Local Dad Ben Lucas

Where and how long have you lived in Sydney’s east:

I have been in the east for 12 years now. I was for years in North Bondi and the last 6 in Paddington.

I loved being close to the beach. I would have a swim everyday after work and wash the day off me, but now with a family I like home being closer to work so I can spend more time with the family

How many children:

I have 2 children Oliver 3 and Riley 8 Months


Favourite Park:

Rushcutter Bay. Oli gets on his scooter and rides around. Riley has a crawl on the grass and mum and dad get to read the papers in the sun

Favourite Beach:

Bronte. The community aspect, the child friendly swimming area and it is not as busy as others

Favourite kid friendly cafe:

Jackies on Glenmore rd. Oli and I head down there for a choclate shake 3 mornings a week before kindy. I go down there for 10 coffee meetings a day. It is basically my office

Favourite Coffee Spot:

Grind on Oxford st. Another family favourite. It is an extension of our living room.

Favourite date night place:

Ms G’s. Cheeseburger Spring rolls are lit. The vibe is awesome and the food delish

Favourite Local Day Out Activity:

Taking the 333 to Circular Quay for an ice cream on the Opera House steps

Favourite Local Shop:

Bassike Glenmore rd Paddington. Black and white tees. I live in them

Favourite wet weather location:

Bondi Westfield. The kids playground or Gold class movies. Good way to run out some of the kids energy before some chill time

Describe an ideal day in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for you?

Wake up early and take a class at Flow Athletic, breakfast at Jackies, Swim with the kids down North Bondi, Lunch at Depot, Book shopping at Ariel and a nap on the lounge in the afternoon

What area of the east have you yet to explore much but would like to?

Watsons Bay. It is so beautiful and relaxing. Have some great friends down there, need to spend some more time there

Work or SAHM:

Work. I own Flow Athletic and Flow Training Centre in Paddington

Fatherly advice :

Ben: ‘Dad it hurts when I do this’

Dad: ‘Stop doing that’