Monday Local Mum Helen Owen

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

Having planned to come back to Sydney after travelling here 10 years ago, we finally made it over in 2015 and have been settled in North Bondi for the last year.

How many children:

Two funny, clever, beautiful, kind daughters: Molly & Eve

Favourite Park:

There’s a few to choose from, but Centennial Park is pretty awesome. We love taking the girls for a bike ride round the park.

The kids bike track there is great. The lakes, BBQ areas, it’s got it all.

Favourite Beach:

Bondi of course! I also love taking the girls to Clovelly, because it’s great for snorkeling, but there are also loads of great harbor-side beaches, like
Neilsons Park. We’re spoilt for choice in Sydney. 

Favourite kid friendly cafe:

We love our local Shuk. Great coffee & bagels – plus a play area. Win-win. There’s a lovely place called Upside Cafe, but that’s in Ultimo!

Favourite Coffee Spot:

Got to be Shuk again.

Favourite date night place:

What’s a date night?! Dinner out in Brown Sugar is always good….and when we get the chance, we love going to a gig.

Favourite Local Day Out Activity:

Getting down to the beach early, while its still quiet and enjoying breakfast and coffee, before a swim with my family.

We love hanging out at the beach…or at the Bondi Markets.

Favourite Local Shop:

Whenever I can I shop locally in Harris farm. I love their fresh produce. If it’s clothes, U-Turn has some really cool recycled/upcycled stuff.

Favourite wet weather location:


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

We are still in the novelty stages of living by a (warm) beach, so whenever we can we love to spend the day at the beach with friends, swimming, surfing and chilling out – maybe a barbie at the end of the day (proper Aussie stuff!).

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

We have been recommended beaches around Maroubra, Little Bay and would love to explore further south.

Work or SAHM:

I work part time at Child & Family East Team as a Social Worker and Play Therapist. I also run my own play therapy practice, ‘hope play therapy’, which offers children and families support with various difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, separation anxiety, bullying, anger and other diagnosed disorders including ASD.

For more information, please see or visit my facebook page (@hopeplaytherapy)

Motherly advice:

Remember you’re human. Look after yourself. When your little people are dealing with their big emotions, try and be aware of your own stuff and stay calm, stronger and wiser.