With over 100 beaches scattered along the coast in Sydney, it would take you over 3 months to visit just one a day. That many beaches allows for every type of activity and topography you could imagine at a beach, from rocky jetties to soft sand and smooth beach front to relax on. The best part is, you don’t have to choose just one as a favorite. With so many beaches for tourists and locals alike to go to, it’s best to know which are at the top of the “must visit” list.
Here are the 8 of the best beaches in Sydney, with some that are known to tourists and boast lots of visitors, and a few lesser known but equally as gorgeous.
Bondi Beach is not only one of Sydney’s best beaches, but it is one of the world’s best as well. With a location that tourists love, consistently warm ocean water, great waves and salt-water baths at either end, it’s no wonder this beach has a constant heavy flow of visitors.
With a kilometre of golden sand between headlands, swimming and surfing converge while others hike the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk or go shopping on Gould Street just off of the beach. There’s so much to see and do at Bondi, you’ll see why it still touts world famous buzz for being one of the best beaches in Sydney and in the world.
A famous Sydney surf spot, Manly Beach is a gorgeous golden sand beach accented with pine trees. Manly is actually a 3 in 1 beach, housing south Steyne, North Steyne and the surf-friendly Queenscliff, that stretches almost two kilometres. Manly is best for swimming, sunbathing and any level of surfer, from amateur to expert.
Palm Beach is a beautiful crescent beach that houses The 1881 Barrenjoey Lighthouse on its northern tip, near the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. With a sweeping, two-kilometre curve of golden sand, backed by bush and topped by rugged headland, there’s no end to the photos you will get while you enjoy sheltered swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding or boating. Palm Beach is great for swimming, surfing and basking in the sun.
Shelly Beach is just around the corner from Manly and a great place to head to if the crowds are too much at Manly. Shelly is one of the best places to see all that Sydney’s sea life can offer, with snorkelers and scuba divers floating on top and under the water getting glimpses of marvelous marine life. This is because Shelly has some of the shallowest waters, which makes for spectacular ocean life viewing.
Balmoral Beach is a leisurely and less noisy beach than some of the others and can be found on the north side by the Taronga Zoo. The impressive views and calm air make it a great spot for photography, leisurely hikes and relaxation. The beach is split in two by a rocky islet which is accessed by bridge, which makes for a great picnicking area as well. And its calmness makes it a great swimming spot for families in the southern end.
Bronte Beach is one of the more family-friendly beaches on Sydney’s eastern end. It offers surfing, swimming, rock pools and a park with gorgeous sea views. It is a popular beach for swimmers and surfers and it features a natural rock pool on its south side which is great for kids. Next to the rock pools you will find a saltwater pool for lap swimming as well. With sandstone cliffs and a grassy park, surf club and hidden waterfall if you take the path inland, Bronte has much to offer the adventurous family.
Clovelly Beach is one of your best options for snorkeling and exploring marine life as it is a small and serene beach that is known for its unique narrow bay between two rocky ridges. Clovelly is a protected area and therefore provides a relaxing swimming experience away from its more lively neighboring beaches. Grab your snorkels and get ready to see some unique underwater life over at Clovelly Beach.
A gorgeous and relatively small 600 metre-long beach that boasts of clean sand and sparkling water, Whale Beach is defined by massive headlands at either end and is a nice, quiet area for swimming. This beach is patrolled, so the swimming is quite safe and there is a lovely pool carved into the rock platform at the beach’s southern end.
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