Beaches from Palm Beach to Cronulla
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 recognisable of Sydney’s beaches is Bondi. 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. When planning your seaside adventure, take a look at the events around Sydney beaches. Fitness fanatics will love the Sun Herald City2Surf and the Manly Scenic Fun Run.
Best places to surf in Sydney
If learning to surf is one of your dreams, most surf beaches in Sydney offer lessons all year-round. Bondi and Manly are good choices for novices, while Narrabeen and Dee Why are known for their great surf breaks. To the south of Bondi Beach, the narrow inlet of Tamarama offers more of a challenge for board riders, so may be better suited to the more advanced. Cronulla and Coogee are also popular surf spots.
Sandcastles, surf, and fish and chips by the sea make Sydney’s beaches an ideal option for a day out with the family or a longer family holiday. Some of Sydney’s most kid-friendly beaches include Coogee with its gentle waters, Manly with its many beachside eateries and Balmoral, which has plenty of shade, parklands and calm waters.
Palm Beach sits on a beautiful peninsula an hour north of Sydney – with the ocean on one side and tranquil Pittwater on the other. Palm Beach is the perfect place for dining out, with options ranging from luxurious Barrenjoey House to the shabby-chic Boathouse. Fans of the iconic Australian TV show Home and Away will know Palm Beach for its starring role as Summer Bay.
In addition to Sydney’s great ocean beaches, ocean pools and outdoor pools, the city offers some fantastic indoor pools for year-round swimming, too. Some of Sydney’s best include Andrew Boy Charlton Pool at the Domain, Manly Boy Charlton Swim Centre , the Cook and Phillip Aquatic and Fitness Centre and Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre .
Enjoy Sydney’s beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips.
Always swim between the red and yellow flags – surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It’s also a good idea to always swim with a friend.
Make sure you ready any safety signs at the beach and you are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.
Check conditions before you go and find a patrolled beach by visiting www.beachsafe.org.au.