About Balmoral Beach
Balmoral Beach is a hidden gem of Sydney, benefiting from a location mere minutes from the city while boasting gorgeous views and a laid-back atmosphere. Typical of a harbour beach, Balmoral is a fairly sheltered bay that doesn’t see a lot of waves. While this means that surfers might prefer to spend their time elsewhere, it also means that Balmoral Beach is the perfect place for swimming and for a family-friendly day out.
Balmoral is really made up of two beaches, separated by the inlet of Rocky Point (also known as ‘the island’). Balmoral Beach sits to the south, while you’ll find Edwards Beach to the north. A tree-lined promenade runs along them both, while the sand is set against the beautiful green backdrop of leafy Middle Head.
History of Balmoral Beach
Named after Balmoral Castle in Scotland, Balmoral Bach joined the list of Australia’s popular harbourside resorts way back in 1870.
The popular promenade at Balmoral Beach was constructed in 1926. It was designed as a response to the opening of the Balmoral tram line. Though services ceased to operate in June of 1958, the promenade still stands as a charming reminder of days gone by.
Today, the beach is listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register. As a result, Balmoral still has many fine examples of Federation architecture which was popular in Australia from around 1890-1950. This lends Balmoral Beach a heritage feel. It conjures memories of trips to the seaside for many residents of Sydney and beyond.
Weather at Balmoral Beach
December, January and February are the hottest time of the year at Balmoral Beach. These months are at the peak of the Australian summer. During these times, temperatures at the beach can get as high as 32 °C (90 °F). January and February are also the wettest months of the year.
Temperatures begin to ease up in March, with a cooling coastal breeze bringing a bit of relief from the heat. This makes late February and March an ideal time to visit. You’ll avoid the summer crowds and stifling heat but have a strong chance of good weather.
From April, nights become cooler and the days more pleasant. May, on the other hand, is unpredictable with the weather. Sometimes it offers balmy spring days, while other times marking the start of Australia’s winter.
Gales and storms sometimes hit the coast in June, with the colder months lasting all the way through to August. Winter here can be colder and wet, though temperatures don’t dip far below 22 °C (72 °F). September, October and November get the best of both worlds, with generally good weather and fewer crowds.
Parking At Balmoral Beach
In the summer months and on busy weekends, parking at Balmoral Beach can be tricky. There is one car park at the southern end of the beach with 190 spaces (including 1 disabled space). You’ll also find paid on-street parking along the Esplanade. They may be your closest options to the water, but both of these are very expensive. Some online reviews report an extortionate 9 AUD an hour.
If you are planning on spending the day at Balmoral, you’d be much better off parking elsewhere. If you don’t mind a short walk, there are numerous free parking spots on side streets just 300 metres away.
Things to do in Balmoral
Balmoral Beach sits in a suburban location with a residential community. However, you won’t find yourself short of things to do for a day at the beach. There is a host of possibilities available on this little stretch of coastline.
Try Your Hand At Some Water Sports
Surfing might not be on the cards, but there’s still plenty of opportunities for water sports at Balmoral Beach. The Balmoral Water Sports Center has been in operation for more than 30 years, ensuring that you’ll be in safe hands when you head out onto the water.
The center offers lessons and hire for a wide range of activities, including windsurfing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. They do lessons suitable for both children and adults, so all the family can join in, learn a new skill and most importantly, have fun.
Take a Dip
Balmoral Beach is a fantastic swimming location thanks to its clean, calm waters and excellent facilities. It’s a great place to go swimming with children as the Balmoral Baths area is completely enclosed. It also has a wooden boardwalk running around it.
There are also plenty of shaded areas for when you want a break from the water, with grass and sandy areas along with fixed seating . It’s an ideal place for you to sit back and relax while keeping an eye on your little ones swimming.
The stretch of ocean along the main beach has the benefit of shark-proof netting. A lack of waves makes it a great option for nervous or beginner swimmers. Modern changing rooms with showers and toilets will ensure you’re feeling clean and comfortable when it comes to your trip back home.
Explore the Rock Pools
Visitors flock to the south of the coast, but at the northernmost end of Balmoral Beach there is a wealth of natural rock pools. They are safe and shallow enough to take children snorkelling, but just as much fun for the adults, with fish, crabs and periwinkles calling them home. It’s a great chance for the kids to get up close and personal with nature and experience some of the wonders Australia’s waters have to offer.
Where To Eat At Balmoral Beach
There are several tempting eateries dotted along Balmoral Beach, offering everything from casual beach snacks to high-end fine dining.
This trendy bistro serves up laidback, Australian fare, and has a prime location that extends out over the water. Perfect for a quick bite as you take a break from the beach, the menu includes everything from Sydney Rock oysters with a zesty lime dressing to a juicy beef burger served with chips and chutney. The Boathouse has a generous outdoor seating area where you can enjoy your meal with views of the sparkling South Pacific.
The Bather’s Pavillion
The beautiful building of the Bather’s Pavillion pairs art deco elegance with beachside charm, worth a trip if not for the architecture alone. There are several dining options from an upscale private dining room to an outdoor terrace and beachside bistro. You can even head to the Bather’s kiosk where you can get gourmet picnic hampers and artisan ice cream to-go.
Bottom of the Harbour
A trip to Balmoral Beach wouldn’t be complete without some fish and chips from Bottom of the Harbour. With premises right by the ocean, this casual eatery has been serving up seafood since 1989.
Bottom of the Harbour is a local institution, and you will normally find people queueing out the door after a sunny day at the beach. As well as classic battered fish, the menu also comprises modern dishes like the mixed seafood skewer, along with a wide selection of burgers and salads.
You can sit outside on the wooden benches or take your meal across to the beach to enjoy under the cool ocean breeze.
Balmoral Beach Accommodation
There are no hotels directly on Balmoral Beach, which is instead serviced by a number of self-catering apartments.
This 2-bedroom apartment is the closest to the beach and provides clean and modern accommodation with excellent amenities. It is on the top floor of a residential apartment building with partial sea views and has a balcony with an outdoor dining area. The main living area is air-conditioned, with floor fans available in both of the bedrooms.
Balmoral Retreat has the added benefit of free parking and offers great value for money, sleeping up to 5 people with rates starting at 456 AUD a night.
St Valentines Apartments
Ever so slightly further afield, these holiday apartments are at the heart of the Mosman neighbourhood and offer a range of accommodation to suit every need.
There is a selection of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments with easy access to tow and views across Balmoral Beach. Perfectly situated for public transport, St Valentines Apartments are a fantastic base to explore the local area with all the modern conveniences that you would have at home.
Prices start from just 169 AUD for a 1 bedroom apartment with a queen bed.
If you’re looking for a trip to remember, you can’t go too far wrong with a stay at The Oriana. This penthouse apartment is situated right on Balmoral with an incredible view of the beach. Boasting an impressive 4 living rooms, you won’t be short of places to relax, while the impeccable amenities ensure your every need will be met.
As well as beach views, The Oriana has its own outdoor dining area and barbecue, with a well-equipped kitchen that will make you really feel at home.
And of course, if you would prefer to stay in hotel accommodation, you’ll find plenty of choice over in Sydney, located just 6km from Balmoral Beach.