Thursday, 16 April 2015

Sydney's Nudist Beaches

Cobblers Beach - Located in Middle Head, it is probably one of the nicest of Sydney's nudist beaches. Drive down Middle Head road and then walk down Cobblers Beach Road (unsealed, no car access). If you're here on a weekend you might get a visit from a coffee boat where you can purchase from the water. 

The flora and fauna here are beautiful. There are water dragons around and this red flower below is not a native, imported from Africa apparently.

  • Little Congwong Beach - Actually not an official nudist beach. Located near La Perouse. I would recommend parking on Anzac Parade and walking down to Congwong Beach and then along the Little Congwong Beach trail to get there. If it's busy and there's no parking left you could try the golf course (if it's open) on Henry Head Lane, however it is quite difficult to find through the bush. This would have to be my favourite of Sydney's nudist beaches.

  • Obelisk Beach - Another nudist beach in Middle Head. This beach is beautiful but quite littered. Every time I swim here I find rubbish at my feet in the water and scattered along the sand.

  • Lady Bay Beach - A skinny beach down a cliff's edge in Sydney Harbour National Park, South Head. About a 5-10 min walk from Camp Cove (another beautiful beach, be sure to try the homemade coconut sorbet from the Camp Cove kiosk, it's amazing!)

They're all very secluded beaches and require a bit of a walk to get to. None of them have big waves, all very flat. The photo at the top of this post is from Birdie Beach up on the Central Coast.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Spit Bridge to Manly Scenic Walk

For anyone that likes the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk check out the Manly to Spit Bridge scenic walk. It's about 9km and you can visit up to 16 beaches along the way. It is more challenging than the Bondi coastal walk and has a more diverse path (paved, dirt, rock, sand, boardwalk etc.) The photo above is from my favourite part of the walk which: Sydney Harbour National Park, Dobroyd Head.

Beaches along the scenic walk:

  • Fishers Bay - a small, quiet and peaceful inlet. Personally, I think the walking tracks around Fishers Bay and Sandy Bay are nicer than the beaches themselves.

  • Sandy Bay - a dog's playground! Wide area of sand and shallow water, great to throw a ball around with your dog. There will probably be other dog owners there too.

  • Clontarf - One of my favourites along this walk. A convex beach with a netted off area, BBQs, playground, cafe, carpark and toilets. This is a great beach to go to if you have your own kayak or paddle board. The water is flat and it's a beautiful part of the harbour to paddle around. Drive past the carpark and you can get your car close to the water to offload boards. To continue on with the walk you need to walk on the sand towards Clontarf Point.

  • Unknown 1 - a gorgeous little hidden beach that I can't seem to find a name for on any map, so it'll be 'unknown 1' for now. There's a rock you have to jump down from to get there and it can be a little trick if it's wet and slippery but once you're there there's a chance you'll have the place to yourself. It's so beautiful. Definitely one of my favourites.

  • Unknown 2 - another little hidden spot. More rock and less sand than 'unknown 1'.
  • Castle Rock - I like this one for the journey to get down there. From the walking track there's a steep set of stairs where you have a stunning view of the beach and the harbour. There's a giant rock plonked on the sand at this beach.

  • Washaway Beach - apparently this beach is sometimes actually 'washed away'...? I'm yet to see that. This photo is of my shadow from 3 levels of cliff up from the sand.

  • Reef Beach - This one is lovely! It has a view across to Manly and lots of surrounding rocks on to climb and go exploring. I prefer walking on the rocks to get around to Forty Baskets than the walking track.

  • Unknown 3 - Close to Forty Baskets Beach, not a lot of sand, quite a lot of rocks, also fun to explore.
  • Forty Baskets Beach - named after 'a catch of forty baskets of fish sent to a contingent of Sudanese troops at the North Head Quarantine Station in 1885'. Has a netted off area.

  • Wellings Reserve - a thin strip of sand by Jillings Cove with a beautiful water feature at the end of it.

  • Fairlight Beach - half beach, half tidal pool, with views across Port Jackson.

  • Delwood Beach - like Fairlight, just without the pool.

  • Manly Cove - Where the ferries come in at Manly Wharf. Manly Sea Life Sanctuary is also here, with waterslides! Cross over the road once you get to the traffic lights to walk down the Corso and head to Manly beach to continue the walk.
  • Manly - Definitely one of my favourites in Sydney. It has everything really: surf lessons, volleyball nets, playgrounds, toilets, parking, plenty of cafes, shops, restaurants and bars. Manly Surf School is where I've done my surf lessons. I would highly recommend them, the instructors are awesome.

  • Shelly Beach - South of Manly. Cabbage Tree Bay is a great place to go snorkelling.

Some more photos I've taken on this walk:
There is a waterfall in Jilling Cove! The very lucky residents of North Harbour St, Balgowlah have this amazing natural feature in their backyards. To find this waterfall see the green star in the embedded map above.

Fact: there are Little Penguins in the Manly area. Breeding season is from July 1 to February 28. You can get fined for anchoring, fishing and having pets with you in the Little Penguin habitats around Manly.

Crater Cove at isn't accessible by foot but when you get to the lookout above it you can see some fantastic views. I find it interesting that Sydney Harbour National Park is made up of four parks that don't meet. From this lookout you can view all four (North Head, Dobroyd Head, Middle Head, and South Head)

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

My 2015 Project

My goal is to visit every beach in Sydney by the end of 2015.

I woke up on New Years Day and wanted to do something awesome, go somewhere I had never been before. I wanted to do it alone and I wanted it to involve a drive and a walk. I googled hidden beaches in Sydney and chose the closest one to where I live. Little Congwong Beach. While I was there I decided to turn it into a project for the year. I got the idea from a friend of mine, Jazz, who has spoken about visiting every suburb of Sydney that has a train station, also taking a year to complete by travelling around via train alighting at every stop to see all of Sydney.

I have written up a list of all the beaches I have found, there are 95 (although this could change as I discover more). I have been to 27 beaches so far this year.

I'll be writing up a little description of each as I go and post any photos if I have taken any.