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 flag; 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 beachsafe.org.au.

  1. Milk Beach Vaucluse

    Milk Beach Vaucluse

    Situated at the base of Hermit Bay within the Sydney Harbour National Park, Milk Beach is a small isolated beach surrounded by the Heritage listed Strickland House.

    Offering a...

  2. Freshwater Beach

    Freshwater Beach

    A stunning family beach wedged between two headlands, Freshwater is a short walk north from Manly. A coastal walk further north will take you to Curl Curl.

    The north headland...

  3. Shelly Park, Cronulla

    Shelly Park, Cronulla

    Shelly Beach has a large park area and is located near ocean baths.

    Shelly Beach has a rocky shoreline with an ocean bath for swimming and is a great option for parents with...

  4. Avalon Beach

    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...

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