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Little India In Helensburgh


Off a little side street in Helensburgh is the Sri Venkateswara Temple – with crowds of women in their saris and kids running around with jet black hair it feels like you have stumbled through a porthole into Southern India.

Although the seed for this temple was planted in 1978 the temple itself has only been open since 1985 and is still in its infancy with the grounds and services of the temple growing every day.


For us however the experience rests on the South Indian canteen that operates on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.  Once you have taken in the grand exoticness of the building, walked around the inside and marvelled at the fragrance of incense and its many deities – the smell of the food lures you out.



Set under a magnificent grove of trees, the simple alfresco dining area is a cool, welcoming place to taste some spicy treats.  My favourite is the Masala Dosa a large rice flour pancake (crispy at the edges) wrapped around a spicy potato filling. Our little group ordered 1 of everything and shared (gorged) until we had to be rolled away for a nap.


With the highest price on the menu being $7.00 you can afford to invest in a Pooja (prayer/blessing) that can help you with love, career or prosperity in general.

Where: Temple Rd, Helensburgh NSW 2508
Cost: Free entry
Opening times: The temple is open everyday however the canteen is only open on weekends and public holidays 10am – 4pm
Dress: Modest and sensible. Take a scarf





Be Inspired Do & See Kids Play Woonona

Woonona Beach Breakfast Picnic


Woonona Beach Sunrise

Woonona beach in the early morning light is the perfect place for a beach breakfast.  With hardly a soul around, a light breeze, the sun blazing and a thermos of hot coffee – who needs a café?

Below are your breakfast picnic essentials;

Woonona Beach

The Location

On the beach is spectacular but consider the invasion of sand and pack wisely.  We got Ariah Blue to back her bottom up to the picnic blanket and plop down so that her feet stayed on the sand – this worked for a  few minutes.  But the view and the sound of the waves was worth it.  The Woonona pool does offer a sand free place to dine with a lovely outlook over the pool and out over the ocean.


The Food

We went for the simplest option – what we would normally eat at home packed up and transported. Sultana Bran, fresh fruit and a thermos of coffee.  The Woonona bakery (the one on the right hand side of the chicken shop) has the most divine croissants and if you get there early enough warm bacon and cheese rolls.  They use a smoked bacon which makes the calories worth it.


The Coffee

I know that most people haven’t used a thermos since 1969 – but we somehow we had two tucked away in the cupboard and filled one with milk and one with coffee.  But if you need something a bit more 2015 then you can pick up your brew at the North Break Café opposite the park and walk it to your picnic.



The Extras

The waves will surely entice you in so pack/wear your swimmers and take some towels.  Wet wipes, plastic bags and a tea towel always come in handy.


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