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Sydney Harbour: Our Favourite Bays and Coves

Manly Cove, Manly
A hugely popular and very busy beach alongside Manly Wharf, Manly Cove on North Harbour is just a stone's throw from The Corso and Manly's many restaurants, cafes and hotels. Manly Oceanworld is at the western end of the beach. The cove is the starting point for the Manly to Spit Scenic Walkway, a 7 km pathway around the northern shores of Middle and North Harbour.
Little Sirius Cove, Mosman
A small and sheltered corner of Port Jackson, Little Sirius Cove is reached by taking the Taronga Zoo ferry and taking the path to the left on arrival. Follow the narrow ribbon of bushland outside the zoo, then down some steps to Whiting Beach. Further on is Sirius Cove Reserve on Little Sirius Cove. It has a sandy beach, shaded grassed areas, toilets and picnic tables and offers good harbour views.

Powder Hulk Bay, Seaforth
This quiet, sheltered inlet on Middle Harbour was the favoured Government choice in the 1860s for the mooring of powder hulks containing explosives, hence its name. These days it is a mooring place for pleasure craft at Seaforth Sailing Club and home to Sangrado Pool and Park. The park is a preserved pocket of rainforest in the valley of a small creek that flows over a pretty waterfall here.
Location: Sangrado Street, Seaforth. UPB Map 196 Ref Q 10.
Spring Cove, Manly
This picturesque bay was of particular significance to the Camaraigal Aborigines who used it for ceremonies, burials and gathered medicinal plants here. It was here that Gov Arthur Phillip was speared by an aborigine in 1790. Collins Beach lies at the far northern end of the cove. A spring in the hills behind feeds a creek that tumbles over a small waterfall onto the sand.

Tambourine Bay, Riverview
A quiet bay on the Lane Cove River featuring a grassed area and rock swimming pool. A short but interesting walking trail leads along the eastern shore to the head of the bay. A second track passes some interesting rock formations at the head of the bay to a stand of mangroves. This track leads to the ruins of a shale mine, Hodgson Park and up the Tambourine Creek Valley to Warraroon Reserve and River Road. The bay is named after a notorious Sydney character named Tambourine Nell who had set up camp there to avoid the police. After a long search they found her and took her into custody.
Tambourine Bay Road, Riverview. UBD Map 215 Ref A 7.
Looking Glass Bay, Gladesville
The river shores of the suburb of Gladesville are packed with history. Glades Bay was once a campsite for the local Aborigines, the Cammeraigal. Remnants of shells can be seen along the shoreline; axe grinding grooves can be found on rocks beside the cascades and creek which passes through the reserve. Downstream, at Looking Glass Bay, is a cottage that was the childhood home to poet Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson. A stones throw away are convict relics from the Great North Road, built in 1832. Around the corner are historic ruins relating to the Tarban Creek Mental Hospital.

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