5 Inexpensive Things To Do in Lane Cove During School Holidays

During school holidays parents feel like taxi drivers and ATMs.  Here are five ideas that will not break the bank and all happen in Lane Cove.

Rock Drop

This is a great idea.  Your child paints a rock and then drops it in a local park.  You then post a picture on a special Facebook page.  All the details are here.

Enter the Lane Cove Captured Photography Competition

The Lane Cove Council’s annual photography competition is back. This competition regularly receives 100’s of entries and is a great way to show off Lane Cove. Nearly all of us carry a camera around in our bags or pockets so anyone can snap a winning photo. The competition is organised by the Lane Cove Council and is supported by the Lane Cove Camera Club and the good news there are categories for kids and it is FREE to enter. Each year the competition has a theme. This year’s theme is capture your neighbourhood.

From local icons to hidden gems, photograph what you love about your neighbourhood in Lane Cove and you could be in the running to share in the $2,500 prize pool.

The competition is now open, entries close on Sunday 6 May.

How to Submit Your Entries

Entries open:    Now Open

Entries close:    6 May 2018

Awards night:   6 June 2018

A prize pool of $2,500 is up for grabs.

Each entrant can submit up to three photos.

Entries will be judged in three age categories:

  • 12 years and under,
  • 13 – 17 years
  • 18 years and over

Further details here.

Go to Hughes Park

Hughes Park is a great place to take the kids as it caters for kids of all ages with play equipment for the little ones and teenagers and you can explore the community gardens.  Find out more here.

Historic Carisbrook House

Built from local sandstone with a slate roof, Carisbrook stands on an eighteen-acre grant of Burns Bay land originally acquired by John Clarke in 1835.  In the early 1880s, as plans for the Fig-Tree Bridge moved closer to realisation, the Brooks family applied to subdivide their land. they set aside a substantial area, more than an acre, and built the stone house, Carisbrook, on it using a honey-coloured sand-stone probably quarried on the Brooks’ land. The rest of the estate was subdivided into standard housing blocks, and auctioned.

The house is Italianate in style, its asymmetrical facade, faceted bay window and low-pitched roof being motifs much favoured by Victorian architects and clients.

Carisbrook remains the oldest surviving house in its area, its fabric largely intact. It was bought in 1969, by Lane Cove Council which maintains it. A permanent conservation order was placed on the house by the Heritage Council of NSW in 1981.

Lane Cove Historical Society has furnished the house to the mid-Victorian period with an extensive collection of antiques and hand-worked household utensils. Guided tours, public programmes, film and photo shoots and other special events are also arranged by this society.

Carisbrook’s magnificent gardens and grounds still run down to Burns Bay, connecting the house with the river which was such a vital element in settlement and transport in its earlier days.

Carisbrook is owned by Lane Cove Council. The collections, tours and other interpretive programs are provided by the Lane Cove Historical Society.

Carisbrook is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday (excluding Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day) from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm.

For further information on Carisbrook House click here or visit the NSW Heritage Office Website and search for its listing on the State Heritage Inventory and State Heritage Register.

Lane Cove Skate Park

Not everyone knows this, but Lane Cove has a skatepark!  The park is located in Blackman Park, which is off Lloyd Rees Drive in Lane Cove West. It has a 24 metre run with various sized quarter pipes, ledges and rail. It is open

November – April: 7.30am- 8.30pm

May – October: 8.00am- 6.00pm

After you have been out and about finish the day with a Gelato at Gelatissimo and have their new limited time flavour FIELD OF FLOWERS. It’s a banana lolly gelato with rainbow flower sprinkles.  You can also enter the Ferdinand Competition.

Here are some other quick ideas:

  • Play Tennis – List of Lane Cove Tennis Clubs here.
  • Play Squash – Details of Lane Cove Squash Club here.
  • Go to the Lane Cove Library Kid’s section.

If you looking for some organised activities, check out our Lane Cove School Holiday Activity Guide here.


Do you have a local issue you would like help with? ITC is here to help just email us at info@inthecove.com.au

  • Sign up for the weekly In the Cove Newsletter
  • Like us on Facebook
  • Follow us on Instagram @inthecove
  • Tweet us on Twitter @InTheCoveITC
  • Pin us on Pinterest inthecoveITC
  • Tell your friends about ITC (they will thank you!!). Remember to tell them that ITC is a website and they do not have to have access to any Social Media to enjoy ITC – we often speak to people who tell us they want to follow ITC but don’t have Facebook or Instagram account (you don’t need them)