Sydney surf beaches
Less than 10km from the city centre is Bondi, Australia's most famous and stylish stretch of sand. On a summer weekend in Sydney, you'd be hard pressed to find a larger collection of beautiful people than at Australia's most iconic surf beach, Bondi.
South Bondi is also the business end of the beach for board-riders. The north end is ideal for the soft-board learn-to-surfers, and a shallow kiddies' pool here makes it a big draw with families.
Also in the east is Maroubra Beach ("The Bra") a 1km curved strip of sand backed by a rifle range and a low-key residential neighbourhood that has a pub and two clubs, surf shops and a short strip with some restaurant and cafe gems. Families are also drawn to the beach's picnic areas, shaded playgrounds and safe rock pools.
In southern Sydney the 4km of coastline known as Cronulla actually comprises four different beaches – Wanda, Elouera, North Cronulla and Cronulla – side by side on a single broad sweep of southern Sydney sand. Cronulla is a cultural melting-pot, combining local board-riding communities, surf lifesaving clubs, and beach-goers from as far afield as the city's west and south-western fringe.
In company with Bondi, Manly Beach is Sydney's most iconic strip of sand. Surfing is so embedded in the culture here that there are about 10 surf shops in Manly, making it a great place to shop for clothing and equipment. Other popular activities on offer include beach volleyball, kayaking and scuba diving.
To the north you will discover a long strip of beaches, starting with Manly, about 30 minutes by ferry from the city centre, and tapering to the point of Palm Beach, well known for some of Sydney's most luxurious beach accommodation, fine restaurants and designer boutiques.
Most of Sydney's 37 beaches are situated within 30 minutes of the city centre by public transport.