I am a freelance writer living in Manly. I enjoy writing reviews for Weekend Notes.
I enjoy the outdoors and anything to do with the water. My interests are travel, Live Theatre,The Ballet and Restaurants that serve delicious innovative food.
Published January 19th 2015
A wonderful reserve surrounded by natural beauty
Clontarf Beach and Reserve has always been a favourite of mine. It has such natural beauty a wonderful large green park which runs down to the sand of Clontarf Beach. The views of Middle Harbour are stunning with sail boats afloat on the water and the picturesque Middle Harbour Yacht Club facing you across from the beach.
As if this is not enough, there is every amenity imaginable for picnics, barbecues, swimming, walks and boating. There is free parking for local residents and reasonable rates for visitors.Toilet and change rooms are also on site.
The beach is perfect for swimming and it is lovely to walk along the water's edge. There is a wonderful nature walk around to Castle Rock and beyond which starts at the end of the beach.
Sign that shows distance to Castle Rock Beach and beyond
As the bush walk winds around and you will see stunning views of Middle Harbour. When you start your walk you will cross little bridges and occasionally climb up large steps. There are seats to rest on when you feel weary.
Photo of path that leads to the nature walk at Clontarf Beach
In the middle of Clontarf Reserve sits Clonnys restaurant which at the moment is closed for some serious renovations. At present The Kiosk Clonnys is doing a wonderful job of serving some great food and providing a dining area within Clonnys.
I had lunch there on Saturday with two friends. We were delighted with the cuisine and the innovative way the owners have opened up an inside dining area with all amenities. Owners Chri, Steve and Jo were very helpful and brought our food to us at a table inside.
One of the great burgers on the menu of the Kiosk Clonnys at Clontarf. The fries are the best you will find anywhere. I have been going to the Kiosk at Clontarf for many years. Just to go there for the fries is a good enough reason to return.
One of the Kiosk CLonnys at Clontarf special burgers with teriffic fries
A few examples are the safe swimming area, the children's playground, also the wonderful trees that give so much shade for people to have picnics under. You may prefer to just sit and look at the tranquil water view.
So grab the family and go to Clontarf Reserve for a fun day out. Let your children swim in the safe swimming area or frolic in the children's playground. You can spend some time relaxing with a book or enjoy a coffee. It's fun for everyone and best of all most of the entertainment is free.