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Freshwater Beach, Sydney – Sydney’s Best Beaches For Kids (Updated)

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G’day and welcome to one of my family’s very favourite local beaches here in Sydney. We have twin friends who live near to Freshie and there’s nothing better than a multi twin trip down here to swim and play.

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How To Treat Bluebottle Stings – Sydney’s Most Annoying Sea Creatures!

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Yes, these stings were as painful as they look. Ouchy ouch! Bluebottles are commonly found on Sydney beaches, and indeed, around all of Australia. The official name for these marine maniacs is physalia. But I much prefer the name I learned as a child Portuguese man o’ war. These jellyfish aren’t found in Scotland but […]

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Redleaf Pool, Now Known As Murray Rose Pool, Double Bay

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Redleaf Pool, you are so gorgeous. If we lived within walking distance of Murray Rose Pool (as Redleaf Pool has been renamed), we’d come here ALL the time. But since we have to drive over, it’s a bit of a hassle to get to this lovely and family-friendly harbour pool. The parking is very tricky. […]

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Swimming Laps Outdoors in Sydney – My Very Favourite Places

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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 have said – yes, even as a child in Bonnie, Chilly Scotland – that I loved sea swimming. […]

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Sydney Photo Friday – The Bold and The Beautiful + Me

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Ah, Manly Beach, you always make me feel so free. I wasn’t able to get to Manly early enough to join The Bold and The Beautiful swimmers, but I did catch a photo as dozens of them came ashore at the end of their swim. One day I will get there and join in. Have […]

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Sydney Photo Friday – Dee Why Beach Rock Pools

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Clifton Gardens Beach and Baths, Mosman – Sydney’s Best Beaches for Kids

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Well, it’s not great weather for a beach post this week but here’s one anyway. Because of course, Clifton Gardens has the lovely playground,plus a kiosk, so it’s a terrific destination at any time of the year.

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Collaroy Beach – For Kids and Their Families

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Collaroy is a splendid spot for families, one of the really great places on the Northern Beaches. It’s the combo of family-friendliness that makes it special; the winning trifecta of beach, rockpool and good playground. And lets not forget the kid-friendly cafes close by. There are heaps more lovely photos of the beach here.  All […]

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Sydney’s Best Beaches for Kids – South Curl Curl

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South Curly has a special wee place in my heart. My big boys used to do Nippers there every Sunday when they were little. Nippers is such a great way to force yourself up and out of the house on a Sunday morning, and down to the briny ocean.

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Hidden Gems- My Top Five Secret Beaches of Sydney

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When I was a wee girl growing up in Bonnie Scotland, beaches were all about seaweed and stones. There are sandy beaches in Scotland, but we spent most of our time at the more typically Scottish sort. And we four kids loved them! We went to many, many beaches. Dad loved his boat and we […]

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Sydney’s Best Beaches for Kids – Whale Beach

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Just south of the millionaires’ playground of Palm Beach, around the lofty cliffs is Whale Beach. It’s a much smaller beach, nestled between two striking cliff faces and it has the most spectacular rose gold sand.

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Sydney’s Best Beaches for Kids- Shelly Beach, Cronulla

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Just around the corner and along the walking track from the main beach at Cronulla, this is a sweet little sandy beach with an ocean pool. It is much quieter and more intimate that its huge surf beach brother. There’s a very beautiful art deco pavilion which has showers and toilets, including, on the top […]

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Sydney’s Most Family-Friendly Cafes- Little Manly Beach Kiosk

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We had such a great time at Little Manly last Sunday that we did it all again yesterday. It was marvellous. There’s something there for all ages of kids. My five year old daughter loves the rockpools with their crabs and anemones. Five year old Rusty Rocket loves leaping off the shark net walkway.  Able12 […]

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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. The huge trees by the pool are glorious to too. The water is refreshing, the ferries glide by, yachts bob. […]

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More Dangerous But Fun- Jumping off Moona Moona Creek Bridge

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So this summer we’ve all been at it, leaping with gay abandon off this bridge into the creek below. Is anything more fun in this entire universe? Bridge jumping is an activity which has stood the test of time. Even Rusty Rocket, aged all of five was flinging himself off good style. With my wee […]

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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 enough (almost!) to slide but not brave enough to go by themselves.  I was sliding […]

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Sydney School Holidays Day 28/47- Long Reef Beach

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This is such a cool idea, a weatherproof book showing lots of sea creatures. It’s at Long Reef beach, see map below.  Long Reef Aquatic Reserve is here, one of only 12 aquatic reserves around NSW. You can read all about Long Reef Aquatic Reserve here.  The rules and regulations for reserves are clearly stated […]

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Jervis Bay Family Fun- Boat Trip Around the Bay

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As a briny old seadog from way back, I’m always over the moon to be out at sea. The Intn’l Man of Mystery, however, gets shockingly seasick.  So the day he and Teen14 went to Sydney to see the cricket was the obvious one for myself and the three youngsters to get nautical. We’ve done […]

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Our Family’s First Trip To Jervis Bay – Family Holiday Nostalgia!

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I’ve come over all nostalgic and it’s not like me. These photos from eight  years ago and have made me all warm and gooey. 2003 was a huge year for us. EldestBoy had done his first year at school, there was lots to celebrate there. The biggest gift had been that he made friend – […]

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Underwater Movie Magic – We Hope

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Here’s a little vlog expressing my delight at a self-purchased (and in a good cause too), early Christmas pressie.

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