A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published December 14th 2013
A beach which is a pearl in a shell of green parkland
Like an oyster shell, the Brisbane Waters National Park along the NSW Central Coast hugs a small, pristine gem of a beach area, entitled Pearl Beach. This location is a stunning, quiet, relaxing retreat from the commercialised world.
A lake formed on the southern end of the beach that was pleasant to swim and float in
Geographically, Pearl Beach is south of Umina Beach (separated from it by Mount Ettalong), to the east of Broken Bay, and is on the same Peninsula as Patonga Beach. It is surrounded by the Brisbane Waters National Park, with a diversity of green vegetation spread throughout the quaint beach side suburb. It was a pleasant and calming experience to swim in the sea that meets this shoreline while looking back across the panorama of greenery. It was certainly a nice change from the built up landscape that is the back drop to many other NSW beaches - particularly those not far away, in Sydney.
Beautiful green Australian bushland surrounds Pearl Beach, which is a pleasure to explore.
Here is a teeny bit of context about how this area came to be established. The area was supposedly first found by Governor Arthur Phillips in 1792 who followed Captain Cook's accounts. It was granted its name in 1921 and was finally developed and offered for sale by Mr Clive Staples in 1928. An additional thing that made this area even more intriguing when we were exploring it, was the fact that many of the streets were named after a gemstone. I remember seeing, for instance, an Emerald Avenue, an Amethyst Avenue, and a Diamond Road. These were probably named together with Staples' 'Pearl Beach Estate'. While we only toured the suburb by car, I'd say that walking these streets on sunny, balmy days, would indeed be a leisurely thing to do.
As previously mentioned, this is a very natural, fairly low density area. It was nice to observe that the locals really seem to take care of this precious beach that they neighbour. The village has in fact been recognised for this - in 2009 it was the winner of the Central Coast's 'Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beach Challenge', and in 2010 it was nominated to represent NSW in this campaign. The efforts to maintain the natural, pristine beauty of the area has really paid off. Both the environment and those who come to experience the beach benefit. We even had an opportunity to swim in a clean river that ran from a tiny bit in-land out toward the sea. There were some pretty reeds, more green vegetation, and a couple of properties lining the edges of the shallow river. It was nice to have a variety of swimming places - the river, the sea, the rock-pool, and the small lake that formed over the rocks and sand on the southern end of the beach (apparently this lake is not always present).
Other cool features of Pearl Beach include the scenic drive over a cliff with views of Umina Beach and the sea, and through a beautiful, luscious forest. Another great thing is the delicious and cheap take away food - namely, the fish and chips, which is quintessential beach food.
Fish and chips bought from a local take-away food (and convenience) store close to the beach.
All in all, I have to recommend making this calm, clean, and quiet beachside spot a place to spend one, a few, or many of your summer days. It is a picture-perfect place to spend time in the great outdoors with family; your beloved pet doggies are also welcome to enjoy this place.