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Published October 4th 2010
Take a dip at Clovelly Beach famous for the Big Blue Gropper that lives there.
The spot is often frequented by snorklists and scuba divers for the active marine life, see footage here.
The beach end is family friendly as the water is protected and calm with a playground adjacent, it offers a good spot for toddlers to paddle in the ocean with their parents.
The uniquely shaped long and narrow Clovelly bay is flanked by cement platforms and rocky ridges with steps allowing swimmers to enter. It's more like a large ocean pool than a beach. Often the water can be rough and getting in can be tricky closer to the end of the bay.
The cement blocks in peak Summer times are covered with young bodies basking in the sun.
Next to the bay is a lap pool, perfect if the waters rough and you are in need of a dip.
The beach is on the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk, the next stop north is Bundock Park, with open spaces providing a popular dog walking spot.
If you follow the footpaths, that have been widened and regenerated, to Gordons Bay there are majestical water views and lots of large boulders to bake on. Be careful jumping in to the natural swimming spot if the water is rough.
The path extends to Coogee and offers challenging stairs for fitness fanatics.
The Clovelly pub, a short stroll up from the beach, is the place for an afternoon beverage, an evening meal of good pub fare and is a fun watering hole.
However a great find is Burnie Street with good quality cafes such as Finks offering gourmet food in clean, arty surrounds and surprisingly reasonable prices.
Seasalt cafe has good coffee in a great location overlooking the bay and the adjacent kiosk sells basic takeaway options.
If you're prepared, the east side of the bay (has coin operated barbecues) and the west side offers sheltered picnic tables with picture perfect views of the beach.