Surf and Beaches

The beaches of Sydney and NSW are world-renowned. And with good reason. Hundreds of pristine beaches adorn the 2,000km of coastline that winds along NSW’s eastern shores, where the vast majority of the state's population resides, rests and plays. It’s no surprise then that beach culture and NSW are intertwined. There’s nothing more Aussie than a day at the beach.

Learning to surf is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable activities you can have in the waves, and Sydney, with more than 30 beaches, is the ideal place to give it a try. Learn to surf at iconic Bondi beach with Let's Go Surfing, or sign up for a surf camp and venture farther afield. Surf Camp Australia can teach you to surf at the gorgeous Seven Mile Beach on the NSW South Coast, or take you as far north as the stunning Byron Bay.

Many of Australia’s beaches are patrolled by Surf Life Saving Australia, who mark the safest and patrolled part of the beach with red and yellow flags. If you find yourself needing help in the water, remember to stay calm and try to attract attention. You can check surf conditions and find out more at

Enjoy Sydneys 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