Balmoral Beach + Baths – Sydney Harbour Beaches

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Come on summer, come on!  We long to get down to Balmoral again!!

Balmoral is a beach of many parts, the photos here are of the baths area, which has a wooden walkway all around and is protected by shark nets.

The baths are especially family-friendly since it is close to the playground and there is shade on the beach – a huge bonus when you have babies and young toddlers.

The sheltered waters of the baths area, shade usually found in the afternoons on the left side, near the Boat Shed Cafe.

Balmoral Beachs and Baths

The Esplanade, Balmoral 208

A magical, enchanted place for kids with lots of different areas to play and swim, including an island, parkland, playground, rockpools, the promenade, an old rotunda and the beautiful Bathers’ Pavilion.

Balmoral has a long stretch of beach with sheltered waters and very pretty views to North Head. In fact, Balmoral has two beaches: Balmoral itself which is the sweep of golden sand south of Rocky Point (usually known as ‘the island’), and Edwards Beach to the north.

A wide promenade runs along a large portion of the two beaches and is lovely for a stroll and for bike riding.

The Baths

Many children start their Balmoral adventures at the enclosed and very safe baths area which is at the southern end and by two cafes/kiosks. They then graduate to the wider expanses of sand in the middle of the two big beaches and also south of the baths.

The baths area is especially good for babies and young toddlers as there is some shade on the sand itself in the afternoons. There is also lots of shade from trees over the beach south of the baths, especially in the afternoon. There is plenty of space to change and to sit on the stepped seating. Strollers can be easily pushed down to the beach.

The baths area is enclosed and has a wooden boardwalk running round it. Kids love to run around under the boardwalk. The playground here has been upgraded and has some excellent equipment on rubber softfall. The playground is not enclosed but there is fencing alongside the road.

The park area at Edwards Beach, between the Bathers’ Pavilion and the Beach Club, has picnic tables as does the grassy area south of the baths. The beautiful spreading branches of the ancient native fig trees cast plenty of shade over these areas and over the grassy strip between the road and the promenade.

Next the rockpools at the northernmost end are explored with their fish, shells and anemones.  See my post about snorkelling with the twins here.

Cafes: Numerous and assorted cafes on the Esplanade, Boatshed Cafe at the baths, kiosk at Bathers Pavilion, excellent fish and chip shop on the corner of Raglan Street

Toilets: Three public toilets along the seafront: changing rooms, showers and toilets at the baths; changing rooms, showers and toilets in the north-western corner of the Bathers’ Pavilion; toilet block on the Esplanade a little south of the bridge to Rocky Point.

Shade: Shade on the beach at the baths area and south of the baths and lots of shade from trees on the grassy area

Playground: Good playground in the reserve area just south of the baths

Shark net: The baths is a netted swimming enclosure.

Mum’s report: We go down there a lot and it’s always worth the drive. It can be difficult to park at the weekend and on public holidays but the beach itself never feels really crowded.

Extra: The oval has a bike track and big skateboarding area

Map reference: Gregory’s 317 E7, Sydway 258 J18, UBD 217 E7  Click here for Google map.

Parking: Pay 2-hour spaces along the Esplanade and a pay carpark at the southern end of the beach, beside the oval

Nearest ferry: Ferries stop at Balmoral Wharf in the summer months

Bus stop nearby: Yes

Giant Teenager takes a high dive, don’t try this at home! Behind is Edwards Beach.


Is there a better Sydney beach for young children than Balmoral?


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Posted on: October 10, 2011

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