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  • A day in Brighton-Le-Sands and surrounds

    Posted by Libby Hakim June 1, 2013 - 2,007 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #Brighton-Le-Sands  #Sydney beach  #Botany Bay  #Ramsgate  #Sans Souci  #Monterey 

    Arriving by air, you may catch a quick glimpse of Brighton-Le-Sands on landing. Two of Sydney Airport’s runways jut out into Botany Bay with Brighton-Le-Sands situated on the western shores of the bay. Look for a long expanse of beach lined with pine trees and the huge white Novotel Hotel as a centrepiece. This beachside town doesn’t attract the crowds like Bondi, Manly or Cronulla. But that’s part of its beauty. It’s unlike the other typically Australian surf beaches. The lack of “surf” at this beach and the large local Greek population give it a more relaxed Mediterranean feel.



    Café culture

    Start the day with breakfast at one of the many cafes along the Grand Parade which runs parallel with the shores of Botany Bay. Mezes (located underneath the Novotel Hotel) and Neptune (a short walk further south along the Grand Parade) are popular with the locals and serve up the standard breakfast items. Enjoy the virtually uninterrupted view of the planes arriving and departing Sydney Airport while lingering over a cuppa or coffee.




    Miles of beach

    Stroll across from the cafes to the water and it’s easy to see why the beach was originally called Seven Mile Beach. Check out the Olympic statue and Bicentennial monument before heading south as the beach stretches into the nearby suburbs of Monterey, Ramsgate and Sans Souci. There is a cycleway and path alongside the beach most of the way (bikes are available for hire in Bay street). You’ll also find plenty of picnic spots, play equipment for children and netted swimming areas. Share your morning tea with the flocks of pesky seagulls. You may even spot some pelicans if your timing is right. When the wind is up, you’ll be treated to the colourful display of kite surfers on the bay with the towering CBD looming in the distance as a backdrop.


    Markets and foodie spots

    Every Saturday morning, the Ramsgate Organic Foodies markets are held in the grounds of Ramsgate Public School (33 Florence Street, Ramsgate Beach, from 8am). Fresh produce, homemade cakes, preserves, coffee, artisan bread and handicrafts are just some of the attractions. This smaller market is supported mainly by locals, giving it a cosy community vibe while still having plenty of quality stuff on offer.

    Continuing with the foodie theme, why not book in for a cooking lesson at Pino’s Dolce Vita (see for more details). You can learn to make sausages and salami the traditional way. Or perhaps just pick up some of the fresh cut deli meat, handmade smallgoods and imported cheese that they have on offer for a relaxed picnic by the bay.


    Relax and unwind

    Revive Day Spa within the Novotel Hotel offers a range of blissful treatments. There’s even a candle-lit “couples suite” for those who have escaped to Sydney for a romantic getaway. 


    Dinner options

    A diverse range of cuisines are available in Brighton-Le-Sands. Lebanese, Italian, Japanese, French, Modern Australian… you’ll find it. But the perfect way to finish your day in the suburb dubbed “Little Greece by the bay” is with traditional Greek mezedes at Kamari Greek Taverna Café.


    Photo: By Robert Montgomery, available at under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.


    Transport options

    Brighton-Le-Sands is just 12km from Sydney’s CBD. If arriving by car, there are plenty of parking stations including one located under the Novotel Hotel. The closest railway station is Rockdale. After alighting at Rockdale, Brighton-Le-Sands is a 20 minute walk straight down Bay Street (exit the station on the eastern side and you’ll easily find Bay Street).