This pretty coastal cove, with it’s sleepy village atmosphere and whisper quiet streets, is beachside bliss all the way. Perfectly positioned between Bronte and Coogee, it’s a coveted address embracing stunning designer homes and breathtaking views, without the“showy” attitude or clambering crowds.
Although this pretty place seems world’s away, you only need travel 8 kilometres out of Sydney to find this divine destination. Clovelly was settled way back in the 1830’s and befittingly named after the seaside town in Devon, England. Today, this prized address, hosts an amazing display of architecturally-designed and beautifully renovated properties that collect a pretty-penny whenever they’re offered.
Clovelly is a favourite with families who love to be near the water, but shy away from the hectic pace of other popular beaches. And it’s no wonder . . . Clovelly’s bay is partially closed off from the ocean by a man-made breakwater, making it’s waters sensationally sublime and swimming super safe.
One of Clovelly’s most coveted treasures, is the heritage-listed ocean pool which provides some of best snorkelling in Sydney. Here, you can easily lose yourself for hours on end amongst a colourful array of friendly fish life and intricate coral, that thrive in this beautiful bay.
In this lovely locale, you’ll also find a small shopping centre that serves the locals, a healthy choice of beachside cafes, restaurants and traditional stores, plus a regular bus network that takes you into the city and to surrounding suburbs.
If you ever get bored of the beach (which is doubtful), you can always join the surfside activities at historical Clovelly Surf Life Saving Club, improve your handicap at one of the five nearby golf courses, or catch up with friends for cold ale at the Clovelly Hotel.
Clovelly residents are made up of mostly medium to high-earning professional couples and young families.
The lovely laid-back community feel combined with a magnificent location and beachside lifestyle, attracts a great discerning mix of locals who are immensely proud of their exclusive suburb.
Clovelly is home to a myriad of lovely outdoor havens, whether to keep the kid’s entertained, get a good workout, or relax in a romantic picnic spot.
The breathtaking coastal walk from Clovelly Beach to Maroubra is must for locals and visitors, and a visit to nearby Centennial Park is always a great idea for to build up a sweat around the jogging track, or to spend a Sunday horse riding.
Local Clovelly parklands include:
Bundock Park, on the southern side of Clovelly Beach offers a big list of amenities including picnic shelters, BBQs, showers, children's playground and grassed picnic areas, as well as the popular Sea Salt Cafe.
On the northern side of the bay, you’ll also find a collection of beachside pathways, picnic shelters and BBQs, ready to be enjoyed.
Burnie Park a hidden oasis a fun, interactive playground with a protective shade structure, not too far from the Beach.
Burrows Park Sportsfield, also north of Clovelly Beach, offers a football field, toilet block, and picnic shelters.
Cafes & Restaurants
You’ll find a great selection of cafes and restaurants in Clovelly, either along the main strip Clovelly Road, or near the beach.
For surfside dining, check out The Salt Cafe & Kiosk offers with it’s breezy beachfront terrace and eclectic breakfast and lunch menu. Or for gluten-free goodness, head to Burnies cafe to select from a menu that aims for free-range and organic wherever possible.
Other culinary hot spots include:
Deviate is a smart, warm hangout with pavement seating, creative brekkies and seasonal sharing plates
Darley Street Bistro is a popular and unpretentious bistro with good service, tasty food and reasonable prices.
For a coffee or quick bite head to Top Hat Coffee Merchants, Clodeli Fine Foods or Gordons which you’ll find dotted along Clovelly Road.
At the end of a hot Summer’s day, there’s no better pit stop than “The Cloey’ (aka The Clovelly Hotel). This beautiful Art Deco pub serves ice-cold next to beers right next to the sea. Be sure to head upstairs to the breezy beer garden so you can eat your pub lunch with sneaky ocean glimpses.
Our Favourite Spots
- Top Hat Coffee Merchants
- The Clovelly Hotel