The Best Beaches Near Sydney
Attractive and multicultural as New York, bustling and cosmopolitan as London, modern and at the same time relaxed like Los Angeles, synonymous with good quality of life, spectacular Sydney will amaze you.
Located on the waterfront, the Australian metropolis is a city closely tied to the sea -as the majority of the urban centres around the country. From the very first moment you find yourself in Sydney, you will easily realise that the most populous city of Australia is inextricably linked to the water element. The sea is indelibly inscribed in the destiny of this metropolis in the southern hemisphere and is a reference point and a strategic advantage for economic and population growth.
Nearly all of Sydney’s attractions are in the city centre, next to or very close to water. Therefore, all travel guides encourage visitors to explore the central business district as they will admire sights such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour bridge.
However, if you feel the need to escape from the noise of the city, just jump on a ferry or catch the next bus to one of the many beaches in and around Sydney.
Sydney is home to some of the finest and most famous beaches in the world. And if you believe it or not there are more than 100 beaches around the city.
Here are just some of our favourites.
First on our list is Bondi Beach as you can’t say you have seen Sydney without dipping your toes in this world famous ocean beach. Bondi Beach is located 7 km east of the Sydney central business district and can be reached by public transport.
It is about 1 kilometre long and receives many visitors throughout the year. While there, check out the Bondi Beach Sea Wall that features a mix of street and contemporary art with strong social and political messages.
Only a short ferry ride from Sydney’s Circular Quay you will reach one of Sydney’s most famous suburbs and surf beaches, Manly. Actually apart from the long strip of sand, Manly has many small coves and hidden bays if you are not into crowds.
Part of a protected marine reserve, Shelly Beach is located in Manly’s Cabbage Tree Bay and is one of our favourites. If you love snorkelling, then put it on your list!
It is only a fifteen-minute walk starting from the Manly Surf Club at the south end of Manly Beach.
8 kilometres south-east of the Sydney you will find one of the most popular beaches among families, Coogee Beach, famous for its safe swimming conditions. Local tip: instead of driving there or taking the public transport, reach the beach via the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, a 6 km trail with spectacular panoramas of the vast Pacific Ocean.
Avalon is located on the Northern Beaches approx 35km north of Sydney’s CBD. Avalon Beach is superb for swimming, surfing windsurfing and fishing. A rock swimming pool is located at the southern end of the beach. A shady park area provides refuge from the summer sun, together with picnic and BBQ facilities.
Balmoral is actually two beaches. Balmoral and Edwards Beaches, both of which are separated by the outcrop of Rocky Point. Balmoral Beach is a beautiful harbour beach surrounded by parklands that make it popular with families. Local tip: from Balmoral, you can walk to Chowder Bay, which is a beautiful short hike through the historical North Shore of Sydney.
Wattamolla Beach at the Royal National Park
The Royal National Park has many spectacular beaches. One of our favourites is Wattamolla, which is in the middle of the National Park coastline. With its unique lagoon, it is perfect for families but also for daredevils who dare to jump from the cliffs into the warm lagoon waters.
Located in the Royal National Park, Garie beach is one of three patrolled beaches in the park, with the Garie Surf Life Saving Club patrolling the beach on weekends and volunteer lifesavers from Surf Life Saving Australia patrolling on weekdays. Surfers love it as it has some of the best surfing waves in the Sydney region. Local tip: walk along the coast to Little Garie beach, it is the next cove, to admire the unique rock formations.
This is of course just a small selection of the amazing beaches in and around Sydney. Which one is your favourite?
For a closer look, check availability on the Bondi to Clovelly Coastal Walk.