Tamarama & The Legendary Mackenzies Bay Seaside


Need to know what my favourite place in Sydney is?

I do know this can be stunning, nevertheless it’s really not Bondi Seaside. It’s a bit spot close by that I retreat to on sizzling sunny days to flee the Bondi crowds. It’s by no means too crowded, even on a summer season weekend – and the views are simply to die for.

Tamarama Level – aka the headland north of Tamarama Seaside, which I normally consult with as “the rocks at Tama” – is my pleased place.

tamarama point

tamarama point

Tamarama Level is basically a cliff with little rock caves and rock swimming pools round it. The Bondi to Coogee coastal stroll runs proper by means of it and gives among the most spectacular views of all the monitor from above right here, however I a lot choose to drop right down to the rock platforms reduce out within the headland beneath. There, I can lay out all day with out being disturbed by individuals strolling round or on my rock.

Although I at all times pack my kindle and journal after I hit the seashore, I by no means appear to get a lot studying or writing executed after I’m on the Tama rocks. Are you able to blame me although? The views of the seashore and the close by shoreline from listed here are simply so beautiful!

tamarama beach

Just under the rock platforms are extra rocks that wrap across the headland on floor degree. Tamarama is a well-liked surf seashore, so surfers prefer to stroll by means of this space and use it as a shortcut to the waves with the intention to keep away from having to paddle out after each wave.

The rocks at Tamarama are additionally fashionable for sunbathing (hi there!), picnicking, and canine strolling. It’s a prime spot for individuals (and canine) watching – as if I actually need extra to distract me from my e book!

tamarama beach

tamarama point

Although canines aren’t allowed on Sydney seashores, and even technically on these rocks (there are indicators round saying so), that is undoubtedly the place to carry your canine for a swim as a result of nobody ever enforces the rule. Each time I’m hanging out at Tamarama Level I see canines working round and dunking themselves within the rock swimming pools, and even going for a swim within the ocean. I’m unabashedly a cat particular person, however man – each time I spot somebody sunbathing on the rocks with a canine laying subsequent to them, my coronary heart melts a bit bit.

tamarama rock pools

tamarama rock pools

Simply across the different facet of the headland is Mackenzies Bay, a picturesque rocky inlet that you just see simply earlier than Tamarama Seaside on the coastal path from Bondi. There tends to be a powerful present right here, so it’s not-oft frequented by anybody aside from surfers. I usually stroll on by and arrange camp on the Tamarama facet of the headland.

So think about my shock after I walked across the headland on Anzac Day and noticed SAND at Mackenzies Bay, and folks swimming and hanging out on rocks which are usually submerged over right here. The water degree had dropped low sufficient to show Mackenzies Bay into Mackenzies Seaside!

mackenzies beach
Mackenzies Bay with SAND!


mackenzies bay
Mackenzies Bay usually, with out sand.


I’d heard concerning the legendary Mackenzies Bay Seaside earlier than, and god is aware of I’ve walked by it tons of of instances by this level. However I’d by no means witnessed it myself till at the present time.

In accordance with this supply, this little pop-up seashore solely seems as soon as each 7 years when extra sand is dumped within the bay (clearly false, because it additionally mentions that the final incidence was 2.5 years in the past). This nifty little PDF claims that sand seems in Mackenzies Bay each few years in the beginning of winter, and has to do with swell patterns and seasonal modifications.

Both manner, it’s so attention-grabbing that some years there’s no change, different years there can be a small strip of sand at Mackenzies Bay (like this 12 months), and as soon as in a blue moon the entire inlet is changed into a correct sandy seashore (as apparently occurred in 1997 and 2007).


mackenzies bay

I returned to Mackenzies Seaside the next morning to take advantage of this thriller seashore whereas it lasted. I loved an early swim with the entire bay to myself, and water so clear I used to be kicking myself for not having introduced my GoPro.

The sand right here felt totally different to me. It didn’t really feel as comfortable or worn because the sand at most different Sydney seashores; really, it jogged my memory extra of the feel of the sand at Whitehaven Seaside (simply with out the silica). Only one other thing to make this seashore particular.

mackenzies bay beach

bondi beach sunset

After which individuals began arriving for the day, which meant I needed to share this pop-up seashore with them. I lay out all day and watched the tide come out and in, lastly dragging myself residence as soon as the solar dipped over the horizon.

Till subsequent 12 months (or 7 years from now), Mackenzies Seaside!


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