AFL star Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin has always been notably vocal about the importance of family. With his parents based in Western Australia, Buddy – who is also a friend of the house of Dior – frequently plays tour guide when his dad, Lance Sr., stops into Sydney. This Father’s Day, the Sydney Swans forward will rely on some tried-and-tested favourites that take in the splendour of the city’s sprawling harbour when his dad touches down. Here are some of his local picks.
The Boathouse Shelly Beach
The Boathouse Shelly Beach over in Sydney’s north is always a great spot for brekkie or brunch on the weekend. They do a great coffee and my go-to is the avocado and tomato toast with feta. It’s a nice spot to take Dad when he comes to Sydney – we usually make a day trip out of it and catch the ferry over from Circular Quay. It’s also a pretty chilled and secluded spot for a swim too.
No surprises that the SCG is probably the No. 1 spot my Dad visits when he’s Sydney. We [the Sydney Swans] play there every second weekend during the season so family and friends always enjoy coming to the ground to catch a game – it’s always a good feeling when you’ve got your family in the crowd. For Dad, making a day of it doesn’t take much – he’s happy with a meat pie and a beer!
The new dining precinct down at Barangaroo is a great set up along the water. With new restaurants 12 Micron or Banskii as well as bars like Smoke, it’s an awesome spot for lunch with family. There are some nice walks in nearby Barangaroo Reserve too and there always seems to be something interesting going on.
Around Sydney Harbour
One of the best things about Sydney is of course the Harbour. During the summer, I try to get out on the water as much as possible and take in the best of Sydney by stopping off at coves and hidden beaches throughout the day for a swim in the ocean. My father-in-law [Andrew Hogg], has joined us a few times on the harbour – most recently for my birthday when my wife [Jesinta Franklin] surprised me with a day cruise on Ghost1. It’s always a great way to spend time with family, enjoy a beer and take in the sights of Sydney.
Although I love exploring Sydney’s many beaches and harbour inlets, Parsley Bay – a tiny cove in Vaucluse – is one of my favourites. It’s quiet and a great spot for an early morning swim. I like to get a takeaway coffee from a nearby café like The Grumpy Baker and sit down near the jetty and take it all in.