Relax at a range of beautiful beaches in Sydney, from tranquil bays in Sydney Harbour to some of the world’s best surf beaches. There are world-famous Bondi and Manly, well-kept secret beaches, and lovely secluded beaches in Australia’s oldest national park, the Royal National Park.
Getting to many beaches is easy by public transport. Bondi Beach is 30 minutes from Town Hall in the city centreby train and bus. You can take a ferry from Circular Quay across one of the world’s finest natural harbours to Manly. And the train from Central Station to Cronulla is only 50 minutes.
Six pretty Sydney Harbour beaches with tidal swimming enclosures are:
Seven Shillings Beach in Double Bay
Parsley Bay Reserve in Vaucluse
Greenwich Baths near Greenwich Point ferry wharf
Balmoral Beach in Mosman
Manly Cove near Manly ferry wharf
Like many beaches in Australia’s most beautiful city, Bondi is a delight all year. A National Surfing Reserve, surfers carve up waves from dawn. You’ll discover delicious places to eat in Bondi and at other popular beaches, and there are hip bars and lovingly restored pubs, such as the Clovelly Hotel.
Cronulla, derived from an Aboriginal word kurranulla meaning 'place of pink seashells', is located on the Bate Bay coastline in Sydney's south. It is the only Sydney beach that can be reached by train, meaning you can visit without the headache of finding a car park.
Cronulla Beach is patrolled all year round by Sutherland Shire Council's professional lifeguards together with volunteer lifesavers from Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club.
The Cronulla Pavilion and Cronulla Surf Life Saving Club are two prominent buildings located close to the sand, along with a cafe and restaurant. Behind the beach is a large grassed area with plenty of shade and a playground.
The Cronulla Rock Pools are between Cronulla Beach and North Cronulla Beach. The Alley is the local name given to this area. Shark Island is a dangerous reef break located off Cronulla Beach.
You can explore several gorgeous beaches on the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, a 6km trail that meanders by Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly. A popular spot for snorkelling and scuba diving is Gordons Bay, which is part of the Bronte-Coogee Aquatic Reserve and just north of Coogee Beach.
To the south are more fine stretches of sand and iconic National Surfing Reserves at Maroubra Beach and Cronulla’s beaches. You can take a ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena, a gateway to the Royal National Park. Or drive into the national park to Wattamolla Beach and other beaches.
In the Northern Beaches are more National Surfing Reserves as well as family-friendly beaches with outdoor poolssuch as at Manly and Dee Why. For more fun and TV memorabilia, join Flamin’ Galah or Northern Beaches Tourson a tour to Palm Beach, featured in the hit TV drama Home and Away.
Coogee Beach is a great beach with calm surf and is family-friendly. The promenade area has restored historic buildings and nurtured parklands.
Most of the facilities are located at mid-beach with showers, change rooms and toilets near the Arden Street bus stop.
Upmarket restaurants now jostle with fish and chip shops and an increasing number of boutiques.
As the beach curves south, the park leads into Grant Reserve, which has an enclosed lawn and a children's playground. A path veers off towards the most controversial feature of the area, the women's pool. Next door is Wylies Baths, an ocean pool with a grand wooden platform, a good length for laps.
Coogee is the ideal spot to begin the coastal walk to Bondi along a clearly marked pathway with stunning ocean views.