Sydney has hundreds of beaches, bays and coves around the harbour and along the ocean – some I went to with Harry and the girls when we were here last eight years ago and this visit I only managed to do a handful (I probably still have another 80 to discover … more reason to come back!). So, where did I go this time?
Of course, I HAD TO do the Coogee to Bondi walk along the coast again. It is usually walked in the other direction but I wanted to go for a swim first at McIver’s Baths. Strictly for ladies and only 20cents to get in, it is located on a secluded hillside off Coogee beach which has an ocean pool (no jellies!!), and a beautiful view of the ocean. I absolutely loved it there – so much so I went twice!
Balmoral is a beautiful harbour beach which has shallow waters and soft sand. Good for spotting blue-tongue lizards and happy families!
The walk from Rose Bay to Watson’s Bay is dotted with small beaches and bays (Milk Bay, Parsley Bay with it’s pretty suspension bridge, Nielson’s Point) off-the-beaten track, quiet and clean with beautiful views of Sydney’s skyline. Incredible to think it is only 30minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city ..
On Sunday having looked up “secret beaches of Sydney”, we all piled into the car tackling the sweltering heat to make our way down south to Botany Bay National Park. Near the port there are a few hidden gems of squeaky sand and blue waters .. There are also amazing sandstone formations.
We set ourselves up at Congwong beach (I really don’t make these names up!) along with another few hundred Sydney-siders .. Apparently we weren’t the only ones to be in on the secret …
My last farewell to the ocean today was at Bronte. The sun was out and I wanted to lap up as many rays before I had to get my flight. A 30-minute drive away and I was magically transported to glistening surf, clean white sand and beach life!