So anyways, I’m on this mission to discover new places to eat in Sydney.
One of my friends has spent the last 12 months in Melbourne, and she had rules around their adventures to ensure they didn’t do the “can’t be faffed thinking about somewhere new, we’ll just go back to the same old place” thing. We do that a lot- my family aren’t big on decision making.
Back to my friend’s rules- they were good ones. Essentially you could only go back to somewhere you’d been before if:
- You were with someone who hadn’t been there before, or
- It was a different meal eg lunch instead of breakfast, or
- You ordered something different.
I love the idea- and am adopting a similar attitude to our weekend lunches…although I’m adding another couple- just to cover the inherent brain laziness that hits my husband and daughter the minute they’re home:
- Each person has to choose somewhere new once a month
- Repeat visits are allowed once a month
- Repeat visits are permitted for manky weather
Anyways, all of this means that I’m allowed to go back to Cottage Point Kiosk– at least twice. Why?
- Because yesterday I went with my friend which means I can take my family- or other friends
- Because yesterday I went for lunch, and there’s a breakfast menu
- Because yesterday I had the fish curry and I so want to try the garlic mussels
- Because yesterday the weather was overcast, and this place would be even more magic on a blue day
Cottage Point lies on the mouth of Coal and Candle Creek in the Hawkesbury River.
This is one of those places that is so well hidden that it’s easy to think you’re the only person in the whole world who has ever discovered it. Except, of course, for the fact that you’ve had to park up the hill and walk down…and the fact that the prime seat on the edge of the jetty is reserved.
It’s tranquil down here…serene even. The only noise comes from the water, the chat of other guests and the splash of the fish when bread is thrown from the balcony.
The menu isn’t huge, but it’s better than good. The fish curry and the mussels are, apparently, the most re-ordered items on it.
The prices are a little higher than you’d pay in other cafés or kiosks. It’s isolated down here and costs more to bring in goods. Having said that, the quality is good and the view is better.
Take cash- just in case. When we were there, the internet was down and credit cards weren’t accepted.
How to get here
By car it’s about 40mins drive from the CBD. Turn off Mona Vale Road at Terrey Hills. There’s a link to a map on the website.
There are steep stairs to navigate down to the kiosk, and limited parking. Be prepared to walk back up the steep stairs and back up the hill to your car.
The Important Stuff
There is no phone reception down here, so snap away to your hearts content, but any checking in or instagramming of your meals- and the view- will need to wait until you’re back up the hill.
If you’re really keen
You can hire a tinny or a kayak afterwards. I’ll be the one settling back and watching.
While you’re out there
Head over to West Head. From the lookout you can see across to Patonga and Pearl Beach on the Central Coast
as well as Palm Beach and the Barrenjoey Headland.
For soapie buffs, this is the fictional Summer Bay in TV’s Home and Away.