If you're in search of a calm, tucked-away water oasis on a warm afternoon, I recommend heading to Parsley Bay Reserve on Sydney's east coast.
It's not easy to stumble across this hidden little gem – in fact, few Sydneysiders even know of its existence.
Head to the reserve for a relaxing swim, laze across the sand or indulge in a scenic picnic with friends. But that's not all you can enjoy at the Reserve – this idyllic setting boasts a rich, long history tracing back to its traditional owners from the Birrabirragal band.
Parsley Bay Reserve is also as intriguing as it is serene.
A quick swim to the end of the enclosure and you will be rewarded with a boardwalk pier and a lounging zone by the rocks. From the southern end, you can access a short trail through some natural bush and head toward the picturesque suspension bridge. The pedestrian bridge will take you across the Parsley Glen, and is a perfect moment to soak up the atmosphere and take a glimpse of the iconic Sydney views.
As the daylight fades and you head back home there's just one thing left to do, and that is to say goodbye to the stone-carved hermit crab guarding the entrance to the water.