Author: Elizabeth

We began our visit to Cronulla at Ham Harry & Mario where we had their breakfast plate: kind of a European deli take on the Australian big breakfast: prosciutto, avocado, sliced tomato, ricotta, boiled egg and good sourdough toast with a drizzle of olive oil over the lot. Tasty, filling and just a little bit different.  Coffees were good;

We have visited the 17th beach, Coogee, to officially get the 2011/12 beach going season under way. We’re in the midst of the chaos of moving houses but I thought it important and worthwhile to breathe salty air, feel the sand in our toes, watch waves rolling in from the South Pacific and, as it turned out,

A southern beach! A SOUTHERN BEACH! Huzzah. Last one was No 8 Bronte on 2 May 2010. Congwong Bay Beach is 18 kilometres (11 miles) from home. Congwong Bay Beach is in Botany Bay National Park in La Perouse. LaPa has a pretty interesting history — named for the French dude who turned up days after

Collins Beach is in the Sydney Harbour National Park in Manly.  It’s a beach that seems like it should be quieter and more obscure than it is. You have to walk a ways to get to it, it’s not obvious from any roadway but it’s busy. Heaps of people! There were several big groups and many (seeming)

Cobblers Beach is the, ahem, first nude beach on the list. It’s a harbour beach located within the Sydney Harbour National Park. It’s right next to the naval base, HMAS Penguin. I was pleased to find bus no 244 from the city delivered us to within a few hundred metres.  Though we found ourselves wondering

Per Wikipedia the suburb of Clontarf is named after a district in Dublin, Ireland. But far more interestingly this beach, in 1868, was site of Australia’s first attempted political assassination. Henry James O’Farrell, an alcoholic recently released from a lunatic asylum, shot Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh – second son of Queen Victoria – in the

And with No 11: Clareville Beach, enter Mitch with ten more digits. Per Wikipedia the area’s non-indigenous history began with a land grant to Father John Joseph Therry in the 1830. In the first half of the 20th century it became a holiday destination and with the arrival of mass-automobile ownership a well-to-do leafy residential

Yes, that’s right: Chinaman’s Beach.  It’s on the Middle Harbour in Mosman. The name comes from the Chinese market gardens which operated in the area beginning 120 years ago — first operated by Cho Hi Tick from around 1890. Chinaman’s Beach is 16.4 kilometres from home (10 miles).  We took the train from Petersham to

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