|View from the beach towel|
|Balmoral....er, the other one.|
|Shirley on the Esplanade,shaded by lovely old fig trees|
|Annet & Shirley locator; Balmoral Beach|
The beach side park features a white classical rotunda, which forms a useful 'stage' for the summer 'Shakespeare By The Sea' performances (started in 1987). Sadly, it appears that 2011 will the last season for these shows - opening 14th January, so hurry to catch them if you are in Sydney
But doth suffer a sea-change
Near the Rotunda there is a statue of a Billy, a faithful dog who accompanied his master, a street sweeper, for 17 years....awww...
Balmoral also boasts a small island called Rocky Point which lies a few metres off shore and is reachable by a quaint stone foot bridge. Rocky Point is an ideal spot to eat your gourmet fish and chips and champagne picnic: the fish-and-chippery nearby, named Bottom Of The Harbour (you have to be a Sydney-sider of a certain generation to appreciate that name) is said to be excellent.
|Our lunch table, with cocktails du jour. Best seat in the house.|
|Front door of the Bathers' Pavilion - |
close enough to the beach for you?
Food in the cafe and the renowned fine dining restaurant is carefully managed by Montreal born chef Serge Dansereau, with a menu that is responsive to seasonal offerings, treasures of the deep and European culinary traditions.Plus, we had very cleverly taken the bus (No. 257 if you need it) from Cremorne right to the beach (just like the tram in the old days), so we didn't have to deal with the horrendous parking issue, and could indulge in another summer cocktail. I am still congratulating myself on our cleverness in this respect.
After lunch we joined the various bodies on the sand - fat and thin, young and old, brown and white (I will leave you to guess to which categories I belong) - and took to the sea, pleasantly if briefly. My new swimsuit is officially christened.
Fortunately, Balmoral is a quiet and sheltered little beach, and seems unattractive to sharks, unlike some other beaches around Sydney. Palm Beach was closed briefly the other day after a suspected shark-spotting; some Sydney beaches are 'netted' (a grey nurse shark became entangled in the net at Bondi recently); and there are shark-spotting helicopters on duty. 330 people were evacuated from the water at Trigg Island Beach in Perth the other day, after three sharks were spotted ('shark sighting in Perth').
|Kids at Balmoral Beach, Jan. 2|
And here, better late than never, is my New Year's Resolution:
Map from: http://www.sydney.com/town/MOSMAN.aspx?MainContentType=MudMap
Balmoral Castle from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balmoral_Castle