Sydney has over 100 beaches, and I felt it was my responsibility to spend time at as many of them as “research” for all of you. I’ve got an awesome tan, some killer pictures and I’m feeling pretty rested after all of my beach naps…. and I’ve finally come up with a list of my favourite beaches in Sydney! Whether you’re visiting for a few days or a few weeks these are Sydney’s Best Beaches you definitely shouldn’t miss:
We’ll start with the obvious one. Bondi Beach is Sydney’s best known beach, and it’s popular with tourists and local surfers alike. Truth be told this is my least favourite beach in the city, mostly because of how busy it is. Sometimes I do head to Bondi though because it’s the closest beach from Central Station in downtown Sydney. If you don’t mind busy beaches, then I recommend checking Bondi Beach off your beach bucket list.
Insider tip: Bondi Iceberg Club has the best view of the beach. Head to their restaurant for lunch, or grab a coffee at their cafe to snap an iconic pic of the Iceberg pool with Bondi Beach in the background.
This is the second most popular beach in Sydney, and another must-visit destination. The scenery is one of a kind with the tropical turquoise waters and the evergreen trees. The currents are strong here, so only swim between the flags. Less swimmers in the water means this busy beach actually has plenty of room to lay out your towel – since most people are crowded on the one side where you can swim.
Insider tip: Go to Fish Shack for delicious fish and chips. Order yours to-go and eat on the beach for a true Aussie-style afternoon.
If you want to spend the entire day at the beach, Bronte Beach is the perfect place. We spent Christmas Day here and never got bored. There’s a huge park area behind the sand so you can lay on the grass if you want to avoid getting covered in sand. There’s also a rock pool you can swim in if you’d rather not swim in the ocean. This is also the perfect beach for families.
Insider tip: Pack a picnic for your beach day, there’s plenty of grassy areas to eat at and a a few tables you can use as well.
In my opinion, this is Sydney’s best beach. It’s a short walk from Manly Beach yet it’s significantly less busy. It’s also a hot spot for snorkelling and scuba diving. We recently spent an entire day snorkelling at Shelly Beach and loved it! There’s also a great cafe and a rock pool here.
Insider tip: In the centre of the bay there’s a sunken motorbike on the ocean floor – if you’re out scuba diving see if you can spot it!
This is another one of my favourite beaches, mostly because of it’s crowd. It’s known as “Glamarama” because it’s frequently filled with gays and models. Group of sun tanners in their mid-twenties will be sipping sparkling wine and listening to house music while the waves crash nearby.
Insider tip: Pack your designer sunnies and cutest bikini for this beach. There’s no restaurants nearby so you should also pack your own drinks and food!
Balmoral Beach is a safe beach for kids. It’s a fairly wide beach so even on busy days you should be able to find a great place to lay down your towel. There’s a few restaurants nearby, including a burger joint.
Insider tip: Need to get away from all the kids playing on the beach? Try laying your towel out on the rocks to tan in peace.
The beach at Gordon’s Bay is pretty small, and there isn’t a lot of sand here. There is however a ton of huge rocks that you can lay on. If you’re at Gordon’s Bay I’d suggest you skip the tanning and get yourself into the water for some of the best snorkelling in Sydney! My only complaint about Gordon’s Bay is that the beach wasn’t very clean but it was right after New Years Eve and I’m sure there were beach parties here, so I still plan on visiting again.
Insider tip: Make sure it’s a calm day if you plan on snorkelling. We went on a cloudy, windy day and the water wasn’t calm enough for us to snorkel.