Early-morning swimmers, stand-up paddleboarders and walkers populate Balmoral Beach well before the rest of the world comes alive. And why wouldn’t they? To have one of Sydney’s most beautiful beaches at your doorstep is a luxury that must be taken advantage of. Luckily, for the rest of us, the beach is just as pleasant later in the day – though on weekends a carnival atmosphere replaces its tranquillity as bathers, runners, picnickers and sunbathers descend. Apart from the sand and sea, there are cafes and the Bathers’ Pavilion and the Rotunda, which both date back to the 1930s, to explore.