On a beautiful summer’s day in Sydney, I realised that I’d never really explored the beaches on the south side of the eastern suburbs in Sydney – the ones that practically sit on my doorstep! A little research indicated the Little Bay was one of the prettiest and most secluded beaches in the eastern suburbs, so my friend and I grabbed the camera and headed down to the beach.
Little Bay beach is a small and protected bay, enclosed by headlands on either side with a narrow entrance from the sea, providing a calm and beautifully clean bay for swimming and water activities. Its sheltered enclave means there’s no undertow or rip for surfing so, as such, the beach is not patrolled by lifesavers. To get down to Little Bay beach you can find street parking in the residential streets above and then follow the pathway as it slopes down and crosses the Coast Golf Course. A multi-storey timber stairwell takes you down into the bay below.
I love how quiet the beach is by comparison to the eastern suburb’s big beaches; Bondi, Bronte, Coogee and Maroubra, and the weathered rock-face framing the beach has various nooks and crannies carved out of it that sunbathers ‘set up camp in’ for the day. I have to pinch myself to think that I leave a mere 5 minute drive from this fresh salty air and crystal clear water. It’s easy to take something like this for granted when you live so close to it. Mental note to self: get down to the local beach more often!
If you do decide to spend a sunny day down at Little Bay beach, my one recommendation would be to pack everything you need. A beach umbrella, lots of suncreen and an ice-cold picnic as a minimum. It is quite a mission to get down to the bay, so be prepared!
Here are my favourite photo’s from Little Bay xo