In summer it’s hard to keep a good find a secret. I’m sure the locals of Vaucluse have been enjoying the stunning beach that is Shark Bay, but in the recent summers you have to fight for a carpark and a spot on the sand or grass, even on a weekday.
Nevertheless, we were determined to enjoy one of Sydney’s glorious summer days with a walk and swim around Shark Bay, through Nielson Park, along the paths in front of the sand and around to the rock formations and headlands.
With views of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline, clear blue water, minimal waves (which always pleases me!) and a small Kiosk for snacks, its great for anyone, especially families. We sat for a while under the shade on a park bench people watching, old men snoozing on picnic rugs, kids kicking balls around, portable BBQs, adventurous teens clambering over the rocks, couples sneaking a kiss, snorkelers swimming about, even fancy smancy types diving off their luxury yacht that was anchored just off shore.
Getting There: Head out of the Sydney CBD towards the coast, approximately 10 minutes
Look Out For: Historic house in the park, amazing rocks shaped by the wind, avenue of trees.