Clifton Gardens is probably our family’s favourite Harbour beach… right up there with Balmoral Beach for us.
It’s been an annual visit for the kids school Picnic Day as well as a school holidays regular haunt.
Clifton Gardens has the lovely playground,plus a kiosk, so it’s a terrific destination at any time of the year.
Clifton Gardens Beach and Baths
Morella Road Clifton Gardens 2088
Council website info here.
One of the loveliest harbour beaches, a long slim stretch of sand with a lengthy jetty, a swimming enclosure, a playground and a large reserve behind.
From the beach there are wonderful views over to Neilsen Park and the Eastern Suburbs, as well as the constant buzz of the harbour with the Manly ferries ploughing by.
Rocky bush-covered headlands enclose each end of the beach with bush behind, so the birdlife is plentiful and one feels far away from the big smoke.
The swimming enclosure covers one-half of the beach, the other half is open. The jetty is used by fishermen and is a lovely area for children to explore with their parents. There is often a bit of litter and debris in the baths area, but on the other hand the jetty is great for jumping off!
The large and flat reserve has lots of lovely trees, picnic tables, an excellent playground and space for games, bikes and general zooming around. The carpark is at one side of the reserve and there is no other road so this is a very safe place for kids.
Cafes: Bacino Cafe Kiosk is at the end of the beach, so handy for a cuppa, but you need to cross sand, not easy with a stroller!!
Toilets: Yes, with change rooms and showers
Shade: Trees on reserve, plus some shade from the cliffs at the eastern end of the beach
Playground: Yes, a large climbing and slide structure at the eastern end of the reserve, plus swings and rockers, read all about it here.
Shark net: Yes
Mum’s report: This is a lovely safe spot for kids. But do watch the jetty—it’s nerve-wracking watching a toddler set off at high speed along the jetty alone!
Extra: Taronga Park Zoo is a short drive away
Parking: Pay carpark by beach
Bus stop nearby: Yes
Would you and he kids leap off the jetty here?
Or play in the shallows instead?