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Spotlight on Sydney.

Local insider interview with Caroline Clements, Writer/Producer, Places We Swim.

Name: Caroline Clements


Star Sign: Aries


Hometown: Melbourne, Australia. 


Why Sydney?

To live near the beach!


Describe yourself in 3 words or less... 

Excitable, active, impatient.

Describe Sydney in 3 words or less... 

Sunny, charming, outside.

What inspires you here?

The people, the energy, the natural beauty, the food culture and the different communities. The lifestyle in Sydney feels so charged by being close to the water – whether it’s the harbour or the ocean. 

What does a normal day look like for you?

I wake up at around 6am, and do something active, a run, some yoga, or a swim. I like doing exercise with others - usually my bf Dillon, friends or our neighbours – it’s more fun and motivating. We have breakfast together, then the workday begins. If I’m working somewhere else (a shared workspace or library) I might ride my bike, or catch a bus/train (good time to read or catch up on emails), otherwise I often work at home. Mostly I spend the day at a computer but will try to get outside to eat lunch or sit in the sun at some point. At night, depending on the light, there might be some other activities, a pottery class, an early evening swim or dinner with friends, or we’ll cook dinner at home and relax. Then in bed by about 10pm with a book. 

Favourite places in Sydney for:


What does a perfect Sydney weekend look like for you?

Dinner with friends on Friday night / maybe a board game, a swim on Saturday morning, homemade pancakes for breakfast, a bike ride, a movie at the cinema, some yin yoga. Any or all with friends. Sleep in Sunday, read in bed. I might flick through some cookbooks and decide on what to cook, and hopefully another great meal with friends.

You have found some pretty amazing places to swim all over Australia. Can you share a few of your favourites in and around Sydney?

I love Clovelly and Gordons Bay, but more regularly I’ll be found splashing around Bondi, or the little rocky spot between McKenzies Bay and Tamarama. You can float around in the rockpools or jump off the rocks and get washed around by the waves. I also love Collins Flat Beach over in Manly, just around the headland from Little Manly Cove.


What is your favourite weekend getaway outside Sydney?

The Royal National Park or down further south to Stanwell Park, Austinmer, and Kiama in our van. Also love visiting up around Newcastle and into the Blue Mountains. 

Do you have any other Sydney secrets you can share?

A protected little beach called Camp Cove up past Watsons Bay with a beach kiosk on the sand.

Where are you travelling to next?

NSW coast, Melbourne, New Zealand, Philadelphia, New Mexico.

Window or aisle seat? Aisle.


What 3 things are always in your suitcase?

A swimsuit, runners, coconut oil for my skin. 


Favourite 3 hotels in the world?

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef (Western Australia); Fort Bazaar (Galle, Sri Lanka); Pumphouse Point (Lake St Clair, Tasmania).

Who is inspiring you right now?

Greta Thunberg, the whole crew who made the Free Solo doco, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, my ambitious friends who are all sorts of creative and clever. 

What is on your stereo?

Julia Jackson, Methyl Ethel, #1 Dads, Nicola Cruz, Cool Sounds.


Words you live by…

Done not perfect.

Places We Swim

Instagram: @placesweswim


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