Of all the beaches in Sydney, Balmoral, facing the north headlands, is the longest and prettiest beach in the Harbour area, with sheltered coves, rolling lawns, excellent eateries and activities like sailing, snorkelling and kayaking. Framed by shady parkland, the tiny strip of sand known as Chinamans is a favourite for picnickers – though hidden. The beach and park at Clifton Gardens faces Chowder Bay, with a netted swimming area and a few excellent harbourfront restaurants and cafés. Nearby, Obelisk beach is one of the city’s only beaches where you can legally get an all-over tan. In the eastern suburbs, Nielsen Park beach has a netted swimming area, and is framed by a thick grove of trees, gently sloped lawns and an always-busy café fronting the harbour. A short walk away, the miniscule Milk Beach faces the city skyline. Also in the eastern suburbs, Camp Cove has a netted swimming area, as does Redleaf pool – a portion of harbour and petite strip of sand enclosed by an old wooden wharf, with floating barges to jump off.