Family friendly beaches


Turn a visit to the beach into a day out

Pack a picnic, as well as plenty of sunscreen, and spend the day with golden sand between your toes. Build a sandcastle, play a game of beach cricket or let your little ones splash in between the flags.

  • Coogee Beach
  • Queenscliff Beach

Family-friendly Sydney beaches

Sydneysiders love their beaches and, for kids, there's no better place to have fun. Some of Sydney's best beaches for families are found in pretty locations in the inner harbour such as Nielsen Park in the eastern suburbs and Balmoral Beach on the north side of the city. Swim in the netted pools, paddle in the sheltered waters or enjoy a picnic in the shady parklands nearby.

Coogee Beach is protected from big swells by the picturesque Wedding Cake Island, making it one of the city's most family-friendly beaches in Sydney. Wylies Bath, the historic sea pool at the southern end, provides a netted and quiet alternative if you have young children. South Cronulla Beach is sandy with gentle waves, perfect for swimming, building sandcastles or exploring the surrounding rock pools.

Manly Beach is one of the popular north side beaches that has all the essential ingredients for a great day at the beach. A short walk from the Corso takes you to pretty Shelly Beach, which is in sheltered bay. Enjoy fresh fish'n chip shops, good coffee and gelato at any number of cafes on the Manly beachfront. You can even hop on ferry at Manly Wharf for a quick trip back to Circular Quay.

Other beach activities range from snorkelling - at Shelley Beach and Chowder Bay - to learn to surf lessons for older kids. 

Most Sydney beaches are patrolled by surf lifesavers throughout summer. Make sure you are aware of beach safety tips.

Enjoy Sydney's 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

  1. Long Reef Beach

    Long Reef Beach

    Long Reef is a perfect stretch of white sand.
    At the north end there is Long Reef Headland, a protected aquatic reserve, and a golf course. A walk to the top of the headland can often be...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. Cabbage Tree Bay

    Cabbage Tree Bay

    Cabbage Tree Bay is an aquatic reserve that aims to protect marine life. It covers an area of approximately 20 hectares, from the southern end of Manly Beach, including the rocky shores and beaches...

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