Sydney is a city like no other – its unique urban buzz mixes seamlessly with laid-back coastal living. Visitors can choose from dozens of surf beaches and harbour coves to find your ideal spot. You’ll find locals and visitors hitting grabbing their boards throughout the year and the waves suit novice and pro surfers alike. The cafes, bars and restaurants surrounding the beaches provide great vantages point for people watching and wave watching.
The most iconic of these is Bondi Beach. A mix of golden sand, great surf and a multitude of seaside dining spots make it a city favourite. Nearby are Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly. The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk has spectacular views and is a great way to explore the area.
To the south, you’ll find Cronulla , one of Sydney’s most expansive beaches and an ideal choice for long lazy walks along the shore. Cronulla is the only city beach directly accessible by train, making it perfect for a daytrip on a Sydney stopover.
North of the city centre is Manly. Regular ferry services head to Manly from Circular Quay, allowing for some wonderful views of Sydney Harbour during the scenic 30-minute ride. Once at Manly, visit Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary for one of the best indoor marine experiences around.
Other highlights along the north coast include Dee Why, Mona Vale and Palm Beach.