Hermit Beach: Hidden Gem with Breathtaking Views
8 Carrara Road, Vaucluse NSW 2030
Area: Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs
Hermit Beach is a hidden gem nestled along the Hermitage Foreshore Walking Trail. This small, secluded harbour bay and picnic area offer a unique escape surrounded by a charming stone sea wall.
Scenic Views of Sydney’s Iconic Skyline
Situated along the trail, Hermit Beach boasts a stunning view across the harbour towards the city skyline, featuring landmarks such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The sandy bay, with its calm waters and gentle waves, creates an ideal setting for families with small children.
Picnic Paradise with Natural Shade
Explore the open, grassy areas adorned with benches and picnic tables, providing ample opportunities for relaxation. The natural shade offered by nearby trees enhances the picnic experience. So, whether you’re having a laid-back picnic or just taking a quiet moment, the mix of open grassy spots and tree shade makes this place a perfect blend of peace and fun,
Unique Features and Historical Charm
Dominating the waterfront is a sturdy timber jetty, a testament to the area’s maritime heritage. This structure has weathered the tides and stood as a silent witness to the comings and goings of ships over the years.
Adding an intriguing element to the beach is a small sandstone cave, tucked away along the shoreline. This geological feature not only adds a touch of mystique to the landscape but also serves as a reminder of the natural forces that have shaped Hermit Beach over time. Visitors can explore the cave, marveling at its unique formations and contemplating the eons it has endured.
A true gem of history stands proudly on the beachfront – ‘The Hermitage.’ This historic home, dating back to 1840, exudes an old-world charm that transports visitors back to a bygone era. The architecture of The Hermitage reflects the craftsmanship of the past, and its walls undoubtedly hold stories of the people who have called it home throughout its storied existence.
Ideal Stop on the Hermitage Trail
While Hermit Beach offers a lovely stop, adventure seekers may find better swimming and picnic spots further along the Hermitage Trail, such as Milk Beach or Shark Beach. ‘The Hermitage’ is best viewed from Milk Beach, providing a picturesque perspective of Hermit Bay.
Tips for a Perfect Visit
Hermit Beach lacks facilities such as lifeguards, cafes, shops, toilets, or change rooms. If visiting this beach, it is a good idea to bring all the necessary supplies.
For those in need of amenities, Neilsen Park at the trail’s end offers a larger swimming beach, a kiosk, and toilet blocks, albeit a 20-minute walk away.
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Ivana Katz is a Sydney based website designer and travel blogger. Having her own business has given her the freedom to explore the world. She believes travel is the best teacher and her passion for adventure, writing and photography has taken her and her son to some amazing places, including Hawaii, Canada, Fiji, Greece and Czech Republic. Ivana’s favourite thing about travelling is learning, discovering hidden gems and creating memories. She loves nothing more than inspiring other women to chase their dreams and explore the world with their families and friends.
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