Parsley Beach is located near Vaucluse in Sydney's eastern suburbs, and also on Sydney Harbour. This very small location is perfect for snorkelling, and also scuba diving, including night dives. Just remember, that if you are not from this area, checking the conditions with a local is advisable, before you enter the water for underwater sports.
Parsley Beach is not a tourist beach, and is rarely visited except for locals who have been in the area a long time. The quiet and still waters and soft white sand, make it perfect for families with young children. There are also rocky areas to be explored and nearby bushlands, for a truly picturesque atmosphere.
You can take a stroll along the beach, and also nearby beaches including Watsons Bay
. The local residential areas are enjoyable to wander through, and a long suspension bridge that is above the waters of Parsley Bay, allow you to travel at a height, and get great views of the harbour, the beach and the surrounding area.
Parking is quite difficult, and this may be one reason the crowds keep out. You can park in nearby areas and walk across to Parsley Beach, catch a ferry to Watsons Bay, or take a public bus to the nearest stop. The surrounding residential area is packed in tight, however the suburb is well-kept, clean, and filled with some very impressive and expensive houses.
On a warm summer's night, this is the perfect location for a run or a swim. You can take a picnic, fish and chips or have dinner at one of the restaurants
or cafes in the local area. You'll enjoy the sparkling city lights as they dance in a reflection on the harbour, and also watch the lights on yachts and ferries as they pass by.