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Guide to Beaches

Sunday, November 23, 2003
Get the guide to the Sydney beaches, where the waves are, where the pools are and where the fun is at.

In Sydney, except in the far western suburbs, you're never more than half an hour away from one of the popular Sydney beaches. Between the Royal National Park in the south and the Hawkesbury River in the north, the city is dotted with beaches starting from the endless stretch of beaches at Cronulla up to the ever-popular Palm Beach.

Around Botany Bay, you'll find Lady Robinson Beach at Brighton le Sands and Silver Beach at Kurnell, and then the Cronulla beaches stretching from the Kurnell Peninsula and winding in a golden arc through Cronulla, Wanda, Elouera, North Cronulla and South Cronulla beaches, perfect for extra-long walks and a deep communion with sun and sea.

The city beaches come next with Maroubra, Coogee, Clovelly, Bronte, Tamarama and the famous Bondi Beach.

East of the Bridge across Port Jackson is Shark Beach, a cosy intimate little beach at Nielsen Park in Vaucluse. Around Middle Harbour and Sydney Harbour, there are a number of other mainly smaller beaches, such as Clontarf, Chinamans, Balmoral, and Obelisk, with Balmoral the largest of these and tiny Obelisk a favourite of nude sunbathers.

Manly Beach is a bustling visitors' mecca with restaurants and a variety of shops along the Corso and an aquarium and amusement pier at Manly Cove. The beach faces the Pacific on the east, but you can take a leisurely stroll west along the Corso to smaller beaches facing Manly Cove on the North Harbour. It's at Manly Cove that the Manly ferry from Circular Quay docks.

Then it's up to Freshwater, Curl Curl and Long Reef, the long stretch of the Narrabeen-Collaroy Beaches, Warriewood, Mona Vale, Bungan, Newport, Bilgola, Avalon and Whale Beach.

Palm Beach is a finger of land ending north at the Barrenjoey Head and you can walk from the beach on the Pacific side to Barrenjoey Beach on the western side facing Pittwater. Across Pittwater are Great Mackerel Beach and Currawong Beach east of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.


Cronulla to Palm Beach


Boat Harbour 4WD Park costs $15 for day entry or $75 for a six-month season pass.
Kite boarding lessons cost $140 per person for two hours.
Wylie's Baths entry costs $3 for adults and 50c for children. Private function hire is available.
Snorkelling courses cost $95 per person Gear hire is included.
Bondi Icebergs Leisure entry costs $3 for adults and $2.20 for children.
Rollerblading lessons cost $25 per person for half an hour. Hire of skates and protective gear costs $5.
A beginner's windsurfing course costs $225 per person for 4hrs.
Beginner and intermediate beach volleyball courses cost $120 for six weeks.
Oceanworld entry costs $16.50 for adults and $8.50 for children.
Narrabeen Lakes kayak hire starts at $20 for one hour.
Narrabeen Lakes Kayak hire starts at $20 for one hour.
Powered campsites start at $30 per night twin share and cabins start at $125 per night twin share.
Sky sailing flights start at $195.
Barrenjoey Lighthouse is open to the public the first Sunday of the month. Entry is by donation.
Boat hire starts at $40 for two hours.
Entrees start at $9.50 and main courses from $24 at Barrenjoey House.
Please note prices are valid at time of filming.

More information

Boat Harbour 4WD Park
Kurnell Peninsula
Ph: (02) 9923 1944

Kite Power
302 The Grand Parade, Sans Souci 2219
Ph: (02) 9529 6894

Wylie's Baths
Neptune Street, Coogee 2034
Ph: (02) 9665 2838

Deep 6 Diving
351-355 Clovelly Road, Clovelly 2031
Ph: (02) 9665 7427

Bondi Icebergs
1 Notts Avenue, Bondi 2026
Ph: (02) 9130 3120

Bondi Boards & Blades
230 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction 2022
Ph: (02) 9369 2212

Balmoral Sailboard Club
Balmoral Sailing Club,
The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach 2088
Ph: (02) 9960 5344

Sydney Beach Volley Ball School
Manly Beach 2095
Ph: (02) 9971 5139

Manly Surf School
North Steyne Surf Club, Manly 2095
Ph: (02) 9977 6977

Manly Oceanworld
West Esplanade, Manly 2095
Ph: (02) 8251 7877

Long Reef Golf Club
Anzac Avenue, Collaroy 2097
Ph: (02) 9971 8113

Pro Kayaks
The Boatshed, 11 Narrabeen Street,
Narrabeen 2101
Ph: (02) 9970 7081

Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park
Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen 2101
Ph: 1800 008 845

Sydney Sky Sailing
Ph: 1800 826 336 (1800 TANDEM)

Barrenjoey Lighthouse
Ku-ring-ai Chase National Park
Ph: (02) 9451 3479

Barrenjoey Boating Services
Governor Phillip Park,
Barrenjoey Road, Palm Beach 2108
Ph: (02

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