Explore Eastern Suburbs
Positioned between the city centre and the coast, Sydneyâs exclusive Eastern Suburbs are home to sun-kissed beaches and bays, scenic walking trails great shopping and some of the cityâs best bars and restaurants. InterContinental Sydney Double Bayâs concierge team pride themselves on local knowledge and personalised service, and will be happy to help you plan an exciting itinerary exploring the surrounding suburbs.
Sydneyâs beaches are among the best in the world. World-famous Bondi Beach is one of the busiest, thanks to its location 10km from the city centre. Join the crowds soaking up the sun on the 1km-long stretch of golden sand; learn to surf; or swim laps in the iconic ocean baths. Bronte Beach is ideal for families, thanks to its sheltered natural rockpool. Thereâs also an ocean-fed lap pool tucked in beneath the south headland and a wide grassy park behind the beach with barbecues and picnic tables. Clovelly is a small and tranquil beach between two rocky ridges. Itâs a calm and safe beach, making it a good option for less confident swimmers. Clovelly Beach is also popular for snorkelling, so keep your eyes peeled for moray eel, octopus and the famous resident blue groper, affectionately known to locals as Bluey.
Dotted along Sydney Harbour in the Eastern Suburbs are a number of harbour beaches, inlets and secluded bays, known mostly to locals. In addition to Seven Shillings Beach and Murray Rose Pool in Double Bay, there is little-known Lady Martins Beach, a secluded and sometimes hard-to-find spot at Point Piper; the isolated stretch of sand of Milk Beach in Vaucluse with its dramatic view of Sydney across the harbour; and the secluded little paradise of Parsley Bay in Vaucluse, with swimming enclosure and picnic facilities.
food and wine
Some of Sydney’s best restaurants with a view are found in the Eastern Suburbs. Overlooking Rose Bay is the award-winning Catalina and newcomer Regatta. Watching the seaplanes take off and land in the bay is as much of a draw as the contemporary Australian cuisine. Amazing harbour views are also on offer at Doyle’s on the Beach at Watsons Bay, Australia’s oldest fishing village. The classy, yet casual restaurant is a mecca for seafood fans or, for a low-key picnic in the park, order freshly shucked oysters to go from Doyle’s on the Wharf. For breezy beach vistas, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar on Bondi Beach's southern crest is hard to beat. For a different Eastern Suburbs setting, CHISWICK in Woollahra is set among lush gardens, with a kitchen garden at its heart. It serves small sharing plates – think slow-roasted lamb and succulent seafood – from celebrity chef Matt Moran. Other great culinary options worth exploring include gourmet pub dining at Paddington’s Four in Hand, and fine dining at its adjoining hatted restaurant, Four in Hand Dining Room; Italian institutions Buon Ricordo and Lucio’s Italian Restaurant in Paddington; and the ever-popular Bronte hot spot, Three Blue Ducks, famous among locals for its brunch.
One of the area’s most popular activities is the Bondi to Coogee walk, a 6km-long stroll along the clifftops between Bondi and Coogee Beaches, passing through six beaches and several bays. Don’t forget your camera – there are plenty of Instagram-worthy spots along the way. Another scenic route is the 8km-long foreshore path from Rose Bay to Watsons Bay, passing through Nielsen Park and Vaucluse, home to one of Sydney’s grandest old residences, Vaucluse House, which is open to the public. From Camp Cove at Watsons Bay, the South Head Heritage trail is an easy, 1.4km-long walk that takes in incredible beach and harbour views and the red and white striped Hornby Lighthouse.