Clontarf Beach on Middle Harbour – Sydney’s Best Beaches For Kids

Clontarf Beach Sydney Middle Harbour

Do you visit the beach in winter? Here in Sydney there are heaps of beaches that make great places for kids to play all year round.

Our favourite winter beaches are the ones that playgrounds alongside. We know we can have a great play, and if the weather is warm the kids will play on the sand too… and occasionally we might all have a mid-winter swim.

Here’s a beach with a lovely playground, there are some photos of a recent winter visit there, plus all the info you need for a fun family visit.

Clontarf is a firm family favourite amongst Sydney beach lovers. An especially good beach for parties and get togethers, ideal for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Mind you, my twins are now seven and they still love the place, especially leaping into the baths, and also whizzing around like monkeys in the playground.

 Clontarf Beach Sydney Middle Harbour

Clontarf Beach

Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf 2093

A safe and popular spot, most young kids will be found splashing in the sea or digging in the sand at the pool enclosure in front of the reserve.

Clontarf has nice views of the Spit with its busy boats and cars racing over the bridge. There are big shady trees on the reserve where parents and carers can spread blankets and towels and easily keep an eye on children in the pool enclosure.

The beach and reserve are a safe distance from the carpark behind.  There’s heaps of space for ball games on the reserve.

The playground is large and has great equipment on a ship theme, with plenty of shade. There are showers by the pool enclosure.

Most popular in summer this is also a lovely winter spot on a sunny day… and yes, lots of kids will be splashing in Middle Harbour so long as it’s sunny.

There are sandy beach areas to the right and left of the netted baths, good for swimming. The area between the baths and the boat club makes a great play space at low tide.

Cafes: Kiosk open daily 10am–4pm sells hot and cold snacks and drinks.  There’s also Clonnies, a real sit-down restaurant…. and guess what, we’ve never been!

Toilets: Block has changing rooms, showers and toilets

Shade: Not on the beach but lots of shady trees on the reserve

Playground: Yes

Shark net: Yes

Mum’s report: Great spot for a mothers’ group or playgroup to meet up for a morning at the beach

Extra: A short drive away are the fantastic views from Tania Park. Clontarf is at the end of the Manly Scenic Walk. You can walk a few km to get to lovely, secluded Castle Rock beach with older children.

Map reference: Gregory’s 287 E14, Sydway 258 J9, UBD 197 E13

Parking: Pay carpark by the beach

Bus stop nearby: Yes

Clontarf Beach Sydney Middle Harbour

A hot summer day at Clontarf beach

Clontarf beach sydney Playground

The playground at Clontarf

See more photos of my daughter’s great leaps into Clontarf harbour pool here.

Here are some photos taken on a recent visit over winter.

Clontarf Beach Middle Harbour Sydney Playground

Cheeky monkeys flying around in the playground

Clontarf Beach Middle Harbour Sydney Playground

There’s a sea of families even on a greyish winter weekend

Clontarf Beach Middle Harbour Sydney Playground

Lots of work to do on a beach house.

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See you there one sunny day.



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Posted on: June 20, 2013


  • Reply June 20, 2013


    This such a helpful series, I am so pleased I have found it… there are so many great places in Sydney that I would never have found. The kids would be very impressed with this place 🙂

    • Reply June 21, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Yes it is a good spot. The grassy reserve makes it popular for family and class picnics. The kiosk and its coffee make it very popular with me.

  • Reply June 22, 2013

    Hotly Spiced

    I love Clontarf Beach and yes, it’s perfect at any time of the year (but I do prefer it in summer!) xx

  • Reply June 24, 2013

    Desire Empire

    I had Christmas lunch there many years ago. But haven’t been back since. It is truly one of he nicest spots on the harbour.

  • Reply June 30, 2013


    Love the look of those beaches! I am off to Sydney soon so I will definitely check a couple of them out. Clontarf looks amazing!

    • Reply June 30, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Hello, I must do a post about fave beaches for winter.. and for walks… we’re totally spoiled with all our gorgeous beaches here in Sydney.

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