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You can find Rock Pools for Swimming and Beaches at many places on Sydney Harbour
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Harbour Beaches

Harbour Map

The Sydney Harbour National Park is located along certain parts of the harbour, protecting the natural environs. There are plenty of scenic walks to be had here, green park with fantastic views. There are also beaches to be found.



A number of harbour beaches can be found in Mosman, located on the north shore. Three of them have enclosed places to swim, including Balmoral Foreshore Park and Beach, Chinaman’s Beach and Clifton Gardens Reserve.

Small gas powered BBQs can be used, but only when there is no total fire bans. They also have other public facilities:

Balmoral Foreshore Reserve and Beach

Located at Edwards Bay Road, there is a park and beach, complete with a bathers pavillion. There, there are public toilets including disabled access and tables, great for picnics. There is also a kiosk, and along the main street, restaurants and eateries. Paid Parking is available. If you have a nsw fishing license, there are places to fish as well.

Balmoral Park

A beautiful beach, divided by Rocky Point wraps around the bay here. Backed by a park, there is a playground by the wharf complete with tables for picnics. Places to play cricket and volleyball are on the beach and park. There are toilets, but located at the wharf or the pavillion only, with disabled access.

Location: South end of the Esplanade, Balmoral

Chowder Bay

Located on the southern side of Middle Head, there are a number of historical buildings here. You can also go snorkelling and swimming here.

Chinaman’s Beach

Backed by Rosherville Reserve, there is Chinaman’s Beach. About a kilometre’s walk north from Balmoral Beach. A nice, quiet and scenic beach.

Great for the kids, there is a children’s playground, large green park, change rooms and toilets. Pay parking is available.

Location: McLean Crescent, Mosman

Clifton Gardens Reserve

Complete with a shark proof enclosed swimming area, the beach here has ample public amenities for a great day out, including a kid’s playground and water fountains.

Complete with picnic tables and seating and change rooms, public toilets. Pay parking available.

Clifton Gardens Reserve, Morella Road, Mosman


Some of the beaches include shark proof nets, change facilities, eateries and bbq or picnic areas such as Clifton Gardens, Balmoral, Manly Cove and Nielsen Park.

In the winter months and days of very large surf some of the inner harbour beaches do get surf, including Manly Cove and Balmoral, due to their proximity to the mouth of the harbour - shown in the picture. North and South Heads are shown in the distance.

Manly Ferry and Sydney Harbour

Further Reading

Beaches of Sydney Harbour

Sydney Northern Beaches

Shark Dive at Manly

Extending north past Manly Beach are the Sydney Northern Beaches:

Sydney Northern Beaches


Cronulla, known for its fabulous beaches for swimming, sun-baking and surfing has also garnished a select number of places to eat:

Cronulla Places to Eat

Main Photo: You can find Rock Pools for Swimming and Beaches at many places on Sydney Harbour

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