Gordon’s Bay


Police Station
The first police station in Gordon’s Bay was built 113 years ago in 1903 by Pieter Miller. It was situated at 31 Miller Street, had ‘lock-up cells’ and was manned by Edward Holloway, the first foot constable in the town. In 1934 the old Victorian house in Van der Byl Street was purchased by the Department of Public Works to serve at the new Gordon’s Bay Police Station.

Post Office
A small scale, symmetrical, Baker-style building under a hipped fibre cement slate roof with a triple bay columned loggia, flanked on each side by a blue-and-white Ceramic Studio tiled panel, both of which are by Thelma Gifford Gayton. The massing, architectural proportions, refined details and limited palette of materials used in the Post Office building are testament to the design skills of the architects of the Public Works Department at that time.


Dutch Reformed Church
This strikingly attractive Dutch Reformed church, together with some of our town’s other lovely old buildings, has become a Gordon’s Bay landmark. On 23 October 1915 the corner-stone was laid by the Somerset West church minister Rev P J Pienaar.

Ingrid Jonker Memorial
Such was the impact of poet Ingrid Jonker that decades after her death in 1965, the late Nelson Mandela read her poem, The Child who Was Shot Dead by Soldiers at Nyanga, at the opening of the first democratic Parliament on 24 May 1994. She was both a poet and a South African. She was both an Afrikaner and an African. She was both an artist and a human being." She had written the poem following a visit to the Philippi police station to see the body of a child who had been shot dead in his mother's arms by the police in the township of Nyanga in Cape Town. It happened in the aftermath of the massacre of 69 people in Sharpeville, south of Johannesburg, in March 1960. They were marching to the police station to protest against having to carry passbooks.
Read more about Ingrid Jonker here

House for Sir Alfred Beit
Manor on the Bay is a 12 en-suite room Guest House situated on the sandy white beach of peaceful The house was built in 1862 and served as a summer residence for the famous Beit-family. Oregon floors, high ceilings, the magnificent unsurpassed mountain and sea-view and the private wine-cellar adds to the elegance of this historic manor. The mountain stream, oaks and palm-trees contribute to the tranquillity of the unspoiled garden.

Bikini Beach
One of the most popular places in Gordon’s Bay is Bikini Beach, and even though the beach itself is small and parking limited, it’s worth trying to find an empty spot along with other holidaymakers during peak season. Thanks to its sheltered locality between the mountain and harbour, Bikini Beach comes into its own when the wind is howling. It enjoys Blue Flag status, attesting to its water quality, safety and related international criteria.

Bikini Beach Books
Need a great book to read while sunbathing on Bikini Beach in gorgeous Gordon’s Bay? Then you can’t go wrong with this quaint seaside bookstore. Housed in the former The Oleanders residential hotel, Bikini Beach Books is a fascinating labyrinth of novels, poetry, historical ledgers, biographies and more at really affordable prices, and also boasts interesting decor and a resident ginger cat who might or might not want to help you with your reading requests.

Danie Miller Hiking Trail
The Danie Miller Hiking Trail in Gordon’s Bay traces the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains offering fantastic view of Gordon’s Bay, the Helderberg and False Bay. The trail offers a fairly easy walk from Aurora Drive to the landmark Gordon’s Bay anchor. The walk  is ± 7km, (90 minute) to the end and back again.

Steenbras Gorge and Crystal Springs Hike
This easy 90 minute hike is a delightful adventure in a beautiful nature reserve. Follow the stream in the kloof (gully) between the mountians, past many crystal clear pools. Stop along the way to enjoy indiginous fynbos, to swim or bathe the sunshine on the rocks. Stop and turn back when you feel you have gone far enough - each spot along the way is beautiful enough to be the destination. You will need a buy a permit at the gate to enter the area and numbers are restricted to only 50 people per day, so get there early to avoid disappointment. Permits are available at Sunbird Resort. Remember this area can get very hot during the summer so packing enough water with your picnic lunch is advisable.

Winter Wonderland
The town will once again be transformed into a spectacular Fairyland of lights. Experience culturally diverse restuarants celebrating this special time of year! There will be many special offers and live music available across Gordon's Bay. Amazing activities, great Guest Houses, wonderful shops and the only town in South Africa with 2 working harbours.
http://www.winterwonderland.co.za/

Clarence Drive
Clarence Drive is one of the most scenic routes the Cape Peninsula has to offer. It follows the False Bay coast line, squashed between the sea and the foothills of the Southern extention of the Hottentots Holland Mountains. The route undulates along the mountainside, at times almost down to the level of the waves and at others rising above the water's edge, allowing one the opportunity to stop at any of the numerous viewing sites to enjoy the beautiful view of False Bay. Clarence Drive was named after Jack Clarence who was responsible for replacing the footpath between Gordon's Bay and Rooi Els with a proper road.

Harbour Island
Idyllically situated on the outskirts of the quaint Cape Harbour village of Gordon's Bay, Harbour Island is scenically wedged between the majestic Hottentots Holland mountains and the golden, sun-kissed beaches of False Bay. Harbour Island has a serene almost rustic ambience - its almost like living out on the ocean. A fresh tang of sea spray welcomes you at the marina. Make your way to the jetty, and note the luxury yachts lying there. Waiting for their next cruise on the shimmering ocean. As the night draws near and the sun slowly disappears behind the horizon, walk barefoot on endless stretches of romantic beach.