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Beach lifestyle in Sydney


Summer is a fantastic time to enjoy Sydney's beach lifestyle. Some of Sydney's best beaches are within a 10 km radius from the city centre – close enough for a daytrip! Hit the sand and surf, catch a wave and enjoy some of the best in beachside dining.

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The best of Sydney at the beach

Chowder Bay, Mosman. Image James Pipino

Sydney is known around the world for its beaches, and visitors can choose from a variety of spectacular surf-and-sand options. Whether you want to take to the waves with your surfboard, enjoy quiet time on a secluded beach or dine overlooking the ocean, Sydney has it all.

Two of Sydney's most popular beaches are Bondi and Manly. Both are renowned for their great surf, as well as the communities built around the two beaches. Many people visit the areas just to soak up the vibe and enjoy the beachside dining options.

If you prefer more tranquil beaches, Clovelly and Coogee are perfect for you. Coogee connects to Bondi with a beautiful six-kilometre coastal walk. Extend your walk and stop off for a dip, a drink or a break in the shade. Every spring, you'll have even more reason to take a break as you wander past Sculpture by the Sea.

Near Manly you can lie on the sand with a picnic and a book. Balmoral Beach, close to Mosman and on the harbour is very picturesque, and Dee Why offers more of an ocean beachside atmosphere. Farther north is Palm Beach, the setting for many scenes from iconic Australian TV show Home and Away.

For those looking for a sporting activity, why not try surf schools, kayak hire and snorkelling?

Milk Beach at Vaucluse, Image James Pipino
Sydney's secret beaches

Sydney has many secret beaches, making them perfect places to get away from bustle of the more popular coastal areas. Milk Beach in the eastern suburbs, Jibbon Beach in the Royal National Park and Resolute Beach in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park are all hidden gems. 

MacCallum outdoor pool, Cremorne. Image Hamilton Lund
Sydney's outdoor pools

Sydney's many saltwater pools and ocean baths are 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.

Sculpture by the Sea
Sculpture by the Sea

Every year, Sculpture by the Sea transforms the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. A two-kilometre stretch of coastline becomes the world's largest free-to-the-public art show, with more than 100 sculptures dotting the walk. The exhibition lasts just 18 days in October - November each year, so don't miss it.