From the Editor: October in the East

Hermitage Foreshore Walk

Hermitage Foreshore Walk

Working on a magazine like this means we have access to hundreds of images each month. The best are earmarked for use, while many if not most are unremarkable and pass across our desks without comment. Occasionally one will leap from the screen, demanding attention.

This month I was looking at the materials that came in from our correspondents Caroline Clements and Dillion Seitchik-Reardon for their regular Places We Swim column, when one image immediately jumped out at me.

It was a picture of a young guy taking a dramatic leap from a sandstone ledge along the Vaucluse foreshore, into the harbour some six metres below. He’s suspended against the sky with the backdrop of the Sydney CBD behind him, seemingly held up in time, like a parachutist without a parachute. I knew straight away that this would be our cover image.

As Caroline writes in her accompanying piece: “Although we cannot condone the jump, we can confirm its existence. As always, be safe. Watch someone else jump first and swim around the landing beforehand to make sure that the tide is high enough.”

Like Caroline, I can’t condone the jump but as our images show, plenty of people are prepared to take the leap, a number that will surely swell as the weather warms up and Sydneysiders get out and about to revel in the glorious late-spring and early-summer warm weather. Again, be safe.

The Everest is on October 19

The Everest is on October 19

Caroline’s story is more widely about the beautiful walk that stretches from Vaucluse to Watsons Bay. The Hermitage Foreshore Walk is a treasure unknown to many in the East.  And you don’t have to take a leap of faith to enjoy it and its many delightful and uncrowded beaches.

This month Local East is, as usual, dedicated to showcasing the great things to do in the East right now. Make sure you get tickets to The Everest, Australia’s richest horse race, being will be held on October 19 at Royal Randwick and keep an eye out for our stories on what to wear on the big day. It will be fun.