This summer, I’ve explored outdoor Sydney a lot more as a result of Joe’s new found love for fishing, and also to get out of our heat-trap apartment without having to spend money.
It has been a great opportunity to discover new places, which are perfect for a quiet read and cooling dip in the water.
* Middle Harbour has a reputation for sharks, however my general rule is if it’s not dawn/dusk, and the water is beautifully clear, then I’m game for a swim if I stick close to the shore. I’ve noted below which areas have shark safety nets.
1. Berry Island Reserve
Berry Island Reserve has a beautiful green lawn overlooking the Sydney Harbour, but if you climb over a few rocks, you can find quiet gems like this!
There are amazing city views, shady picnic spots under the trees, and if you’re stuck for transport, it’s only 650m from Wollstonecraft Station.
Where: Berry Island Reserve, 10 Shirley Rd, Wollstonecraft NSW 2065
2. Echo Point Park
Tucked away under the Roseville Bridge is this great swimming spot on the lower level of Echo Point Park. It’s a bit rocky to get down there, but there are less people to share the water with.
Where: Echo Point Park, Babbage Road, Roseville Chase, NSW 2069
3. Greenwich Baths
Greenwich Baths is a beautifully located harbour beach at the tip of Greenwich Point. It’s very busy with families on weekends, but I imagine it’s the perfect little swimming spot on a quiet week day.
There’s a small entry fee, but the water is surrounded by a shark-proof net, and there’s a cafe, changing rooms, and showers on site.
Where: Greenwich Baths, Albert St, Greenwich, NSW 2065
4. Davidson Park Picnic Area
Davidson Park has large grassy areas, fishing and BBQ areas, and a Middle Harbour Creek backdrop. The northern section of the picnic area has a small beach with a netted swimming area.
Where: Davidson Park, Healey Way, Forestville NSW 2087
Can you recommend any others? Let me know!