No 3: Basin Beach – 27 February 2010

We actually hit two beaches this day beginning with Basin Beach in Mona Vale, some 40km north of home.

I really liked this beach — it’s on a wineglass shaped bay which makes it not much for surf. As a native Chicagoan that works for me. Lots of families about and a nice little shallow sea pool on the southern end.

Basin Beach is in Mona Vale.  The area was known as Bongin Bongin by the aboriginal Australians who lived here for freaking ever before the British colonial government handed the area over to Robert Campbell as part of the first land grant made in the area in 1813.

Mona Vale is in the Pittwater Council LGA, the state seat of Pittwater (Rob Stokes, Liberal) and the federal seat of Mackellar (Bronwyn Bishop, Liberal).

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No 4: Bilgola Beach – 27 February 2010

From Basin we pushed the extra five kilometres north to Bilgola Beach.

Bilgola is yet another great beach.  It was at this point in the project that I really began to appreciate the hidden gems we would be finding.  Bilgola is not a beach I would have stumbled upon by accident; it’s well removed from the main drag — you have to know it’s there to find it.

It was busy, but not crowded, primarily with locals I would guess.  There’s a pretty good coffee kiosk right at the beach, too.

Wikipedia tells us:

The name “Bilgola” is derived from an Aboriginal term Belgoula meaning “swirling waters”, or perhaps “a pretty beach with steep slopes, studded with cabbage palms”.

As with Basin Beach, Bilgola is in the Pittwater Council LGA, the state seat of Pittwater (Rob Stokes, Liberal) and the federal seat of Mackellar (Bronwyn Bishop, Liberal).

No 2: Balmoral Beach – 21 February 2010

Balmoral Beach, 17km/11m from home, is a on the Middle Harbour and in the well-to-do suburb of Mosman.

It was a warm day and the beach chockers with families and small children.

Balmoral is named after Balmoral Castle in Scotland (yeah, I can see the resemblance) and was, from 1922 – 1958 the terminus of a tram line.

It’s in the Mosman LGA, the state seat of North Shore (Jullian Skinner, Liberal) and federal seat of Warringah (Tony Abbott, Liberal).