Balmoral Beach - Destination Review
WATERWAY: Sydney Harbour
Sailing in Sydney is without doubt one of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful harbour.
By sea, Balmoral is found by heading west past Middle Head towards Middle Harbour. Protected form the occasional swell that powers in through Sydney heads, it features a pair of long, sandy beaches that are ideal for swimming and watersports.
Although generally know collectively as Balmoral Beach, there are actually two beaches at Balmoral: Balmoral Beach to the west and Edward’s Beach to the east; the outcrop of Rocky Point separates the two. From here one has views out to North Head, Manly and Clontarf.
Balmoral beach is listed on the Register of the National Estate as the Balmoral Beach Conservation Area. Along the beach are several interesting things to see including the Promenade, the Esplanade, the Rotunda and the Bathers Pavilion, some of which date back to the 1930s. Balmoral is also home some beautiful architecture and houses.
The eastern end of the beach also houses a naval hospital HMAS Penguin.
Things to do at Balmoral, Sydney
There is a protected swimming area at Balmoral and the sheltered beach is great for sunbathing. There is also a watersports centre on the western end of Balmoral Beach for sailboat hire and watersports hire and lessons.
And it wouldn’t be a top Sydney Harbour destination without a choice of restaurants and cafes. From fish and chips to fine dining, ice cream and coffee, Balmoral has some beautiful restaurants and boutique cafes.
Balmoral also holds many events through the year including Shakespeare by the Sea performances at the Rotunda and the Mudgee wine festival.