May 14, 2013

Balmoral beach

Balmoral beach in Mosman is one of Sydney families' favourite beaches. When we went there some weeks ago, I understood why.

You can cycle there...


balmoral beach bike path

There are nice shady spots and a decent stretch of beach. Number 3 likes the outdoors and she stayed happily in the shade. We let her have her first feel of the sand.
 
balmoral beach sand

You can swim safely there. There is a boardwalk (with, erm, shark netting) which surrounds an area of water. The kids love jumping off this platform.

balmoral beach boardwalk

This is the view from the other end.

balmoral beach
 
There is a place to fish just off to the side of this platform. On the Sunday, there were many trying their luck...
 
balmoral beach fishing

I was lucky enough to catch the action as one of the lines had some activity and this salmon came up at the end of it.

balmoral beach
 
 
There is a nice playground nearby, but the kids are happy to use the original play equipment - trees! At first I take pity on the trees but then I think : If I were a tree, I'd love the attention. I'd say to families, 'Come sit under my shade', "Come embrace my branches', 'Come see the view I see'... (yes, I  have fanciful thoughts)

balmoral beach trees

The unique grassy area to the center of the beach is a lovely picnic area...

 
balmoral beach harbour view
 
...and it has a great view of the harbour. I've seen these blue waters and blue sky many, many times, but I still somehow have my breath taken away yet again.
 

balmoral beach

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