No 11: Clareville Beach – 30 January 2011

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 area. This was the first beach visit this year where the water was warm enough that I didn’t need to get used to it. Probably about 25C (77F). Clareville Beach is a flat, sheltered harbour beach found after a drive through winding, hilly suburban streets. …

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No 10: Chinaman’s Beach – 1 January 2011

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 Wynard and a bus nearly to the Spit. We walked down stairs and roads though a leafy well-to-do neighbourhood to reach the beach. We found a narrow stretch of slightly pebbly sand hedged in by scrub and facing the narrow neck of the Middle Harbour. …

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No 9: Bungan Beach – 21 November 2010

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 took a bus, a train and another bus to get there.  It took a while but was actually relaxing and enjoyable. We spent about three hours at Bungan — laying in the shade of our umbrella, reading the paper and testing the water. Bungan is …

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No 6: Bondi Beach – 18 April 2010

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 half a dozen languages. Bondi is 16 kilometres (10 miles) from home. Not surprisingly Wikipedia has a lot to say about Bondi but here’s a few key things — ‘bondi’ is an aboriginal word meaning either “water breaking over rocks” or “the noise of water breaking over …

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