Linda is the mom of George (2013) and has been living in Australia for the past decade. They enjoy city life, places of natural beauty, hanging out with our friends, discovering new eateries and designers. Together with her sister she runs a webshop in the Netherlands: Kiwi & Koala.
Whilst it is unlikely that you will catch me sun bathing, I am a beach person. I love spending time on the beach. Unfortunately, long beach walks are a thing of the past for now. George does not want to be carried anymore. He meanders and stops to admire every seashell and studies every lump of sand. So for now we just like being on the beach and near the water. We dig holes and build sandcastles. And of course, when the weather permits we go for swims.
Sydney is a city of water. Beaches are very much a part of this. There are numerous beautiful beaches in the city area: Coogee, Clovelly, Shelley, Balmoral, Bronte. All of these beaches have lifeguards on duty, particularly in summer, and shark nets are in place. However, as far as I am concerned, there are two beaches you should not miss when you visit Sydney.
You should not miss Bondi Beach and Manly Beach
Bondi Beach is the ‘must see’ beach in Sydney. Bondi Beach really is an amazing beach and nowadays the boutiques and cafees are lovely too. Early in the monring, as the sun rises, the local surfers are active in large numbers (Hugh Jackman is a local too!). Towards midday, especially on warm summer days, the beach will get crowded with sunbathers. If you are visiting Sydney outside of peak time (December to February), call into Bondi Icebergs for lunch or a drink. Icebergs has the best views and is a real Sydney landmark. Unfortunately though you won’t be able to take a dip in the famous Bondi Iceberg pool, it is reserved for local members only.
The other beach not to miss is Manly Beach. Actually, there are two beaches here. One directly besides the ferry dock. This is a small protected beach area that is very suitable for kids. However, if you walk through the main street you will end up at the proper beach and the Pacific Ocean. This spot offers you bright blue water and a white sandy beach, almost unbeatable especially in a city area! Manly does get busy, in summer especially however the majority of beachgoers will be locals. Once you have absorbed enough fresh air and everything is covered in sand, make your way down to enjoy one of Manly’s cafes and restaurants. Our preference is for the Market Lane Cafe for delicious coffee and chocolate milkshakes. They do offer yummy sandwiches, salads and muffins too.
Enjoy Sydney beach life, but remember: slip slop slap! Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat!