In my "Beaches" tip amongst the things to do tips I've already mentioned the northern beaches.
Please click on the accompanying photo to see most of what is described by many Sydneysiders as "The Insular Peninsula". I haved a stand alone bunch of tips on Avalon which you can see amongst these beautiful beaches in this photo.
From the north to the south we begin with Palm Beach which is holiday home to some rich & famous Australians, but in summer the beach is home to Aussies from all walks of life. Palm Beach is a long beach. The nthn tip with it's large headland crowned by the lighthouse is actually a "tied island", meaning that it's an island joined by the build up of sand over mllions of years. You can walk up for a fabulous view & check it out. Really worth it.
Then we move south & I think the order goes Whale Beach (fabulous beach * nice wave when it's working), Bilgola Beach (another beauty) then Avalon which has excellellent dining & shopping opportunities) & lastly, in this photo Newport another lovely beach. I actually lived here quite some years back so have a bit of a fond spot for it.
If you're wondering about the Insular Peninsula then it's how many Sydney people see thosewho live here & quite frankly many of them don't mind being viewed that way. Over the years Ive met more than a few people from up here who are proud of the fact that they've never been over the Harbour Bridge & into the city. Mind you when you live here there's not a lot that can tempt you to leave it.
You can catch a 190 bus from Wynyard Station in the city to get here, but I'd really recommend hiring a car so you can have genuine flexibility & even stay overnight somewhere & make sure you have a swim.
We did a day trip to Watson's Bay to meet up with Laura for lunch at Doyle's at the Beach. After lunch, Laura had to rush home, so we decided to explore more of Watson's Bay.
The Bay has some of the most amazing views. Watson's Bay is located on the southern head of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. According to my guide book, it is considered the oldest fishing village in Sydney.
Watson's Bay has two walking paths from the warf and we decided to walk south past The Gap, see Signal Station and Macquarie Lighthouse.
We decided to do another day trip, this time to Manly Beach. We took the ferry across and spent most of the afternoon exploring the beach and just enjoying the beautiful weather. There were people on the beach, but the waves were huge and the wind was strong. We walked along the beach and decided to stop and have some lunch. After lunch we explored a bit around the town and walked to an area called "Kangaroo Park". I must say, I really thought I would see kangaroos, but we didn't.
The name of the beach is quite interesting, "Manly was named by Captain Arthur Phillip after his encounter with the confident and manly Aboriginal people"
One might get the impression that its all surf and waves and surf lifesavers at Sydney beaches. But there are some beautiful, much less advertised harbour-side beaches & bays that are great for swimming & relaxing....
Balmoral Beach is great for famalies and there are no waves here & a nice to beach to sit on. Also, there is a very popular fish & chip shop here. Thats a great thing to do on a hot & balmy summers eve...
Brighton-Le-Sands is on the western shore of Botany Bay just minutes south of Sydney's international airport.
There are three swimming baths on a very long stretch of beach. A handful of good restaurants lie along the foreshore of Botany Bay for a fine dining experience right on the water.
Botany Bay is quite shallow and quickly gets rough in windy conditions so the beach is suitable for swimming only in good weather. I did see a number of wind surfers taking advantage of a strong breeze at the time.
I can't compare it to more famous Sydney beaches such as Bondi or Manly because I didn't visit these. But Brighton looks good enough for a swim on a sunny Sydney day.
Absolutely fantastic spot. take the ferry over to watsons bay from circular quay and a 10 min walk gets you to a small stretch of quiet beach with a great clifftop walk nearby not to mention a 'mens' nudist beach closeby at Lady Jane beach hehe =P
Upon alighting the ferry, your met by doyles galore. doyles on the beach, the doyles palace hotel rarararara. beer garden is tops. sit down, relax, have a beer, soak up the sunshine and enjoy the view looking out onto the water.
Cobbler's Beach is a legally designated nude beach on Middle Head which juts out into Sydney Harbour. It is a small beach. As it is on the harbour it is not a surf ocean beach like Werrong I described elsewhere. Middle Head is on the north side of the harbour close to the neighborhood of Mosman, a very well-to-do area. The crowd at Cobbler's is mostly males weekdays but weekends the beach can be absolutely packed with a mixed crowd of families, couples and single girls and guys. The sand fills quickly so get there early. A grassy area behind the beach can accomodate dozens of sunbathers. A visiting boat lands ashore in season and sells ice cream! It is a fun sight to see a queue of naked beachgoers with money in hand waiting their turn to buy something. Nude weddings have been held at Cobbler's!
By auto from the city go over the Sydney Harbour bridge and exit at Neutral Bay via Military Rd. (Rt. 14) Follow this to Spit Junction and continue on to Mosman Junction. Continue straight through and just after Raglan Rd. bear left onto Middle Head Rd. This turns into Chowder Bay Rd. After about 100 m. you will see HMAS Penguin navy facility on left and beyond it on left a parking area for Middle head sports oval. Walk across oval (or go around if a game on) and find trail down to beach.
By bus take bus 244 from Wynyard Station in the city. When you get on ask driver if he is going to Middle Head oval. This route does not run on Sunday. On Sunday take route 227-Mosman Junction, or less good, 230 or 243-Spit Junction. These put you two or three km away from the oval but if you are in shape it is not bad to walk. Mosman has a grocers for picnic stuff for the beach (IGA) and heaps of trendy shops and cafes to visit after the beach and a very nice public library. Bus info and help: Sydney Buses www.sydneybuses.nsw.gov.au Telephone 131 500
James Cook was the first European to step ashore on the shores of Botany Bay in 1770..
Today, Botany Bay is still the place where thousands of visitors and new settlers land at Sydney Airport on a long runway which extends into the Bay.
On weekends yachts, sailing boats, wind surfers and fishing boats enjoy Botany Bay.
Swim or picnic at the bayside parks and baths of Brighton-Le-Sands, Ramsgate and Dolls Point.
Cycle or walk along the beach, and enjoy sidewalk dining or picnics beneath the trees in Cook Park.
Dolls point is a lovely beach, and just a few seconds from where I was staying.
Little Jibbon Beach is an unofficial clothing-optional beach within the northern part of the Royal National Park. It is much closer to Sydney than Werrong Beach, described elsewhere. From Sydney it is reached by taking the train south to the beachside town of Cronulla. From the dock at Cronulla a ferry takes you across Port Hacking River to a village called Bundeena. From there a short walk past some expensive homes with million dollar views of the bay and city in the distance comes to Jibbon Beach. Walk along Jibbon Beach east until it ends and you see a walking track into the bush. Little Jibbon is unmarked-it is easy to walk past it but if you keep looking to the left side as you walk, toward the ocean, you will see a spot where the trail does down to the sand. It took me less than 10 minutes walk from leaving Jibbon to get there. When I was there there were two nude males and a nude couple from Massachusetts (where I was raised) who of all things know someone on Nantucket Island I know!!!!! What are the chances??!! No facilities of any kind. Bring ample water and food. No shade.
CityRail train (Illawarra Line) from Sydney Central station to Cronulla. Distance of 34 km. Return fare weekday is $8.80. Weekend, discounted "off peak" return fare is $5.40. Ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena is $4.80 single and leaves hourly. On hour from Bundeena, on the half hour from Cronulla. Last boat from Bundeena is 7:00 pm!
CityRail: www.cityrail.nsw.gov.au telephone: 131 500
Cronulla Ferries: www.cronullaferries.com.au Telephone: (02) 9523 2990
But Sandy Beach, the place where I learned to swim, was not only supposedly the largest open air pool in the southern hemisphere, but also a fenced off portion of the shark infested Georges River, famous for its oysters.
A pretty park that attracted heaps of visitors on the weekends also had a unique kiosk come look-out centrally situated. A very peaceful place.
Bondi Beach is probably Australia's most famous beach, and among the world's most well-known..
The beach, roughly a kilometre long, is located on the east coast of Australia and is a suburb of the city of Sydney.
It is well served by public transport, and only a short distance from the city itself.
Bondi Beach is very popular with the locals as well as travelers.. and the township is really beautiful.
Because I was here during winter time, there were not many people, which added to the peaceful surroundings.
There are many eateries, sidewalk cafe's, hotels, and shops all along the promenade, and being so close to the City, it makes for an easy trip out there..
Heading further south along the coast, you come to Cronulla.
Cronulla is situated 26 km by road, 35 km by suburban train south of Sydney. It is on the shores of Bate Bay a small indentation of the Pacific Ocean.
Cronulla is part of Sutherland Shire, one of the forty Local Government Areas of Metropolitan Sydney.
Just one of the many activities you see people enjoying at Dolls Point.
This particular day was incredibly windy, and these were the only people we saw out there, besides us ofcoarse.. and we stayed only a few minutes..
A few days later the winds become a big problem in the Sydney area, causing widespread damge and a fatality.
The Beaches of Cronulla, North to South ... Wanda, Elouera, North Cronulla and Cronulla.
This town sure is beautiful, and a holiday destination in it's own right.
It gives the impression of being a lovely seaside resort, not huge by any means, and the beaches are suitable for many varied watersports, especially surfing and body boarding.
I bet it wouldn't be too difficult to imagine a young 'Elle' sunbathing on these beaches.
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.