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Sydney Harbour Beaches north of the bridge

Sydney Harbour has some quality beaches which are often overlooked by visitors and locals alike. Bondi Beach, Palm Beach or Manly Beach are more likely to attract the attention of beach goers.

Standout harbour beaches located to the north of the Harbour Bridge include Balmoral Beach, Chinamans Beach, Clontarf Beach and Castle Rock Beach.

These beaches offer something different by providing a safer place for a dip, being largely protected from the surf. Some harbour beaches, such as secluded Castle Rock Beach, are enhanced by a natural bush setting. Castle Rock Beach can be accessed via the Manly to Spit Bridge coastal walk and is adjacent to the Sydney Harbour National Park.

Another less known beach is Chinamans Beach, which was named after Chinese residents who organised market gardens in the reserve approaching it. The beach stretches for about 200 metres and faces directly north. This beach is a solid choice if you seek a mellow experience away from the crowds.

Balmoral Beach’s popularity can sometimes be a negative as it gets busy on warm weekends - too much love! The better option is to visit during weekdays or early in the day on a hot weekend. It is however a beautiful beach with great views towards the entrance to Sydney Harbour (the Heads). On a Saturday afternoon you may catch the impressive sight of yachts racing in the distance.

There are several restaurants on Balmoral Beach. Alternatively follow the advice of local real estate agents and have take away fish and chips at the beach whilst enjoying the village atmosphere!

Although referred to as Balmoral Beach, it is in fact two beaches, with Edwards Beach being located to the north of Rocky Point Island (you can’t miss it) and Balmoral Beach located to the south.

Sydney Nimble Tours can include a visit to any of these Sydney Harbour beaches on our Sydney Harbour, Northern Beaches, National Park day out. There are other harbour beaches on offer but why give away all of our secrets in one blog?

Go forth and get harbour beached!

a small and secluded harbour beach

a small and secluded harbour beach

The official canine representative of Sydney Nimble Tours at full speed - Sandy Bay, a designated dog beach near Clontarf Beach.

The official canine representative of Sydney Nimble Tours at full speed - Sandy Bay, a designated dog beach near Clontarf Beach.

slick curves at Clontarf

slick curves at Clontarf

no mob at Chinamans

no mob at Chinamans

A harbour beach to yourself?

A harbour beach to yourself?

Royal National Park Tour

Yesterday Sydney Nimble Tours took a small group on a Royal National Park Tour. The day started with a stopover at the perfectly still waters of Audley Weir.

This was followed by a walk along the Jibbon Loop Track to the Jibbon Headland Aboriginal engravings and Shelley Beach.

At this point it was time to enjoy a coffee at Bundeena before heading to Garie Beach for a picnic lunch. The main event for the day was a bush walk from Garie Beach to Thelma Head.

The group showed off its fitness on the ascent to Thelma Head. The views of Garie Beach to the North and Era Beach to the South reveal the grandeur of cliffs and lushly forested hills abruptly ending before the Pacific Ocean.

On the way to Thelma Head the shoreline has a significant area of tessellated pavement which in parts was rectangular and in others triangular.

The name tessellated originates from the resemblance of the rock to the tiles of a mosaic floor. The day was completed by a refreshing body surf at Garie Beach.

The amount of walking you do on our Sydney Royal National Park Tour can be varied. If for instance you did not wish to do the two hour return walk to Wedding Cake Rock we can substitute a shorter walk and visit other locations.

The great thing about the Royal National Park is that there are a lot of choices available. What about a visit to Symbio Wildlife Park in nearby Helensburgh.

See www.sydneynimbletours.com.au/royal-national-park-tour/ for the options that are available a Royal National Park Tour.

gum trees reflection at Audley Weir

gum trees reflection at Audley Weir

Picnic lunch of rice salad, meatballs, rocket, avocado and chicken salad and fresh Italian bread

Picnic lunch of rice salad, meatballs, rocket, avocado and chicken salad and fresh Italian bread

Alien messages or tessellated pavement?

Alien messages or tessellated pavement?

The beginning of an era… (North Era Beach)

The beginning of an era… (North Era Beach)

A New Yorker in Sydney

Sydney Nimble Tours recently journeyed with New Yorker, John. He was here visiting old mate Gareth, and booked the Eastern Suburbs, Woolloomooloo and Barangaroo day out https://www.sydneynimbletours.com.au/eastern-suburbs-tour/.

Proceedings commenced with a drive to Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte followed by a walk along the coastal walkway. The walk was kept relatively short (15 minutes return) as Sydney was in the middle of a heat wave. Our next destination was a swim at Clovelly, a protected beach.

Suitably refreshed the group headed to Paddington, Woolloomooloo, Sydney Harbour Pylon and Barangaroo. At the end of the day the boys requested something out of the way and after some discussion it was decided to visit the Cannery in Roseberry (formerly the Rosella soup factory) followed by the Grifter Microbrewery in Marrickville. It was a long day!

John became a half Aussie picking up expressions such as ‘no worries’ and whilst in Sydney he spent a whole day at the Cricket Test between Australia and India. John did have trouble in determining which front seat of the car to get into and the most appropriate direction to look before crossing the road. Very understandable!

John was philosophical about the fact that he could not see everything he would have liked in Sydney and surrounds saying ‘he had to leave something for next time’.

The pictures below are of John and Gareth in sensible hats at Barangaroo and on the coastal pathway. Clovelly in the middle picture provided relief from the heat.

In the groove and on the move at Barangaroo

In the groove and on the move at Barangaroo

cool Clovelly

cool Clovelly

seeking redemption on the coastal walkway…

seeking redemption on the coastal walkway…