Friday, 11 March 2016

Darelle and Sally's Swimming Adventures Part 7: South Coogee and South Maroubra

On a fairly overcast, but hot and humid day, we set off to find the rock pool (Ivor Rowe) at South Coogee. It's a natural pool which was enlarged in the 1960s.

We arrived at high tide, and there was a high swell, so we didn't venture down - the steps looked really really slippery too - lots of algae on them.

So, we took off to search for the rock pools at South Maroubra, to discover that they are mainly revealed at low tide. We arrived at peak high tide (1.83m). Still, there were pools and headland to explore, and a nice cup of coffee back at the cafe at the Surf Club afterwards!

Fortunately we only saw the sign!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Darelle and Sally's Swimming Adventures Part 6: Nielsen Park

Today's swimming adventure destination was Nielsen Park - another fabulous harbour beach in the eastern suburb of Vaucluse (between Parsley Bay, our second destination, and Redleaf Pool, with a view across to Clifton Gardens.

There is a gorgeous netted, sandy swimming beach, plenty of grass and vast shady picnic areas.

The kiosk/cafe has good cafe, the wait staff were friendly and helpful. There's a casual takeaway kiosk as well as an attractive inside dining room, and where we chose, birdseye verandah seating.

We watched a pair of dolphins frolicking in the harbour from our spot.

Toilets and change rooms are adequate. Parking is at a premium in nearby streets. But you can have a peek at how some of Sydney's wealthiest residents are accommodated on the walk to and from the car!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Darelle and Sally's Swimming Adventures Part 5: Little Bay

After a bit of rain to start, Australia Day became sunny and humid, so time to head off for our next swimming adventure: Little Bay beach. 

I've blogged quite a number of times before from here. 
See here:
Today there was a yacht race from Sydney Harbour to Botany Bay and back, and we could clearly see them as they passed by. 
It was much more crowded than times in the past, BUT it was a public holiday, and there ae many many more apartments and houses there now as the old Prince Henry's coast hospital land has been developed. 
Facilities are pretty scant - no real shade except in the sandstone overhang. There is only one toilet / change room and the queue can be long if there are a lot of people. No beachside cafe, but there are some a short drive away. 
The water was deliciously warm, but there were a fair few bluebottles to be seen; they weren't deterring anyone (except us). We didn't notice them when we did have our swim, and we emerged un-stung. 
The beach is on the eastern coastal walk between the harbour and Botany Bay. A short walk to the southern headland is rewarded with magnificent views (see below) 
Happy to be back in the water: 

The ring of rocks pool : see link above for more information:

Up on the southern headland :

Why not pitch your tent and set up your picnic directly across the only access path to the beach from the headland! I had to pick my way across the the picnic!