Let’s have a show of hands; who here has been caught doing the ol’ stealth side-eye FB scroll mid conversation, or a quick pre-feed #foodporn post?
We’re guilty as charged.
Well our mates at Ford are here to rip that phone out of your hands (if you ask nicely, they might give it back to you for Google Maps) thanks to the boss Ford Escape SUV, which is the perfect accomplice for an awesome Sunday, sans screen.
#1 Watch The Sunrise From Mount Kaputar
Maybe leave Saturday for this one because it’s a bit of a trek from Sydney, but pack the car with the camping gear and prepare to go full Bear Grylls at Mount Kaputar National Park to catch the most epic sunrise over the ranges (we’ll let you have the phone for this one!).
Once you’re happy with that #sunset post, either fill your bag up with some food and hang around for a hike from Mount Kaputar summit back towards Dawsons Creek, or if you’re aching for some civilisation—Narrabri is just half an hour down the road and is a perfect Pringle pit-stop for the drive back!
#2 Act Like An Extra At Palm Beach
Nothing says ‘boss Sunday’ like hanging out with Alf, Marilyn and co, right?! While we can’t confirm that our Home and Away favourites are actually going to be there, we can confirm that you can at least pretend to be that extra you’ve always wanted to be and have lunch at The Diner (which is really called The Barrenjoey Boathouse).
Once you’ve stuffed yourself silly with a bucket of prawns, catch some rays at the beach and top up your tan (because they don’t call it Summer Bay for nothing!).
#3 Chase Waterfalls
Go ahead and chase some waterfalls for one truly epic Sunday adventure. If you’re feeling lazy, then take a dip just near Manly at Collins Beach waterfalls, or if you’re up for a little roadie—head a little further north to the Ku-ring-gai National Park and wet your head under the elusive Gledhill Falls Hides. Budgie Smugglers optional!
#4 Give Stand Up Paddle Boarding A Go
If Orlando Bloom taught us anything, it’s that stand-up paddle boarding is more fun than it looks. Head down south to ‘the shire’ for a sesh around Gunnamatta Bay or stay local and test your balance along Rose Bay. Word of advice though, maybe keep your clothes on for this one!
#5 Embrace Your Inner Child At A Trampoline Park
Jumping on one trampoline is good, jumping on 20 of them is even better, right?! Embrace your inner child and jump like no one’s watching at Skyzone for the ultimate fitness test (seriously, you’ll be puffing after a minute!). Just make sure you stretch it out at the end for the drive home, because those legs are going to feel like a whole lotta jelly!
#6 Bowl A Winner At Barefoot Bowls
Thought bowls was just for your grandma? Think again! Fill the car with your mates and head to barefoot bowls for the ultimate Sunday sesh.
North Sydney institution, The Greens, offers bowls and a (pretty damn good) view of the harbour. Or head east to the Bondi Bowling Club and celebrate your win (or loss) with a plate of fresh oysters and share plates.
#7 Get All Zen With A Yoga Class
Firstly, don’t be put off by this if you’re not sold on yoga (yet), because MindBodyLife is a one-stop-shop for all things health and wellbeing. For change from a fifty, get a 28-day intro pass and have a crack at either yoga, Pilates or meditation, that’ll surely have you saying Namaste into Monday.
#8 Food And Hike Crawl Through The Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains isn’t just reserved for your mum and dad, because this short(ish) drive west of Sydney has some of the best hiking and food spots around. Check out Leura for that quaint little village ‘vibe’, where you’ll find a top-notch feed from Leura Garage. Oh and it wouldn’t be a small town if there wasn’t a lolly shop now would it? So definitely make a pit stop at The Candy Store along the mall. You’re definitely going to need to work off those calories so jump in the car to Katoomba and get those hiking shoes on to The Three Sisters.
#9 Take A Drive Up To The ‘Cenny’ Coast
Drive an hour or so north of the city and you’ll hit the Central Coast, where you’ll find some pretty hard-to-beat beaches. Start with Avoca and make your way up via Terrigal and Forresters Beach—you’ll be Mick Fanning before you know it!
#10 Grab A Cheap Eat From Kensington Street
Get your Asian cuisine fix for next to nothing at Spice Alley, within the new Kensington Street precinct just off George St. Sit under red lanterns as you toss up whether to have a boss rice paper roll or that gyoza you were eyeing off at the table beside you. And don’t worry about parking because the back streets will have you covered for 2 hours—just enough time to stuff your face with the greatest Pad Thai this side of the equator.
So whether you’re up for a massive roadie, or a down for a quick drive to some local hotspots, our mates at Ford have you covered for the best ways to turn your Sunday into one for the books (and we bet you don’t even miss your phone!).
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