Summer in Sydney: Embracing Our Clichés

Maitland Bay Beach. It is just past Killcare in Bouddi National Park, north of Sydney. You have to walk a bit through the bush which means it’s usually quiet even when everything else is full. There are no beach kiosks or boats selling ice cream here, so bring your lunch.

The best summer food is…

Prawns dipped in mango sauce. And is beer a food?

I know it’s summer when I smell…

Unfortunately, bush fires.

My favorite summer song is…

Whatever tops my nominations for the Hottest 100. Then there are the perennial favorites: soak up the sun (Sheryl Crow), In summer (Thirsty Mercenary), A summer (Daryl Braithwaite), Breathless (The Corrs), all by San Cisco and Bernard Fanning Tea & Sympathy Album.

Not-So-Secret Loophole: Murray Rose Pool at Redleaf Beach in Double Bay.

Not-So-Secret Loophole: Murray Rose Pool at Redleaf Beach in Double Bay.Credit:Anna Kucera

The worst thing about summer is…

It ends.

My next hideout is…

Seven Shillings Beach, the adjacent sister beach to Redleaf Pools in Double Bay. There’s something of a crude, unspoken agreement that governs the entire strip of sand: the families have the Redleaf end, the gays have the Seven Shillings end. As a bonus, you can sit and stare at Point Piper’s mansions and wonder where your life went wrong.

Guilty Pleasure?

Swimming in the ocean or in chlorinated pools requires long, hot showers afterwards, and I refuse to feel guilty about it.

What aspect of summer life would you change and what would you like to stay the same?

Mid-summer is plagued by the turbulent debate surrounding Australia Day. This date can never be a day of unification of all Australians and should therefore change. The good thing about it is that it provides a natural ending to the carefree part of summer; no serious work should be done before January 26th. We should preserve that at all costs.

Summer in Sydney is a series in which Herald staff reveals the best – and worst – of our city in the hotter months.

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Callan Tansill

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