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I’m Heading to Australia

Hey Kind Lifers,

I’m headed to Sydney in a couple weeks for vacation, finally! Yay! I’m so thrilled to check out the veg scene as well as adventure in/around the city and explore all the nature.

I’m wondering if you have any must dos or must sees in Sydney and the surrounding areas that are more local and not touristy – your favorite yummiest most beautiful spots! We’re thinking of visiting Byron Bay and possibly Cairns! I would greatly appreciate your thoughts if you live in the area or have been there before!!

Also, if you are a local Sydney kind lifer and happen to babysit or have children and know a great babysitter, leave a comment below as that would come in handy for a couple of occasions!

Thanks so much.










Photo Credit: Roslyn Motter


  • jackie berger

    Hi Alicia,
    I lived in New York for about twenty years and then Burbank for a few more years before moving back home Australia my daughter who is in New York at the moment visiting family.
    But i am writing to give you some idea for travelling with children. First you have to go to the zoo yes it is a touristy thing but so worth it you catch a boat over to the zoo which kids love for starters. Not far out of Sydney you have to go to the Blue mountains there are awesome hikes for any aged children also you have to go to Jenolan caves you can stay at the lodge there or you can stay at the blue mountains the cave have guild and are not hard to get around. Well worth it we had an LA Friend in the movie industry come over and he makes disney movies and he loved it. In any case there is also the reptile park near Gosford that not that far out off Sydney City

    • Claudia Allison

      You definitely have to go to Yulli’s in Surry Hills! Amazing food and amazing vibe! I’m also a babysitter/nanny if you need!!

  • Mich

    Byron Bay is gorgeous and has a great vegan vibe. Heart and Halo and Manna Haven do gorgeous food in a nice relaxed environment. Also the falafels at Orgasmic are so good. I used to live in Melbourne which has an incredible vegan scene, I don’t know Sydney’s vegan places, but I’m sure I heard of a vegan ‘butcher’ opening up there, might be interesting to see what that’s all about!

    • kelly

      Orgasmic is a must for falafels! So very delish!

  • Mich

    Near Byron Bay there’s some lovely quieter beaches, you can walk to Suffolk Park beach and there’s a beautiful Tea Tree Lake to swim in!

  • Hannah

    So exciting to hear you’re coming to Sydney!! You should definitely visit Bondi! I also highly recommend The Nourishing Quarter in Redfern – really yummy vegan food! x

  • Stacey

    Byron Bay is very relaxing. Cairns is fine, but I prefer the vibe of Palm Cove and Port Douglas just north of there. And if you can fit in a trip to my home town of Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road – and the towns along the way – is my favourite place on earth. Matcha Mylkbar is a crazy cool vegan restaurant in St. Kilda. Enjoy!

  • Tracy Ojakangas

    Cape Tribulation is about a 2 hour drive north of Cairns…totally worth it! Exotic fruit tasting at PK’s Jungle Village. Australian Rainforest Meets Great Barrier Reef. So Peaceful.

  • Kathy Divine

    Hi Alicia,

    This is great news! There are so many great vegan food choices. I would recommend Bodhi (, Gigi Pizzeria in Newtown and Earth to Table in Bondi Junction.
    I will share your blog post on our FB page (Australian Vegans) in case there are babysitters among our followers.

    Please get in touch if I can be of any assistance at all while you are in Australia.

    Best wishes,

    Kathy Divine
    Australian Vegans Journal

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  • Katrina Fox

    Hi Alicia

    Like my friend Kathy Divine has mentioned below, Bodhi is a popular spot in the Sydney CBD with lovely surroundings in Hyde Park. Earth to Table and also Sadhana Kitchen in Bondi are both delicious raw, vegan eateries. Gigi was a regular pizzeria until last year then made the switch to all-vegan which is wonderful.

    Newtown is a cool, funky part of Sydney that has a lot of veg/vegan eateries including Green Gourmet (one of the oldest) and Blossoming Lotus (both Asian cuisine) and Gelato Blue is an ice-creamery which again only recently turned all-vegan.

    For burgers, Soul Burger is yet another cafe that went all-vegan (Sydney is pioneering in this way!).

    If you’re visiting the Sydney Opera House, Cafe Sydney, while not all-veg, is a high-end eatery that has a good vegan menu.

    If I can help in any way while you’re here, let me know.

    Cheers :)

    Katrina Fox
    Founder & Editor
    Vegan Business Media
    Author: Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business
    Host, Vegan Business Talk Podcast

  • Marija Charlton

    Hi Alicia,

    So great to hear that you are coming to Australia! Yay!

    Byron Bay is a beautiful place, and right now, till October is our whale season. Make sure you go to the Lighthouse (Australia’s most easterly point) and check out for any whales migrating past – it’s an amazing sight!

    There are plenty of vegan choices, and most places are happy to substitute.
    Slightly away from the town is a beautiful little cafe called Folk – they are vegetarian, and always happy to veganise anything – we love their Abundance Bowls! Santos is a great organic store that also does take away food and juices. Naked Treaties is a juice/raw food bar in the town centre which is all vegan too.
    I will add my vote to Orgasmic, which does great falafels.
    O-Sushi, in town, does an amazing, amazing Teriyaki Tofu with brown rice and salad! I have been known to have it three nights in a row :-)

    Crystal Castle, which is about a 25 minute drive from Byron, is a beautiful place worth a visit, and a great place for kids to roam around and discover beautiful crystals.

    Hope you have an awesome visit!

    Marija x

  • Shawnee

    So firstly check out the for a babysitter.

    A with food places, just to name a few.

    Bohdi in the park

    GiGi’s pizzeria, Gelato Blue, Superfood Sushi, Golden Lotus, Lentil As Anything, Sadhana Kitchen

    Soul Burger

    All of Australia is beautiful so check out what you can :) Enjoy your trip!

  • Anna

    You’ll not see a koala downtown.

    Bondi is too ‘touristy’, Manly is better. Wear a crazy wig and catch a ferry, the view is spectacular, 30 min in the open sea.

    Most high end restaurants will serve a vegetarian menu if asked nicely and in advance…A lot of restaurants eg Quay requires booking at least 6 weeks in advance.

    If in Byron try Three Blue Ducks, they are located on a farm, so all produce comes from that farm. They have a small restaurant in Sydney & on weekends the queues to get in are insane… best get there early or go on a weekday.

    Too many amazing places where to eat in Sydney, just never enough time.

    Silvereye host vegan dinners every few months, if asked in advance they might create one for you.

    Bridge, Opera House and the Gardens are a must.

  • Melissa Andrea

    Hi alicia, ive been in the childcare industry for the last 7 years, im happy to babysit, you can have a look at my resume, feel free to contact me

  • Ali Clemesha

    Hi Alicia, we are from Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and run a babysitting website called The Nanny Emporium. Check us out at ❤️❤️ Enjoy your gorgeous trip in Aus xx

  • Rachel Anderson

    Hi Alicia!

    I’m a babysitter. I run my own little business called Itty Bitty Babysitting here in Sydney. I have 10 years experience as an early childhood educator working in Childcare centres, as a nanny and now as a professional babysitter, and would LOVE to look after your precious one!

    Drop me a line, if you’re interested!

    Xx Rachel Anderson.

  • Sophie Clisby

    Hi Alicia! That’s so exciting! I’m a vegetarian/mostly vegan too and you must try Sadhana Kitchen, Speedos Cafe Bondi (my favourite), Bondi Wholefoods, Bodhi on the Park, Soul Burger Randwick, ahh and so many more! Oh and just to add in, I babysit/nanny as my part time job along with studying primary education. So I am very experienced with all ages if you want to add me to the list of potential babysitters :) safe travels!

  • Brooke

    My name is Brooke I am a qualified childcare worker and have 9 years experince working with children between the ages 0-12 years old. I work full time in a childcare centre but i am available for babysitting friday or saturday nights. I am a 28 year old Sydney sider. Theres lots to do with children- Sydney Sea Life Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife (next to aquarium) Taronga Zoo, etc
    Also Luna Park, catch a ferry.

  • Kahu harrison

    Hi I have been a nanny for 15 years I would love to help you out in Sydney with babysitting. My email is [email protected]

  • Kirsty_Gilfo

    Hi Alicia

    I’m a Sydney nanny and babysitter with over 15 years experience caring for children from newborns to teenagers. I work part-time as a nanny during the day and I’m available in the evenings but if I’m not available I do know a network of lovely and experienced babysitters.

    I have the required Working with Children Check, hold a First Aid certificate with anaphylaxis, asthma and CPR training and have great references.

    Please get in touch through here if you are interested.

    On another note, it’s great that you and your family are coming to Australia! Bring warm clothes as it’s been quite a cold winter for us in Sydney.

    There are so many great things to see and do here in Sydney and fantastic vegan restaurants and cafes.

    One of my favourite cafes is Cali Press in Double Bay, they do the most delicious mylk smoothies and I’m addicted to their chilli, orange and cacao protein balls as well as their “nutella cake”. While you’re in Double Bay you can’t go past About Life which has a cafe, buffet style section for take away and a grocery store full of delicious fresh and wholesome food.

    For restaurants I recommend Yulli’s, Nourishing Quarter and Oriental Healthy in Surry Hills and Green Gourmet for Asian in Newtown.

    If you’d like a pie you can’t go past Funky Pies in Bondi Beach and if you feel like a burger and fries Lord of the Fries is the place to go or I hear Soul Burger in Randwick is amazing.

    I was just reading about Ben and Jerry’s non-dairy in your ice cream post. I really hope I can find it here, that would be so good for people like me who are dairy intolerant.

    While in Sydney, although touristy, you really have to visit the Sydney Opera House and climb the Harbour Bridge. There is no view of Sydney like it! We have so many great national parks, beaches and coastal walks as well as our beautiful harbour. Take a drive out of Sydney to Palm beach for the day and have a picnic by the beach or up to the Blue Mountains to take in the spectacular views.

    If you venture up to Far North Queensland and don’t like the touristy places like me, I’d skip Cairns and go to Palm Cove which is a short drive away or further north away from all the tourists to Cape Tribulation. It’s absolutely beautiful up there, where the rainforest meets the sea and well worth it.

    Byron Bay is a beautiful town with many great beaches, the Tea Tree lake and the Cape Byron lighthouse.

    I hope you are staying at least 3 weeks so you have time to enjoy each location!

  • Angela Turner

    Hi Alicia,
    I live in Penrith at the foot of the Blue Mountains.
    If you follow the M4 past Penrith, over the Nepean River you will soon enter The Blue Mountains National Park.
    The park is World Heritage listed and the drive through the mountains is stunning, on the way you may notice bridges built by First Fleet convicts over 200 years ago, but what is even more stunning is the Three Sisters rock formations and the majestic view out over the Jamison Valley from Echo Point at Katoomba.
    Lots of little cafes and shops in Katoomba.
    And if you want something to do with your son, take a ride on the scenic railway to the valley floor.
    Food is amazing, with a huge variety and so fresh, Aussies love their fresh food.
    Also you will love Cairns, it is stunning and at this time of year polar opposite to Sydney weather wise. and you could take a take a trip to and swim on the Outer Reef (Great Barrier Reef). Yes I’ve done this and it was amazing.
    I hope you have a really lovely escape and go home with lots of great memories.
    PS Be aware that in Northern Australia (Cairns) we have salt water crocodiles so you shouldn’t swim on the mainland waterways or beaches.

  • kelly

    Good morning Alicia & family,

    You must be super excited to be visiting Australia! Us Aussies do sure think it is a special place to visit♡. You will be sure to enjoy many beautiful locations, Byron Bay being one.

    Hi, my name is Kelly. I am an owner/ manager of a Byron Bay based Babysitting Agency called Little Wild Thing’s ( ). We are a group of mothers looking to assist parents in time off whilst feeling completely comfortable in the hands of qualified, educated and reliable women. We would love to assist you with care of your munchkins should you be looking for some time off with hubby.

    You can contact me through the website or directly on [email protected].

    Enjoy your trip x

  • Emma Cahill

    Hi, my names Emma and I’ve lived in Sydney near bondi for 4 years and from a small country town, I’ve been a nanny/ babysitter part time and full time since being here and still in really close contact with all the families. If you’re interested I have some really good references if you’re interested my email is [email protected]
    Hope to hear from you.

  • Kessa Rae Franklin

    Hi! I just read about your upcoming trip in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. My name is Kessalyn. I’m a nanny in Sydney- I’m from Alaska and have been with my current family for three months, in Australia for four months. Would love to help you out while you’re in the area if you’re still looking for a nanny. I come with wonderful references of course. Shoot me an email if you’re still looking for help!


    [email protected]

  • Kathy Beymer

    Sydney is my favorite city hands down. I lived there for a year in college on a Rotary Scholarship and traveled all over and I would recommend the Coogee to Bondi cliff walk (beauty!). Also I agree that instead of Cairns there are other places to prioritize, like the Whitsundays, Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation, also perhaps Fraser Island. Enjoy! It’s a lovely sunburnt country.

  • aharasym


    I’m a Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist and major foodie. Some great organic places, vegan cafes, as well as cafes that have vegan options include:

    Earth to Table (highly recommend), Bondi Harvest, O Cafe (In Surry Hills), Agape (family friend’s own the restaurant–it’s more fine dining, they grow a lot of their own food), The Hill Eatery in North Bondi, Bruce Leaves in Alexandria, Cornersmith in Marrickville, Egg of the Universe in Rozelle, Porch and Parlour in North Bondi, Cali Press, Orchard Street (Organic juices and vegan desserts), Kawa in Surry Hills. In Manly, there is a cafe called Pure Wholefoods, Ora Cafe, and Ruby Wholefoods. My friend is the chef at Ruby Wholefoods, and she makes delicious food!

    In Byron Bay, there’s a great health food shop called Santos off the main street.

    I’m 29 and also happy to babysit. I am originally from Canada, miss my family and more than happy to spend time with kids. Also CPR/First Aid certified!


  • Karen Freeman

    Hi Alicia
    Firstly welcome to Australia. We are a mixed household with vegan and vegetarian. A happy family working well with catering to a mix of diets. I am a 24 year old experienced babysitter and nanny who is far from ‘clueless’. I would love to look after Bear Blu and also my cousin is the same age if he needs a playmate. A great restaurant in Sydney is Bohdi a vegan Yum Cha in the heart of our great city. I have many more to share with you. Have a great time in Sydney.
    Jordana Freeman

  • Sally G

    Hi ,
    I live in Sydney about 10-15 mins away from the city and would love to babysit . I have a 7 year old boy , who loves to socialise . I am always looking for things to do with him around Sydney . My husband works 2 jobs and is usually very busy . So it’s usually my and my best friend deciding what to do , daily ,if he’s not in school . I go out of my way to do things for him as he is an only child and I guess I feel a bit of guilt there .
    Anyway my email is [email protected]
    I would be pleased to babysit and trust me once your little one has spent time with us 2 , he won’t want to come home .. Xxx
    Sally .

  • Sally G

    [email protected] , Is the correct email …sorry I accidentally added the ‘au’ at the end ( a little over excited) .

  • Alex cooke

    Hi Alicia

    I live in Narrabeen in the northern beaches, a very pretty spot with beautiful beaches and oceans, also only a 40 minute drive to the Sydney city. I have experienced in babysitting as I am a local babysitter for my neighbours

    If I sound alright to you email me back at [email protected]

    Kind regards

    Alex Cooke

  • Kessa Rae Franklin

    Hi! I just read about your upcoming trip in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. My name is Kessalyn. I’m a nanny in Sydney- I’m from Alaska and have been with my current family for three months, in Australia for four months. Would love to help you out while you’re in the area if you’re still looking for a nanny. I come with wonderful references of course. Shoot me an email if you’re still looking for help!


    [email protected]

  • Melinda

    Hi Alicia,

    I would suggest you work with an Agency for a Babysitter as you would getting better peace of mind knowing that the nanny is Working with Children Checked, First Aid verified and referenced checked. There are great Agencies out there that could assist you.

  • Sabrina Gewargis

    I used to be a childcare worker in a previous life. If you need help while you are here, I’m more than happy to assist.

  • Sabrina Lee

    Hey Alicia! Great to see that you have found time to holiday in Australia with your family. Newtown has some pretty great places if you are looking for vegan food and Darling Harbour is especially a fun place for your child. If you are still looking for a babysitter, let me know as I am happy to help you out. :)

  • Julia Prieston

    Hi Alicia,
    You’ll love Sydney! My sister and I are very experienced babysitters, having babysat for the former Treasurer of Australia and current Australian Ambassador to the US amongst a number of other families. We would both love to be able to help out while you’re in Sydney, so please do not hesitate to contact me for details. We can also offer some great advice regarding things to do and see in the city!
    Best, Julia x
    [email protected]

  • Sarah

    Hi there,
    If you’re looking for a babysitter I’ll be happy to offer my services. I am a qualified first aider and have a lot of experience with young children. The last family I babysat for I would have 7 children under my care age ranging between 2-14. If you would like to know more please do get in contact.


  • Jenna Cohn

    Gigi’s newtown for sure! Another good vegan place
    Take a trip to the northern beaches for the real surf. Manly and Bondi are lovely, but covered in tourists. Try out Avalon/Mona Vale area.
    Also not far from Sydney is

  • Dee

    I’m happy to babysit! I have a current Working With Children Check and I’m the manager of a youth centre so I have a lot of experience working with children, keeping them entertained and supervision :)

  • Georgia

    If you’re in Sydney and looking for a babysitter I am an experienced nanny. Most recently looked after 4 boys 7 and under for 2 years. I have been a nanny for 9years.
    I’m hands on get in and join in type nanny. Why watch from the side of the pool when you can be in there swimming!

  • Ben

    Hey Alicia !!
    Me and my friend run a baby sitting business and would love to help you out! We are both 16 years old and great with kids!! ( definetly not clueless (haha so witty)) Feel free to email me @ [email protected]!

  • Michelle

    Hey Alicia,

    How exciting, you’re coming to Sydney!

    I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Michelle and I am a registered Early Childhood Teacher (ECT) and own and operate a couple of childcare centre’s in Sydney. I babysit some of our family’s children and would be happy to babysit your little one whilst you’re in Sydney, if you’d like. I live in the eastern suburbs of Bondi but have a car & driver’s license, so I am happy to drive wherever required. Additionally, I can provide you with a WWCC (Working With Children’s Check), a Police check and family reviews/references for your security.

    Please let me know if there’s any other information you require, I’d be happy to provide that for you.

    Please let me know if there’s a formal application process that I should go through in order to apply for the babysitting position on offer.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind Regards,

  • Erin Louise

    Hi Alicia,
    I hope your visit to Sydney is a good one. I’ve lived in Sydney since 1997 and before that, Canberra the capital of Australia.
    I recommend visiting the blue mountains. There are so many beautiful lookouts, including the three sisters rock formation that has Aboriginal cultural significance. It’s definitely an amazing, spiritual place!
    Much love,

  • Ashleigh Hogan

    Hi Alicia!
    I have worked as a nanny since I was 17 and currently work in childcare so am available for babysitting, If you would like to email me I can send you my information regarding anything you need to know? [email protected]

  • Lana Mettmann

    I live in Cairns and would highly recommend visiting! I am very proud of the place I live in and there are a few local must-do’s:
    – Rusty’s markets offer local produce and an amazing variety of tropical fruits!
    – Crystal Cascades waterfall is gorgeous and I have found nowhere quite like it
    – Any of the beaches are lovely
    – Going to the reef is always fun and it is really interesting to learn about such a unique ecosystem as well as learning about the threats and how we can save the reef.

    There are many more places and activities I can recommend, let me know if you’re interested. : )

  • Maddy

    Best to bypass Cairns and head straight to Port Douglas! About an hours drive, a much better vibe, better reef access and way way less toursity

  • Ondine Purinton-Miller

    Hello hello!

    As a massive plant based foodie, I have a list as long as my arm of amazing places to go in Sydney.

    Firstly, for incredibly high vibration raw food; Earth to Table in Bondi Junction is ace. Similarly, Sadhana Kitchen is a vegan, raw and super duper amazing cafe restaurant in North Bondi. We’re talking adding Reishi to coffee, good.
    For a high end dining, Yellow in Potts Point has a vegan degustation, as well as Otto Restaurant in Wooloomooloo.
    Zeitgeist Mylkbar in Bondi has raw baked goods and milkshakes for a cheeky vegan treat.

    Gelato Blue in Newtown is a vegan gelateria, lots of yummy flavours.

    Aboutlife in double bay and Bondi is a great supermarket with lots of kind food and easy take away sit down food.

    Orchard St in North Bondi is reminiscent of Moon Juice, with adaptogenic frappes, lattes, organic juices, elixirs and amazing raw cakes and meals! It’s beautiful too and an amazing location! A divine energy.

    Byron Bay is a Mecca, Naked Treaties is a raw cafe reminiscent of Cafe Gratitude. Think, raw nachos, cakes up to your ears and smoothies that are to die for. Woods cafe in Bangalow is just inland from Main Byron but they have a sister cafe called Folk in Byron Bay which isn’t totally vegan but they are wholesome, kombucha on tap and sprouts galore.

    As for babysitting, I have looked after kids, would be happy to help, whip up a raw treat or bake a tasty vegan cake.

    Enjoy your vacation!

    If you’ve got any questions email me on [email protected]

    X Ondine

  • Nicola Clay

    Hi, My name is Nicola Clay I’m 25year old and am currently work in a Childcare centre 4 days a week having Friday’s off. I have an upto date first aid and working with children check. I have worked with children for the last 5 years and have babysat for a number of different families if you need a reference. I’m currently studying my bachelor of Early education and would love to babysit. Please contact via my email on [email protected]

  • Rebecca Jo Bacash

    I can watch Bear if you come to Melbourne! We’ll bake vegan cakes! There’s a massive Vegan community here with lots of great places to eat. Come down!

  • Olivia Freeman

    The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk is great! Takes between 2 – 3 hours and is perfect to do during winter as there are less tourists and people around in general, just wear sunblock! Also the Spit Bridge to Manly walk is so amazing too, it’s 10km and is a great adventure. The Botanical Gardens is beautiful too, anywhere around the Harbour really. Luna Park is a fun day out too for kids and adults.
    There’s also a walk through the North Head in Manly which is great! Shelley Beach is nice and there’s a secret little path across the beach and up through the trees that takes you up to some look out spots and is incredible.
    Gordon’s Bay is beautiful as well and is along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, pretty much a must see.
    Palm Beach is very pretty too. A bit of a drive from Sydney but worth it!
    Out west has lots of fun things to do like go-karting and trampoline centres and a drive-in outdoor cinema (Blacktown).
    Anywhere north of the bridge is good. The Hills area is nice. Drive through Galston, it’s beautiful. Fagan Park is very pretty and popular with the locals.
    For vegan treats you must try Mikhaela Antoon from Rawly. Her vegan sweets are served at many cafes around Sydney including ‘The Missing Piece’ cafe at Macquarie Shopping Centre and any ‘Nutrition Station’ around the city.

  • Kelly Zochling

    Hi Alicia, please visit Eastern Suburbs Nannies if you are looking for an experienced Babysitter whilst in Sydney. Our FREE Facebook group has 10,000 members and very active! Alternatively you can access our website for free and view Nanny profiles here

  • Hannah Farrant Jayet

    How exciting! I’m a veggo Sydney local.

    I would recommend a stroll down Crown St in Surry Hills, where you can find lots of quirky, random shops and Yulli’s- a vegetarian restaurant and bar.

    In Glebe, on Glebe Point Rd, you find the very popular local vegetarian restaurant called Badde Manors which is always open until late. A little further up Glebe Point Rd is The Cruelty Free Store and they stock lots of products for people and their pets.

    In the CBD, just near St Mary’s Cathedral is Bohdi which is a vegetarian Yum Cha restaurant. It has a good vibe.

    Newtown is the funky, hipster suburb of Sydney. There are quite a few vegetarian places like Green Gourmet, the Princess Blossom, Suzy Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher and Sandhana Kitchen which is totally vegan.

    As far as things to do, a stroll through the botanical gardens down to the water’s edge is lovely, and you can stop by the Gallery of NSW while you are in the area and check out the Frida Kahlo exhibition. I also would recommend a day in the Blue Mountains, particularly Leura because it has a lot of interesting shops.

    If you like pretty, child-friendly beaches, i would recommend Little Bay (although it has been freezing lately so the beach is not all that enticing). It is pretty much deserted during the week and absolutely stunning on a sunny day.

    Also, if you need a nanny, yours truly works as a nanny and I am free from Friday to Sunday.

    Happy travels!

  • Ninelle Lopatinsky

    Hi Alicia,

    I’ve been a nanny for over 4 years and have police and working with children checks. I live in the eastern suburbs (Bondi Beach) in Sydney! I’m also a vegan and am part of the animal liberation society at university. I would be happy to look after your child while you’re visiting Australia!

    I also know of many restaurants in Sydney that are vegan and delicious. Some one below mentioned Gigi’s pizzeria which is amazing! I happen to know the owners, so if you’d like to check it out just let me know! The Dandylion in Bondi Beach is also another amazing restaurant.

    Should also check out the Blue Mountains which is a 2 hour drive from Sydney. The views are spectacular and it is a very laid back town, perfect for kids and relaxation.

    If you’d like to get in contact my email is [email protected]

    Hope to hear from you!

    Ninelle Lopatinsky

  • Portia Davids

    Hi Alicia my name is Portia,

    I do babysitting. I’m available if you need someone reliable and has experience. Get in touch if you would like to ask some questions. I’d be more than happy to answer and to mind your son if you ever need it whilst your here and enjoying sights.

    My email is ” [email protected]

  • Hannah

    Hi Alicia, I live in Brisbane Australia but grew up near Cairns and visit often (sorry I don’t know much about Sydney). I would definitely recommend you visit Cairns as the weather is so beautiful at this time of year. There are some great activities including the Kuranda Skyrail which travels over lush tropical rainforest (National Park and World Heritage Listed). Not to mention being a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. I also love Port Douglas which is about an hour’s drive north of Cairns. It is so lovely and laid back with a wonderful gourmet sandwich shop (The Little Larder, Port Douglas). If you come to Brisbane I am happy to babysit ;-). I have a 7 year old son who would love to hang out with your son.

  • Daisy Macleod

    Hey Alicia, I’ve been travelling Australia in a Caravan with my partner for over a year and a half now. We are living on the beach in Kingscliff near Byron so if you need a babysitter I’d love to help out – one of our jobs was working on a dairy farm in Margaret River where I was a nanny for two young girls.

  • disqus_kZylRUwPVx

    Bliss and Chips is Sydney’s first vegan fish and chip shop and they’re located in Newtown! So good. Lord of the fries is vegan as well (franchise?) So check them out and Doughnut time have, well, doughnuts with delish vegan options. Soul burger in Randwick is another burger joint and Gelato Blue in Newtown provides some great ice cream.

    Climb the harbour bridge, go to Taronga Zoo, Manly sea life sanctuary, Bondi beach, MCA in circular quay, powerhouse museum in Ultimo is great for kids and that’s just to start. Also visit Leura which is a sweet little town near the blue mountains.

    I don’t babysit professionally but I still look after kids from time to time. Have an awesome trip!

  • Alex de Waal

    Dear Alicia,

    If you want to experience a tropical paradise, through the experience and eyes of locals in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, the world’s best place to engage with nature.

    If you are looking for fabulous “Goldilocks” experiences for your son Bear, that allow you to take away memories of a lifetime and leave only footprints and if you want some of the best farm to plate vegan delicacies then please feel free to contact the not for profit Tourism Tropical North Queensland organisation at and just ask for the CEO Alex de Waal.

    Also we would love you to check out which is a global social movement created to enable people from all over the world to become Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, to learn, care and share everything there is to know about the GBR and also to take positive action, to support its perpetual sustainability.

    We would love you to become one of our first citizens and be an ambassador for the Citizens of the GBR movement.

    I look forward to catching up with you in Cairns soon.

    Cheers Alex

  • Kelly Andrew

    Hi Alicia
    My name is Kelly, I’m 30 and a babysitter nights and weekends in Sydney’s north shore, just outside the CBD. Have done my first aid certificate, and can provide references of previous and existing clients. I also have an 11 year old brother who I look after often and loves to play with other children.
    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
    Thank you!

  • Malu Paterno

    Hello! I am a professional teacher and nanny (over 8 years of experience and a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education) and I would be happy to help you in Sydney! Please feel free to contact me so we can have a chat: [email protected]

  • Mickii

    Hi Alicia,

    I am a professional nanny in sydney with 7+ years experience and all my checks and certificates like first aid and working with Childrens check etc, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need a babysitter.

    Mickii :)

  • Jinx

    Hey Alicia,

    Whilst I work full time on weekdays (9am – 5pm), I’m a great babysitter for evenings, overnights and weekends!

    I have lots of experience and have had a couple of regular kids since I was 15. :) I’m now 21.

    I love reading to my regular kids, teaching them songs – I’m a trained singer – and playing dress-ups! Imagination and adventure are my specialties, and I can cook a mean vegan meal.

    Let me know if you need my services! My email address is [email protected].

  • Melissa

    Hey Alicia!
    I’m a Sydney based ex-nanny and current babysitter with excellent references, if you need someone. i have around 10 years of experience with kids from 0-10 years old. xx

  • Erin

    Hi Alicia,

    Sadhana Kitchen in Newtown (Sydney) has awesome raw vegan food! I also love Lord of the Fries for burgers, hotdogs, fries and milkshakes (George St, Central, Parramatta) – not as healthy but vegan and delicious!

    If you are looking for a babysitter – I’m a university trained Early Childhood Teacher with 10 years experience working with kids. I have a current Working with Children Check (background check) and full First Aid qualifications (First Aid, CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis). I have worked in long day care, additional needs, nannying and currently run a family day care. I love to babysit if the dates worked out! Please email me are [email protected] or [email protected] if you are interested!

    Erin :)

  • Chantelle

    HI Alicia,
    I’m an Australian nanny, always on the lookout for extra babysitting. I have all the bits and pieces needed (first aid, references, working with children check, qualifications etc) and even bring a bag of fun goodies to play with.
    I can be contacted at [email protected]

    Hope to hear from you soon,
    Chantelle =)

  • Livia Holm

    Hey :) know a lot of yummi places in Sydney for vegan food since I am a vegan myself ,
    Bodhi in the city, golden lotus in Newtown , dandylion in Bondi. Soul burger in Randwick!
    Been living in Bondi Sydney for 2 years working as nanny , got a lot of Refrences and experiences as well as working in daycare back home in Sweden before moving to Australia :)

    My name is Livia I am 22 years old down to earth! Let me know If you wanna know more :)) xx

  • Simone Bosch

    Hi Alicia
    I’m an Australia teacher who has just returned to Sydney after having worked abroad in a school in central London. Would love a babysitting job in the interim while I establish my next teaching job.
    You won’t regret it!

  • Dee

    Happy to babysit! I have a Working with Children Check and I am the manager of a youth centre so I have a lot of experience working with children, keeping them entertained and supervising them :)

  • Olivia Weckerle

    Hi Alicia,

    Byron Bay has an awesome veg scene, with beautiful beaches and an awesome hike up to Byron bay lighthouse (which is the easternmost point of Australia). Not too far from Byron Bay is the Gold Coast which is where I live. It is about an hour and a half drive from Byron Bay. It is an amazing place and I truly recommend you and your family should visit! We have a great veg scene too. Some of my favourite restaurants are mandalas, the cardomon pod, the greenhouse factory and easy house dumplings. The Gold Coast is known for its beautiful beaches, theme parks and down to earth people. I have visited all Australia and can say that the Gold Coast is definitely worth a visit. I am in my second year of university and currently on my mid semester break. I have had baby sitting experience and would be more than happy to babysit for you if you decide to come to the Gold Coast! You can contact me on my email: [email protected]

    Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy Sydney and all the spectacular things Australia has to offer.

    Best Wishes

  • Jennifer Hogan

    I am a Sydney local and have been a babysitter for roughly the last 10 years. I am 24 and a newly graduated primary school teacher. If you need a hand feel free to get in touch with me at my email [email protected]

    If I don’t hear from you have the best trip!

    Kindest regards,

  • Elise Day

    Hi Alicia!
    My name is Elise Day and I’m 19 years old and have always lived in Sydney! I would absolutely love to babysit for you :)
    I have 4 years babysitting experience, 1 year volunteering in a daycare, 1 year experience working as a full time nanny and currently work in an early childcare centre, whilst additionally studying primary education at USYD! What can i say… i love kids!
    Would be honoured to look after your little Bear!
    I hold a working with children check, childrens first aid, anaphylaxis certificate and have a clean drivers license and car!
    Would love to hear from you whilst you’re in Sydney xx

  • layercake

    Hey Alicia! I’m a Sydney babysitter and I’d love to help you out! Here’s my gumtree ad for your perusal:
    It says I just operate on the north shore but I’d be happy to travel wherever you need. Let me know if you’d like to work together when you’re down under!

  • Georgia Mcgee

    Hi Alicia,
    I’m a babysitter and also work in childcare in Sydney! Would love to help out

  • Mary McDermott Reed

    I have a wonderful nanny recommendation. My friend Jennifer nanny’s for high profile families/celebrities and travels all over the world teaching babies how to sleep (and is very good at it). She’s super healthy, lives for raw, organic, vegetarian, food & knows the good hot spots around Sydney. Check her out She’s amazing!!

    AND you must see magical Cairns from land, air & sea. My husband gives the best scenic tours of the reef & rainforest at Great Barrier Reef Helicopters.

  • Paige Euler

    I’m leaving a comment about being a babysitter!! I am a near graduate of Notre Dame University and I studied Secondary Education. I have dance taught on and off for the past 5 years. I currently work with children with disabilities so I have a wealth of experience working with children of all varieties! I have babysat and nannied too for several years so Id love to help you out :)
    Paige Langford
    [email protected]

  • Tayla Booth

    I am a professional nanny in Bondi and would love to help you out if needed. I have heaps of experience and amazing references! I’m also vegan so can recommend plenty of places!

  • Melissa88

    Hi ! I’m 28 year old local Sydney local who has 10 years of extensive experience in early childhood and children ! I have been a nanny before and currently work with preschool aged children. I absolutely love children especially preschool age and would love to be considered for the job.
    Resume and references can be provided.

    – Melissa yacoub

  • Danielle Louise

    Hi Alicia,
    I’m so excited to hear you are coming to Australia! I’m a qualified primary school teacher living in Sydney and currently teaching Kindergarten (5 year olds). Would love the opportunity to babysit Bear. Please email me if you are interested and of course I can provide references.

    P.S I second the comment below – Palm Cove and Port Douglas are just beautiful!

    [email protected]

  • Bee jade

    Hi, I’m a 21 year old early childhood educator who lives in Sydney and frequently babysits! I’m available nights if you ever do get stuck my number is 0478925465 – text me !

  • Julia Padoani


    I’m a true born Sydney sider and am totally available to babysit!
    I am 20, with 6 years experience of sitting on children (and sometimes looking after them too!)

    Your children will be pleased to know that I know almost every single beach – including harbour – around Sydney and am a proud eater of many a snag, viewer of sunsets and general appreciator of Australia

    If you need any references, feel free to get in touch… And if you need extra reassurance, ask the kiddies how much fun they have and how much they learn!

    Hopefully when I post this my name and profile will be attached to it! Hopefully I’ll hear from you :)

  • Hayley Myers

    I have just recently moved to Sydney. I worked as a Nanny for 2 years when I lived in London on a working Visa… I loved my job and the family I was Lucky enough to work with. I looked after a little girl . She was 8 months when I started and 2 and a half when I unfortunately had to leave.. The Mother is in the film industry as a film producer. They have recently moved to L.A
    Would love to help you out.

  • Sylvie Narciso

    Totally putting my hand up to babysit – references available!
    And here are a few local gems that I love to do as a local.

    1. Tea & scones at the Rocks followed by a stroll through the Rocks markets on a weekend.

    2. Cliff jumping into the harbour from the cliff walk at Nielsen Park or generally lazing on the beach at Nielsen Park or gorgeous picnic.

    3. Going to a movie at the ever so intimate Golden Age cinema in surry hills. Google it, seriously.

    4. Wander up Oxford street window shopping all the way up to Queen st then back down the other side. Stop into Ampersand Café & Bookstore for a pick me up.

    5. Take a good book, order glass/bottle of wine and enjoy the afternoon and view at Opera Bar.

    6. Brunch @ Bathers Pavilion and calming swim at Balmoral beach.

    7. Dance the night away at Casablanca in Double Bay.

    8. Walk up and down king st in Newtown reveling at all the dining options before picking one.

    9. Walk through the botanic gardens to the gallery and just take it all in.

    Enjoy & hope I’m able to help once you’re all here.

    Safe travels!


  • lauren bourke

    Alicia! So glad you have come to check out the veg scene in Australia :) in sydney you MUST try bodhi for yum cha, soul burger, gigi’s pizza and gelato blue for vegan ice cream. If you are looking for a babysitter, i am available and a vegan, therefore can make delicious cruelty free food. Hope you enjoy oz!

  • Steph Messina

    Hi Alicia, I would happily babysit :) I can provide you with a resume if needed. Thanks, Stephanie

  • Steph Messina

    Hi Alicia, I would happily babysit :) I can provide you with a resume if needed. Thanks, Stephanie

  • Lexie

    Secret Creek Cafe in Lithgow (a few hours from Sydney) is an animal sanctuary and does the most amazing vegan and vegetarian food, it’s worth the trip! If you’re in the Blue Mountains anyway it’s only a little further. We had our wedding there :)
    Also if you’re in Sydney/Blue Mountains on a Sunday there’s an amazing outdoor yoga class in Springwood run by Hands Heart and Feet. The Mountains in general is full of creative types and beautiful nature. Have a great trip!

  • Courtney

    Hey Alicia,

    My name is Courtney and I’ve been a nanny/ early Childcare educator for the past 12 years. I live in Sydney and would love to look after your children. Let me know the best way to get in touch with you, and il happily provide some references.


  • Courtney

    Hey Alicia,

    My name is Courtney and I’ve been a nanny/ early Childcare educator for the past 12 years. I live in Sydney and would love to look after your children. Let me know the best way to get in touch with you, and il happily provide some references.


  • Olivia

    Visit Wendy Whitely’s secret garden! My favourite place to go!

  • KeearaB

    Hey Alicia,
    So cool that you’re coming to Sydney! Your family is going to have an absolute blast.
    I really recommend you visit the Blue Mountains. My favourite spot is the waterfall in Leura (I’ve attached a picture I took last time I was there). It’s a very quiet spot particularly now that it’s getting colder, it’s a little tricky to find but if you follow the trail you’ll find it. Pleanty of look outs too. Australian nature in its glory.

    If you’re still look for someone to mind bear, I’m more than happy to mind him! I’m in my 20s, I’m a

  • Millie Gordon

    Hi Alicia
    I am a year 11 student and I babysit regularly! I have school during the week but am available to babysit on the weekend. If you’re interested please contact me through Facebook!
    Hope you have a great trip!

  • Kat

    Hey Alicia! I am a Sydney resident and kind lifer, having been a vegan for over five years now. I’d happily recommend some tourist stuff for you to do as well as offer my services to look after your little one. Just let me know where I should send my info. :)
    Agree with the recommendations below, I think you’d love Byron. Newtown in Sydney is probably the best for vegan food with loads of options, but don’t miss out on The Rocks for some authentic Sydney pub crawls :) they even do a market on the weekends as well.
    Enjoy! We look forward to having you x

  • Skye Boswell

    Hi Alicia
    I’m Skye I’m a 24 year old mum to a beautiful 15 month old boy and I would love to look after your son if you still need somebody :) hope to hear from you soon oh and I live in Sydney

  • KeearaB

    Annnnnnnd I pressed ‘post’ before I had finished typing. Classic.

    I was just going to say that I’m in my 20s, I’m an aunty and a babysitter. I used to be a nanny, a pre school teacher, and now I’m one semester away from being a qualified school teacher! Would love to hang out with Bear, let me know if I can be of any help.

    @keearabyrnes- instagram/twitter

    Oh and here’s that picture of Leura Cascades, Blue Mountains! xx

  • Millie Gordon

    Hi Alicia
    I’m a year 11 student in Sydney and I regularly babysit! I have school during the week but I am available on weekends to babysit. If you are interested you can contact me through Facebook :)
    Hope you have a great trip!

  • Heather Welch

    Hi Alicia, I’m a Nanny with over 10 years experience. I live in Maroubra (not far from the city and Bondi). I would be happy to babysit :) Can give you references if you like too

  • Hayley Aitken

    Pack a picnic and head on down to the Royal National Park just south of Sydney. You can hire a row boat from Audley Boatshed and there are also some beautiful walks through the bush land.

    I am also a fabulous babysitter, having nannied two beautiful girls throughout university study. I am also now expecting my own in a few months, so I need all the practice I can get!

    Have a fabulous time!

  • Phoebe

    Head up to the Northern Beaches and sail around the Pittwater. The area is absolutely beautiful and this boat sails around the national park and can access a few completely remote beaches.
    Also on the Northen Beaches is a suburb called Manly which has a bit of a Byron vibe.

    South of Sydney there is the Royal National Park for some great hikes including some spectacular coastal walks with cliff views over the ocean.

  • Jacinta Anne

    I’m an early childhood teacher, I work full time in a preschool and do children’s parties some weekends as a character/face painter. I also babysit some weekends, if you need anyone at night or on weekends I’d be more than happy to help :)

  • Pete Heinrich

    Hi there,

    I’m an early childhood teacher with quite a few years experience with the 2-5’s. Would love to hear more but how does one go about that.? Hope you enjoy it here again.

    All the best,


  • Ally Munro

    I was about to say look into Newtown for some vegan options, before I saw the comment below. Even as a non vegan it’s great around there, a couple nifty places! I’m from the Northern Beaches, and it’s such a chilled vibe around here, if that’s the type of thing you’re looking for. I’d suggest taking a drive up to Palm Beach and doing the lighthouse walk, it’s absolutely stunning.

    On a different note, I’m a nanny and work at a childcare centre also if you’re in need a babysitter.

    I hope you have an amazing trip, I’m sure you’ll love Australia! :)

  • Zoe

    Hi Alicia! Just thought I’d comment and say that I’ve been babysitting for 8+ years now, and have been nannying a family for close to 2 years! Im also at Uni studying primary teaching. I’m located on the northern beaches of Sydney but happy to travel. Have a working with children check, anaphylaxis qualified and first aid qualified. Have my own transport and happy to travel! If you’d like my resume, to chat more or references, let me know!

    [email protected]

  • Elene Kollas-Peisley

    I live in Canberra (the capital city, 45min flight – south of Sydney) and we have the most restaurants per capita in Australia – we love our food and have some truly gorgeous vegan places (my fave is sweet bones bakery)! Canberra is a gorgeous little town (nicknamed the bush capital) and you can walk amongst wild kangaroos not 15 minutes walk from the city centre. Beautiful nature spots, all the national cultural institutions, voted most livable city two years in a row – it’s a lovely community. If you do come, let me know and I can help with babysitting, a tour guide, whatever!

  • Mim Ahmat

    Yay! Welcome to my country! I’m glad to see you have an interest in visiting Cairns. It’s a beautiful, beautiful place and very close to my heart. I grew up there as a child in the outdoors. So many trees to climb and creeks to swim in. It can be dangerous with crocodiles and snakes being staples of the rainforest, but as long as you’re safe about travelling it’s no problem :) I suggest you visit Mossman Gorge. It’s part of the Daintree rainforest which is our largest rainforest in Australia. Behana Gorge is also a wonderful place and if you wander down to the creek, you will find hidden swimming spots only locals know of 😉

    All the best with your travels. I hope you have a lovely time!

  • Jess Appleton

    Hi Alicia, your going to love Aus! When your in Sydney you must visit the northern beaches, it’s so beautiful here. Manly to Shelley beach walk is gorgeous. Also Palm Beach is a nice place to visit. The walk up to the light house has a stunning view.

    There’s a really good vegan cafes & restaurants in Newtown or even on the Central coast which is roughly an hour and a half to two hours from the city in Sydney. It’s a great day trip to visit the relaxing beaches there.

    Bryon Bay is ablsoulty stunning, it’s a must see while in Aus. I would say go visit Palm Cove over Cairns. I went there last year with a family I nannied for with 1 year old twin boys & their 2.5 yr old brother; we had a ball. It’s really kid friendly there and so much to do as a family.

    I’m also a nanny of 5+ years. I’ve been nannying for twins full time for the last 3 years. I currently nanny for 7month old twin girls & on my other days I nanny for 15month old twin boys & their older sisters who are 2.5 & 6. I have my first aid certificate, working with children check, police check and many great references I can pass onto you to contact. I also have my own car happy to travel as I live on the northern beaches.

    Please feel free to email me if you would like to chat further. [email protected]

    Enjoy your time in Aus!!

    Jess Appleton Xx

  • Joyce

    Hi!! Im a full time babysitter & dogsitter and would be interested :) how do i send a private message to this blog?
    Contact me at [email protected] and i can send you some references.

  • Emma Sutherland

    The Southern Highlands is also a great spot to visit (about 90 mins from Sydney). It has fabulous wineries and great restaurants to visit. My favourite place down there is Berkelouw book barn restaurant and cellar door.
    I’m also an Early Childhood Educator (qualified for birth to 5 years) who would be happy to help out if you need. I spent about 10 years working in various childcare services as well as nannying. I’m now teaching the undergraduate students in early childhood education at university and completing a Masters of Research thesis.
    My email is: [email protected] if you would like more details.

    Hope you enjoy your holiday,

  • Sarah cooper

    How exciting Aus is so beautif
    ul. I
    live in Sydney and have been babysitting for almost 5 years. I’m in a very central location , have a car, my first aid course , love to cook and have fun! If you’d like me
    To send through anymore info my email is [email protected].

    In terms of plant based Cafes to visit- earth to table Bondi junction, sadhana kitchen in Bondi and enmore, Bondi whole foods in north Bondi and dandelion in Bondi road are amazing just to name a few xx
    Thanks , Sarah xx

  • Katie Morris

    Hi Alicia!

    I live in Sydney, but I’m from Kansas (Dorothy Jokes abound). I was an AuPair (live in Nanny) for a year -can provide references- and love looking after little ones! At my last family I took the little girl to the beach, the park, the aquarium, the museum… you name it! I’m wrapping up my current job at the moment, and have a break until my next one July 29. I also know a couple of local preschoolers who would probably be game for a playdate or two, which might help keep your son entertained. In a nutshell, If you’re looking for a babysitter – I’m your girl! Shoot me an email at [email protected]

  • Milky Way Blogger

    Hi Alicia,
    Some of my favourite veg places in Sydney are: Sadhana Kitchen (Bondi and Enmore), Speedos (Bondi – about half the menu is vegan), About life (double bay) and Iku (Waverley or city). I’ve also heard that funky pies (Bondi), Lentil as anything (Newtown) and Chia Bar (Maroubra) are good!
    I’m 17, living in Sydney and would love to babysit! I’ve been babysitting for around 4 years.
    Hope you have a lovely time here,
    [email protected]

  • Eloise Buhne

    Hello Alicia,

    I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy your visit to our beautiful land!

    In response to your babysitting needs, I am a Sydney local and I have been babysitting since the age of 16 (I am now 35). Over this time I have cared for many children.

    I would be more than happy to send through some references privately. Noting I did look after an Australian celebrity’s children also for a couple of years.

    I look forward to being of assistance to you, and if not, well it was worth a shot!

    All the best,

  • Patty Cakes

    and further to my previous comment!!!

    Yellow at 57 Macleay Street, Potts Point, is fab!- see attached pic below.

    The SMH also released a true article which can be read here which lists some others :)

    • Anna

      HI !

      Yellow is vegetarian not Vegan. I checked with them on Monday :-)

  • Bec Wilcher

    Hi there, just leaving a comment to extend my interest in possible babysitting. My name is Bec and I have been nannying privately for the last 8 years. I am 26 years old, I have my Certificate Three in Children’s Services, Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services and am currently half way through my Bachelor of Teaching (Birth to 5 years). I have glowing references and am happy to babysit your little ones whilst you visit Sydney. If I sound suitable for the role please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: [email protected]
    Goodluck with your travels!

  • Bec Wilcher

    Hi, my name is Bec and I am a warm, kind and gentle 26 year old female. I have been privately nannying for the past 8 years and hold a Certificate 3 and Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Teaching ( Birth to 5 years ) and am half way through completion. I hold glowing references and welcome the opportunity to babysit your little ones. If I sound suitable for the role please don’t hesitate to send me an email: [email protected]
    Look forward to hearing from you!
    Warm Regards,

  • Brooke

    I thought i posted the other day but maybe not. My name is Brooke I am a 28 year early childhood educator and work in a local preschool in sydney. I have been babusitting children from ages 0-12 years old since the age of 15 .I prefer to babysit friday or saturday nights.
    I admire children and have 9 years experience working in a childcare centre
    I have first aid training a working with children check and would love to meet you and your family!
    You should definatley visit taronga zoo (it can be touristy but a must)!

  • Brodie Jpk

    I’m only new to Sydney myself, but if you’re hitting up Cairns, that’s my old hometown. Agree with other comments saying you want to head out of the town itself – Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Port Douglas, Milla Milla Falls and Paronella Park are far more fascinating locales, so lnog as you’re happy to rent a car and trip out. Crystal Cascades isn’t the local secret it used to be, up there near Mossman Gorge, but they’re nonetheless incredible places to explore and get some silence going on. Cape Tribulation definitely, but freshwater lakes only for the swimming!! If you’re heading up there, take some canopy walks and Daintree exploration while you’re at it.

    As to babysitting, this hand is up. Love kids, know first aid, Working With Children checks, keep a humble house in a suburban area of Inner West near Newtown that’s still close to town, feel free to reach out but it looks like you’ve got the cream of the crop already! [email protected]
    While not known for our vegan delights, Australia is known for the kindness. Have a blast! Look forward to seeing the slides!

  • Liv

    Hi Alicia,

    so exciting you are coming to Sydney! I live here, I am vegan and a professional international makeup artist & beauty writer specializing in only toxin-free, crueltyfree, vegan and natural products. If you are in need for a makeup artist, while you are here, please get in touch.
    I would also be happy to show you all sorts of great Australian skincare and makeup brands and stores or even organic spas etc, just let me know if you are keen! [email protected]
    I think most others have already named great vegan eats and babysitters, so I thought I could contribute at the holistic beauty apartment instead.

    Enjoy your trip! Liv

  • Sharon Baldwin

    I live in Sydney’s Inner West – one of the best areas in the city for vegans. Newtown has Gelato Blue – which is a must! Gigi pizzeria, Lentil as Anything, Green Gourmet, Rubyo’s, Manoosh are all great spots that are vegan or have great options.

    Other places in the city – yum cha at Bodhi is one my faves and Yulli’s in Surry Hills is great.

    As an American ex-pat, I have yet to find raw food in Sydney that matches the quality of raw places in the US. Just my opinion.

    My other suggestions a bit further out from Sydney – check out the Blue Mountains and head to Rubyfruit. Though there’s not much vegan food in Wollongong, I was there yesterday at a brilliant children’s space – Early Start Discovery Centre. And lastly Hart Havens Animal Sanctuary.

    To be honest, Melbourne is really the place for vegan food in Australia! I mean, second to my house, that is 😉

    I’m a family photographer, educator, activist, doula and natural mama to two vegan kiddos – ages 4 and 8 months. Would love to show you around or babysit!

    My FB page:

  • Bliss Leijten

    Hello !

    I am a Sydney based nanny who trained at the prestigious Norland Nanny college in Bath, UK, I am avaliable for temporary nanny positions. I have all the required documentation and checks needed including references, police check, first aid , and working with children’s check.

    If this interests you please feel free to drop me an email and i would be more than happy to help. [email protected]

    Thanks :) Kind regards, Bliss Leijten

  • Hayley Lemon

    Bear Blu, what could we do? Visit our friends at the Zoo and see a Koala or too?
    We could see the monkeys, or even a bear, I could even take you down to the fair!

    In Sydney we have lots of things to explore, it will leave you coming back for more.
    Down on the harbour or up on the bridge, to make you happy is my only wish!

    Our Aussie adventure awaits, so come and explore….

    Creative and Fun Mum of 1, Hayley

    [email protected]:disqus .com

  • Shelly Fraval

    How exciting! I don’t have any vegan tips for Sydney, but if you decide to extend your trip and visit Melbourne, I know of several delicious vegan spots! The Vegie Bar, Shakahari, Yong Green, Veg Out, Lentil as Anything, and Monk Bodhi Dharma just to name a few! Happy travels!

  • Holly Hedge

    Hi Alicia,
    In my final year of school I’ve taken family friends from overseas around Sydney. Mosman suburb is a cute local spot to start a great day. From the waterline (literally) a great spot for breakky is down at the Balmoral Boathouse- check out their gram (there’s also brand new play equipment set up out the front). After your B&E a great walk on the esplanade is realxing and beautiful as you can just see the harbour and calm waters. You can then hop on a bus up the hill into town or on the other side of town to the ferry and get a classic ferry over to the rocks- fun trip for the little one and also beautiful as you can see harbour bridge and opera house from the water. At the rocks there’s great spots for food and sight seeing.
    My email is [email protected] if you need any advice!
    Holly Hedge

  • Jodie

    Hi Alicia
    I’m a fashion photographer living in manly Sydney. You should visit there pure whole foods restaurant, it’s amazing.
    Changed my life after reading ur book. In return I could meet you Shelly beach, quick fam shoot, just for you. I wouldn’t publish etc, it’s a precious return gift.
    Just if you’d like
    Best regards

  • Kylie Lewis

    Dear Alicia,
    Wishing you a wonderful holiday in Australia.
    I live at the top of the Blue Mountains west of Sydney and I guess I am biased, but I feel extremely fortunate to be living in such a beautiful place.
    We have some wonderful escarpment views and amazing bush walks.
    There is a lovely vegan cafe in Leura, called Rubyfruit open 10-4 except Tues/Wed, if you make it up this way.
    Thank you so much for inspiring the world to care for our animals and improve our health.
    I was a nurse for 25 years, but now I am an “old-girl” at uni, studying nutrition, to help promote healthy eating and save many people from hospitalisations.
    Best wishes,

  • Olympia Cover

    Hi Alicia,

    I visit Sydney every fortnight / month to see my boyfriend and we have visited a few great places that I do recommend. Not all of them are entirely vegan but are organic plant based… The first is ‘Ester’, if you’re looking for a more formal lovely dinner, it’s my fav! More casual breakfast places include ‘porch and parlour’, ‘bondi wholefoods’, ‘gertrude and alice’ bookstore (beautiful book store and cafe). Visit ‘the source’ to stock up on all your nuts, seeds, grains!

    I’m also a nanny/babysitter!! I’ve been babysitting for 5 years and have been a nanny on/off for the past 2. About to start another full time gig in September. I would love to help you out. Feel free to drop me a line [email protected]

    Off to watch your speech on IIN now!

    Well wishes,

  • Maria Kraljevic

    Not sure if you are still here, but I babysit. Have been in childcare over 15 years. Totally like minded and bring up my children similar to yourself. I recommend Newtown and Manly in Sydney for a visit and if up north QLD, near Cairns make sure you visit Whitehaven Beach..

  • Alex de Waal

    Dear Kind Lifer’s,

    Tropical North Queensland just had the pleasure of hosting Alicia to experience Cape Tribulation where the Great Barrier Reef meets the Daintree Rainforest in Australia, which is one of the most complex on Earth. Its plant diversity and structural complexity is unrivalled on this planet. Alicia was such a gracious and down to earth guest and it was an absolute privilege for the handful of locals who got to spend some time with her, to show off this extraordinary natural environment. Alicia lives the values she espouses and we regard this part of our planet as one of the best to engage, in a kind way, with nature.

    P.s. did you know that there are over 10,000 species of Jellyfish and that Jellyfish have no brain, just nerve nets to sense their environment and govern their reactions….now that is great Gut feel! So make sure you get in touch with your inner Jellyfish! Cheers Alex

    P.P.s Alicia come back soon. You are always welcome!

  • Alyce

    Hope you have had a lovely time so far. If you are still in/around Cairns we are here for the week and just discovered Rusty’s market with great local produce. Planning to head up to Port Douglas and Daintree. If your in need of a babysitter up here let me know. I’m a plant based Dr!

  • Meria

    Hello everyone! I know this conversation is quite old, but since I am currently travelling around Australia, I thought I’d share a quick post. This country is really beautiful and the people are very friendly. I simply love it here. So far, I drove from Cairns down to Port Macquarie. I am a little tired of driving now and I am looking for a wwoofing job or something similar. If anybody knows about an opening of an unpaid volunteer job at an organic farm or an animal sanctuary or similar, I’d be very grateful for some advice. Many thanks, Meria

  • Christina H

    Hi Alicia,
    So exciting you are coming to Sydney! I live here. If you are in need for a guide, while you are here, please get in touch.
    Just let me know if you are keen! And if you need a car, I would definitely recommend and use Star Airport Parkind. Their staff very friendly and efficient. It’s absolutely amazing! :)