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Don’t think we have EVER given an 11/10 for breakie before… and if our coffees came a little bit sooner, it would have been.
So 9/10

WOW! We both had the Arabian Eggs (from a very small menu)

They were sensational – best egg breakfast we’ve had in the past 3 years, probably.

This tiny cafe is right on the wharf at Kirribilli. Make a choice… catch a ferry or eat… decisions, decisions!

A tiny, but really interesting menu – see it here

It’s a great location, right next to Admiralty House

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Robyn had a red hot crack at re-creating Arabian eggs – damn good!

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After a fabulous wedding where Nic and Jo said “I do” we needed to head over to Erskinville to pick up a car that was left there in The Great Clear Family Wedding Car Shuffle. We made our way there, during Sydney’s terrific first day of autumn afternoon downpour, via Enmore for some Ice cream.

There’s so many great Gelato cafes through the inner west, including a previous favourite, n2 extreme gelato  Check it out – very cool how they just add liquid nitrogen to a liquid mix and create instant ice cream. We didn’t go there, however… time for something new 🙂 Across the road from the iconic Enmore Theatre in King St is Cow and Moon, purveyors of THE BEST ICE CREAM IN SYDNEY. Yep, big claim, so check this link.

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A great range of amazing flavours. $6.50 for a medium cup with 3 flavours… that’ll do! Cointreau, Hazelnut Roche, Afogato, Banana and Salted Caramel, Apple Lemon and Blood Orange Sorbet, Popcorn, Pistachio, Coconut and Hazelnut Roche, Hazelnut and Italian Nougat, Jaffa, traditional Lemon Sorbet, Mixed Berry and Chocolate Sorbet… bloody good!

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We wandered along Enmore Road while we ate, and washed our sticky hands under the dripping downpipe of the Enmore.

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So, on to J… no real thoughts at the moment!

A workmate of Robyn’s knows a helicopter pilot.
Through her, John from HeliScenic helicopter tours out of Bankstown Airport had offered us a great deal on a flight over the beaches, from Palm Beach in the north down to Cronulla, following the walk along the coast we did last year.
What a great week H!

Until John rang early Saturday morning as we were heading out to Bankstown, advising us that the low cloud meant we wouldn’t have the best experience and that we should postpone. Spending a small fortune for anything less than 100%… pretty easy decision… we postponed.

While sitting at a cafe in Eastwood having a coffee, a few suggestions from friends included

  • a trip to Hurstville
  • a visit to Palm beach to see the set of Home and Away (noice work, Mark Williamson!)
  • High tea
  • Haberfield
  • Hazelbrook
  • Hogwarts
  • Hang gliding or Hover crafting on the Hawkesbury
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UTS Rowers has rebuilt the clubhouse at Haberfield, so we headed over there on Sunday morning for breakfast.

A pretty limited menu in a venue that is so obviously run by people who run a club, not a cafe or restaurant!
Here’s a few tips for the good folks at UTS Rowers Club…

  1. When you enter and sign in, offer a coffee when you stand there, point and say “Sit anywhere you want.:
  2. Approach said people sitting there and tell them the reason you are being completely ignored is because you need to order from the bar.
  3. Offer a menu! (“They’re at the bar. Help yourself”)
  4. Offer a bottle of water. (“At the bar. Help yourself”)
  5. Just because I’m wearing a fetching pink polo shirt, ha e a look before walking up to the table and declaring “Hello ladies. Everything all right?”

A great deck to sit, eat, drink and watch the world go by, but we won’t be hurrying back. There’s better value and experiences all over the inner west.

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imageWeek 7… really happy with the idea for this weekend.

Initially we toyed with the idea of touring the new UTS Gehry (crumpled paper bag) building, but after some investigation during the week learnt that it wouldn’t be open this weekend. Perhaps in 37 weeks or so!

Last year, while walking the inner harbour foreshore, we caught a ferry to Watsons Bay from Circular Quay. On the way there, it made stop at Garden Island. This surprised us, as we had always thought that Garden Island was closed to the public.

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After a little investigation we learnt that about 10 years ago, the northern point of the island was opened to the public with the building of the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre, the official museum of the Royal Australian Navy, which opened in 2005.

The Heritage Centre includes a museum and some heritage buildings. The museum has some fascinating exhibits – stuff about the Japanese midget submarines that attacked Sydney Harbour during World War II etc.

The public part of the island is only accessible via ferry. It’s Crown [Navy] land and is a fully functioning base. Every arrival is met at the wharf by a security guard who’s been there for 11 years and is both a font of knowledge and a bit of a know-it-all!

The cafe, museum and gardens are open between 10am and 4pm each day.

We caught a ferry from Huntley’s Point (Riverside Girls’ High) to Circular Quay, and then changed there for the Watsons Bay Ferry. We arrived a bit late so didn’t spend hours and hours there.

Entry is free. The museum is really well laid out with some interesting stuff, all well labelled so making your way ’round the exhibits is easy.

There’s some initials carved into an exposed rock with a 1788 date making it the oldest settlement artifact on the east coast of Australia. The signal tower (an easy couple of flights of stairs) gives a terrific view of Sydney, Kings Cross and the harbour

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View from the top of the signal tower
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We just had a coffee at the cafe and didn’t really look at the menu.

I think it’s the sort of place that Probus clubs and the like might go during the week. I’ll enjoy going back one day.

Once again, we both commented that when you hear overseas visitors commenting on what a beautiful city Sydney is, they’re right. There’s so much to discover in out own back yard, and it’s really quite cool to be doing things here that we’ve never done before.

Garden Island Info website

Ferry timetable (you can ONLY access the public areas of Garden Island by ferry.)

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View from the top of the signal tower

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And the periscope actually works! 360 degree view of the harbour.
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An historic 18′ skiff at Clarke Island
 IMG_0036 Beautiful Port Jackson Fig
IMG_0033 Simply gorgeous!
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 IMG_0045 From near the wharf