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Family-friendly beaches


Family travel in Sydney

Getting around with the whole family is easy, pick up a travel pass that includes ferries, trains and buses.  With the Family Funday Sunday fares, you can explore Sydney and nearby regions on buses, trains, ferries and light rail for just $2.50 per person.

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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 Sydneys 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. Its 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

Stay safe at the beach

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Family on Bronte beach, Sydney
Beach at Nielson Park