I first discovered Camp Cove when I spent the afternoon of Christmas Eve there with two of my friends, Jordan and Mitch. A ten minute stroll from nearby Watson’s Bay, the beach is lined with Hampton’s-esque beach houses and offers the most beautiful views of Sydney’s famous harbour.
Adjacent to the beach is the beautiful South Head Heritage Trail – a cobbled walk that takes in the scenic Sydney Harbour and historic gun emplacements before reaching Hornby lighthouse with its distinctive red and white stripes, and panoramic views of the harbour to the left, Middle and North Head to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
If walking isn’t your thing, however, Camp Cove remains one of my favourite beaches to spend an afternoon. Unlike those that border the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, Camp Cove remains relatively quiet – even in peak season. Nestled on the harbour side of South Head and with a rustic rock shelter at the northern end of the beach – pointing towards the early inhabitation by local Aboriginals – it’s a great spot for visitors of all ages, whether you want to swim, snorkel, picnic or paddle-board. One of Sydney’s most hidden and picturesque of gems, Camp Cover provides a perfect oasis away from the busier beaches.