One secluded swath of soft golden sand on the harbor’s eastern edge is Camp Cove Beach. It’s a secret spot where Sydneysiders come for a picnic, a swim and a reminder of the fantastic nature that lies so close to their concrete metropolis.
At this ‘50s-themed bar, claim a seat on the banquettes and order one of the irresistibly cutesy cocktails, like the Hinky Fizz: strawberry-and-prosecco sorbet, gin, St-Germain, peach bitters and grapefruit juice served in a sorbet cup.
A lively Argentine restaurant owned by the chefs Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz. Dine on whole suckling pig and milk-fed lamb, roasted over an open flame for eight hours, or try a steak cooked on the smoking parrilla.
Three Blue Ducks, a casual restaurant opened by three surfer friends. The vibe is laid-back — colorful murals painted across the walls, fresh air wafting through open doors and windows — but the organic-focused menu reflects a fine-dining sensibility.
South of the more famous Bondi Beach, is Bronte Beach, a boomerang of golden sand nestled between wind-worn cliffs and the Tasman Sea. Here, in full view of the aquamarine water, Yoga by the Sea holds restorative hatha classes in a beachfront studio.
The front half of the bar is a kitschy homage to a pizzeria, with plastic checked tablecloths and Chianti-bottle candleholders, while the rear half houses an American dive bar circa 1987, with pinball machines and Guns N’ Roses blasting.