Traditional and safe aquatic playground for so many southside Sydney families for generations, Lady Robinson Beach, which stretches the length of the western shoreline of Botany Bay, is rapidly becoming a tourist trap.
The catalyst has been the opening of a chain of new restaurants serving a wide variety of ethnic cuisines from premier Grand Parade sites. The mix of bayside restaurants reflects the multicultural makeup of the area, where over forty per cent of the residents speak a language other than English in their homes.
Sandstone has been the traditional building material in this part of Sydney and many fine old stone homes are included in a series of heritage walks. The oldest, built as a Wesleyan chapel and school in 1858, still stands in Bay Street behind Brighton-Le-Sands on church land that once included a cemetery.
A little further west in Beaconsfield Street stands Bayview Lodge, once the home of Sir George Reid, Member of the House of Commons, NSW Premier and Prime Minister of Australia for 11 months from August 1904 to July 1905 as leader of a short-lived Free Trade-Protectionist alliance.
Things to do
Cafes and Restaurants - are found all the way along Grand Parade
Swimming and Water Sports - Grand Parade runs parallel to the beach with its white sand and grassy parkland. While there's no surf, there are enclosed pools