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South of Palm Beach are Whale, Avalon, Bilgola, Newport, Bungan, Mona Vale, Warriewood, and the long stretch of the Narrabeen-Collaroy Beaches. Then it's down to Long Reef, Curl Curl, Freshwater, North Steyne, Manly and Shelly. Like Palm Beach, which is hemmed in by water on both sides, the beach at Manly faces the Pacific on the east, but you can take a leisurely stroll west along the Corso, to smaller beaches facing Manly Cove on the North Harbour. Around Middle Harbour and Sydney Harbour north of the Harbour Bridge, there are a number of other mainly smaller beaches, such as Clontarf, Chinamans, Balmoral, and Obelisk, with Balmoral the largest of these and tiny Obelisk a favorite of nude sunbathers.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|