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ENGLISH-BORN chef Sean Connolly is at the helm of Astral restaurant in Sydney; he has also worked aboard QE2 and at 25th Floor at the then Sydney Boulevard Hotel and Gekko at Sydney’s Sheraton on the Park. He was awarded Vittoria Coffee Chef by TheSydney MorningHerald ’ s Good Food Guide 2008. Connolly travels to England every 18 months to check out new restaurants while staying with family in London. www.astralrestaurant.com.au. PORT STEPHENS, NSW Every year the family goes camping at Port Stephens on the lower north coast of NSW. After working 70 hours a week, I love to hang for three weeks at the height of summer with Jo, Eliza, Kiera and Toby. We camp at Halifax Holiday Park, on one side of which is Little Beach where the kids play, and on the other side is Big Beach, which has to be one of the world’s most beautiful. www.portstephens.org.au. I ALWAYS PACK I take my espresso machine when we go camping; it is the one thing I can’t do without. A lot of people on the campsite can’t believe it; as it’s a touch glamorous to make espressos outdoors, we call it ‘‘ glamping’’. Sharon Fowler SPACE FURNITURE, SYDNEY I spend a lot of time researching for the restaurant, looking at containers, serving dishes, crockery and glassware. Space has some beautiful homewares and I’ve recently purchased a life-size horse lamp and some burnt-wood chairs by Mooi, which are gorgeous additions to Astral’s lobby. www.spacefurniture.com.au. ARTHUR GALAN, MELBOURNE Melbourne-based Arthur Galan also has a couple of stores in Sydney. He always has fabulous shirts and the cut of his suits is perfect for me. I never shop in Europe; I just head to his Paddington store. www.agclothing.com. ORSON & BLAKE, WOOLLAHRA I like to buy gorgeous pottery and beautiful trinkets for my home and the restaurant from Orson & Blake in Queen Street. www.orsonandblake.com.au. HOTEL GANSEVOORT, NEW YORK This 187-room boutique hotel is in the Meat Packing district, which has to be one of the hippest places in the world; it’s surrounded by some of New York’s hottest restaurants. www.hotelgansevoort.com. THE FAT DUCK, BRAY, ENGLAND I recently dined at the Fat Duck with my wife, Jo, and it was fantastic. Heston Blumenthal is renowned for his interesting cuisine, though don’t call it molecular gastronomy, as this phrase is frowned on these days. My favourite is his so-called Sound of Sea, a collection of seafood served with a side order of a mini iPod hidden in a large shell. Place the headphones in your ears and listen to the waves crashing on the rocks and seagulls squawking as you eat your cockles and winkles. www.fatduck.co.uk. ENTERTAINMENT QUARTER, MOORE PARK, SYDNEY With movies, tenpin bowling and organic markets, this precinct on the city’s eastern fringe has everything to entertain my whole family. www.eqmoorepark.com.au.