Saturday, 9 April 2016

#61 - Clovelly Beach

It's a tough gig, being a beach on the stretch of coast between Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach.  No matter how good you are in your own right, you will always be compared to your more famous and illustrious neighbours.  I guess the plus side of this is that you also get some passing traffic from people visiting one or other of the two aforementioned beaches.  In fact, we visited it as part of the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk.  I suspect many others have done the same.

Clovelly Beach is actually a relatively unique beach, with plenty of points to set it apart from other beaches.  First of all, it is very small.  In addition to this, it is a very unusual shape for a beach, in that it is longer than it is wide, assuming you are making the same distinction between length and width that I am using.

Look at me, having some beach fun
The reason for the strange shape is that it's in a long and thin inlet along the coast.  This makes it very sheltered.  This is both in terms of the beach itself, but also in terms of the sea.  For this reason, it is very popular with swimmers.  If you want to swim in the sea, but aren't confident in big waves or choppy waters, then Covelly is a great beach to visit.

It has the ubiquitous beach side pool, and unusually, it also has long concrete areas either side of the inlet, which encloses the water on two side, making it feel like a giant swimming pool.  There are plenty of people who sunbathe on the concrete (often necessary due to the lack of space on the sand), and also use it as a diving platform to dive into the sea.  It is also supposed to be good for snorkeling, although we didn't try it out, so can't confirm.

Overall, it's probably one of the best swimming beaches in Sydney, but bear in mind the relative lack of sand, and the fact that it can get extremely busy.  Definitely worth visiting as part of the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk.

What do you think about Clovelly Beach?  Is it a little gem, or overcrowded?  Let us know in the comments below

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