A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published January 31st 2017
A heart-shaped pool and sea ice-cream were the beginning
Between Bayview Hill and Nielsen Park in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney you will find a gem of a coastal walk. The Hermitage Foreshore Track is an 1.8 kilometre walkway right on the postcard-perfect periphery of our beautiful harbour, and offers some of the most scenic yet secluded swim spots around the city.
The quaint Queens Beach
We began the leisurely walk from Bayview Hill Road, not far from Queens Beach - on a high-thirties summer day mind you, but this was made much more bearable by numerous spots, in which to take a dip in harbour waters, that we were met with. Begin at the Northern end in Nielsen Park if you prefer.
Not far along the board through a tunnel of coastal trees we found an enchanting spot for our first swim. Keep an eye out for a discrete sandy trail to your left - if you're heading toward Hermit Bay. The secluded rock-pool at the base is an almost perfect heart-shape. This cove was ideal to go for a splash in, with a stunning view of the harbour before us.
Next stop was the quaint Queens Beach. Framed by greenery and purple flowers, this part of the foreshore sure was a sight to see. Given the heat and being unable to resist a swim in another beautiful corner of the harbour, we stopped to refresh. One novelty I was excited to cross paths with for the first time ever was not an ice-cream truck, but an ice-cream boat. Ordering a delicious Drumstick with feet submerged in cool refreshing seawater was a delight.
Onwards and upwards - literally, as we were northbound. As you meander along the harbour's edge you'll see what I mean when I say you're spoilt with picturesque views across the waters of our emerald city, complete with sights of Shark Island and a backdrop of the Harbour Bridge and city skyline. Shimmering shades of blue, green and even turquoise were awe inspiring.
Our next port of call for a rejuvenating swim was Hermit Bay. This point lined by stunning homes and a sea of boats offers yet another stunning aspect on the harbour. Picnic tables, a boat ramp, shallow waters stretching out from the beach, and a grassy patch along the sea wall all make this a lovely location for all sorts of waterside leisure.
After a beautiful swim in the gentle waves of Hermit Bay Beach and some throw ball we commenced the climb that is the next part of the track. Before reaching Nielsen Park, the end point of the walk, you'll have the opportunity to explore the grounds of the heritage-listed Strickland House.
Nielsen Park was our final destination - on the official walk anyhow, as we ventured on to the nearby Watsons Bay by bus. The sprawling parkland has many a spot to sit and picnic, while the large enclosed swim area down at its sandy shores has plenty of room in which to cool off. Finally, indulge with a treat from the park's kiosk or restaurant.
I really want to do this walk it brought back many childhood memories that wonderfully clear shallow water lapping the shore, and no people, what a treat. All I have to do is make it through city from the west ugh ! And back again not a desired thought. Great article thank
You commented on the greenerry and purple flowers; however, you probably not aware that the purple flowers are a introduced noxious weed called 'Morning Glory' that overwhelms many beautiful native plants.