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Bronte Beach

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by Emma Brown (subscribe)
I'm a freelance journalist and public relations consultant specialising in arts and entertainment.
Published September 3rd 2010
Bronte Beach is one of Sydney's gems. It's ideal for families, fitness fanatics and those seeking to swim, relax, refuel and unwind at the sublime spot where lush parkland meets the beach.

Bronte pool is a popular photographer's subject and features heavily in Sydney's eastern suburbs tourist stores and art galleries.

The pool or baths juts out from under a rock cliff formation with 5 lanes and a paddling area. The large wide steps and handrail makes it is easy for children and handicapped people to enter.

The adjacent rock pool known as the "bogey hole" also provides sheltered swimming from the strong surf in the natural beachside location.

The surfing is infamous with grommets, locals and surf gurus as a great surf break for forming barrels.

On Sunday mornings the beach is covered with Nippers from Bronte Surf Club which claims to be the oldest in the world, commencing in 1903.

Fit, gorgeous, beautiful people frequent the pool, beach and cafe strip with many sun bakers on weekends and often an artist can be seen painting the view.

Bronte road with a picture perfect view of the beach and park has a large range of cafes and restaurants from brunch, to finer dining options and Bronte Chipper for fish and chips.

The cafes offer lots of healthy options such, such as shots of Spirulina and freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices for the fitness fanatics refuelling after completing the Bronte to Bondi or Clovelly coastal walk return.

Multi-millionaire architectural feats and functional homes dot the sandstone headlands that enclose the beach with sublime views of Bronte and neighbouring Tamarama and Bondi.

The Bronte miniature train operates in summer providing a special treat for little ones as well as a large playground attraction in the park.

Bronte Park with sheltered picnic table huts offers families and groups of friends facilities to hold barbecues, picnics and parties in the lush surrounds.

If you feel like getting back to nature take a walk in Bronte Gully which funnels upwards from the park to a waterfall at the top that feeds the stream flowing through lush vegetation.

Bronte Gully once was the extensive garden of Bronte House, designed by Colonial Architect Mortimer William Lewis. It is one of the Eastern Suburbs oldest buildings.

A few open days are held each year at the historic home, giving the public an opportunity to wander through the 19th century gothic cottage and garden.

According to Bronte House's website the beachside villa has: "romantic circular and hexagonal corner turrets, deep bay windows and fanciful pierced wooden tracery on both the eastern and western fronts."
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Why? Enjoy one of Sydney's gems
When: any weekend
Where: Bronte road, Bronte Beach
Cost: The beach and pool is free
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