After visiting Botany Bay National Park with our friend Jackie; we drove down to Cape Solander to admire the views from the cliffs. The views here really are breathtaking; almost as if you are standing on the edge of the world when you are on the cliff tops. I can only imagine how Captain Cook and the crew of the Endeavour felt when they sailed by these large, imposing cliffs.
Be careful though when exploring;the cliffs are high up with no fence to protect you from a fall. The tops of the cliffs have an uneven, rocky surface that can make walking quite treacherous. We even discovered a smashed up car lying on the bottom of one of the cliffs with the pounding surf smashing into the metal.
This is one of those places that makes you appeciate the beauty of this world we live in.
To be honest, I'm not sure what this beach is like right down on it, but from up above it sure looked lovely. I was with a friend who was have a practice at the Mosman Neutral Bay Rifle Range, and went to look out at the view from up there. I was amazed to see this lovely beach.
Coogee Beach in Sydney is not the most touristy of beaches and is a nice, easy swimming beach. Regularly serviced by buses and has plenty of eateries in the area. There is a coastal cliff walk (cliff pictured) and at the southern end of the beach a park and ... A really cool natural pool hewn from the rock that is for women bathers only! (Sorry, guys.) It's called McIver's Baths or just the Coogee Women's Baths will get you there. Needless to say, it's salt water, it's sheltered, and a whole range of women use it. Even the odd little coloured anemone has colonised this pool so it'll really get you in touch with nature. There's a short, nice walk to get there with some plantlife to see, but I think accessibility for the disabled might be limited. There used to be a men's bath I think at the north end of the beach, run by an avant-garde masseuse dude in the 1930s, but this ain't there no more... However, anyone can still go and slosh around under the sea-spray in what remains of a "pool" there. That pool is very very natural in that the waves slosh right over the rocks and into it, and there's no signage or changing rooms as at the women's one.
Then you have come to the right place. The Sydney metropolitan area has over 150 of them. These range from long sandy Pacific Ocean surf beaches to small harbour beaches surrounded by lush bush. Exploring the beaches of Sydney is a great way to explore the city itself. There are some great articles on some of the beaches on this site or you can find a list of all the beaches and maps of where to find them on my personal site
Many of the beaches are linked by lovely paths and visiting several adjoining beaches in one day is a really enjoyable excursion. A god way to explore some of the harbour beaches is to get one of the water taxi’s to take you on a “Beach Safari”
A trip to Sydney always requires some visits to Watsons bay for a walk and some great food at Doyles or The Watson Bay Hotel. Watsons Bay is accesible by bus, car or ferry. I love the ferry system and the ride to Watsons Bay; so I always choose a ferry.
Watsons Bay has spectacular views of the ocean as well as the city. The Gap is amazing with te large cliffs and crashing waves. Walking around Watsons Bay is a fun way to explore the area but make sure to wear plenty of sunblock and bring water; some of the hike can be tiring.
Manly is a favorite destination for us. It's a simple ferry ride from Circular Quay...actually the ferry ride is my favorite part. Once in Manly, there is so much to see and do. The beach is beautiful and provides a great place to relax or participate in some surfing, swimming or body boarding. The Corso is packed with tons of shops carrying everything from souvenirs, swimwear, shoes, surfboards, perfume and more. There are also several great food options ranging from quick serve food to full sit down meals.
Manly is a great place to spend a day shopping, swimming and enjoying a good meal in a beach setting. I have even come to Manly on the ferry with no more intention than to turn around and ride the 30 minute ferry back again.
Bronte Beach is one of the many beaches we encountered during our walk from Bondi to Coogee on the Coastal Walk. As we walked down from the cliffs, Bronte Beach came into view. The surf was awesome; crashing on the beach and rocks. The water was a blueish green and very foamy. This was just one of the many beautiful beaches of Sydney and I was glad to have seen it.
Bondi iBeach is the place for sun, fun and surf. It's afmous for its white sand beach and breaking surf. The beach area is full of shops, restuarants and a bustle of activity.
Bondi Beach was a must on my to do list of sights. So one morning we woke up early and hoped on a bus to Circular Quay. We hopped on the 380 bus that would take us to Bondi Junction. The ride was smooth and quick about 15 minutes. It provided a nice sightseeing experience before we got to the beach area.
We started our adventure by checking out some of the local shops and buying a beach towel. We then too a walk along the beach to find our perfect spot in the sand. We visited during the week so it wasn't very crowded. There were a few tourists, surfers and a camera crew filming a commercial. As Chris enjoyed laying out on the sand I took a dip in the ocean. The water was a beautiful blue, not too cold but very salty. It was a fun day lounging out on the beach and enjoying this fabulous place with my Christopher.
Historically the area was first settled by the wodi wodi aboriginal tribe, and the aboriginal name means " hard water near ground". It is said that Captain Cook attempted to land here in April of 1770 but was unable to land due to tough and unstable conditions at sea. Wollongong has beautiful beaches and lagoons, and is nestled beside some very interesting areas.
It used to be a very Industrial city but now has become a modern and vibrant city offering great restaurants, accommodation and attractions. www.novotelnorthbeach.com.au for accommodation.
You can rive via the coastal drive from Sydney National Park or catch the train from Central Railway Station.
$s3This little beach is a real gem, tucked in the Kur-ring-gai National Park. It is a favourite for many as it offers a camping ground with showers and toilets. The beach is netted and very sheltered and protected from any wind. Most boaties like to moor here if a strong southerly is blowing.
Bookings are essential for camping - Tel :9974 1011 . There are some excellent walks through the National Park which start from the back of the showers and meander up the hill to the National Park.
Please take your own food and water, as there are no shops at the Basin. In summer time, a motorboat shop comes in from Palm Beach with the basic essentials.
Ferries run hourly from Palm Beach Wharf 9am - 5pm Monday to Thursday. 9am-8pm Friday 9am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday.
Palm Beach is an exclusive suburb saturated in an abundance of natural beauty.It's well worth a day trip to experience this tranquil peaceful and casual beachside village, or a better option is to have a weekend away.
Palm Beach is uncomplicated to get to by Public Transport, just hop on the L90 from Wynyard Station. It takes approx 60 – 80 minutes depending on traffic as various parts of the road turns and winds around some rather spectacular scenery.
Another alternative is to catch a Seaplane from Rose Bay it takes about 12 – 15 minutes, but this can be expensive.
Don't forget to take a cruise down Hawkesbury River from Palm Beach Wharf. The ferry departs 11.00am daily and returns at 3.30pm. Otherwise, you can catch the twilight cruise which departs at 5.30pm and returns at 7.30pm just in time for dinner.
There are plenty of excellent restaurants across the road from the wharf. Another option is to take the ferry ride over to The Basin, a beautiful beach tucked in the National Park.
www.palmbeachferry.com.au - for Hawkesbury river/ Pittwater cruise - Tel: 9974 2411
www.sydneyscenciccruises.com Tel : 0414 466 635 www.sydneybyseaplane.com
Lets eat: www.pittwaterrsl.com.au - RSL Club
Beach Road Restaurant - www.beachroad.com.au
Palm Beach Golf Club - www.palmbeachgolf.com.au
Barrenjoey House - Barrenjoey Road (opposite Palm Beach Wharf) www.barrenjoeyhouse.com.au
Lets Sleep: Jonahs www.jonahs.com.au
Barrenjoey House - www.barrenjoeyhouse.com.au
Whale Beach – is one of Sydneysider’s favourite beaches, nestled between Avalon Beach and Palm Beach. It a lovely suburb and some of Sydney’s most expensive real estate are found here. The surf club was a popular club in the 1950’s for families, and today Whale Beach is still very popular amongst Sydneysiders.
Whale Beach also houses one of Sydney’s finest restaurants and BB called Jonah’s, situated on the cliff overlooking the ocean.
Catch the L90 bus or the 191 from Newport Beach.
Let’s eat: www.jonahs.com.au
The Beach House Restaurant - www.beachhouserest.com.au
Let’s sleep: Jonahs www.jonahs.com.au
www.whalebeachbandb.com.au - Bed and Breakfast
Bilgola Beach –
What a striking and elegant beach, nestled in a tropical oasis of palm trees between two headlands. It really is one of Sydney’s best kept secrets, for those looking for an intimate beach, you cannot go past Bilgola. There is a steep drive down to the beach from Barrenjoey Road; be careful not to miss the turn off. Bilgola is named after an Aboriginal word meaning “swirling waters”. There is a surf club and a lovely quaint rock pool with limited parking available. Catch the bus L90 from Wynyard or the 191 from Newport Beach.
Avalon Beach –
Is situated between Bilgola Beach and Whale Beach and is an attractive suburb to stop and spend some time strolling through the shops. There are some excellent cafes and restaurants. The beach is favoured for picnics with beautiful shady trees, BBQ facilities with picnic tables. There is a pretty rock pool at the southern end of the beach. Take time to do a short drive down Avalon Parade and visit Clareville Beach , it’s an exquisite charming beach, oozing with heaps of character, for somewhere special to eat there is no better place than Clareville Kiosk.
Lets eat: http://www.clarevillekiosk.com/ Kaama Restaurant www.kaama.com.au
Lets sleep :www.avalonbeach.com.au - backpackers
Newport has about everything you need if you are a boatie, sailor, diver, or surfer. Newport Beach lies between Bungan Beach and Bilgola Beach. It is the gateway to the beautiful waters of Pittwater, Brisbane waters, Hawkesbury River and Broken Bay.
Newport Beach is situated on Barrenjoey Road and is a safe surfing beach with BBQ facilities and a surf club with changing rooms. On the western side of Newport lies Pittwater with some of Sydney icon clubs and hotels, such as the Royal Price Alfred Yacht Club, the Motor Club, and the famous Newport Arms Hotel, all providing excellent marina facilities.
For somewhere to dine, then all of these places are fabulous offering gorgeous views of Pittwater and all are water frontage.
Catch the bus 187 or L90 from Wynyard.
Let’s Eat: The Newport Arms Hotel www.newportarms.com.au
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club www.rpayc.com.au
Newport Mirage Hotel www.newportmirage.com.au
Newport Arms Hotel www.newportarms.com.au
Mona Vale Beach – Is a long and slender beach which has a surf club and facilities.It's loved by the locals because of the rock baths located on a rock platform at the southern end of the beach. Mona Vale is also the gateway to Church Point , Scotland Island and Pittwater.
If you have time travel along Pittwater Road to Church Point and have a drink at the Pasadena Hotel, another Sydney icon hotel which has been operating for 75 years. You can catch a ferry to Scotland Island from Church Point and take in some beautiful scenery. A fabulous way to break up your trip to Palm Beach .
From Church Point, you can also drive further along to McCarr's Creek Road, and see the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, there is awesome views of the area at West Head Lookout.
Catch the Bus 157 from Manly or the bus 185, L90 from Wynyard.
Let's Eat :
www.pasadena.com.au - Pasadena Hotel
Mona Vale Hotel www.monavalehotel.com.au
Let's Sleep :
www.pasadena.com.au - Pasadena Hotel
Bugan Beach – This little beach is amazing and can only be accessed by two steep walkways down a cliff, there is no road access. It is patrolled through the summer months and has a small picnic area and a children’s playground. It's great for privacy and intimacy, this little gem of a beach is just perfect.. Accommodation is available at the Bungan Beach house.
Let's Sleep - www.ozstays.com.au