Bathers Pavillion - Balmoral - The HDR Series by Philip Johnson


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This buiding has to be one of the grandest examples of a beachside bathers pavillion. Balmoral Beach Bathers Pavilion was built in 1929 during the era of Art Deco. If you are visting Sydney, this building now houses one of the best restaurants in Sydney.

The view is stunning as the building overlooks the wonderful beach and harbour views stretch to the entrance to Sydney Harbour , North and South Heads.

In the vicinity of Balmoral Beach are restaurants, beautiful houses and expensive yachts. It’s an ideal place for a quick swim and takeaway fish and chips at sunset. In fact, its the type of beach where you can take your rollerblades, dog, bike, sailboard and football, or just a picnic basket.

The middle area of the beach is graced with a classic footbridge across the sand to a tree-covered outcrop. A section is protected by a shark net. Head to the northern tip of the beach where you’ll find a small, shady park behind an old club building. From here, a short walk through the streets or around the rocks will take you to Chinamans Beach. You can hire sailboards & Balmoral Boatshed offers tuition. Next to the boatshed are the swimming baths, enclosed by shark nets and a wide boardwalk.

At Balmoral beach you can take a ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo or Mosman Wharf and take the bus to the village of Mosman. You can discover nearby Taronga Zoo, and enjoy the breathtaking harbour views at the world’s only harbourside zoo. Swim at Balmoral Beach, one of Sydney Harbour’s best, followed by fish and chips on the beach. Relax at The Spit waterfront recreation area with marinas, restaurants and canoe hire, or join a local kayak tour.

Balmoral features Balmoral and Edwards Beaches, both of which are separated by the outcrop of Rocky Point. Both beaches are usually referred to as simply Balmoral. The locality has views across the entrance to Middle Harbour to North Head, Manly, and Clontarf. The harbour beaches face north east and is sheltered from ocean swell by Middle Head. The entire beach is listed on the Register of the National Estate as the ‘Balmoral Beach Conservation Area’.2 The conservation area includes the promenade, the esplanade, the Rotunda and the Bathers’ Pavilion, which date back to the 1930s.

Philip Johnson is a Photographer located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Specialising in HDR photography his works have been shown in galleries,published in Tourism campaigns. His work will also be available as Jig Saws through Crown & Andrews

Winner of the Art Unlimited Photography prize 2011

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 6 years ago

    A grand old place, great story …

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture of light and texture Phillip! You are right! This looks amazing viewed large!

  • Lisa Taylor
    Lisa Taylorover 6 years ago

    I like the coloring on this one. A very classy place!

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 6 years ago

    Excellent perspective, great effects.

  • Cherubtree
    Cherubtreeover 6 years ago


  • Lam Tran
    Lam Tranover 6 years ago

    fantastic capture my friend, excellent perspective.

  • AgnesCecelia
    AgnesCeceliaover 6 years ago

    Well Done!

  • Joseph Najm
    Joseph Najmover 6 years ago

    Great Architecture Photography, and Colors, Well done, Phil

  • KiwiAna
    KiwiAnaover 6 years ago

    This is amazing light and colour – really well done!

  • Di Jenkins
    Di Jenkinsover 6 years ago

    wonderful colour & glow – gorgeous shot!

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