Cronulla, in the Sutherland Shire on Sydney's southern coast, is the only Sydney beach that can be reached by train, meaning you can visit without the headache of finding a carpark. North Cr...
Things to do by the beach
Summer beach action
Things to do in Sydney's summer
Sydney is the perfect destination during summer holidays, effortlessly mixing the buzz of a large city with a cosmopolitan beach culture. With so many things to see and do by the sea, you can make the most of this beach lifestyle with friends and family.
Always wanted to hang ten? Summer is the perfect time to learn to surf at one of Sydney's many famous surf beaches. Get started or hone your skills at surf schools in Bondi, Manly or Maroubra. Many of the city's beaches have surfboards for hire, too.
Want to try something a bit different? Stand-up paddleboarding is a great way to see the beach and keep fit! Several spots around the city offer instruction and board hire, including Manly, Bundeena and Mosman.
Looking for something to do when you rinse off the salt and sand? Visit one of the many waterside cafes and restaurants around the city. In Manly, you'll find food and drink aplenty by the water. Afterwards, visit Manly Waterworks to enjoy the waterslides or to the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary to check out the marine life.
If you prefer to scope out marine life with a snorkel or a tank, Manly is also a great place for underwater adventures. Gordon's Bay near Clovelly is another top spot for beneath-the-surface encounters. Book in for a Snorkel Safari if you want an expert guide to help you.
While you're enjoying yourself at the beach, remember to play it safe. Regularly reapply your sunscreen and always swim between the yellow and red flags where the surf lifesavers patrol.
Keep in mind that many attractions have school holiday deals, giving you and your family the chance to explore more of the city for special package offers.
Get fit outdoors
It's the perfect time of year in Sydney to get outside for your exercise. Kayaking is great for your core, cardio fitness and strength training. If you like your sun salutations, find a beachside yoga class. Try Mysan Yoga at Manly, the Mosman Yoga Co-op at Balmoral Beach, or Yoga by the Sea, which offers seaside classes at Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama. Pedestrians can set out on one of the city's longer coastal walks, or go for a run around the harbour. If you're really keen, get in the harbour for the Great Sydney Swim in January.
More outdoor summer fun
There is plenty of outdoor summer fun in Sydney in Summer. Visit the Sydney Markets for a bit of open-air shopping. On a warm summer evening, pack a picnic and watch a film at one of Sydney's outdoor cinemas. Venues include the Royal Botanic Gardens, Bondi Beach, Centennial Parklands, and Sydney Olympic Park.
Things to do at Chowder Bay
Secluded Chowder Bay, along with Middle Head and Georges Heights, form the beautiful Headland Park near Mosman and Balmoral. There are plenty of things to do in the bay's calm waters, including swimming, paddling, snorkelling and diving. After your time in the water, enjoy a harbourside meal at Ripples at Chowder Bay or high tea at Gunners Barracks.
Running and cycling in Sydney
Cycling is popular in Sydney, with some great shared pedestrian and cycle paths around the city and harbour. All you need is a bike, a helmet and you're set to go. Bike hire is available at a number of locations around the city. Favourite pathways include a winding 35 km through Homebush Park near Sydney Olympic Park, the 7 km 'bay run' around the harbour via Rozelle and Drummoyne, and a ride around beautiful Centennial Parklands.
Swimming safety information
NSW has a wide range of wonderful swimming options from beaches, ocean pools, harbourside pools, lakes, rivers or swimming holes at the bottom of waterfalls. However to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment, swimmers should follow this general advice:
Look for patrolled beaches (this is where lifesavers are on duty you will see red and yellow flags that indicate this). You should always swim between the red and yellow flags as they mark the safest place to swim.
Never swim alone at night, or under the influence of alcohol, or directly after a meal.
Always check water depth before diving in as rocks or trees could be submerged and never run and dive into the water from the beach.
Check for signs regarding advice on water conditions at your chosen swimming spot and at any natural swimming hole. Always proceed with caution as surfaces could be slippery and water conditions may not be immediately apparent; particularly if the areas has recently experienced heavy rainfalls or flooding.
Cabbage Tree Bay is an aquatic reserve that aims to protect marine life. It covers an area of approximately 20 hectares, from the southern end of Manly Beach, including the rocky shores and beaches, t...
McIvers Baths are perched on a cliff face and rock platform between Coogee Beach and Wylies Baths.This is the last remaining women's and children's only pool in Australia. The spot ...
Over the last decade or so Avalon has become the favoured "sea-change" destination for Sydney-siders looking to adopt the surfer lifestyle. As a result, the board-riding community here is large and en...
Collaroy has great swimming conditions and is excellent for beginner surfers.While advanced surfers are more likely to look at nearby wave-magnets such as Narrabeen and Long Reef, Collaroy d...
Narrabeen Beach is one of Australia's iconic surfing and swimming beaches. Over three kilometres of sand stretch from Long Reef in the south to the Narrabeen Lagoon entrance in the north, with fou...
Clovelly Beach is a small and tranquil beach, located the mouth of a narrow bay between two rocky ridges. Concrete platforms and promenades have been constructed on both sides of the bay. A saltwater ...
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