I cxan't believe how nice it's been at Bronte this week, in the first month of a typical Sydney winter. Sunny almost every day, 18 or 19 degrees maximum, people both swimming and sunbathing - not that I approve of sunbathing but at least it is probably safer than in the heat of a Sydney summer.
I did not get down there until after 4pm today, after the sun had disappeared from the beach, but the water was lovely, not the least bit FREEZING and probably even warmer than Cornwall in summer.
Kids were playing touch footie in the park too, some in shorts, others surfies with their wet suits peeled back to their waists.
Sure it can get cold at night, the homes could be better heated, and I heard there are fresh snowfalls in the Snowy Mountains, but it's still very pleasant here in Sydney. I had a coffee in one of the licensed cafes at Bronte after my swim and that too is a very pleasant aspect of life in Sydney - you can have a coffee or a beer/glass of wine AND the pubs do not all close at 11pm either!