Gordon's Bay

Address: Gordon's Bay Coogee NSW 2031

Tags: diving, snorkelling

A unique and protected aquatic reserve, Gordons Bay is one of Sydney’s most popular dive spots. Offering Sydney’s only underwater nature trail, the secluded bay is accessed via the coastal walk, located south of Clovelly Beach and north from Coogee Beach. Parking is available at Clovelly Beach.

Stroll down the path into the deep gully where raised boardwalks protect the native fauna and a small wetland area that is fed by a natural spring. Stop at the beach for a paddle and enjoy the charm of this coastal location. The pocket-sized beach is lined with racks of boats from the local fishing club, reminiscent of a European fishing village.

Secluded and quiet, the bay is abundant in native flora. Varieties of wattle, banksias, lily, coast tea tree, lobelia, sassafras, bracken and bracken fern are just a few of the species surrounding the bay. The dense vegetation provides a haven for many small birds and lizards.

The boardwalk and stone steps up to the north side of the bay, lead to the sandstone headland and the rocky outcrop, where on a sunny day you will find people basking in the sun, swimming, snorkelling and diving in the tranquil waters. The rock platform stretches back towards the beach and juts out to meet the crystal blue waters. Relax and be cooled by the sea breezes, as the water gently laps the rock platform. Take a swim in the calm waters and explore what lies below.

Protected by an offshore reef, the bay is a safe location to explore the beauty of this unique undersea world. View the magnificent marine life from above, snorkelling through the cool waters searching for life such as sponges, star fish, sea urchins, cuttlefish, anemones and the blue groper.

Gordon's bay does not have the glamourous snorkeling reputation as its neighbour, Clovelly, but there have been a few reports of decent snorkeling there. The best place to enter is on the north end, where there is a little pathway to the water with rocks all around. There is a dive trail here, but most of that is too deep for a snorkeler.

Gordon's bay is best avoided after heavy rainfalls, since it tends to get very polluted.

A popular dive spot, the calm waters hide a unique underwater nature trail. With good visibility the trail marked by a series of chains, is approximately 700m in length and reaches to a depth of some 14m. Spotted goatfish, garfish and baby sharks are just a few of the species that you can swim with in this protected aquatic reserve.

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