Relax at a range of beautiful beaches in Sydney, from tranquil bays in Sydney Harbour to some of Australia’s best surf beaches. There are world-famous Bondi and Manly, well-kept secret beaches, and lovely secluded beaches in Australia’s oldest national park, the Royal National Park.
Getting to many beaches is easy by public transport. Bondi Beach is 40 minutes from Town Hall in the city centre by train and bus. You can take a ferry from Circular Quay across one of the world’s finest natural harbours to Manly. And the train from Central Station to Cronulla is one hour.
Sydney Harbour is full of pretty sheltered beaches, many with tidal swimming enclosures. Camp Cove and Shark Beach in Vaucluse are good for swimming, and nearby Milk Beach has great views of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
You can take your dogs to Chinamans Beach and Rose Bay Beach, as well as to Sirius Cove Reserve in Mosman. Balmoral is another beautiful Mosman beach, with a great selection of cafes, bars and restaurants lining the water.
Greenwich Baths near Greenwich Point ferry wharf, is a fully enclosed beach which is fantastic for families, along with Little Manly Beach, which is partially netted. Between May and February, keep an eye out for Little Penguins, which nest around North Harbour.
You can explore several gorgeous beaches on the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, a 6km trail that meanders by Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly. A popular spot for snorkelling and scuba diving is Gordons Bay, which is part of the Bronte-Coogee Aquatic Reserve and just north of Coogee Beach.
Famous Bondi Beach is a National Surfing Reserve and a great place to learn how to surf, along with Maroubra Beach and Cronulla’s beaches, further south. You can take a ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena, a gateway to the Royal National Park. Or drive into the national park to explore beautiful wild beaches such as Wattamolla Beach and Garie Beach.
In Sydney’s North are the fantastic Northern Beaches, including Narrabeen, Dee Why and Avalon Beach. Manly and Freshwater make up another National Surfing Reserve, with the latter being the birthplace of surfing in Australia. For fun and TV memorabilia, join Flamin’ Galah or Northern Beaches Tours on a tour to Palm Beach, featured in the hit TV drama Home and Away.