Things to do by the beach
A summer wonderland, Sydney effortlessly mixes the buzz of Australia’s largest city with a cosmopolitan beach lifestyle. You’ll be amazed with the many things to do by the beach, from scenic walks to delicious places to eat, markets, theatre and festivals. Or simply relax on the soft sand.
Check out the vibrant summer events calendar for beachside markets, ocean swims, surf carnivals and fun festivals. For fresh produce and gourmet treats, the Bondi Farmers Market is every Saturday in Bondi and the delicious Palm Beach Market is held monthly on a Sunday in idyllic Palm Beach.
The Narrabeen Lakes Festival in December is a weekend of live music, carnival rides, food and more in Narrabeen. Join in the Christmas joy at Carols by the Sea in Bondi. With the Bard on the Beach, enjoy classic plays at several waterside locations including Avalon, Balmoral, Bondi and Cronulla.
A beachside barbecue is a tasty way to enjoy a sunny day at a gorgeous beach with family and friends. You’ll find gas and electric barbecue facilities – free and coin operated - in pretty parks and reserves adjacent to many beaches in Sydney. Popular beaches with barbecue facilities include:
- Wattamolla Beach in the Royal National Park
- Shelly Beach in Cronulla
- Coogee Beach in Coogee
- Shelly Beach in Manly
- Northern Beaches such as Dee Why and Palm Beach
Or bring a hamper for a beach picnic. There are many enchanting beaches without barbecues that have lovely parks and reserves with picnic tables. Dotted around Sydney Harbour are charming beachside picnic spots too, such as Balmoral Beach in Mosman and Nielsen Park in Vaucluse.
And there are plenty of fun things to do on and below the sparkling blue waters, from swimming and snorkelling to surfing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Sydney is blessed with some of the best surf beaches in the world and you can learn the thrill of riding waves at one of the surf schools.