Popular with families, Balmoral Beach is a beautiful harbour beach with calm waters, a swimming enclosure and lovely picnic spots. The heritage-listed Balmoral Bathers Pavilion is adjacent to the beach. Built in the late 1920s, the white pavilion houses the acclaimed Bathers’ Pavilion restaurant.
You’ll find many more delicious beachside places to eat along The Esplanade and at the Balmoral Boatshed. Or you can buy takeaway fish ‘n’ chips and enjoy them on the soft white sand while marvelling at splendid vistas of Sydney Harbour, one of the great natural harbours in the world.
Or bring a picnic hamper and relax in the pretty parklands next to the beach. Getting to Balmoral Beach is easy by public transport. Hop on a ferry at Circular Quay and glide across the sparkling harbour to Taronga Zoo in Mosman for a connecting bus. The total trip takes about 30 minutes.
You’ll find a great variety of things to do, from swimming and snorkelling to kayaking, windsurfing and sailing. At the Balmoral Sailing School, you can learn to sail or hire kayaks, sailboards and stand-up paddleboards to explore the sheltered bay. On a scuba diving tour you might spot seahorses.
There are foreshore walking trails in the Sydney Harbour National Park offering magnificent harbour views. An easy walk is from Balmoral Beach to Middle Head for colonial fortifications and stunning views of The Heads, the harbour's entrance. You can walk along the foreshore to Taronga Zoo.
Nearby is Sirius Cove, named after the First Fleet flagship and one of Sydney’s well-kept secrets with a charming beach and reserve. The cove is culturally significant – artists Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts camped on the eastern side at various times in late 1800s and painted some great works.