North Narrabeen Beach + Rock Pool

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Forgive me if I start getting all emotional and frothing gently at the mouth. I just adore North Narrabeen Rock Pool, and the famous beach to its south. These places aren't just some of the most … [Read more...]

Wylies Baths in Coogee – A Review For Families

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Please welcome on the blog today writer Brenda Janschek with a post about one of Sydney's most famous rock pools, the sparklingly superb Wylies Baths. … [Read more...]

Sydney’s Best Water Slides – For Kids and Their Families (Updated)

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All of my wild children love a speedy water slide. And in fact, I don't mind one myself. We're excited then that WetnWild opens here in Sydney tomorrow.  The website has all the info on more than … [Read more...]

Fairy Bower Rock Pool Manly


Sydney's rock pools are a pretty unique feature of our city's coastline. The harbour pools are pretty cool too. They don't come cuter and more appealling than the baby of them all, little Fairy … [Read more...]

Dawn Fraser Pool, Balmain – Sydney Harbour Pools and Beaches

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 Here's a place that makes my heart sing and sums up so many things I love about Sydney. A harbour pool, beautiful old buildings, a little pocket of calm yet so close to the heart of our … [Read more...]

Swimming as Exercise 2 – An Interview with Hayley Lewis

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I posted yesterday about swimming for my sanity and a bit about how good it is as exercise. Here's an interview I did with swimming champ Hayley Lewis on just these topics. … [Read more...]

Swimming For My Sanity – And Why Swimming Is Such Great Exercise For Mums


I went swimming a few times last week and my mental health is far better for it. What is it about being immersed in water that makes one feel better all over, inside and out? … [Read more...]

Parramatta Swimming Centre – Fantastic Water Slides!

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Even if you don't live close to this pool, it's well worth making at least an annual pilgrimage. The water slides here are unique in Sydney and fantastic fun. I used to take my older boys here … [Read more...]

Parramatta Swimming Centre – More Photos

See more photos and read our full review here. … [Read more...]

North Sydney Pool – Sydney’s Most Family-Friendly Swimming Pools


Oh, I do love North Sydney Pool, and my love has been true for almost 25 years. I used to live at Milson's Point and would have a swim here in the mornings before dashing up to work on The Midday … [Read more...]

Sydney’s Best Pools for Kids- Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre (Updated)

Five went mad at the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre! I hadn't taken all the children there before and was interested to see what the older boys would think. I took my four plus one random friend for … [Read more...]

Swimming Laps Outdoors in Sydney – My Very Favourite Places


So, this is the summer of sea swimming for me. It's been decided. I don't quite know why but the notion has fixed itself firmly in my noddle. I've enjoyed swimming all my life and would always … [Read more...]

Top Five Things To Do In Sydney – With Kids

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  I was set a blog challenge by the lovely Katrina Whelan, Melbourne-based Babyology writer, Seamsaway proprietrix and, in her spare time, mother of four.   She tweeted: … [Read more...]

School Holidays In Sydney – Our Top Ten ‘To Do’ List For These Holidays

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After our first term with all four children at school, we'll probably be starting off with a few pyjama days at home. I could do with at least a dozen of those.  It's rather daunting to have the … [Read more...]

Sydney School Holidays Day 45/47- DIY Water Slides

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We've had such a laugh at various water slides over these Christmas holidays. I think the four kids have enjoyed them almost as much as their dad and myself. But the homemade slides have been the … [Read more...]

Sydney’s Best Ocean Pools – MacCallum Pool, Cremorne Point

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Hop on the ferry at Circular Quay, get off at Cremorne Point and then amble along the walkway to this hidden gem on the waters of the harbour. The views over Sydney Harbour are absolutely gorgeous. … [Read more...]

Manly Waterworks Review

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OMG we just had the best day yesterday down at Manly Waterworks. This is an annual trip for us, and it's a point in time where the changes in the kids are so clear. Last year the twins were tall … [Read more...]

Sydney’s Most Family-Friendly Swimming Pools – Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic Centre

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Here's a great spot for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, and for your older children too, especially when the wave machine is operating. This pool is the closest one to the city centre and, of … [Read more...]

Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic Centre – Video

Here's a little video of Cook + Phillip Park pool, from both above and below the water. Hope you enjoy it!   … [Read more...]

Sydney’s Best Pools for Kids- Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre

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Hooray for Ryde Pool, as we call it. This lovely indoor complex is a fave of our family on hot sunny days, on wet, rainy days and on many days in between. … [Read more...]

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