Sydney is blessed with dozens of stunning beaches. Here is a selection of local favourites.
There are more than 100 picturesque beaches in Sydney – from tranquil, sheltered bays and secret bays to bustling surf beaches and world-famous tourist destinations. Many have cafes, restaurants or entire shopping villages clustered around their edges and most can be easily reached from downtown Sydney. A range of water activities is available, including snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, and surfing. With all the variety of offers, there is something for everyone. Here are nine of Sydney’s top spots for swimming, surfing or lying on the sand.
Bondi Beach is Australia’s most famous beach. Enjoy the views along the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. North Bondi, in particular, is the best place to swim and if you go mid-week you’ll be able to appreciate Bondi for all it’s really worth — and probably chat-up an English backpacker. If you get there early enough for breakfast, visit Brown Sugar or enjoy a midday meal at Icebergs, have lunch on Hall Street at Bondi Hardware, then head off in the afternoon with Bloody Marys at Porch. There are many great bars and restaurants to choose along the beach if you are preparing for an afternoon. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!
Hugged by the headlands and surrounded by a perfect picnicking park, Bronte is one of the city’s most lovely and accessible beaches. Quiet and modest, it is the perfect place to dive into the water after a coastal walk from Bondi, and if it’s too hot, you can always sleep under the rocky edge. And the most family-friendly beach in the eastern suburbs. On public holidays, the park becomes a frantic sea when parties take place.
Hop on a ferry from Circular Quay to the seaside suburbs of Manly, where you can swim in the ocean or quiet harbor. Stroll from the Manly Surf Club along the Marine Parade to the small Shelly Beach, a popular spot for snorkeling, barbecuing and picnics. Take a walk along the coast you will find many cafes, bars and restaurants, the famous pub on the Corso, such as Ivanhoe Hotel Manly and Hotel Steyne. Manly Wharf, overlooking Sydney Harbor.
The narrow strip of sand between the tip of the earth in Tamarama has an air of luxurious seclusion, rare for a city beach and especially surprising as it is located near the busiest beach in the country. It has excellent surfing conditions, but it is susceptible to strong currents. And surrounded by parks. There are a cafe, playground, barbecue area, and facilities. Tamarama is often referred to as “Glamarama” because of where beautiful people go out.
Nielsen Park Beach
It still calls itself the “hidden secret” of the city although it is almost impossible to park and a crowded beach, but Nielsen Park is a small jewel. Access to Nielsen Park via the Hermitage Foreshore walkway, a spectacular trail running along the east coast of Sydney. Despite the busy year round, the beach is still secluded with plenty of space to roll out your towels. Lovely old charm cafe/restaurant. It is a great place to visit on a summer day.
Get there early and Palm Beach is one of the most beautiful places Sydney has to offer. Great view in a saltwater lagoon, typical of the beaches to the north of the harbor.
On a sunny day, Palm Beach is a perfect sandy spot for postcards – although 45km north of downtown. With so many walking beaches in Sydney, it is worth a drive as you will catch some breathtaking views along the way.
Situated on Sydney’s beautiful North Shore, Balmoral Beach offers soothing waters, peaceful tranquility and a closed swimming area, making it an ideal place for families.
There are several cafes and restaurants around the area. The Boathouse is the most well-known in the area; a great location on the beachfront while you dine with a superb view and tranquil atmosphere. Another option is The Bather’s Pavilion, for modern European cuisine and great wine options.
You can reach Shelly Beach by walking from Manly along the promenade. This is one of the shortest trips in Sydney. Perfect place to go for a picnic, surrounded by bushes, filled with exotic fish and convenient enough to arrive by ferry. Surf at Fairy Bower, one of the Sydney’s best surf breaks on its day, or swim the Cole Classic, Australia’s largest ocean swim.
And with a maximum depth of approximately 12 meters, Shelly Beach has become popular with Scuba Divers and Snorkelers alike with a large variety of marine life which can be viewed in relatively shallow water.
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