Brenda's Guidebook

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Brenda's Guidebook

Local Food scene

5min walk away. Delicious high quality cakes and pastries, good coffee and all baked goods made on site.
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Bakehouse South Coogee
142 Malabar Rd
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5min walk away. Delicious high quality cakes and pastries, good coffee and all baked goods made on site.
Owned by the Merivale group. Do great pizza, food and cocktails over looking the beach.
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Coogee Pavilion
169 Dolphin St
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Owned by the Merivale group. Do great pizza, food and cocktails over looking the beach.
Nice little local cafe with good food and coffee, 5 min walk and close to coastal walks
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The Lion and Buffalo
203 Malabar Rd
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Nice little local cafe with good food and coffee, 5 min walk and close to coastal walks
Good pizza, walking distance 5min
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Rocketboy Pizza
323 Malabar Rd
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Good pizza, walking distance 5min
Local takeaway Thai food
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Chat Thai - Randwick
222A Carrington Rd
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Local takeaway Thai food
New Thai restaurant in Maroubra Junction
Aree Thai Twist
693 Anzac Parade
New Thai restaurant in Maroubra Junction
Good local and affordable Japanese restaurant
Kokoroya
665-667 Anzac Parade
Good local and affordable Japanese restaurant
South Coogee Bowling club is a 5 min walk and serves great simple pub type food and dogs are allowed when eating outside.
South Coogee Bowling Club, Moverly Rd
South Coogee Bowling club is a 5 min walk and serves great simple pub type food and dogs are allowed when eating outside.

Sightseeing

Maroubra Beach Playground
1-11 Marine Parade
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Maroubra Beach
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La Perouse
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Gordon’s Bay is a short 5min stroll along the coastal walk towards Bondi from Coogee Beach. Stop for a quick swim in this protected little cove popular with locals for sun baking on the rocks before you reach Clovelly beach.
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Gordons Bay
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Gordon’s Bay is a short 5min stroll along the coastal walk towards Bondi from Coogee Beach. Stop for a quick swim in this protected little cove popular with locals for sun baking on the rocks before you reach Clovelly beach.
This classic coastal walk has wonderful views of all the major beaches but less known is the extended version from Coogee to Maroubra. It’s worth following google maps as a short section stops and you need to detour off the track but it will continue again a few streets along through Lurline Bay and through the coast line down to Maroubra beach. Continuing south from Maroubra beach is a very beautiful section of national park, the Maroubra headland walking track, a less well known and far more pristine nature trail, with some incredible scenic views along the way.
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Bondi to Coogee walk
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This classic coastal walk has wonderful views of all the major beaches but less known is the extended version from Coogee to Maroubra. It’s worth following google maps as a short section stops and you need to detour off the track but it will continue again a few streets along through Lurline Bay and through the coast line down to Maroubra beach. Continuing south from Maroubra beach is a very beautiful section of national park, the Maroubra headland walking track, a less well known and far more pristine nature trail, with some incredible scenic views along the way.
Promenade the board walk at dusk or have a dip in the ocean or one of the lovely rock pools in this area.
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Coogee Beach
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Promenade the board walk at dusk or have a dip in the ocean or one of the lovely rock pools in this area.
A lovely protected bay along the Coogee to Bondi walk. Bring your goggles to meet the resident blue grouper 🐟 and other fish
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Clovelly Beach
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A lovely protected bay along the Coogee to Bondi walk. Bring your goggles to meet the resident blue grouper 🐟 and other fish
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Wylie's Baths
4B Neptune St
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A tiny rock pool more for a dip than a swim but a great back street area to park your car on weekends for an easy (10min) scenic stroll along the coastal walk into Coogee beach
Ivor Rowe Rock Pool
1 Bunya Parade
A tiny rock pool more for a dip than a swim but a great back street area to park your car on weekends for an easy (10min) scenic stroll along the coastal walk into Coogee beach

Weekend Markets

Rozelle markets Saturday and some Sundays the best markets for second clothes and interesting bric brac
The best market for quirky secondhand, vintage stuff, great for secondhand designer clothes at very affordable prices. The local strip shopping and cafe scene also good with the historic Balmain suburb within walking distance
Rozelle Public School
663 Darling St
The best market for quirky secondhand, vintage stuff, great for secondhand designer clothes at very affordable prices. The local strip shopping and cafe scene also good with the historic Balmain suburb within walking distance
Good for secondhand clothes and a nice mix of interesting affordable up cycling and local handmade.
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Glebe Markets
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Good for secondhand clothes and a nice mix of interesting affordable up cycling and local handmade.
Great location on the Main Street in the historic Rocks area. Many interesting walks around this part of Sydney. Bit of a tourist market but good for very good if you want unique souvenirs has some interesting handmade items too.
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The Rocks Market
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Great location on the Main Street in the historic Rocks area. Many interesting walks around this part of Sydney. Bit of a tourist market but good for very good if you want unique souvenirs has some interesting handmade items too.
Bit more of an upmarket, market probably good for buying presents and unique gifts but has some interesting items too.
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Paddington Markets
395 Oxford St
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Bit more of an upmarket, market probably good for buying presents and unique gifts but has some interesting items too.
Farmers market Saturdays, Flea market Sundays in the Primary school opposite the beach.
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Bondi Markets
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Farmers market Saturdays, Flea market Sundays in the Primary school opposite the beach.
A smaller once a month market. First Saturday of every month 8 am-4pm
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Surry Hills Market
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A smaller once a month market. First Saturday of every month 8 am-4pm

Supermarkets

This is a small Woolworths but it’s easy to park has all the essentials, a chemist, post office (attached to chemist) fruit and grocery store doctors surgery upstairs
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Woolworths Maroubra Beach (Metro)
3 Meagher Ave
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This is a small Woolworths but it’s easy to park has all the essentials, a chemist, post office (attached to chemist) fruit and grocery store doctors surgery upstairs
A 5 min drive away with Cole’s, Aldi, an independent green grocer (cheaper one across the road, The Green Grocer) butcher, liquorland, chinese grocery, post office and $2 shop
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Coles Maroubra Junction
737 Anzac Parade
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A 5 min drive away with Cole’s, Aldi, an independent green grocer (cheaper one across the road, The Green Grocer) butcher, liquorland, chinese grocery, post office and $2 shop
This is a quieter place to get shopping done than Maroubra Junction. Has Woolworths, Aldi, Liquor store, independent green grocer, $2 shop, Chemist Warehouse, butcher, discount clothes store upstairs, post office next door outside
Woolworths Hillsdale
238-262 Bunnerong Rd
This is a quieter place to get shopping done than Maroubra Junction. Has Woolworths, Aldi, Liquor store, independent green grocer, $2 shop, Chemist Warehouse, butcher, discount clothes store upstairs, post office next door outside
Large shopping complex not as big as Bondi Junction but much easier to park and get around. All the usual suspects, David Jones, Cole’s, Woolworths, Aldi, Kmart, Target etc
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Westfield Eastgardens
152 Bunnerong Rd
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Large shopping complex not as big as Bondi Junction but much easier to park and get around. All the usual suspects, David Jones, Cole’s, Woolworths, Aldi, Kmart, Target etc
Cheapest prices for fruit and vegetables and an excellent range of Asian produce too
The Greener Grocer
832 Anzac Parade
Cheapest prices for fruit and vegetables and an excellent range of Asian produce too

Cultural centres

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Art Gallery of New South Wales
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Free entry although some exhibition may have a fee. Next to the historical Sydney Rocks area and Circular Quay
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Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
140 George St
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Free entry although some exhibition may have a fee. Next to the historical Sydney Rocks area and Circular Quay
Museum dedicated to historical Sydney. A small museum in a unique purpose built/renovated building
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Museum of Sydney
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Museum dedicated to historical Sydney. A small museum in a unique purpose built/renovated building
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Sydney Opera House
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Natural history museum
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Australian Museum
1 William St
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Natural history museum

Activities

Take a casual dance or fitness class (caters to all levels of experience) with amazing teachers, in these beautiful and newly renovated dance studios where The Sydney Dance Company train. A unique opportunity to experience an amazing venue in Sydney Harbour on an historic Wharf. https://www.sydneydancecompany.com/classes/
Sydney Dance Company
385 Wattle St
Take a casual dance or fitness class (caters to all levels of experience) with amazing teachers, in these beautiful and newly renovated dance studios where The Sydney Dance Company train. A unique opportunity to experience an amazing venue in Sydney Harbour on an historic Wharf. https://www.sydneydancecompany.com/classes/
Enjoy great views on a ferry through Sydney harbour. You can catch a ferry to Taronga zoo or to Manly beach and pop into the Manly regional Art gallery.
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Circular Quay
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Enjoy great views on a ferry through Sydney harbour. You can catch a ferry to Taronga zoo or to Manly beach and pop into the Manly regional Art gallery.
A beautiful harbour side pool for lap swimming, with small kids pool. Just down the road from the Art Gallery of NSW and next to the Botanical gardens. Expensive meter parking available, a short stroll from city bus stops or city domain parking station ($12 flat rate fee on most weekends check their web site)
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Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool
1c Mrs Macquaries Rd
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A beautiful harbour side pool for lap swimming, with small kids pool. Just down the road from the Art Gallery of NSW and next to the Botanical gardens. Expensive meter parking available, a short stroll from city bus stops or city domain parking station ($12 flat rate fee on most weekends check their web site)
A really large very dog friendly park. Dogs are allowed off leash and there are a lot of both path ways and open spaces for them to walk or run! Sydney park has x3 seperate skate parks on site, some great kids playgrounds and an ok cafe. Beautifully landscaped gardens and wet lands, have been repurposed from an old dumping ground, it also has an historic brick Furness on site.
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Sydney Park
416 Sydney Park Rd
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A really large very dog friendly park. Dogs are allowed off leash and there are a lot of both path ways and open spaces for them to walk or run! Sydney park has x3 seperate skate parks on site, some great kids playgrounds and an ok cafe. Beautifully landscaped gardens and wet lands, have been repurposed from an old dumping ground, it also has an historic brick Furness on site.
A large old park close to Paddington markets with horse riding, walking trails and cafe.
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Centennial Park
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A large old park close to Paddington markets with horse riding, walking trails and cafe.
Latham Park Tennis Center
3 Henning Avenue
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Ritz Cinema
45 St Pauls St
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Sydney restaurant food scene

High end Japanese restaurant in Potts Point
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Cho Cho San
73 MacLeay St
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High end Japanese restaurant in Potts Point
Greek restaurant, Potts Point
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The Apollo Restaurant
44 MacLeay St
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Greek restaurant, Potts Point
Food and local district ambiance
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The Grounds of Alexandria
2 Huntley St
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Food and local district ambiance
Delicious very affordable good value Malaysian Chinese food in this newer precinct in China town. Make sure you book beforehand. https://www.chintariabuddhalove.com/
Chinta Ria Buddha Love
14 Nicolle Walk
Delicious very affordable good value Malaysian Chinese food in this newer precinct in China town. Make sure you book beforehand. https://www.chintariabuddhalove.com/
Great Thai food and cocktails in a classic Surry Hills venue in a large Warehouse space.
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Chin Chin Sydney
69 Commonwealth St
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Great Thai food and cocktails in a classic Surry Hills venue in a large Warehouse space.
Mexican street food in Newtown, haven’t been yet but would like to try this place
MAIZ Mexican Street Food
415 King Street
Mexican street food in Newtown, haven’t been yet but would like to try this place