Life in Beaumaris – or Beauy as it’s affectionately known by locals – moves at a different pace. Life here is relaxed, and it offers residents a welcome escape from the relentless buzz of the city. Hugged by the coastline, the outdoor lifestyle is inescapable. The suburb is home to its own surf lifesaving club, yacht clubs, lawn bowls and a tennis club. Locals make the most of the suburb’s impressive beaches with regular dips in the ocean, walking along the stunning clifftop trail, or weekends spent cycling the many panoramic trails. In short, Beaumaris is a playground for those who love the great outdoors.
Despite its distance from the city, you’ll find everything you need in close proximity in the bay area. There’s a vibrant shopping district, an enviable choice of local restaurants, and the recently completed Beaumaris Secondary College. With a welcoming community and house prices a little more accessible than it’s neighbouring suburbs, Beaumaris is Bayside’s best-kept secret.
Good coffee is easy to find here, with Ginger Fox Café being a local favourite. While residents might come for the caffeine fix, they stay for the food – the delicious and healthy menu is good for the body and the spirit. Choose from their bircher muesli, nourish bowl or the house-cured salmon and soba noodle salad. Bathed in greenery and natural light, it offers plenty of space for navigating prams, little people or larger groups – making it a meeting place for young and old alike.
If an evening out is more your style, you’re in safe hands at Six Keys – another local mainstay that’s nestled amongst a small strip of shops on Keys Street. The family-oriented venue offers a contemporary menu, with something for even the fussiest of eaters. The yellowfin tuna carpaccio and boneless lamb shank are highlights, capped off with a white chocolate panna cotta or the delicious salted caramel cheesecake.
Alternatively, allow your tastebuds to travel to Europe by visiting La Cucina, which serves authentic Italian cuisine. Indulge in the decadence of traditional Southern Italian staples, including handmade pastas and wood-fired pizzas. The menu is thick with flavour, from spaghetti covered in rich, velvety sauces to generously topped pizzas and the creamy tiramisu. One insider’s tip is to try the seafood risotto and burnt butter gnocchi – they are particular palate-pleasers.
While you may be far away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Beaumaris is certainly not without culture. Artist-turned-gallery owner Nicolle Zuzarte-Smith is behind boutique gallery Zuz Arte Gallery, and she takes great pride in catering to a range of artistic styles and tastes – refreshing the gallery’s collection every three months. Promoting a carefully curated selection of local artists, you’ll even find wearable art in the forms of printed scarves and handmade jewellery. What’s more, with community-building events like the Cork and Canvas art classes and complimentary wine served on Friday afternoon to Sunday, you’ll increase your knowledge while rubbing shoulders with the area’s local creatives.
One of the many drawcards for families to venture south to Beaumaris is the leafy green streets, wide-open roads, and generous blocks. It’s perfect for raising children. You’ll also find empty nesters and retirees who enjoy the peace and quiet the suburb has to offer. With an appealing variety of architectural styles, it’s common to see stunning mid-century architecture sitting side-by-side with avant-garde contemporary designs. The area also remains dotted with elegant Victorian homes with immaculately presented gardens. Combine this with easy access to the beach, outdoor offerings, and the laidback lifestyle, it’s easy to see why so many people fall in love with life in Beaumaris.