Gorgeous Bronte Beach
Gorgeous Bronte Beach is small compared with Bondi or Coogee, but that’s part of its lovely appeal.
The beach is only 250m long, set in a picturesque valley. The beachside atmosphere is peaceful, even village-like, yet it’s alive with
wonderful cafes and activity.
If you're visiting for the first time - perhaps to get away from Bondi's crowds - take care in the surf!
Bronte is very popular with surfers, although
the surf is often rough. When it's dangerous swimmers can still use the
delightful Bronte sea baths at the south end of the beach.
Kiddies love the 'bogey hole'
And right near the seabaths is the
beloved "Bogey Hole" - a family-safe pool formed by a ring of rocks.
It's a great spot to start your little kids in a love of the ocean.
Bogey Hole rocks can clearly be seen in this low tide photo taken from
above the Bronte seabaths).
"Bogey" is an Aboriginal word for swimming hole. It's a special place for locals and generations of toddlers have learnt to swim there.
If you have a car you need to arrive at
Bronte Beach from early to mid-morning. Parking spots around the beach fill up very
Heed the parking signs
Or you’ll cop a nasty ticket to add to the cost
of your beach day. No fun in that!
If you’ve got the family with you, drop
them off with all the beach gear, then drive to the back streets near Waverley
Cemetery – where parking’s free!
It’s less than a 10-minute walk back to
That's either by way of the cliff-walk or to the hilltop Bronte shops and
down the laneways.
Look around you at Bronte. Is there -
anywhere - a better more charming beach than this? No wonder Bronte gets
voted Sydney's most desirable suburb.
Up! Two surfers use the wall of the Bronte sea baths to walk along on
their way back out to catching some more wave action).
The clean surf and sand are backed by a
huge grassy park – just perfect for family picnics and heaven for those who hate
sand! There are many shady trees to get under and plenty of bbq facilities in the 10ha of Bronte Park.
Somehow history is in the air
It's helped by the architecture of the surrounding buildings.
And could it have something to do with Bronte’s
claim to be the first Surf Lifesaving
Club established in Australia - way back in 1903?
Also, close by and overlooking the sea, is Waverley
Cemetery where many great Australians (like writer and poet Henry Lawson) were laid to rest.
At the seaside neat little rock pools have
young kids entranced. They love them. The pools are safe for non-swimmers but of course keep the kiddies under close supervision.
The open surf at Bronte is great for body-surfing but (as mentioned earlier) it can be dangerous so
swim between the flags.
Bronte usually has a rip at either end of the beach against the headland. And at times there's a third rip in the centre.
Don’t be surprised by the "Bronte Express"
When it's operating this well named tidal rip can quickly take you out to sea. (Surfers use it for fast transport back to the waves).
Lifeguards are kept busy at Bronte Beach, with an average 130 rescues a year.
Talk to the local lifesavers
about the conditions, swim between their flags, and don't swim unless they are patrolling.
If you get into trouble raise your arm and wave. Don't try and fight the rip and don't panic. Conserve your energy and wait for the lifesavers to rescue you. (More "must read" information on the Beach Safety page).
You can always stick to swimming laps
in the 30-metre sea baths which have been built into the cliff side.
That’s what many people do when the surf is pounding. The
pool is safe,
clean and constantly refreshed by the sea.
has beach huts where you can eat lunch out of the sun and even a train
for the kids before they cool off again in the rock pools.
Escape the heat of a hot summer's day
Do so with a walk up the back of
the park. It's refreshing there under the cool canopy of trees.
At Bronte Beach you have the choice to go north or south on the wonderful Bondi to Coogee coastal walkway.
The pathway is roughly 6km long and can be walked end to end in two hours, but if this is your first time it might take twice that! You’ll surely want the camera out to capture the views.
This is Sydney’s most popular walk
and safe, it clings to sandstone rocks and cliff-tops and gives panoramic views of
the coast to those who walk it – or take it at a run.
The path north from Bronte to picturesque Tamarama Beach (above) is
a breeze, but the walk gets more demanding with some steep steps close to Bondi Beach.
To go south to Clovelly from Bronte Beach
you must first negotiate a steep climb near Bronte pool. This takes you to the cliff-top
The walk features sheer cliffs
There are panoramic views of Bronte, Tamarama and Bondi to the north and views of Malabar
Headland to the south. And you'll pass the Waverley cemetery (surely Sydney’s
most expensive piece of real estate).
There’s also a steep staircase climb as
you approach the tranquillity of Clovelly Beach. You can enjoy the views of
Gordon’s Bay during another steep section or two and then it’s pretty much all a
downhill walk to Coogee.