Postcards from 100 years ago



Sydney Beaches

Sydney beaches - they are one of the greatest features about the city. When combined with the city’s climate, it is the perfect environment for a thriving beachside culture.

There are over 60 beaches around Sydney to choose from: 23 northern beaches, 27 southern beaches and 14 Harbour beaches.   

In the earlier days in Sydney, there was a far fewer number of beaches that attracted the locals.  The main ones being Coogee, Bondi, Manly and Clifton Gardens. 

It was at a Sydney beach that ‘loitering’ was prohibited.  Loitering is what we today call sun-bathing.  The surf lifesavers also owe their beginnings to a Sydney beach – Bronte, where in 1903 the first surf club was established, followed by Bondi Beach in 1907.  Beach patrols evicted bathers that were ‘improperly’ dressed and, in some cases, the hours of bathing were restricted, and excluded daylight hours. 

  • Clifton Gardens
    Clifton Gardens on Chowder Bay was named after and early settler, Captain E. H. Cliffe purchased a 56 acre estate on the waters edge. It later became the home of the submarine Corp in the 1890's
  • Lavender Bay and Berrys Bay
    Berrys Bay and Lavender Bay are on either side of the peninsula known as McMahons point. This was once predominantly working-class, it is now among Sydney's most exclusive localities.
  • Manly Beach
    Manly beach is on the north side of the entrance to Sydney Harbour and was given the name as a result of the manly stature of the Aboriginals first seen there
  • Mosman
    Home to the Borogegal tribe, Mosman became a defence post for Sydney on Georges Head, and later, the centre of the Colonies whaling enterprises
  • Neutral Bay
    Neutral Bay - The name says it all. The place where neutral visitors to Sydney docked


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