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 saltwater ...
Beach lifestyle in 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 beach gems. No matter where you choose to visit, you’re sure to find exceptional waterside dining, stunning coastal scenery, great shopping and a vibrant night-life.
The best of Sydney at the beach
Sydney’s beaches are renowned worldwide and visitors can choose from a variety of spectacular surf and sand options. At the beaches, there are plenty of things to see and do, from boating on spectacular Sydney Harbour and enjoying delicious waterside dining to getting some fresh air and exercise on a scenic coastal walk.
At Bondi, one of Sydney’s most popular beaches, you’ll find fit and friendly residents and tourists alike walking, jogging, swimming and boot-camping year-round. Many visit the area just to soak up the lively vibe and enjoy the beachside dining options and vibrant night-life.
Manly is another favourite beach for Sydneysiders and visitors. The Manly ferry from Circular Quay makes for a stunning and enjoyable ride no matter the season. Enjoy a fun marine experience at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, where you can discover the mysteries of the deep without getting your toes wet.
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 cafe on either as you take in the stunning views.
Just outside the city in Mosman, you’ll find picturesque Balmoral Beach. At Dee Why, stay connected with free WiFi, so you can “surf” from the convenience of a beachside café; you’ll find loads of shopping and a buzzing night-life here too. Farther north is Palm Beach, the setting for many scenes from iconic Australian TV show Home and Away.
Surfboards and summer in Sydney go hand in hand. Take on the challenges of Sydney’s world-famous breaks or sign up for surf lessons at Bondi Beach.
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.
Sydney's coastline features a series of ocean pools carved out of cliffs and rocky headlands offering a unique swimming experience surrounded by ocean and sky.
Sandcastles and fish and chips by the sea make Sydney’s beaches a pleasant option as part of your family holiday. Some of Sydney’s most kid-friendly beaches include Coogee, with its gentle waters; Manly, with its many beach-side eateries; and Balmoral, which offers plenty of shade and parklands.
With hundreds of beaches to choose from, you don't need to go far to find the perfect wave or claim your own place on the sand in Sydney. For the ultimate in surf and sand head to Bondi, Coogee, Tamarama, Manly, Queenscliff, Clovelly, Narrabeen and Palm Beach.
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.
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