On historic Botany Bay, just a few kilometres south of Sydney airport, Ramsgate rolls down to the bay and Lady Robinson's Beach, a multicultural gathering point, especially at the weekends.
There's great fishing and sailing in the bay, and now that the bayfront shops and restaurants are going up-market, you'll find a diversity of foods and ambient surroundings in which to dine as you gaze over the bay to the coastal shore line where Captain Cook made his historic landfall in 1780.
Rockdale Council has put together guide sheets and maps of heritage walks and drives that will introduce the visitor to the sights and sounds of the beachside municipality.
The standouts include: Rockdale Town Hall, built in Art Deco style in 1940; Dappeto, Fairview and Belmore, three grand, Victorian mansions dating back to the 1880s in Wollongong Road; and Tempe House in North Arncliffe.
Designed by celebrated colonial architect John Verge and built in 1836 for Alexander Brodie Sparks, Tempe House will be the centrepiece of a new town square to be developed by the council on Arncliffe Road.