Beach lifestyle in Sydney

Sydney’s cosmopolitan beach lifestyle offers fabulous experiences. Wriggle your toes in the soft white sand. Relax in the sun after an invigorating swim. Watch board riders catch waves. Stroll along the spectacular coastline. Explore underwater worlds. Savour beach picnics and beachside cafes.

And you’ll be thrilled with the many beautiful Sydney beaches, from world-famous Bondi and Manly beaches to the well-kept secrets inside the majestic Sydney Harbour, from northernmost Palm Beach to secluded beaches in Australia’s oldest national park, the Royal National Park in Sydney’s south.

Surfing, Palm Beach

You’ll find plenty of things to do, including swimming, surfing, boating, fishing and exhilarating walks to sandstone headlands perfect for whale watching from May to November. There are free barbecue facilities at some beaches, and an enticing range of cafes, bars and restaurants at popular beaches.

Join snorkelling tours in marine reserves and explore rocky reefs and kelp forests teeming with colourful marine life, such as blue groper, wobbegong sharks and sea dragons. You can also learn how to ride waves at surf schools in CronullaMaroubra, Bondi and the Northern Beaches.

Below you’ll find eight gateways to fun and adventure.

Sydney Beach safety


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