When ‘they’ say “go to your happy place”, where is that for you?

I have a few:

The Bible Gardens

The view from The Bible Gardens

One of my ‘happy’ places is The Bible Gardens overlooking Palm Beach, on the northern beaches of Sydney. I am so surprised that no one knows about this gem. An incredible block of land was bequeathed to the council umpteen years ago. It has been planted out with trees and shrubs from the middle east. It is a Bible themed garden with its own Bible provided in a Tupperware container and a Ten Commandments replica with some ‘interesting’ quotes. The view is incredible. You overlook Palm Beach and the Central Coast and the best thing is that no one knows about it and you don’t need to be a part of the Bible belt to visit

Another ‘happy’ place is a piece of grass on the banks of Pittwater. There is a massive tree providing more than ample shade. There are crabs, space to swing a litter of cats, water and NO PEOPLE.  Great for those spontaneous picnics when you’re feeling anti-social.

When you’re feeling like more action, why not catch a ferry from Manly to Circular Quay? It is a fun, easy, relaxing ride. A chance to see what Sydney Harbour has to offer and once you arrive there are always the buskers eager to greet you.

Sydney Ferries

Ferrying into Sydney Harbour

I really love Berry on the south coast. This town is renowned for some fancy B&Bs and surprisingly great restaurants. The markets are also famous and a certain donut stand at the local servo was once a good place to stop, though I’m not sure if it’s still there.

Follow me back to Palm Beach, where we will hop on a ferry and rock on over to The Basin. It’s incredible to think that you’re still close to the city here. You can camp, picnic or go on adventurous bush walks. There is an inland lake or waterway of some kind that is shark-free and kid friendly. Swim, eat, camp, just watch out for those greedy goannas. Hop back on the afternoon ferry, feel the salty wind in your hair and know that for today, you had ventured farther than most Sydney-siders. Good on you!

There are many ‘happy’ places to go and see and experience. It’s all about getting out of the house, smelling the sunshine and having an adventure. I call that happy days!