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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

First beach of the “summer” — sunny and pretty warm but with a bite in the wind that sometimes whipped up sand. I decided this season that our visits should be less fleeting and more day-trips. Bungan Beach is 39 kilometres (24 miles) from home in the suburb of Newport on the Northern Beaches.  We

I’ve always liked Bronte Beach.  It’s among the well-known and easily accessed beaches of Sydney’s eastern suburbs but always feels a little less trodden than Coogee and Bondi. Bronte Beach is 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) from home. Bronte Beach is home to a great ocean pool, a good sized park with a miniature train for the

From one of Sydney’s most iconic and well-known destinations at No 6: Bondi Beach to one of it’s more obscure and remote destinations at No 7: Bradleys Beach at Dangar Island off Brooklyn in the Hawkesbury River. Bradleys Beach is roughly 60 kilometres (37 miles from home).  It is, I think, the northern most beach

Bondi, baby, Bondi — THE Sydney beach.  The one everyone has heard of. When you look at it from the esplanade you think — jeez it’s crowded that doesn’t look like much fun but down on the sand the people-watching and people-listening makes the day.  Its a mini UN of sunbathers; we must have heard

Blackwoods Beach was our first southern beach on this tour.  We visited just after sunrise on the morning I flew back into Sydney from the United States; Mitch collected me at the airport and we went directly to the beach. Blackwoods is 28 kilometres (17.5 miles) from home.  It’s in Cronulla.  I think I’ll save

From Basin we pushed the extra five kilometres north to Bilgola Beach. Bilgola is yet another great beach.  It was at this point in the project that I really began to appreciate the hidden gems we would be finding.  Bilgola is not a beach I would have stumbled upon by accident; it’s well removed from

We actually hit two beaches this day beginning with Basin Beach in Mona Vale, some 40km north of home. I really liked this beach — it’s on a wineglass shaped bay which makes it not much for surf. As a native Chicagoan that works for me. Lots of families about and a nice little shallow

Balmoral Beach, 17km/11m from home, is a on the Middle Harbour and in the well-to-do suburb of Mosman. It was a warm day and the beach chockers with families and small children. Balmoral is named after Balmoral Castle in Scotland (yeah, I can see the resemblance) and was, from 1922 – 1958 the terminus of

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