Sydney beaches

Relax at a range of beautiful beaches in Sydney, from tranquil bays in Sydney Harbour to some of the world’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 30 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 only 50 minutes.

Aerial shot of Bondi Beach, Sydney

Six pretty Sydney Harbour beaches with tidal swimming enclosures are:

  • Seven Shillings Beach in Double Bay
  • Shark Beach in Nielsen Park, Vaucluse
  • Parsley Bay Reserve in Vaucluse
  • Greenwich Baths near Greenwich Point ferry wharf
  • Balmoral Beach in Mosman
  • Manly Cove near Manly ferry wharf

Like many beaches in Australia’s most beautiful city, Bondi is a delight all year. A National Surfing Reserve, surfers carve up waves from dawn. You’ll discover delicious places to eat in Bondi and at other popular beaches, and there are hip bars and lovingly restored pubs, such as the Clovelly Hotel.

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.

To the south are more fine stretches of sand and iconic National Surfing Reserves at Maroubra Beach and Cronulla’s beaches. You can take a ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena, a gateway to the Royal National Park. Or drive into the national park to Wattamolla Beach and other beaches.

In the Northern Beaches are more National Surfing Reserves as well as family-friendly beaches with outdoor pools such as at Manly and Dee Why. For more 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.

Sydney Beach safety

ENJOY SYDNEY'S BEACHES BY FOLLOWING THESE 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. It's also a good idea to always swim with a friend.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. 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. You can also find patrolled beach by visiting beachsafe.org.au.

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