There are only a couple of places in Sydney where you can get a coffee right on the sand, such as Balmoral Boatshed and Bathers’ Pavilion. But a new contender has joined the sandy set with Belaroma taking over the cafe at South Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club late last year and quietly overhauling the space as the flagship for its Gusto coffee brand.
“We’ve been long-term supporters of the surf club and we were supplying the coffee to the previous management team,” says Belaroma CEO Tim Jones. “So when they decided to exit the business, the surf club spoke to us.”
The location – with nothing but a beachfront pavement between the cafe and the beach – was an opportunity that rarely comes along. The building has the uniquely Australian feel of a Surf Life Saving club. Its location is drawing in everyone from early-morning swimmers and couples strolling the sands, to die-hard surfers taking a break between sessions.
Inside, things are pretty simple. A central communal table surrounded by more intimate seating, with bright yellow splashes here and there in the cushions and stools. The eye is inevitably drawn to the vista of the South Curl Curl ocean pool and an endless panorama of swelling sea. The spot is simple enough to let the view take centre stage. From the tiny and open kitchen comes brunchy bacon and egg rolls; “longboards” with boiled eggs, smoked salmon, brie and avocado; or Israeli cous cous salads. There are also brioche buns filled with smoky slow-cooked pulled pork or shredded beef.
Espresso is the favoured method. The beans are roasted locally in neighbouring Manly Vale at the Belaroma Coffee Centre. Time to get some sandy toes with your coffee.
Gusto on the Beach
South Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club
Carrington Parade, South Curl Curl
(02) 9939 5689
Mon to Fri 6.30am–3.30pm
Sat & Sun 6.30am–4.30pm