My absolute favourite shop is Riot Art & Craft [Shop 1041 Westfield Bondi Junction 550 Oxford St, Bondi Junction]. There’s one in my local Westfield and I adore going in there and getting inspired about my next project. The staff are always friendly and most are artists or crafters themselves, so can offer an informed opinion if you need some advice.
The Rocks Market [George Street, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia] sits right in the shadow of the Harbour Bridge in the oldest part of the city, and there are so many stalls selling cool arts and crafts. It’s there Saturday and Sunday every week, look out for the man with the spray-paint creating amazing works of art right in front of you!
Sydney has some of the best food of any city in the world. I’m a massive cheese lover, and the delightful Formaggi Ocello [Shop 16/425 Bourke St, Surry Hills] in Surrey Hills is one of my absolute favourite places to eat. I really recommend their cheese and wine tasting evenings, informative AND delicious!
For anyone who likes pizza (who doesn’t??), Via Napoli Pizzeria [141 Longueville Road, Lane Cove] in Lane Cove was recently voted the best pizza in Sydney and for good reason. It’s a mad, wonderful experience sitting in the bustling restaurant while the waiters chatter away in Italian, and everything about the pizza is ming-blowingly good – the dough, the toppings, and the fact that you can get a pizza that is a metre long!
There are so many great spots to sit and craft! Since the weather is warm most of the year, finding somewhere to sit outside and craft is easy. One amazing spot is Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, in the Royal Botanic Gardens [Mrs Macquaries Road] right in the middle of the city. Take a picnic blanket and your latest craft project and soak up the sunshine with a gorgeous view!
The front gates of Luna Park provide an interesting photo opportunity – the massive grinning face is creepy to say the least! It makes for an atmospheric photograph at night.
A fluffy kangaroo – they are definitely one of the cutest creatures on the face of the Earth!
I love the outdoors and my favourite spot is our local park and nature reserve in Cammeray. There’s a creek where you can spot Eastern Water Dragons and the forest is full of tropical birds. Sitting down there surrounded by the sounds of the Australian forest is not just good for the soul, but some of my best arty ideas have come to me as I’ve wandered around in the trees.
I definitely recommend doing the Bridge Climb. You get to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge , enough said! You can choose whether to climb during the day, at sunset or at night and the views are spectacular. What an experience! Another big favourite of mine is Walkabout Wildlife Park, it’s just outside Sydney and you can pat a kangaroo, hug a dingo and play with the emus!