Sydney beaches

Highlights

Beautiful sandy beaches

Sydney abounds in white sandy beaches, including world-famous attractions such as Bondi Beach. For a tranquil stretch of sand inside Sydney Harbour, try Balmoral on the northern side or Redleaf on the eastern side. At the most popular beaches, you’ll find beachside cafés, bars and restaurants, or pack a hamper for a picnic on a beach.

  • Manly Beach, Sydney
  • Bondi Beach, Sydney

Sydney Beaches from Palm Beach to Cronulla

Ocean pool, Palm Beach

Sydney is blessed with many beautiful sandy beaches, from tranquil bays and coves in Sydney Harbour to some of the world’s best surf beaches where you can enjoy curling waves and relax on the fine white sands.

Bondi Beach is the most famous of Sydney’s beaches. Like many beaches in Australia’s largest city, Bondi can be enjoyed all year. You’ll discover delicious places to eat and drink in Bondi and at other popular beaches.

Nearby are Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly. The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk has spectacular views and is a great way to explore the area. The headlands are excellent for watching the annual whale migration.

To the south are two iconic surf beaches Maroubra and Cronulla on the National Surfing Reserves. Cronulla is ideal for exhilarating long walks along the shore and is the only city beach directly accessible by train.

North of the city centre is Manly and Freshwater, both on the National Surfing Reserves list. Ride on a ferry from Circular Quay across one of the world’s greatest natural harbours to Manly. The journey is 30 minutes.

In Manly, visit Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary for one of the best aquarium experiences including diving with sharks. Other highlights along the north coast include Dee Why, Mona Vale and Palm Beach, which features as Summer Bay in the popular television soap Home and Away.

  • Surfing, Bondi

    Family-friendly beaches

    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.

  • Barranjoey Headland, Palm Beach

    Palm Beach escape

    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.

  • Ocean pool, Bronte Beach

    Sydney's outdoor pools

    Sydney's coastline features a series of outdoor pools carved out of cliffs and rocky headlands offering a unique swimming experience surrounded by ocean and sky. They're the perfect alternative to the surf, great for lap swimmers and toddlers. Some, such as Andrew Boy Charlton, are in Sydney's city centre, while others, like Wylie Baths, are beside popular beaches.

Best places to surf in Sydney

Learn to surf, Bondi Beach

If learning to surf is one of your dreams, most surf beaches in Sydney offer lessons 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 and is better suited to the more advanced. Cronulla and Coogee are also popular surf spots.

Enjoy Sydney's beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips

Surf Life Saving

Always swim between the red and yellow flag; 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 read 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 beachsafe.org.au.

  1. Manly Beach

    Manly Beach

    In company with Bondi, Manly Beach is Sydney’s most iconic strip of sand, named by the State’s first governor Arthur Phillip in 1788 for the impression made on him by “the confidence and manly...

  2. Greenwich Baths

    Greenwich Baths

    Greenwich Baths is a beautifully located harbour beach at the tip of Greenwich Point, run by leisure management company, Bluefit. Shark-netted and fully enclosed, it is perfect for families, lap...

  3. Clovelly Beach

    Clovelly Beach

    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...

  4. Wattamolla Beach

    Wattamolla Beach

    When you’re pining for the feel of sand between your toes, take the family and head to Wattamolla picnic area in Royal National Park. With loads of options to keep everyone happy, this is a popular...

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