If you love classic fish and chips with a side of playground and pelican, then you need to check out the Woy Woy Fishermen's Wharf!
I have had 3 lovely Little Munch readers send me emails this year, telling me about how fantastic the Woy Woy Fishermen's Wharf is - "the ideal day trip from Sydney" was how one described it. And it so is! It takes just over an hour to get there via car from Sydney, depending on where you live. Or for a super cool day trip - catch the train! From Hornsby Station for example it only takes 37 minutes and if you do it on Sunday it won't cost that much, as you can capitalise on Family Funday Sunday.
The Woy Woy Fishermen's Wharf is a restaurant/take away/fish market/kiosk right next to a playground. The restaurant looks very nice and is located at the back of the wharf over the water. It is open 7 days a week for lunch and it's the sort of place you need to make a booking for. They have a kids menu, high chairs and easy access for prams. However I'm thinking if your rocked up and made your kids sit inside the restaurant instead of letting them be outside in the playground, you aren't going to win any awards for parent of the year - so go for the take away option. The take-away is also open 7 days a week and you can have lunch as early as 11am if you wish and on Friday and Saturday nights you can even grab an early dinner.
We visited on a Saturday for an early take away lunch - which is a smart idea as this place gets packed on weekends! When we arrived we found it a bit tricky to find a car park but eventually we nabbed a spot a short walk away from the wharf. As we walked up, the boys immediately spied the playground right in front of the wharf, so they scampered off to explore every inch of it. Meanwhile, I secured us the best table in the house (i.e. the one closest to the playground) and Mr Munch went and ordered us lunch.
It was at this point in time that I realised that I have a fear of big birds with big beaks. See there are quite a few pelicans roaming around looking for a quick feed (they like humans seem to have a penchant for hot chips). They also like to get up close and personal with diners. Luckily a knight in shining armour (some cranky old bloke) shooed them away before they came up and plonked their beak in my lap looking for some tucker. So if you see them when you visit, perhaps don't feed them, as hot chippies aren't their natural diet AND these birds weigh more than a small child - if a toddler got between a pelican and a hot chip, the toddler would definitely come off second best. I've since found out that at 3pm every day the staff actually feed the pelicans, and all the other little birdies, with the fresh fish off cuts from the seafood market, so it could also be fun to coincide your trip with this time of day.
Whilst I was trying to de - friend the pelicans, my boys were having a great time making new friends in the playground. The playground is fully fenced, which is handy as it located close to the road. However if you have kids over the age of about 4, they will easily be able to either climb over the fence or work out how to open the gates - so keep an eye on them. There's plenty of seating inside the playground, both park benches and undercover picnic tables. If you have a fear of birds too, this would be an ideal spot to sit and enjoy your lunch.
Once Mr Munch had ordered our food he came back to the table with an order number and left me to listen out for the number to be called whilst he went and procured some beverages for us all. Drinks, coffees, ice creams and other sweet treats can be bought at the kiosk - and guess what? You can buy booze! The wharf is licensed so you can partake in a beer or glass of vino whilst you enjoy your fish and chips. But just to let you know, the playground is an alcohol free zone, so you can't sit in there and imbibe, you have to do it at the tables provided by the Fishermen's Wharf.
The takeaway menu covers all of your favourites and if you aren't a deep fried fatty you can always just buy a kilo of prawns or a dozen of oysters from the fish market to have for your lunch. We shared a Fishermen's Basket which fed us easily as the boys were more interested in playing than eating. There was calamari, prawn cutlets, fish pieces and a seafood stick as well as chips.
After lunch, have a quick pit stop at the toilets right next to the wharf and then take the family for a trot along the park next to the wharf, that follows the water's edge, to burn off some of your lunch, just like we did. If you have a chiller pack with you, or don't have to travel very far, make sure you grab some seafood from the fish market before you head home. The prawns, oysters and fish looked amazing and it is basically straight off the boat - I don't think you are going to find any fresher seafood in Sydney except if you go to the fish markets in Pyrmont.
Have you been to the Woy Woy Fishermen's Wharf LIttle Munchers? How do you go with pesky pelicans?
The Boulevarde, Woy Woy, NSW
Open 7 days for lunch