Must visit Sydney Beaches

Idyllically positioned on the Pacific Ocean, the eastern edge of Sydney is fringed with golden sand and pumping surf while its harbourside beaches offer calm waters and killer views. See why National Geographic named Sydney amongst the world’s top 10 city beaches at these highly recommended stretches of sand and sea:

Palm Beach

Sydney’s northernmost beach, Palm Beach might look familiar to Home and Away fans as it is the set of the TV series. An hour north of the city, this picturesque setting is a popular spot to swim, surf, kayak and sail. Walk through evergreen bush land to the heritage-listed Barrenjoey Lighthouse for ocean views and keep an eye out for whales migrating off the coast in the cooler months.


The ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly is a must-do on any visit to Sydney. Nab a seat outside and get your camera ready for some quintessential Sydney views. When you arrive at Manly Wharf, head straight down the Corso to the Main Beach, frolic in the waves or hire a board and hit the surf. Walk the easy distance to Shelley Beach and refuel at The Boathouse, shop Manly Markets, or head to the northern tip of the beach for a dip in the ocean water swimming pool.


Down a very steep hill from the stylish streets of Mosman, Balmoral is a classy harbourside beach. With no waves to worry about and an enclosed swimming area, this is a favourite amongst local swimmers who head here for their morning exercise. Thanks to its calm waters and long stretch of sand, it is also a haven for families with small children, while its broad boardwalk attracts joggers and dog-walkers.


Australia’s best-known beach, Bondi is jam packed with beach-goers and fitness fiends all year round. Reliable breaks make it a favourite surf spot for novices and pros alike – watch as they carve up the waves, or test your skills and join them. Bathe at the Bondi Baths, feast on upmarket Italian at Icebergs or walk to Coogee along the spectacular coastal trail.


Six kilometres south of Bondi, Coogee is a relaxed family-friendly beach with several ocean swimming pools including Australia’s last remaining seawater pool for women and children only. The relatively calm ocean waters make it popular for swimming and stand up paddle boarding while nearby Gordons Bay is a great place to snorkel and dive.

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