25 Things I Love About Sydney – Part 5

Hello, today marks the final part of my 25 Things I Love About Sydney posts… find Part 1 here,  Part 2 here, Part 3 here  and Part 4 here.

This series has been celebrating the fact that it’s been over 25 years since I first landed in Sydney.

Here’s to the next 25 years, and to 25 More Things To Love About Sydney.

21. Indoor and Outdoor Public Swimming Pools

Pool Luna Park copy

We’re totally spoiled for choice. In the early days my favourite was North Sydney Olympic Pool. I’d swim there early in the morning when I used to work at Channel 9.

When the kids came along and we learned the joys of indoor pools Lane Cove Aquatic Centre, Ryde Aquatic Centre,  Cook and Phillip Park Aquatic Centre, Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre and Blacktown Leisure Centre Stanhope.

Very cheap and healthy family fun – which is what Sydney is all about, after all.

And don’t forget that many of them have fantastic water slides, see this post for a list of them all. We’ve had many, many fun days at a pool with a water slide or two.


22. Free and Such Fun – Sydney’s Outdoor Playgrounds

Blaxland Park Playground

Oh there are so many, and to think we knew nothing about them until we had kids.

This blog is chockablock full of posts about fantastic playgrounds. Just click here to read more.

Isn’t the photo above lovely? Who wouldn’t fancy a whirl? This is from the amazingly modern playground at Blaxland Riverside Park. Too cool.


23. Organic Markets and Farmers Markets

mushrooms from the local market

There are HEAPS of fresh food markets around the city, and I’d happily wander from one to the other and never visit a supermarket again. Well, I can dream.

We’re so lucky to have an organic market really close to us each Sunday.

You’re welcome!


24. Taronga Zoo and Other Animal Adventures


 Taronga Zoo is certainly the most famous of Sydney’s animal encounter places, and it definitely has the best views.

But there many other places to see Australian native flora and fauna.  Have you checked out:

Manly Sea Life Centre, Sydney Aquarium, Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park, Wild Life Sydney.

I must get out and take some photos at the Koala Park Sanctuary and the lovely featherdale Wildlife Park in Western Sydney!

And don’t forget the wonderful opportunities to go horse riding in Sydney, check out this post on riding lessons, and this one on pony rides for kids.

But it’s also well worth avoiding a few Sydney animals, for example the sea lice, the leeches and the blue bottles!


25. Ugg Boots

Ugg boots

What sort of an idiot was I to wait 25 years to buy my first pair of Uggs?

They are magnificent, and have got me through this winter with toasty toes, completely in comfort.

Without any cultural baggage, I wear mine out and about, something my young babysitter would never do, she claims.

Ugg boots are fabulous. I’ve sent a pair to Mum for her birthday, they ought to be compulsory footwear in Scotland, don’t you think?


I’ve enjoyed looking at my old photos from when I first got to Sydney over 25 years ago. Must share some of those.

I’m glad to celebrate this anniversary, startling though it is to realise it’s been so long since that first day in Oz.

 Happy travelling this weekend,



 25 Things I Love About Sydney – Part 5….. find Part 1 here,  Part 2 here,Part 3 here  and Part 4 here.

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Posted on: September 6, 2013


  • Reply September 6, 2013


    That pool! OMG! Sydney really is a beautiful spot isn’t it?
    Time to start planning another trip, methinks! 🙂

    • Reply September 8, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Best spot for a swim in Sydney – next time!

  • Reply September 6, 2013

    Lydia C. Lee

    You left out Boy Charlton – best pool in Sydney – added bonus of salt water and not too many kids…;)

    • Reply September 6, 2013

      Seana Smith

      You’re right… I love that pool, it has such great views. I didn’t get there last summer and have no photos… time for a visit!!

  • Reply September 6, 2013

    Lisa Barton-Collins

    Taronga Zoo is the best zoo ever, when we lived in Sydney we had a zoo friends pass and used to visit a few times a month. I miss it! I also miss the beaches and the rock pools, which are a bit harder to come by in Brisbane. You are making me homesick Seana!

  • Reply September 6, 2013

    Leanne Winter

    Going to be in Sydney in February for a conference and am bringing hubby & boys. Can’t wait to take them to Taronga Zoo. Thanks for all the great ideas on places to visit!

  • Reply September 6, 2013

    Emma Fahy Davis

    When we lived in NZ, we used to love going to Taronga Zoo when we were in Sydney visting my parents. Ironically now that we live here, we don’t get there nearly as often 🙁 We are frequent park visitors tho, our faves at the moment are Buffalo Park and Yamble Reserve/Livvi’s Place in North Ryde.

  • Reply September 6, 2013


    I do love old Sydney town. Our zoo is the best in the world, I reckon. x

  • Reply September 7, 2013


    one of our favourite places is the zoo too! such a great location! Thanks for sharing your favourite 25!

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  • Reply September 7, 2013

    Hotly Spiced

    I love my uggs too. I live in them all winter although with our milk conditions this year they didn’t get their usual workout. And North Sydney pool would have to be my favourite pool. I cannot think there would be another public pool in the world with that kind of a view.

  • Reply September 8, 2013


    I love ugg boots so much, I have 2 pairs! One to bum in around the house and another more dressier pair (if there’s such a thing with ugg boots!)
    Isn’t North Sydney pool magnificent??! Spent many a summer day there trying to swim an entire lap. Now I can do 20 in 30 minutes.

    • Reply September 8, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Gracem we must do a swim in a pool and a snorkel together this summer, coffee and bloggy chat afterwards… and photos and a post, very pleasant way to work!

  • Reply September 8, 2013


    We visited Sydney a couple of years ago and really enjoyed our time there. We stayed near the Harbourfront and this region was fantastic . Such affordable and tasty food, with great accss to the ferry, walking distance to the city, and China town. A great city for visitors.

  • Reply September 9, 2013


    There are SO many things to love about Sydney aren’t there. I love what you’ve picked. I do love ugg boots, and I haven’t been without a pair for almost 30 years, but because of our fantastically short Sydney winters, you don’t get to wear them for very long each year!

  • Hi Seana,

    The pools are so amazing all over Australia but I especially love the seaside pools in Sydney. I would go anywhere in those Uggs! Love them 🙂 Although not so much when you see them teamed with crotch sucking hot pants! But I’m sure you don’t style them like that 😉

  • Reply September 11, 2013

    Lisa Wood

    Oh the UGG boots – I bought a pair when I was about 16, in bright pink!!
    I think that is the swimming pool we got to see from the outside, when we went to Luna Park on Sunday? It sure looked like a great place to swim in 🙂

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