Family friendly beaches

Highlights

Beach picnics all year

A fantastic way to spend a day in Sydney is a picnic at the beach. Bring your hamper as well as plenty of sunscreen and water, and enjoy soft white sands between your toes. Build a sandcastle with your little ones and watch them have fun in the water between the red and yellow flags.

  • Family at Coogee ocean pool
  • Family on Bronte beach

Enjoy Sydney beaches perfect for families

Sydneysiders love their beaches and for kids, the beach is one of the best places for outdoor 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. You’ll find gentle currents and enclosed swimming areas, surrounded by parklands.

On the spectacular coast, Coogee Beach in Sydney's east is protected from big swells by the picturesque Wedding Cake Island, making it a popular beach for families. Wylie's Bath is a famous pool at the southern end and is an excellent alternative if you have young children. For surf lessons, Lets Go Surfing has classes for children as young a seven at nearby Bondi Beach.

Lets Go Surfing in Bondi

Another delightful beach for families is Cronulla Beach. Take the train from Central Station to Cronulla, in Sydney's south, and head for the usually gentle waves at the southern end of Cronulla Beach, perfect for swimming and building sandcastles. Kids can learn to surf here too. Explore the surrounding rock pools and a beachside park has playground equipment for youngsters to climb all over.

In Sydney's north, Manly Beach is popular with all the essential ingredients for a great day at the beach including surf lessons for children as young as five. Enjoy fresh fish and chips on the beach or the tree-lined promenade as well as good coffee and gelato at any number of cafes on the Manly beachfront. To get to Manly, take a ferry from Circular Quay across Sydney Harbour.

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.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. 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. You can also find patrolled beach by visiting beachsafe.org.au.

 

  1. Gordons Bay

    Gordons Bay is located south of Clovelly Beach and north of Coogee Beach. Access to the bay is only limited to pedestrians via the surrounding streets or the Coastal Walk. Protected by an offshore reef , it is a...

  2. Newport Beach

    Newport faces due east so is open to swell coming from any direction. A jumble of rocks 250 metres south of the north headland known as The Peak shapes two separate breaks that attract a highly skilled local surfing...

  3. Bondi Beach

    Bondi Beach is Australia's most famous beach. Bondi's mixture of lifestyles would suit most visitors, whether you're drawn to the fashionable northern end or the surf-crazy south. You'll find that Bondi is one of the...

  4. Bronte Beach

    Bronte is just over a kilometre’s walk south of Bondi. The beach itself faces east and picks up swell from any direction, but bulky headlands to the north and south and clusters of underwater rocks make conditions...

  5. 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, to the northern of...

  6. Queenscliff Beach

    Queenscliff is the northern headland of Sydney’s famous Manly Beach, possessed of an offshore “bommie” which can handle waves up to seven metres. In a mighty swell, this is where you’re likely to find some of Manly’s...

  7. Coogee Beach

    Coogee Beach is a great beach with calm surf and is family-friendly. The promenade area has restored historic buildings and nurtured parklands.Most of the facilities are located at mid-beach with...

  8. Mona Vale Beach

    Mona Vale is effectively two separate beaches separated by a broad ocean rock platform. Waves that roll in along the southern edge of the platform surge into a gully that allows them to break smoothly and with...

  9. Avalon Beach

    Over the last decade or so Avalon has become the favoured "sea-change" destination for Sydney-siders looking to adopt the surfer lifestyle. As a result, the board-riding community here is large and enthusiastic but...

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