The last couple of weeks Tom has had his friend Pete staying with him from the UK. Of course being in Sydney for such a short amount of time in comparison to us he wanted to cram all the touristy days out around our schedule of working with our host families.
The first week I was having to care for both of the boys due to school holidays. This meant long long days for me as Kristin worked through the night with conferences being held in the city. One of the days we headed over to Rose Bay (CBD side) to the Great Euro Circus and another to Carriageworks in Eveleigh where huge warehouses are clumped together used for exhibitions, shows and performances. We watched the Prehistoric Aquarium show where giant mechanical puppets flew through the air behind a black screen. Great for the kids! I was more impressed by the open marbled space in the warehouse, and the funky bar with big bashed leather sofas to sink into after a show.
Tom discovered a lovely harbour beach, Clontarf, which was perfect for a day out with Toby. The weather just gets better and better here.
Kristin was away over the long bank holiday weekend so I managed to grab a few days off to enjoy some days exploring Sydney with the guys. We took a drive North of Sydney along the Northern beaches that stretch to the furthest; Palm Beach. Very similar to other beaches that brighten up Sydney, but it wasn’t flocked by hundreds of tourists, making it much more appealing, along with being one of the larger ones, and scattered with a few good cafes to grab a juice or coffee.
The bank holiday weekend was a rather big sporty one for Australia, with the AFL finals on Saturday and NRL finals Sunday. Perfect excuse to have a drink in the sunshine by the beach. We all headed to Manly, which was packed due to the Manly Jazz festival being held across the week and weekend, giving the town a brilliant buzzy atmosphere. Eating and drinking spots for the weekend included; Papi Chulo (best burger ever), Manly Wharf Hotel, and Four Pines (a fantastic drinking spot for beer lovers and delicious food…love their website too!).
Whilst the weather has been amazing it was the perfect opportunity to check out the water sporting life in Sydney. Tom and I had been talking about doing Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding since we got here. A fantastic hour out on Manly harbour, paddling our way through anchored boats, quickly getting the hang of actually balancing myself on the board until the ferry caused enough waves to sit on my bum again. Something we would both definitely love to do again!