BALMORAL BEACH, SYDNEY

Lisa Clayton exercising on holidays in Australia


Years of living in Singapore as an Australian expat has not taken the Aussie out of Lisa Clayton, the Founder and Director of Ufit Bootcamps the largest and most popular bootcamp and fitness family in Southeast Asia. Her wanderlust, active and outdoorsy lifestyle is evident through her inspiring instagram account @lisaclayton77. If you are lucky enough to be in Singapore at any stage, a class with Lisa is essential. And if you get hooked (most likely) she also runs a girls retreat in Bali a few times a year; packed with exercise, healthy eats, beach hangs, shopping, pampering, laughter and sundowners. If you heading to Australia anytime soon The Beach Seekers got insiders on Lisa´s favourite Sydney beach and it is not Bondi..

What role does the ocean & the beach play in your life?

Ah, the beach, the ocean, is there anything better? There’s just no place quite as relaxing, beautiful or pleasant in the summer, and no place that combines the simple pleasures like nature and sunshine in a busy life. The beach helps me recharge. If I’m alone! With the kids it could be a different outcome but none the less, we as a family usually always enjoy fun in the sun, just bring home way more sand!

Where is your favourite beach destination?

Balmoral in Sydney is a hive of everything water related, to amazing food. The beaches boast beautiful white sand and the scenery is stunning. Boats, the Harbour and headland view its great for kids and adults.

Where will we find the best coffee here?

The Boathouse Balmoral

Best shopping?

Military Road is full of shops! Starting from Raglan St all the way up to the main road it’s a good 2k of shopping from clothes, furniture and home wares.

Best healthy eats?

Pasta Zu, an amazing range of salads, there is a small sushi eatery on Vista St, Awaba St Cafe and who could forget the iconic The Boathouse for dining on the water.

Best sundowners? 

Private dining room

Best exercise here either you prefer a class, walk or run?

Run. A great set of stairs goes up to Chowder Bay and a bush track takes you back. A gorgeous walk or run with stops to see the Harbour.

Chicest place to stay? 

I don’t know any hotels actually but AirBnB has many places for rent.

Must see and do?

Taronga Zoo, the rock pools, visit Chowder Bay and take a drive to Manly.

What do you always pack in your beach bag? 

Sunscreen (I use a different one to the boys) 30+ SPF coconut smelling Le tanOriginal & Mineral Know Knott Conditioning Detangler (as my hair gets into a right old mess), sunnies, Summer Moments turkish towels and water.

How do you keep fit on your holidays?

It’s a mixture of runs, I enjoy running around new places, visiting boutique studios for a strength class, or joining in on an outdoor fitness class.

Your beach uniform?

Rip curl bikinis, Zimmerman bikinis, Fella swim, Vamastyle, Havaianas, a pair off short denim shorts and a basic white singlet with a t-back.

What is your favorite part of an ultimate beach day?

Walking away warm, tanned, nourished. Getting out in the fresh air and getting in the clean water is just exhilarating. It makes you feel better. You are getting good, clean, fresh air right off the ocean. I can move. I can do anything I want in the water. It’s comfortable. Watching the boys boogie board and swim for hours on end, and see that they got my outdoorsy love makes me a proud mummy.