Oh how I love autumn, especially out here in them thar Hills of Sydney. The mornings are crisp, the days are bright and sunny and the leaves are turning the most beautiful of colours - so it's the perfect time to visit Coogee - Little Coogee that is!
For all of you beach loving Eastern Suburbs readers did you know that there is a little spot in Parramatta - in Parramatta Park actually, called Little Coogee? And let me tell you it's a lovely little spot with the loveliest of cafes called Parramatta Park Cafe - oh and it is such a child friendly cafe!
Apparently back in the early 1900's people would come to Little Coogee to swim and picnic as there was a little beach. These days I suggest that you don't swim as the water looks quite manky but picnic - yes - or even better dine at the Parramatta Park Cafe.
I think a sign that you are at a decent cafe that serves decent coffee has to be the number of bikes out the front - this morning there were swarms of lycra clad cyclists sipping their skim decaf soy lattes out the front of Parramatta Park Cafe - so we knew we were going to get at the very least a darn good coffee.
And we did, and we also received brilliant service, delicious food and the boys were more than entertained, so add all of that to the lovely weather and location and you have the perfect weekend breakfast!
Our waitress was so divine - she was friendly and attentive with the little lads - offering to bring them colouring pencils and paper to keep them occupied, she even suggested that we take them for a walk after breakfast to check out all the bats looming close by (more about that later).
You can sit inside or outside - I suggest you nab an outside table especially on a gorgeous day. Your view is over "Little Coogee" and you can hear/see the abundant birdlife, lovers wandering hand in hand, joggers and walkers of all ages and sizes and freaks fishing in the river - not sure what they would be catching - but the Parramatta River up this far is far from flowing and far from clean.
The menu is simple and well priced - none of those fancy pants eggs and spices here. The portion sizes are excellent and you can always burn off the calories with a run around the park afterwards. As for the kiddies, they have their own menu and if they dine at lunchtime they receive a free toy! The menu also doubles as an activity sheet which will keep the kidlets occupied whilst you eat. Children's drinks include the cutest babycino ($1.50) and yummiest milkshakes ($3.80) as well as hot chockies and juices.
The Parramatta Park Cafe has it all sorted - there are high chairs, baby change table in the loo and also it has plenty of room and access for prams - so it's a very child friendly cafe indeed!
After we farewelled our lovely waitress, and the swarms of cyclists, we discussed for a wee while the merits of wearing lycra, and we decided that no, we could not become caffeine addicted cyclists. Instead we decided to become David Attenborough and go in search of the bats. It didn't take long, all one has to do is cross a little bridge over Little Coogee and there they are in their swarms - the bats. Thousands of them hanging upside down making these weird little noises and smellin' horrid - their excrement was everywhere.
Parramatta Park also has a few excellent playgrounds, with the biggest and best being the Domain Creek Playground, so make sure you check them out before or after your meal at the Parramatta Park Cafe.
So dear parents I shall leave you with this - how does a bat do number twos upside down?
Parramatta Park - Cnr Pitt & Macquarie Sts Parramatta
02 9630 2029
Open 7 days