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Who doesn’t love a recommendation? The HC team thought we’d share our favourite places we’ve visited or are going to visit so you can add them to your list.

Next month I’ll be taking a road trip to Armatree, 370kms northwest of Sydney to visit a small dark farmhouse with an eerie red glow, designed to be visited alone and viewed from the nearby property fence. This art installation called ‘A Haunting’, by famous Australian artist Tracey Moffat, will be silent except for the sounds of the landscape. Intrigued to know more… visit https://regionalartsnsw.com.au/a-haunting/


This year we rediscovered the wonder of Biennale, Sydney’s international festival of contemporary art. It was a dismal, rainy day, and we were accompanied by two sub-enthusiastic teens (one asked ‘haven’t we seen enough art’ about three minutes after arrival at the first – stunning – venue). Nonetheless, it was really fabulous and a lovely reminder of the vibrant offerings of our harbour city. We finished the evening listening to live music at the MCA café. Can highly recommend this place if you want incredible harbour views and decently priced café food.


Those who know me know I have a very long list of food places I want to visit across Sydney, but lockdowns have really dampened my food adventures of late! One that sticks out though is Saddles at Mt White, a cute bakery/restaurant with a really nice charm, outlook, and the interior is so nice as well! I suggest starting with a savoury bite, then ending with one of their sweet pastries.


The most wonderful thing about border closures for us has been discovering our backyard in NSW. In 2021 we went on two family holidays, the first to Port Macquarie and Urunga on the Mid North Coast, sensational spots for active teenagers and their parents. Last December we rediscovered the place of my childhood family holidays, Coffs Harbour. So much more than just the modernised Big Banana & we have not missed the Goldie one bit!


I recently relived my early 20’s returning to the newly reopened Log Cabin in Penrith. The venue has been beautifully restored following the devastating fire that destroyed the original 1925 property twenty years ago. The large interior restaurant and waterfront outdoor deck areas overlook the Nepean River. The Regatta Bar in the heart of the property is perfect for my catch ups with the girlfriends. To the side of the property is a family haven in the form of an oversized beer garden complete with a massive TV for the sports and The Loggie Train playground (“the best playground ever” as quoted by my seven and four-year-old). If you’re looking to venture west, I highly recommend checking it out! They are also looking for more than 100 staff, so if you have young adults looking for a job – check them out.