During my one year stay in Sydney, i'm getting used to visit beach whereas previously I don't really like to go to the beach. I don't know why but I think beaches weren't my kind of 'safe' place, but that all changed since I lived here. Me and some of my friends got our day off on Easter weekend and we decided to explore Sydney and our destination was Palm Beach. So here we go! apply your sun block and go to the beach! 

Palm beach is located 41 kilometers north of Sydney CBD and can be easily reach using L90 bus from Wynyard station. It took me around one and half hour travel time from city by bus. I arrived on Palm Beach around 4pm in the afternoon, well maybe it was too late to explore the area, but the weather was just right. Moreover sunset time on this autumn in Sydney is aroun 7.15 pm so I have plenty of time to climb up the hill.

What's on Palm Beach?

This area actually part of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park which is my second national park I've been visited in Sydney after Kamay Botany Bay National Park (I haven't write any story about yet, will do soon). Besides its sunken shaped beaches, there is a hill called Barrenjoey Head on the north of Palm beach where Barrenjoey Lighthouse located.

Be ready for 1,2km walk and not-so-little hike

The first Barrenjoey light house built in 1881 and located just around 10 meters distance from current light house. The first light house marked with a plate on it and becomeGledhill Lookout. This light house is located 91 meters above sea level and has a picturesque view. If you facing south you can see palm beach with sunken shaped meanwhile if you facing north you can see Broken Bay, Lion Island, Putty Beach and many more.

There is guided tour for visitors who want to visit inside of the lighthouse every Sunday. It will cost you $5 for adults and $2 for children. 

There is an interesting thing on this area is you can do during May - November, If you lucky enough you can witness whale playing around on the sea and don't forget to prepare your binocular if you planning to watch it.  

you can access inside the light house by guided tour

How to reach Barrenjoey lighthouse?

There are two tracks to reach Barrenjoey lighthouse area, the first one is 1,2km path from beach to the top and it will take you around 25 - 35 minutes walk (well depends on your speed and strength) there are some track which have 20 to 45 degree angle. The second track is called smugglers track, it shorter than the first one but it will give you a quite challenging track with some "hike" but it closed for renovation now. Even the first track is consider as hike for me LOL. 

I almost gave up to reach the top, but thanked God there was a family who encourage me to walk with them, their beautiful children hypnotized me with their laugh and cheer. In (not so) a blink of an eye finally I reached the top, put down my backpack and sat down on the grass. (I can't believe I still alive without having asthma attack)

I rested for around 45 minutes while waiting for my other friends come to Palm beach and we traveled back to the city together.

 those happy and beautiful children

Here I am, on the top of the hill :) I made it - taken by Al Rifki

with fellow WHV warriors :) - pic from Ibel

take a selfie before going back - pic from Ibel

Here are my tips if you want to go to Barrenjoey Lighthouse, make sure you don't bring heavy things with you just like I did because it will just slower your walk, bring enough water because there is no drinking water available and empty your bladder first as there is no toilet up there.

Some people said Melbourne is a city with 4 seasons a day, couldn't agree more

The famous bathing box in Brighton Beach

Near Balaclava Station

Luna Park, St Kilda

 Palais Theatre, St Kilda

 Cycling is the best way to roam the city

Flinders Street Station 

yummy windows on Acland Street, St Kilda

 the famous doughnut at Queen Victoria Market

  Say it with flowers - Flowers stall at Queen Victoria Market

One of art installation in National Gallery Victoria

Here we go again for another restaurant and cafe adventure in heart of Sydney. I can do cafe hopping most of the time back then in Jakarta but since I'm living in Sydney for this year and it is quite exy (slang word of Expensive in Australia) to sit down and enjoy cafe and dessert here, so I only manage to do this my favorite thing once or twice in a month, LOL. 

Well, to be honest most all the dessert's price are similar like the one I found in Jakarta. I can found A$4 - A$7 eclairs in Sydney CBD and it pretty much have the same price with some eclairs when you visit one of the cake shop in South Jakarta area.

Ok, back to the story, last week I and my friend visited another one of the famous dessert parlour in Sydney, The Choc Pot. Along with its name, the famous this of this dessert place is chocolate-something which served in pot (a small bowl) or most of us known as molten choco lava cake. Unfortunately, we did not order that cake and chose waffle instead.

Pick a tea

Brownies selections

I visited The Choc Pot in Sydney CBD branch, located in Regent Place near Sydney Town Hall. The place was not really big but it look spacious due to its seating arrangement. It has brown and yellow domination colors, which reminds me of the "Woot coffee and mates"'s place in Jakarta, but this one is bigger. 

It has some dessert collections from brownies, crepes, cakes to waffles, meanwhile for the beverages its have smoothies, quite wide range of tea selections and hot drinks. I ordered Honeycrumb waffnut and Japanese Cherry (green tea), meanwhile Mitha ordered Secret garden and white chocolate strawberry smoothie.

My honeycrumb waffnut was basically 2 round shaped crunchy waffles stacked up with rock salt ice cream on the layer, crunchy biscuit crumbs, topped with Belgian chocolate, salted caramel and upside down ice cone. I think I made a good decision when pairing it with a cup of tea to balance its salty and sweetness. I like the texture of the waffle, it crunchy outside but still soft inside. I crushed the ice cone, sprinkle the crumbs to my ice cream and finally scooped it together with the slice of waffle. 

Honeycrumb Waffnut

Since I love tea, I really like it when The Choc Pot has some selection of green tea. I like tea with clear appearance and have fruit or flower mixture init. Previously, I cant decided which tea flavor should I choose. The Choc Pot has Japanese lime, mango sencha, Japanese Cherry from Green tea selections, white rose (white tea), passion fruit, white peach, berries & orange, apricot & peach from black tea selections.

 Japanese Cherry Tea (Green Tea)

Another dish was Secret Garden, a glass of dark chocolate Callebaut and white chocolate Callebaut topped with biscuit crumbs, chocochips and Strawberry. For those who wondering what is Callebaut, It is a company that producing high quality of Belgian Chocolate and yes its chocolate is REALLY GOOD. This Secret Garden's chocolate texture was really soft and smooth like panna cotta, I can eat this dish everyday, hahahahahah.

 The Secret Garden

Yummy... yummy...

Our menus for that day :)

Overall, I really enjoyed my time in The Choc Pot. Maybe on my next visit I will come to their branch in Burwood, Rosebery or Chatswood to get another comfy dessert time experience and try their crepes, their famous choc pot and Green tea panna cotta latte, let's LIVE CHEEKY!!

The Choc Pot, Sydney CBD
Regent Place, 501 George Street
Opening hours: 
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 10.30 pm
Fri - Sat 12.00 pm - 11.00 pm
Public Holiday 12.00 pm - 10.30 pm

The Choc Pot Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Finally I have a proper cake hunting after more than a month since my last cafe hopping in Maroubra and Chatswood. At the first time I came to Sydney, I did some research regarding dessert parlour and coffee shop in this area and some of my friends recommended this place, Black Star Pastry.

There are 3 Black Star Pastry store in Sydney CBD, Newtown and Rosebery. Well, because it quite hard to find parking lot in the city and Newtown is to far from eastern suburb, me and my friend Linda decided to visit their Store in Rosebery. The exterior of the store is clean and minimalist with black and white dominant colors, while inside you will feel rustic ambiance.  

oww pretty pretty cakeeee :3

Now let's try the cake

I picked the famous Strawberry Watermelon cake slice with almond dacquoise, rose-scented cream, pistachios and dried rose petals, meanwhile Linda picked mini Orange cake with persian figs, cranberries, pistachios, rose petals and candied coriander. 

It was my first time eating a cake with dried petals on it, well I used to drink tea with flower flavors like Camomile or Roselia but this one is totally different. This cake was so light and those fruits were so fresh. There are slices of watermelon in cake layer which is surprised me and it balanced the cake sweetness really well. Meanwhile the Orange cake was just okay, well I like the moist and the cake consistency but somehow I didn't like the after taste in my tongue, it was a little bit bitter.

Too bad I didn't try their quiches and pies, some of the reviewer in on of restaurant finder said that they were great and really worth to try. Well, there always next time, right? on my next visit I will try their Quiches and Pies :)
 Mini Orange Cake versus Strawberry Watermelon cake

Strawberry Watermelon Cake

 Orange Cake with Persian Figs

Overall I like my Strawberry Watermelon cake is worth to try because it uniqueness (have to try another cakes too), but It was quite pricey for me (Mini Orange cake A$4.5 and Strawberry Watermelon cake A$7.5) 

**This Strawberry Watermelon is created using Halal gelatin (I really like it when cake shop really open to customer with their ingredients) you can check it here

Black Star Pastry
C1 85 - 113 Dunning Ave, Rosebery NSW
Ph : (02) 9557 8656

Opening Hours:
8am - 3pm weekdays
8am - 4pm weekends