Now that temperatures are getting warmer and days are getting longer, it can only mean one thing: Spring is around the corner and it’s time to reawaken our love for the great outdoors. The transition from winter to spring is a thing of beauty and it’s prime time to get out and about. The good news is that Sydney is a trove of cool and unique things to do with endless secrets dotted around town, especially for nature lovers. An under-the-radar spot that’s a real sight for sore eyes is Gordons Bay, nestled quietly between Clovelly and Coogee Beach. The sparkling turquoise bay is a prime spot for swimming, diving and snorkelling with clear, calm waters and lush native flora around. It also happens to have a dedicated underwater nature trail — think bushwalking in the wild but underwater.
Underwater Nature Trail, Gordons Bay
Rich in sea life and protected by an offshore reef, this hidden gem in Sydney is a must-visit for ocean lovers. As the name suggests, the Gordons Bay Underwater Nature Trail is a self-guided underwater adventure. The 600-metre-long trail is comparable to a walking track that goes around the bay like a ring but it’s all underwater and comprises concrete-filled drums linked together by a chain with information about the local sea life displayed handily on steel plaques. The deepest point is 14 metres and on average, it would take around 40 to 45 minutes to complete this trail. On a clear, sunny day, snorkellers can be treated to lovely underwater views with a diverse variety of fish known to make an appearance.
The bay is named after Lewis Gordon, a government surveyor who was granted land in this area in the mid-19th century. Although it’s considered a small and secluded beach, it’s more akin to a remote European island with hardly any sand.
Where is Gordons Bay located?
Gordons Bay is located north of Coogee Beach and south of Clovelly Beach and can only be accessed via the coastal walkway or surrounding streets. Parking is available at either beach.
What can you see at the Underwater Nature Trail?
Fish like blue gropers, cuttlefish, wrasses and rays are some underwater species divers and snorkellers can expect while exploring the trail.
When can you visit Gordons Bay?
Anytime! The quaint little spot is perfect for water activities and relaxing all year round but especially great to visit during warmer months.