If you squint, Gordon’s Bay could be a slice of the Mediterranean coast. A small patch of sand sustains derelict wooden beams, which haphazardly (and barely) hold up the local fishing club’s tinnies. Every day of the week you’ll find plenty of people sprawled across the bay’s rocky sides, many of whom come from the inner-western suburbs – so much so that Gordon’s has been unofficially dubbed “Newtown Beach.”

The sand is accessible by a coastal walkway which runs all the way from Bondi to Bronte. The rocks on the north side – best reached via the Clovelly car park – are more precarious, but deter younger bay-goers, who opt for the south side’s flatter terrain and party atmosphere. 

An underwater nature trail frequented by the local diving school runs along the northern end of the bay. It’s mapped out with a chain link and punctuated by information plaques. Schools of small fish, black anemones and the odd pooch-sized blue groper can be seen along the route.

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Updated: March 4th, 2021

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