Our tour of Sydney’s beaches had to start with probably the most famous of them all, Bondi Beach!
We started with a hangover curing brunch at the very busy Trio Cafe, where Rachael continued her search for the world’s most expensive muesli. I chose the shakshouka which was excellent, with very good coffee to match!
After checking out the skate park and surrounding street art, we walked down to the beach where it was immediately obvious why it is so popular, with perfect sand and huge waves. While the beach was busy, the sea was even more crowded with lots of surfers competing to ride the waves.
We then started on the famous Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, which is a 6km trail along the clifftops. At the start of the walk is the landmark Icebergs swimming pool, which has to be one of the best locations for a swim in the whole of Australia.
The walk continues past several more amazing beaches including Tamarama and Bronte, where we watched a surfing competition, before stopping for another much needed coffee break.
Part of the walking track between Nelson Bay and Clovelly beach was destroyed by a huge storm in 2016, and the walk now takes a detour through Waverley cemetery. This made an interesting contrast to the beaches, and we were amazed by some of the huge crypts built by early immigrant families.
We finished the walk with drinks on the balcony of the Coogee Pavilion, before heading back to the beach to watch the sunset behind a very competitive game of beach volleyball.
We really enjoyed the walk and can see why it is so popular, but despite it nearly being winter certain sections were packed with people, and I would imagine it becomes far too busy in the summer months.
There was plenty more beaches for us to discover in the Eastern suburbs when we visited the Watson Bay area. We had lunch at the sheltered Camp Cove, before visiting Watson Bay itself. The crowds all seemed to be drawn to the Gap lookout, however we preferred the view from the wharf, where you could see the city and Harbour bridge in the distance.
We found even better views of the city from the very well hidden Milk Beach. The tiny cove is hidden behind some of Sydney’s most desirable houses, and although it took us a while to find, it was well worth the effort.
We also spent some time exploring the coastline north of Sydney, where again there was plenty of beautiful beaches to discover.
Unfortunately on our first visit to Manly we did encounter some very stormy weather. Taking the ferry from Circular Quay, we made the poor decision to sit outside and were soaked by several huge waves. Despite this, the views back to the harbour just about made it worthwhile. The weather meant we kept our visit short but we did walk along the coastline to Shelly Beach before heading back to the city.
On our visit to Spit Bridge we decided it was time to get out on the water, so we hired a kayak from Sydney Harbour Kayaks. Whilst very enjoyable this was much harder work than we anticipated.
We slowly made our way in between the many boats out on the water, to reach Balmoral Bay where we stopped for a much needed ice cream. Although it turned out we were even worse at disembarking than paddling, much to the amusement of all those on the beach.
One of our favourite beaches we visited around Sydney was Palm Beach, which some of you may recognise as the setting for Home and Away. Unfortunately they weren’t filming during our visit, although I always preferred Neighbours myself anyway!
There are great beaches either side of the narrow headland which were both almost empty, while the huge (and very expensive) houses stretch high into the hills above.
We made the steep climb to Barrenjoey lighthouse, and were greeted at the top with incredible views of the surrounding area. We then took the far quicker smugglers steps back down to the beaches below. Definitely one walk that was well worth the effort!