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Sydney Suburb, or Secluded Summer Sojourn? Whale Beach, New South Wales

The township of Whale Beach, New South Wales, may seem to be struggling with identity. Is this a more-remote suburb of bustling Sydney, or is this a quiet beach town that welcomes holidaymakers with open arms? The truth is that Whale Beach is both of these things.

No one knows for sure why the town was named Whale Beach. Colloquial wisdom holds that the name was earned when a whale beached here in the early 19th century, while others maintain that the shape of the headlands provides the moniker. In either case, Whale Beach has become a near-ideal holiday location in present times. The proximity to Sydney makes Whale Beach easy to reach; the prime surfing ensures adequate supplies of holiday rental homes will be available, yet the relative seclusion of the entire area provides the elusive “get-away-from-it-all” that we need when on holiday.

Activities in Whale Beach

Holidaymakers in Whale Beach have an array of choices for spending their time. Watersports enthusiasts will no doubt have already heard about the surfing opportunities here. Beach conditions allow for average wave heights of 1.67 meters, with one bar cut by three to four rips. The Whale Beach Wedge is a legendary surf break at the northern end of the beach that draws many talented surfers for a challenge.

Bathers will be best served by sticking to the saltwater rock pool at the southern end of the beach. Alternatively, swimming in the surf provides more challenge, as long as you stay between the flags. Swimmers should exercise additional caution near the rocks at each end of the beach, as the rip currents can be stronger here. When you’re done swimming, head back to your rental accommodation, shower off the sand, and head to the next activity.

Traveling with an angler? Fishing opportunities are outstanding here. The Ovens is a rock formation at Whale Beach that will prove whether or not you’re a dedicated fisherman. The first challenge is reaching the stone platform. This involves either a long walk around, or a climb down a steep path that ends in a 5 to 10 meter rock climb / abseil to reach the platform. As if this weren’t challenge enough, your next task is to ensure you have enough room to fish – this is a popular spot! Watch out for waves and backwash, and use the buddy system to ensure safety. If you’ve passed all the challenges, then you have the opportunity for an excellent catch of snapper, mullaway, kingfish, salmon, and large tuna. It’s a great reward for the risk you took getting there!

After the day is done, and before you retire to your rental home or villa, it's time for a nice dinner. There are several outstanding eateries at Whale Beach, including Jonah’s and Moby’s. Though the names are predictable enough for establishments on Whale Beach, the fare is outstanding and varied, and sometimes comes with a show. Dolphin and whale sightings from the balconies of local establishments (and even from your accommodations, if you’ve chosen a good location) are relatively common in season.

Be Ready for the Season

The temperatures in Whale Beach will not disappoint summertime holidaymakers. The climate cooperates with your pastimes, and is just perfect for a watersports destination. In December through February, expect daytime temps in from 26 to 27 degrees C, with night temperatures dropping to a sleep-friendly 18-20 degrees. If you make the trip in wintertime, June through August highs are 17 – 19 degrees, with nighttime lows of 8-9 degrees C.

Make the Trip

Planning your holiday can be quite stress free. Getting to Whale Beach from the UK is not difficult at all. Remember that, as with any holiday, your choice of holiday rental home is most important – consider location, amenities, and costs. Book your holiday accommodations first, and then move on with the remainder of the trip preparation.

All major air carriers have multiple daily departures from all London area airports to Sydney. After your arrival in Sydney, hire a car, and enjoy the coastal scenery on the one-hour drive to Whale Beach.

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We had a wonderful time staying at this apartment for two and a half weeks. We are a couple with a

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We had a wonderful time staying at this apartment for two and a half weeks. We are a couple with a toddler so the safety and easy location was essential for us. At the end of the street was the ferry to take us straight to circular quay, with a short walk the other way to the shops at Kirribilli and the train station to central so we were covered for wherever we wanted to go. Also great to have a park and cafe in front of the flat which we used every day. Apartment was smart and had everything we needed. My only comment is we would have liked to have a cleaner at the end of the first week, we didn’t have anyone during our extensive stay. We experienced an unusually dramatic heatwave so the portable air con unit was challenged but we managed well enough. I would definitely stay here again, thank you!
  • Review Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2017

This was a really wonderfully designed and generously sized townhouse in a glorious part of Sydney,

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This was a really wonderfully designed and generously sized townhouse in a glorious part of Sydney, with absolutely beautiful and uplifting views, lots of light and lovely cool breezes blowing through, even on the very hot days. There is no air conditioning, but with ceiling fans in the rooms and those delicious harbour breezes, it doesn’t need any. The townhouse itself is apparently lived in full time throughout the year by the owners, who are justifiably proud of their gracious home and particularly about their possessions. The owners had vacated the house a couple of days prior to our arrival and it appears as if they had been the ones to clean and prepare the accommodation for our arrival, even though the holiday letting of this property is managed by a property agent host. Many of the cupboard doors were chained and padlocked shut or had sticky tape across the doors to discourage them from being opened. A lot of the tables and dressers that are pictured in the online property photos were covered in sheets or old vinyl cloths and the towels that were provided seemed a little shabby for the level of the accommodation. The townhouse did have a bit of a “lived-in” feel and a musty smell that some in my family disliked (though I got used to it), and some of the fixtures were looking quite old or needed to be fixed. Of particular inconvenience were the sliding doors onto the outdoor areas, which were jammed and could barely be opened. This was disappointing as the patio leading off one of the doors had breathtaking views and we wanted to use it all the time! We did feel that, for the level and price of the accommodation, some other issues also needed to be improved upon, such as the following items that were not provided when we first arrived: no wineglasses (only a few plastic ones could be found), no kitchen knives (only two small paring knives), no DVD player, no top sheets on the (admittedly very comfortable) beds - only thick duvets were provided to sleep under in the hot summer evenings! Also, as we stayed for nearly 3 weeks, I was keen to keep the house tidy and wanted to vacuum, but the vacuum cleaner was an ancient and ineffective thing with most of the handle pipe missing, meaning that I had to vacuum moving along on my knees. At this point I would like to commend the property agent/host, Anthony. He was extremely responsive when we informed him of the above issues. He immediately came to the townhouse and spent an hour fixing what he could...
  • Review Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2017