Why Visit Milk Beach?
Few Sydney beaches have as scenic a location as Milk Beach. Nestled between the grand Victorian Italianate walls of Strickland House and a bay that overlooks Sydney Harbour, it boasts stunning views in every direction.
What's more its secluded location makes it a respite from the crowds of some of Sydney's other beaches. Milk Beach's short strip of sand can get busy on hot summer days but more often than not it is the perfect place to head to get away from the heaving masses and enjoy a tranquil seaside setting.
How To Get To Milk Beach?
Situated on the eastern edge of the west Sydney peninsula of Vaucluse, Milk Beach is best reached by foot. It can be accessed via the Hermitage Foreshare Track and is halfway between Rose Bay and Watsons Bay.
It can also be reached by car. Beware, however, street parking nearby is limited so it's best to get down early to make sure of your spot.
The Facilities At Milk Beach
There are picnic benches at the adjacent Strickland House Parkland but there are no cafes near the beach so be sure to bring you own food.
There are also no shower facilities but some can be found in nearby Nielsen Park.
Dogs and loud music are prohibited.
Next to Milk Beach, Strickland House is a heritage listed, Victorian Italianate manor. It was built in 1856 for John Hosking, then mayor of Sydney. It then passed between the hands of a couple of wealthy families before serving briefly as a school and later as a government hospital.
The hospital was operational between 1915-89. Since then, the way in which Strickland House should be used has been much debated. It opens ocassionally to the public and has featured in several films, including in Baz Luhrmann's Australia.
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