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Aerial of Bondi beach and Bondi Icebergs pool, Sydney.
A couple picnic at Shoal Bay beach, Port Stephens.
The Hurley Australian Open of Surf event, Manly 2015.
A couple enjoying Belongil Beach, Byron Bay.
Scenic views from Stanwell Tops Lookout, Royal National Park, Sydney.

Beach lifestyle in Sydney

  • Lunchtime in Bondi, Sydney
  • Bronte Baths, Sydney


Some of Sydney's best beaches are within a 10 km radius from the city centre. Explore the popular beaches of Bondi and Manly, go further afield to Sydney’s Northern Beaches, or discover some hidden gems inside Sydney Harbour. At popular beachside destinations, you’ll find exceptional waterside dining, cafés and bars, great shopping and vibrant night-life.

Must Do

The best of Sydney at the beach

Chowder Bay, Mosman

Wriggle your toes in the soft white sand. Relax in the sun after an invigorating swim. Watch board riders and bodysurfers catch a wave or yachts glide across sparkling waters. Enjoy a picnic on the sand. It’s all part of the beach lifestyle that makes Sydney such an enticing destination.

Discover the abundant sandy choices, from world-famous Bondi Beach to a tranquil oasis inside the majestic Sydney Harbour. At the beaches, there are plenty of things to see and do including boating, swimming, surfing and exhilarating walks along sandstone headlands for spectacular views.

At Bondi, one of Sydney’s most popular beaches, you’ll find locals and tourists alike walking, jogging and swimming. Many visit the beaches just to soak up the lively vibe and enjoy the beachside dining options and vibrant night-life, or watch a glorious sunrise over the splendid Pacific Ocean.

Manly is another favourite destination. The Manly ferry from Circular Quay makes for a magnificent ride across one of the world’s greatest natural harbours. Enjoy a fun trip to Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, where you can even dive with sharks. Hire a bike in Manly and tour the coastline, from Shelly Beach at the southern end of Manly Beach to Freshwater Beach found around the northern headland. 

For some more tranquil beach options, head to Clovelly and Coogee. Coogee connects to Bondi with a beautiful six-kilometre coastal walk. Grab a coffee or hot chocolate at a café on either as you take in the stunning views.

In Mosman, on the northern side of Sydney Harbour, you’ll find picturesque Balmoral Beach. At Dee Why, stay connected with free Wi-Fi and surf from a beachside café. Farther north is Palm Beach, the setting for many scenes from iconic Australian TV show Home and Away.

The beaches also offer plenty of water sport activities. Learn to surf at one of the accredited surf schools at popular beaches. Snorkelling in the harbour or around rock platforms in the ocean is popular, too. At popular beaches you can hire kayaks, surfboards, beach chairs and umbrellas.

  • Surfing at Bondi


    Surfboards and summer in Sydney go hand in hand. Take on the challenges of Sydneys world-famous breaks or sign up for surf lessons at Bondi Beach. 

  • Sailing, Broken Bay

    Boating and sailing

    One of the best ways to see Sydney Harbour is from the deck of a yacht. The city's many coastal routes offer plenty of options for a daytrip or overnight cruise.

  • Curl Curl Ocean pool, Sydney

    Pools with a view

    Sydney's coastline features a series of ocean pools carved out of cliffs and rocky headlands, offering delightful swimming experiences. 

Enjoy Sydneys beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips

Surf Life Saving

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 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