Bronte Beach and Clovelly
The small beach gems of Bronte and Clovelly are treasures. Nestled between famous Bondi and Coogee beaches in Sydney’s east, the sandy havens are beautiful, with seaside parks for picnics, ocean pools for protected swimming and a crystal-clear aquatic reserve for snorkelling and diving.
You’ll find a delicious selection of cafes and restaurants, such as the acclaimed Three Blue Ducks in Bronte and the Clovelly Hotel, a beautifully restored pub. One of the best ways to explore Bronte and Clovelly is on the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, a wonderful experience with postcard views.
A popular stop on the 6km walk is Bronte’s seaside cafes. On the section between Bronte and Clovelly is Waverley Cemetery. Many eminent Australians are buried on top of the cliffs, including literary figures Henry Lawson and Dorothea Mackellar and aviation pioneer Lawrence Hargrave.
At Bronte Beach is a lovely green park with barbecue facilities and picnic tables. On the southern headland is Bronte Baths, an ocean pool constructed in 1887. Before the baths were built the place was known as the ‘bogey hole at South Nelson Bay’ – a bogey hole is a natural swimming hole.
Clovelly Beach is in a sheltered bay, with an ocean pool cut into the rocks on the southern headland. A pretty park has barbecue facilities and picnic tables. You can buy takeaway fish ‘n’ chips from Seasalt Cafe near the pool. Back from the beach are Out of the Blue and Top Hat Coffee Merchants.
Clovelly Bay is a tranquil spot for snorkelling and part of the Bronte-Coogee Aquatic Reserve, home to a colourful collection of marine life such as blue groper, which locals nickname Bluey. Just south in in the aquatic reserve is Gordons Bay, a great diving spot with rocky reefs, sandflats and kelp forests.