No 2: Balmoral Beach – 21 February 2010

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 a tram line. It’s in the Mosman LGA, the state seat of North Shore (Jullian Skinner, Liberal) and federal seat of Warringah (Tony Abbott, Liberal).

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No 1: Avalon – 31 January 2010

Avalon is one of Sydney’s glamour beaches — it just has that sort of a vibe.  It’s named after a legendary island in Celtic mythology, an earthly paradise and final resting place of King Arthur (Wikipedia). The TV show Baywatch tried to move here back in the day but the locals said: NO piss off! It is one of the most northerly beaches — 47kms (or 30 miles) from our home in Sydney’s inner western suburb of Lewisham. Avalon is in the Pittwater LGA, the state seat of Pittwater (Rob Stokes, Liberal) and the federal seat of Mackeller (Bronwyn Bishop, Liberal).

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