down in the depths of darkest Killarney Heights there is a great wee kid-friendly hub with cafes, handy shops, kids art and dance classes and a couple of good cafes.

Our regular haunt is Talking Heads, it’s an excellent cafe for children, especially those old enough to trot off to enjoy the nearby playground after they’ve wolfed down their food.

My twins have a great old time, playing on the equipment, racing their cars down the pavements and generally milling around.
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