Anyone who knows me knows that I am a water baby. The sea is where I am happiest and I have been swimming for as long as I can remember, so it’s fair to say that on my trip to Australia last month I spent as much time one the beach as I possibly could. I am lucky to have a brother who has lived in Sydney for years, and as a result I got to experience the full range of Sydney’s best beaches. In my opinion there are four beaches not to be missed on a trip to Syndey. Read on for more!
Ku-Ring-Gai Chase was without a doubt the best beach I visited. The best way to describe it is a small slice of paradise, and even then that description doesn’t do it justice. Being one of the Northern Beaches, it takes about an hour’s drive and half an hour of walking in very steep bush land to get there, but I can personally confirm that the view is worth it (or at least that’s what I was telling myself whilst I was dripping with sweat half way through our walk). Having the beach completely to ourselves for close on an hour was a blessing in itself, and I have to say I was more than a little gutted when other people turned up, but I suppose you can’t have everything, right?
I visited Gordon’s Bay on my very last day in Australia, just hours before I was to board my flight. Even though it was a last minute trip, it was beyond worth it. With a wealth of sea life, It is one of Sydney’s best places to go snorkeling. I had never been before, and was more than a bit worried that I would inhale water and drown, but luckily I had a marine biologist to teach me how to do it and point out all the rare sealife just meters below us. Despite having time pressures on us, we managed to stay at the beach long enough for me to see a squid, seven stingrays, and countless exotic fish. Being so close to sealife was incredibly exciting, and next time I return to Sydney I’d love to go back and see if I can spot the bay’s resident friendly shark!
Quite frankly, it would have been rude to go to Sydney and not experience it’s most famous beach. As Bondi is a major tourist destination, Ben and I headed out at 7.30 in the morning in an effort to avoid the crowds. It was still busy by the time we got there, however when we left three hours later at 10.30 it was so busy that people were struggling to find a space to lay their beach towels. Bondi was probably the best beach we went to in terms of swimming, but that was simply because I was having a whale of a time playing in the waves. While they weren’t particularly huge waves, I spent more time than I am willing to admit just floating and seeing where the waves took me to (I was very confused when I ended up significantly further out than I expected to be). The added humour factor made our trip to Bondi that morning all the more enjoyable; an exasperated mother had been shouting at her kids for about an hour whilst we were chilling. As we got up to leave, she really pulled it out of the bag and told her little boy off for getting sand on himself…. on a beach….. Ben and I couldn’t keep the laughter in any more and if looks could kill, it’s safe to say we would have died that day.
This was the first beach I visited in Sydney. Ben had been singing it’s praises since I arrived telling me it was his favourite beach in Syndey, and so I went with high expectations and was not disappointed at all. The only downside? Ben hadn’t told me what the beach was actually called. Knowing that sharks are one of my biggest fears, Ben decided it would be funny to tell me only after I had been swimming. Let’s just say I wasn’t exactly thrilled when I found out. In complete fairness though, it was a beautiful beach and was particularly popular with families. There are nets up all around (where you can occasionally find seahorses if you look hard enough!) and there hasn’t been a reported shark attack in Sydney for years, so despite my fear I would still recommend. It is also incredibly easy to get to and has gorgeous bush around it if you fancy taking a walk after your swim; a major bonus.
Getting to spend time by the sea was a major highlight on my trip to Australia this Christmas. Most Brits will back me up when I say England’s beaches leave a lot to be desired, especially this time of year when the temperatures are almost freezing and swimming is an absolute no-go. I can’t wait to return to some of these beaches next time I find myself in Sydney. If any of you end up there please do let me know!
Until next time,