Man's 'dangerous' sunbaking spot stuns visitors at Sydney beach

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A man’s “dangerous” sunbathing spot near one of Sydney’s most iconic beaches has triggered a safety warning from local authorities.

The unidentified male was pictured soaking up the sun on the edge of a cliff near Bronte Beach on Sunday, lying perilously close to a 10-metre drop to rocks below.

With headphones in, the man’s arm and leg can be seen dangling off the side of the cliff’s edge which is fenced off from the public.

The man’s dangerous spot for sunbaking turned heads of shocked walkers on Sunday. Source: Yahoo News Australia/ Supplied
The man’s dangerous spot for sunbaking turned heads of shocked walkers on Sunday. Source: Yahoo News Australia/ Supplied

Local resident Laura told Yahoo News Australia she was “completely shocked” to see the man nonchalantly lying there.

“I thought he was doing some kind of yoga or meditation but then I realised he was just catching some sun,” she said.

“I thought what an idiot, it’s such a dangerous place to sunbathe.”

Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos told Yahoo News Australia it was “very disappointing” to see such behaviour, especially with the safety fencing and signage in place.

“Aside from fencing, staying clear of obvious risk points such a cliff edges is just common sense. Council calls on all residents and visitors to avoid this dangerous behaviour”,” she said.

Photos show the man’s arm and leg hanging off the edge of the 10-metre cliff. Source: Yahoo News Australia/ Supplied
Photos show the man’s arm and leg hanging off the edge of the 10-metre cliff. Source: Yahoo News Australia/ Supplied

Cliffs near Bondi Beach a danger for tourists

Waverley Council, which also governs the nearby world-famous Bondi Beach, has for years faced difficulties in controlling visitors who ignore safety instruction along its cliff edges.

Last year, a British backpacker fell to her death at Diamond Bay in the northern section of the LGA as she took selfies with friends.

And in 2019, a 27-year-old woman fell to her death while taking a photo at the popular spot.

Mayor Masselos previously said selfie seekers were becoming a growing problem for the area and new vantage points have been approved to reduce the risk of visitors clambering onto areas off-limits.

“Waverley Council takes the safety of its community and visitors seriously,” she said on Monday.

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