Clifton Gardens is located in Chowder Bay, a 300 m wide southeast-facing semicircular shaped bay, bordered by steep rocky shore and largely occupied by the curving 280 m long Clifton Gardens beach (SH 24). The beach is bordered to the east by former naval facilities including a concrete jetty, the... Read more
Clifton Gardens is located in Chowder Bay, a 300 m wide southeast-facing semicircular shaped bay, bordered by steep rocky shore and largely occupied by the curving 280 m long Clifton Gardens beach (SH 24). The beach is bordered to the east by former naval facilities including a concrete jetty, the facilities now occupied by the Sydney Harbour Institute of Marine Science. A central wooden jetty then tidal pool occupies the western half of the beach. The beach is backed by a low seawall, then large flat grassy park and car park, with vegetated slopes rising into Sydney Harbour National Park to the north. A walking track extends from the southern end of the beach via Chowder and Bradley heads to Sirius Cove.
All the northern Sydney Harbour beaches are relatively safe under normal low wave to calm conditions. Some like Sandy Bay and Sirius Cove never receive ocean waves, while Washaway, Reef and Obelisk commonly receive low swell. The biggest hazard to children and non-swimmers is the often deep water off many of the beaches, and boating activity off some of the beaches.
None, except during huge outside swell when surfers head for Dobroyd Point, Grotto Head, Edwards and Balmoral beaches.
The entire harbour shoreline attract thousands of anglers, with most fishing from the relatively safe rocks and many jetties, as well as off the beaches fronted by deeper water.Read less
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SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.