Family Friendly Beaches

It’s a given that kids love being in the water and because Sydney is synonymous with the beach, it’s an ideal city for family fun. There’s a beach for every kind of occasion, whether you want to hang on the grass, have a splash in a calm ocean pool or catch some serious waves.

If you’re looking for a lo-fi experience with gentle currents and enclosed swimming areas surrounded by parkland, you’ll be pleased to know some of Sydney's best beaches for families are found in pretty locations in the inner harbour, such as Nielsen Park in the eastern suburbs and Balmoral Beach on the north side of the city.

'Let's Go Surfing', Bondi

Head to Sydney’s east cost for Coogee Beach which is protected from big swells by the picturesque Wedding Cake Island, making it a great option for families. At the southern end you’ll find Wylie's Bath, a pool that makes it easier to monitor young children.

Nearby Bondi Beach is known for having bigger swells, making it a good option for confident teen swimmers. If you want to ease them into it, Lets Go Surfing has classes for children as young as seven and the littlies can make the most of the shallow ocean pool on the North Bondi end of the beach.

Oak Park Beach, Cronulla

Cronulla Beach in Sydney's south also makes a great family day out and is a short train ride from Central station. The southern end of the beach is known for its gentle waves, perfect for swimming or taking beginners surfing lessons. The surrounding rock pools and a beachside park with playground equipment will keep youngsters occupied the rest of the day.

Manly Beach in Sydney's north has everything you want for a fun day out. Catch a ferry from Circular Quay across Sydney Harbour and head down the Corso to the beach, which is often less crowded than its eastern cousins. For something less intimate, follow the cliffside track to Shelly Beach, a protected marine reserve where the water is clear and calm enough for snorkelling. 


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

Great Beaches in Sydney