Balmoral Beach Snorkelling
Is there anywhere like Balmoral Beach on a sunny, bright blue Sydney day?
So off we went, I was fully accessorised with twins, picnic, cossies, towels, sunscreen, flippers, hats drinks etc We met up with some boy/girl twin friends, their mum and an extra added bonus, their grandparents who were over on a visit from the UK.
It was just spectacular, the sand, the gorgeous old Bathers Pavilion, the green-blue water, Manly ferry sweeping past out to see, darting sailing boats.
There are rockpools with fish, crabs and wiggling periwinkles, big rocks to jump from. The beach feels wilder, more remote at this end, plus there is shade under trees.
But the great revelation was that the young twins all loved snorkelling. Who knew? Actually my friend did, she’d brought the snorkels and masks; two for kids and two for adults.
The little girls went first, zipping over to check out the weeds and rocks and then shrieking with a mixture of joy and horror; ‘Fish! Fish.” And there are loads of fish there, great big ones as well.
The boys were not quite so bold, but they flippered and floppered around, looking down, ducking under. A first for my kids, but not a last.
But the best bit…
The four kids went scampering off to play and we two mums went for a snorkel ourselves, leaving granny and grandpa on twin patrol.
Oh, it was bliss to bob in the waves, to wait and watch little schools of stripy, darting fish, to get a fright at the odd huge one. It was a wee bit of an aquatic adventure within a big huge city, a 30 minute drive from home. Wow!
So even after living here for many years, we can still enjoy the surprises of this gorgeous city. On a blue sky, shiny Sydney day, it’s a joy to live here; clean, safe, free and wearing flippers.
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Seana Smith is a mother of four children and author of three books, including ‘Sydney For Under Fives.’ She blogs about great family-friendly places around Sydney and about family travel at: www.seanasmith.com.
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