Mosman’s 24km coastline includes long harbour beaches and scenic walks. Balmoral Beach is calm, sandy and protected, making it an ideal spot for swimmers. Snorkelling gear is all that is needed to see the bay’s sea horses, while the more adventurous can take a night dive along the shark net, which was first erected in the middle of the 20th century to protect swimmers from the more-dangerous aquatic life. Shell Cove is a secluded spot easily reached by yacht for a picnic on Chinamans Beach.
Seafood with a view
Mosman offers many beautiful locations for eating out, from breakfast al fresco at the Balmoral Beach Boathouse to a lunch of grilled octopus and yamba prawns at Ripples, a converted submarine miners’ depot. In the evening, The Bathers’ Pavilion’s tasting menu features yellowfin tuna tartare and almond gazpacho — as well as a view across the water.
Where to spend it
Mosman lies just 8km north-east of Sydney’s city centre but high-end shopping is much closer to hand. Military Road is a vibrant corridor of upmarket brands and boutiques. Zouk, the brainchild of two Swedish sisters, is a concept store selling eclectic homeware. Designer Camilla Franks’ eponymous shop — Camilla — specialises in vibrant printed kaftans, while Curve Boutique stocks carefully selected designer clothing. A high tea at Burnt Orange provides the perfect afternoon refreshment after a day of shopping.
Leisure on land and sea
Chowder Bay is a prime fishing spot. Anglers will delight in catching a salmon and barbecuing it at one of Clifton Gardens’ picnic sites before taking a hike through Sydney Harbour National Park. Membership of the Middle Harbour Yacht Club on The Spit, which hosts the annual Sydney Harbour Regatta, is a must for those with a competitive spirit.
The city’s famous zoo overlooks Sydney harbour from the Mosman peninsula. Home to 4,000 animals, it attracted the attention of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they visited in 2014. But a personal visit is not necessary: the roar of the zoo’s lions can be heard in most gardens across Mosman.