In ‘the old days’ the trams used to rattle out from the city to the Sydney suburb of Randwick, a journey that now takes about 20 minutes by car or bus when the traffic’s on your side.
Coogee Beach is just down the hill to the east, and to the north-west is that most glamorous and exciting of venues - Randwick Racecourse, ‘the last bastion of the male hat’. True blue punters will tell you that Randwick is the quintessential Australian race track and are confident that the multi-million dollar reconstruction program launched in the new millennium will overcome the turfing and drainage problems that beset the course in the 1990s.
The Inglis family's famous Newmarket thoroughbred sales yards are another Randwick institution and a visit there during the Easter Yearling Sales is an experience not to be missed. You don't have to be a aficionado to appreciate the colour, excitement and drama of the sale ring.
Centennial Park, Australia’s safer answer to New York's Central Park, is also close by, along with the historic Sydney Cricket Ground and the old Showgrounds site which now houses Fox Studios.
Unfortunately, many of the Federation homes which once adorned Randwick have been bulldozed in recent years to make way for apartment blocks and much of the suburb's traditional charm and ambience went with them.