Hidden away in the bushland between Bonnie Vale Beach in Bundeena and the small sea-side town of Maianbar, is a little known ‘local’ spot called The Basin.
There isn’t really any beach, just rocks and hard packed earth, but the water is crystal clear and fast flowing, so it makes the perfect swimming hole for teenagers to explore, especially if they have a boogie board to ride the currents under the bridge. This has to be one of the most serene, beautiful places to go for a bushwalk or stop for a dip. The only sounds you’ll hear are the birds calling, the wind through the trees, and the sounds of the kids splashing in the water. For those who would prefer soft, white sandy beaches, you can take a 5 minute stroll back through Bonnie Vale and across the spit (a long stretch of white sand), where you will find stunning little bays, perfect for the younger kids to take a dip. If you aren’t up for a swim, then just cross the bridge and follow the path up the hill and into the town of Maianbar, where you can stop at the local corner shop and grab a coffee, cold drink, ice-cream or a quick lunch. There’s also a small playground near the shops for those kids who still have energy to burn after their walk.
NOTE: These spots are NOT monitored by life-guards, so care should always be taken when swimming in unpatrolled areas.
Location: Take the walking track at the far end of the camping grounds in Bonnie Vale at Bundeena (at the very far end of Sea Breeze Lane). It’s not signposted, so if you can’t find it, ask around or check with the local Rangers.