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By Dan Hutton on August 8, 2017 in People

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Physiotherapist Stuart McKay has lived in Coogee for the past nine years and recently opened his own practice on Clovelly Road. He shares his local favourites with The Beast…

How long have you lived here? I’ve lived in the Eastern Suburbs all my life, and in Coogee for the past nine years.

What’s your favourite beach? I live exactly one kilometre from both Coogee and Clovelly beaches. Two years ago I would have said Coogee, but I now have a 20-month-old son and there’s nothing better than a summer day down at Cloey.

What’s your favourite eatery? We recently went for a Sunday roast at the Charing Cross Hotel and it was the best meal I’ve had out in a long time. The Little Kitchen in Coogee has also been a favourite since it opened, and we’ll often grab some breakfast at Village on Cloey or Green Mango on the weekend.

Where do you like to have a drink? If it’s a drink with the fellas it will usually be the Robin Hood or the Coogee Legion Club. If it’s a family affair the children’s area on the ground floor of the Coogee Pavilion is magic.
Best thing about the Eastern Suburbs? The lifestyle. We’re a stones throw from the best beaches in the world, parks and the amazing coastal walk. There’s no better place in the world to live a healthy and active life.

Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs? House prices. People are always going to want to live here so that is not going to change. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, so I’m resigned to renting.

Do you have a favourite sporting team? I love my rugby, so it’s the Waratahs in the Super Rugby, and while I played with Easts I spent a fair bit of time working as a physio with Randwick, so I support them now in the Shute Shield. In summer it’s my cricket club, the mighty UNSW Bumble Bees.

What music are you into at the moment? I’m not the most knowledgeable bloke when it comes to music, but I recently missed out on Ed Sheeran tickets, which I’m dirty about.

Who is your favourite person? My son Caelen and wife Crissie share that title. We’ve got another one coming along in August, so they might get pushed aside, at least for a while.

What do you do for work? I’m a physiotherapist and I’ve recently opened a practice on Clovelly Road called Total Physiotherapy (

What’s your favourite thing about work? I pride myself on not only identifying someone’s injury, but coming up with a treatment approach that will result in the best outcomes for them. Everyone is different so will have differing needs in their treatment, and I enjoy the challenge of getting that right.

Do you have a favourite quote? “Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.” – Charles M. Schulz, Charlie Brown’s Little Book of Wisdom.

Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast? We’re lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world, so get out and enjoy it!