With miles of sun-bleached sands and big blue waves, Sydney is home to some of Australia’s best beaches. And you don’t have to go far from Sydney Harbour to get your fix of sun, sea, and surf—here are some of the top city beach areas in Sydney.
Sydney’s most famous beach, Bondi Beach is quintessentially Aussie with its beachside bars, golden sands, and hoards of tanned surfers. It’s also the filming site of popular reality TV show “Bondi Rescue;” watching the blue-suited lifeguards in action is a top pastime for visitors.
Just south of Bondi Beach, the calm swimming areas of Coogee Beach makes it a good place to swim or cut your teeth on a surf or paddleboard. For the best views, take the scenic route and walk the four-mile (6-kilometer) trail between Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach, looking out for whales and dolphins from the coastal cliffs along the way.
Manly and the Northern Beaches
Sydney’s northern beaches lie past Sydney Harbour Heads, with Manly Beach serving as the largest and most popular. Reached by ferry from Circular Quay, it’s an idyllic spot for swimming, snorkeling, and picnicking, while the surrounding beaches, including Shelly Beach, Narrabeen, and Dee Why, have a reputation for big waves and world-class surf.
Less than an hour north of central Sydney by road, Palm Beach is better known as its on-screen alter-ego ‘Summer Beach’ from hit Australian TV soap “Home and Away.” Fans of the show can not only dive into the clear waters, but take a tour of famous sets from the show such as the Summer Bay Surf Club, Alf's Bait Shop, the boathouse, and the lighthouse.
The calm waters and sandy shores of Balmoral Beach make it ideal for swimming and local families with kids. Add to that a backdrop of luxurious villas, palm-lined parks, and glamorous yachts, and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular.