Mondays Local Mum Rachael Coopes

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

Since I was 10 years old. We did the “relocation” from Drummoyne to Double Bay. I went to Double Bay Public in year 5 and 6 and St Cath’s for high school.

How many children:

1 x 4-year-old boy Gabriel. But I’m a single mamma, so I reckon that is like having 2 or 3.

Favourite Park:

Centennial. As locals, we love that you can wander across the road and spend all day there- coffee or brekky, bike ride, playground, visit the ducks and turtles.

Favourite Beach:

Bondi or Bronte- for convenience- everything you need in one place. Beach, playground, the promenade for a quick bike ride, and loads of food choices and good coffee.

Favourite kid friendly cafe:

Gertrude and Alice, Bondi.

Favourite Coffee Spot:

Fratelli Paradiso in Potts Point

Favourite date night place:

As a working, single mama it’s been a loooong time between dates. But if anyone is asking, I’m a sucker for a good movie, followed by a 10 William Street pasta and vino.

Favourite Local Day Out Activity:

Long beach days filled with swims and ice creams.

Favourite Local Shop:

Pressed Juices, Gould Street, Bondi. I drink way too many of their juices and chocolate almond milk. I should have shares in their company.

Favourite wet weather location:

Fox Studios in Moore Park- Monkey Mania to run some energy out, Movies, Painting studio and cafes.

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

Yoga, brekky at Fratelli Paradiso, beach for a swim, Messina gelato, movie on the big screen, pizza or pasta for dinner and a long, hot bath.

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

We don’t get to the harbour beaches much. This summer I’m going to try to break out of my comfort zone and do something crazy like drive to Camp Cove or Neilsen for a change. It won’t happen but it’s a nice idea.

Work or SAHM:

I work as a presenter on Play School and ABC Kids, a writer and yoga teacher at Body Mind Life.


Motherly advice:

The best thing you can be is imperfect. So your kids know they are allowed to be imperfect too.

Refuel- it’s the old oxygen mask in the plane analogy- when you’ve got nothing to give you’re no good to anyone.

Connect with your tribe often- we’re not supposed to raise kids all alone in this weird nuclear bubble system we’ve created- by ourselves in our little Sydney homes. We’ve got to start helping each other and connecting more. We’re doing it all wrong trying to do it alone. It’s just not possible. We’re better together.