25 Best Beaches in Sydney For A Beach Vacation In 2021
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Sydney Beaches

Freshwater Beach, Bondi Beach, Manly Beach, Bronte, Avalon, Whale Beach, Shelly beach, Palm Beach, Chinaman's Beach, Redleaf Beach, Collaroy Beach, Wattamolla Beach and many more.

If you are off for a romantic holiday with your partner or on a bustling family trip, visiting  the magnificent beaches in Sydney is a must-have in your elongated itinerary. Nestled on the eastern coast of Australia, Sydney is home to some of the glorious and finest beaches in the world. Imagine carousing on the golden stretches of sand with a Blue Lagoon in your hand! Well, it cannot get any better! 
Beginning with Manly to Bondi and Tamarama, there is a host of beaches here to bask in a royal retreat for your next happy memory.

If you are in a mood to indulge in some adventurous surfing or delve into a rejuvenating sunbath, Sydney beaches have something for every traveler. Most of the beaches are within the city limits and the ones which are far can also be accessible from the metropolis. As Sydney enjoys a temperate climate,  the beaches have emerged to be a year-round tourist magnet. Here is a list of top 10 beaches in Sydney along with some prominent names to plan your next best picture-perfect getaway.  

Here is the list of best beaches in Sydney:

01

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is one of the top 10 beaches in Sydney and receives numerous jolly visitors throughout the year. Its 1-kilometer long crescent-shaped shore in contrast to the azure curly waves is a splendid sight to behold.  Apart from the mesmerizing vista, the south end of Bondi beach provides good surfing conditions to both novice and the professionals.

The beach also hosts a multitude of festivals and events every year with unparalleled pomp and glory. Popular and award-winning restaurants flank the corners of the world-famous beach where the visitors can opt for some delicious cuisines.

Location: ?7 km, East  of ?Sydney Central Business District

Activities: Surfing, Swimming, Sunrise, Sunbath, Shopping, Lunch at Icebergs Dining Room & Bar.
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Manly Beach

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Manly Beach is one of the most famous surfing beaches in Sydney and is a popular spot for both backpackers and families. It possesses a long stretch of velvet-like sand along with towering Norfolk Island pine trees. The swelling waves of the Manly Beach make for perfect conditions to ride a wave on your surfboard.

The beach also offers a sprawling space for the sunbathers to stretch out in their hammocks under an umbrella. There are also designated areas for swimmers to scout their worries away. Hordes of beachside cafés, bars, and restaurants are present on the beach itself to satiate the taste buds. 

Location: Located at the southern end of Sydney's Northern Beaches

Activities: Surfing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Picnic, Sunbathing, Swimming.
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Bronte Beach

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Counted among the recreational beaches in Sydney, Bronte is hemmed in by sandstone cliffs and happening beach views. It is home to one natural rock pool and one man-made rock pool that caters to all the age groups. At the northern end of the beach, there is a small naturally formed cave that is accessible during the low tides.

As Bronte is an east-facing beach, it receives multidirectional swelling waves that produce the best surfing conditions. There is also a separate play zone for the kids behind the beach. Besides, the bustling café scenes and picnic pavilions make it a preferred place to stop by to dive into some fun and leisure!

Location: 10km from Sydney's CBD and 2km south of Bondi Beach.

Activities: Swimming in the Rock Pool, Surfing, Sunbathing, Coastal Walk, Fishing, Brunch at The Bogey Hole Café.
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04

Avalon Beach

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Cradled comfortably in the northern suburb of Sydney beaches, Avalon is a secret hideaway that often goes unvisited. From its pristine beach to its beachside accommodations, many aspects make it one of the top 10 beaches in Sydney. 

Since it has a quaint ambiance with just 500 meters shoreline, Avalon offers a respite from big city life with surfing and small cafes. If surfing isn't your vibe, one can stroll down barefoot and marvel in its natural beauty. In the evening when the sun bids a goodbye, wallow in the mesmerizing sunrise to call it a day.

Location: 37 km (23 mi) North of Sydney CBD

Activities: Surfing, Coast Walk, Sunbath, Lunch at Beach House, Cliff Jumping
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Whale Beach

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Whale is a picturesque beach with a 600 meters long strip of sandy shoreline along with two 40 meters high sandstone headlands. Just like Avalon, it has a  quiet and pleasantly secluded atmosphere.  It also provides excellent surfing and fishing conditions at the north end of the beach.

Swimming can be an enthralling activity here but the beach can be quite hazardous at times with strong rips. Thus, it's always advisable to swim with the designated vicinities to avoid any accidents.

Location: 40 kilometers North of the Sydney Central Business District

Activities: Surfing, Swimming, Strolling on the Beach, Sunbath, Food.
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Shelly Beach

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Adjacent to North Head and Fairy Bower, Shelly beach is listed under the top 10 beaches in Sydney for all the authentic reasons. The beach feels like an isolated island with calm waves, gentle wind and palm trees that line the edge of the beach.

The entire arena is protected since it's a natural reserve where the visitors can occasionally spot Sea Dragons, Elegant Wrasse, and the threatened Black Cod. Shelly beach provides excellent conditions for scuba divers and snorkelers as its maximum depth is about 12 meters.

The shallowness enables clear visibility of a diverse variety of marine life during various underwater activities. There is also one fancy eatery at the beach and is usually open all day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Location: Manly, New South Wales, adjacent to North Head and Fairy Bower.

Activities: Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Swimming, Leisure, Food
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Palm Beach

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All the Sydney beaches are excellent options for a much-needed respite from the cobweb of daily lives and Palm Beach is not an exception. Allow yourself to enjoy the pleasure of this tropical beauty that comes with the golden shoreline and teal ocean.

Unleash the uninhibited side of your personality as you go for a kayaking tour in the middle of turquoise warm waters. Palm Beach has many heritage-listed sites including the  Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse which can be hiked by an 800-meter access trail.

Location: 41 km (25 mi) North of Sydney CBD

Activities: Hiking, Kayaking, Swimming, Golf, Surfing
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Chinaman's Beach

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Take a break from the chaotic Sydney ciand head to Chinaman which is tucked away in the northern shore. It is a small but sheltered hidden treasure with glistening blue waters. Since beach waves are absent, it is an ideal spot for activities like swimming, kayaking, and snorkeling without worrying about the level of safety.

Although there is no shade on the beach alternatively one can relax under the large trees, which provide plenty of shade. Unlike other beaches, Chinaman doesn't have cafes or kiosks on the beach for drinks, snacks, and lunch.

Location: Parriwi Road, Mosman, New South Wales -2088

Activities: Snorkelling, Swimming, Strolling, Leisure, Kayaking
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Freshwater Beach

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Freshwater beach is considered to be one of the best beaches in Sydney and is frequented by swimmers, surfers, walkers and families alike. The beach is neatly ruffled between the headlands of Freshwater in the North and Queenscliff in the South. 

As the beach is tucked between two headlands at each end, it provides excellent surfing conditions and is a surfers' paradise. Freshwater beach is always patrolled by lifeguards for the safety of the surfers and to avoid any fatal death.

Besides, there is also a large rock pool at the base of the northern headland  which is used by the swimmers for swimming laps. There is also the availability of arrangements to gorge on some delicious barbecue food on the beach premises.

Location: 25 Charles Street, Freshwater NSW 2096, Australia

Activities: Swimming, Surfing, Sunbathing.
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Redleaf Beach

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One of the top 10 beaches in Sydney, Redleaf is another idyllic beach that is worth having in your itinerary. Due to a large naturally built-up area, visitors can swim their worries away without jostling each other. There is also a tidal enclosure on the western end of the beach  which is popular with all age groups for taking a soothing dip.

Redleaf is also one such Sydney beach which makes way for flawless views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Darling Point.

Location: 536 New South Head Rd, Double Bay NSW 2028

 Activities: Swimming, Sunbathing, Food, Leisure.
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Collaroy Beach

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Collaroy is located between the southern end of Narrabeen Beach and the northern part of Long Reef. The beach is characterized by low swells and not so strong winds and provides good conditions for novice surfers. Gentle swells also allow kids and adults alike for swimming in the bright blue waters. At the end of the day, do not forget to catch the glimpse of the majestic sunset which transforms the sky into a beautiful canvas.

Location: Collaroy NSW 2097, Australia

Activities: Surfing, Swimming, Coast Walk, Leisure, Snorkelling, Sunset.
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Wattamolla Beach

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Longing for the feel of sand between your toes on a lagoon while sipping on a lavish drink? Then, head to Wattamolla on your next getaway to bask in the secluded spot for a relaxing day out. Situated within the boundaries of Royal National Park, the beach is a true oasis of natural beauty with its coves, waterfall and the picnic area.

Location: Sutherland Shire NSW 2232, Australia

Activities: Cliff Jumping, Hiking, Leisure, Snorkelling, Swimming, Fishing, Picnic, Bush Walking.
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Silver Beach

Owing to its name, the Silver beach has a shimmery shore line grappled by the blue ocean. It is known for its exquisite beauty, clean beaches, and crystal clear water.  Interestingly, this Sydney beach has a separate area where you can take your doggies for a stroll and unclip their leashes to let them play on the beach.

There is a netted swimming area midway along the beach for the safety of the swimmers. The Silver Beach is also befitting for family picnics and get-togethers with everything available at a convenient location.

Location: Silver Beach is nestled on the Kurnell peninsula right beside Botany bay.

Activities: Swimming, Retreat, Picnics, Lazy Strolls, Sunset
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Bilgola Beach

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Having a 500 meters long shoreline  Bilgola Beach is surrounded by a lush tropical hillside. The white-sanded beach is just perfect for dreamy destination weddings and fun-filled families get together. Similar to a few other Sydney beaches, Bilgola also has a natural rock pool to dive into some freestyle swimming. There is a small kiosk with a comfortable outside seating space where the visitors can embark on some coffee, snacks, and drinks.

Location: 33 kilometers North-East of the Sydney Central Business District.

Activities: Swimming, Leisure, Coast Walk, Surfing, Food.
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Wash Away Beach

Are you looking for an unperturbed place to charge your inner soul? Then, Washaway is the place to be where you will achieve nirvana right in the middle of chaos. As the name suggests, the beach is occasionally washed away by powerful waves and exposes the massive slabs of sandstone. One needs to trek the unexplored paths and scout through some bush to reach the solitary beach.

Location: Grotto Point Track, New South Wales 2093
 
Activities: Leisure and  Enjoying natural beauty.
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Tamarama Beach

Among other Sydney beaches, Tamarama is another piece of natural extravaganza which has great surfing conditions with strong currents. Cradled between two prominent headlands on the Bondi to Coogee Walk, the beach has breathtaking views from all angles, crystal clear waters, and seasoned surfers.

Take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline and feel the cool water lap around your ankles. However, swimming on this beach is hazardous because of the powerful ocean currents. Apart from the landscape, Tamarama also has a cafe, playground, barbecue area among other amenities.

Location: 6 kilometers East of the Sydney Central Business District

Activities: Lazy Carousel, Enjoying the Buzzing Beach Scene, Surfing, Picnics
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Clovelly Beach

Although Clovelly is not listed under the top 10 beaches in Sydney, the beach deserves every bit of the stature. Located at the mouth of a narrow bay amidst two rocky ridges, the beach has a tranquil ambience. In spite of being concrete-edged, the beach is a marvelous place to swim, sunbathe and snorkel. 

Location: 6 Kilometres East Of The Sydney Central Business District

Activities: Swimming, Sunbathing, Snorkeling, Leisure, Food, Picnics
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Milk Beach

Milk Beach is positioned in such a way that it makes way for clear and breathtaking views of Sydney in the distance. situated at the base of Hermit Bay within the Sydney Harbour National Park, there is plenty to do when visiting Milk Beach, from fishing and snorkeling to family picnics. Currently, there are no cafes or showering facilities at the beach.

Location: 52 Vaucluse Road, Vaucluse, Sydney-2030

Activities: Fishing, Snorkeling, and Picnics.
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Obelisk Beach

It is one of the few legal nude beaches in Sydney where visitors are sanctioned to go completely free of swimwear within a permissible limit. The beach is off the beaten path and gets low traffic and tends to be quiet and tranquil. There are large rocky ledges all around the bay having a cozy milieu. One has to hike down a steep path from the roadways to reach the beach.

Location: Southern side of Middle Head in Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour National Park.

Activities: Snorkelling, Swimming, Sunbathing, and Leisure.
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Fairlight Beach

Nestled on the Manly Scenic Walkway, the beach is a pocket of coarse sand having a small rock pool at its eastern end. Having an 80 meters long shoreline, the water off the beach stays shallow for some distance. The gentle beauty of the beach makes it a favored spot for divers, snorkelers, family picnics, kayakers, paddle boarders and fishing enthusiasts. 

Location: 3 kilometers North-East of the Sydney Central Business District 

Activities: Diving, Snorkeling, Family Picnics, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, And Fishing
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Curl Curl Beach

Curl Curl is not included in the top 10 beaches in Sydney but can foray into the list any day because of its balmy and remote atmosphere. As it receives large swells, it is one of Sydney's best surfing beaches. Due to its length, the beach is divided into a northern and southern part.

The northern part of the Curl Curl has a beautiful shallow lagoon where there are good swimming and bodyboarding conditions. On the other hand, one has to be careful while swimming in the southern part because of rips. There is also a café at the southern end to stop by for refreshments.

Location: 18 kilometers north-east of the Sydney Central Business District

Activities: Swimming, Exploring Sea Creatures in the Shallow Waters, Family Picnics
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Balmoral Beach

Looking for a beach where you can just swim all day long to calm your wrecked nerves? Balmoral Beach is definitely your go-to place because of its calm and gentle waters. Great lunch options available at the beach can be tried after long hours in the water. There are also arrangements for activities like stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and sailing at the beach.

Location: 
?8 km (5 mi) north-east of ?Sydney CBD

Activities: Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Sailing, Picnics, Leisure, Swimming
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Camp Cove

Camp Cove boasts of million dollar views and is jam-packed with fun options to keep you on your toes all day long. Sprawl your picnic mat and relax on this sandy beach while indulging in some lip-smacking ice cream flavors with the city skyline at a distance. People willing to witness fun filled activities can go for swimming, scuba diving, kayaking and snorkeling in the calm and turquoise waters.

Location: Camp Cove Reserve, Cove St, Watsons Bay, Sydney -2030

Activities: Snorkeling, Paddleboarding And Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Swimming
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North Narrabeen Beach

Narrabeen Beach is one of the iconic surfing and swimming beaches along with being an excellent family spot.  Apart from being an ideal surfing spot, it also permits canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, and fishing. The beach also has a number of walking/bike riding trails for the added bonanza.

Location: 25 km (16 mi) north of ?Sydney CBD

Activities: Surfing, Fishing, Kayaking, Snorkelling,  Canoeing, Bike Riding, Coast Walk, Family Picnics
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Nielson Park Beach

Sydney serves up some of its best outdoor offerings and Nielsen Park Beach is one of them. It has transformed itself into a year-round recreation because of its gleaming Shark Beach and stunning views of the harbor. Perfectly perched in the eastern suburbs, Nielson is a perfect site for arranging family picnics, strolling on the shore, swimming in the water and relaxing with a coffee.

Location: 6 Steele Point Rd, Vaucluse NSW 2030, Australia

Activities: Picnics, Leisure, Photography, Swimming, Food
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  1. What is the best beach in Sydney, Australia?

    Bondi is the best beach in Sydney and is a one-stop destination for that perfect Instagram worthy beach vacation. Bronzed Aussies, speedos, hammocks, surfboards, bright blue waves, golden shoreline, and vibrant cafes are classic snapshots of Bondi Beach throughout the year.
  2. Why Bondi Beach is so famous?

    Bondi Beach is quite famous because of its sprawling space, majestic view and close proximity to the city center. In addition, a host of cultural events that takes place at the beach lures tourists in numbers. Besides, it has been featured in TV reality shows many times and the subsequent promotions have helped to raise the awareness of the beach as a major destination.
  3. How do I get to Washaway Beach in Sydney?

    Washaway Beach is a little hideaway that can be accessed in two ways.

    Car: Drive your car from Town Hall to Balgowlah Heights and park your vehicle either on Cutler Road or Barrabooka Street. Thereafter walk down on the Lighthouse Track and the very first left turn will take you onto Washway Beach Track.

    Public transport: If you're wondering how to get to Washaway Beach by public transport, you'll need to change three buses from Town Hall. After the bus drops you off at Alma Street, it will take you just 15 minutes to reach the beach on your foot.
  4. What are the best things to do at manly beach Sydney?

    1. Ferry ride: The ferry ride from Manly beach Sydney gives a picturesque view of the beach and surrounding. On your way, you will get to cross Harbour Bridge and Opera house. The Opera house is known for its marvelous architecture.

    2. Surfing: 
    Manly beach in Sydney was the first beach to allow surfing. The waves are smaller here so it is to beat the rapids and chase the water for even the ones who are trying it for the first time.

    3. Cycling: If you love exploring the hidden gems of a place then cycling is the best way to do it. Pedal across the thickets and golden sand and feel the cool breeze hitting your face.

    4. Climb up to the Grotto Point Lighthouse: walk through the coast to reach the lighthouse and gaze at the serene beach. Apart from gazing at the beach, you can also spot cormorants and white-breasted sea eagles. The lighthouse also has a fabulous collection of rock art.
  5. Which are the best beach resorts in Sydney?

    1. Mercure Gerringong Resort: This boutique hotel has everything to give you a lavish stay with all modern-day amenities. The resort has also received awards for its picturesque scenes and interiors. The spa at the resort makes sure that your stay is refreshing.

    2. Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel: Often termed as the most luxurious accommodation in Sydney this resort is situated next to UNESCO heritage site the Blue Mountains. The resort is an ideal destination if you’re on a Honeymoon in Sydney or want to spend quality time with family.

    3. Hyatt Regency Sydney:
     If you’re on a business trip to Sydney or want a break from the daily hustle-bustle life then a stay at Hyatt Regency Sydney is a must. The rooftop bar gives a picturesque scene of the harbor.

    4. Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley:
     If you are looking for the best resort in and around Sydney to spend your vacation then Crowne Plaza at Hawkesbury Valley is the most prominent resort as the resort is a combination of comfortable stay with picturesque views and it has options for multiple recreational activities too.

    5. Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort:
     Australia is known for its top-notch vineyards and a stay among, these vineyards are no less than a paradisial experience. The resort is built more apartment-style which gives you a feeling of a holiday home. The USP of the resort is privacy, luxury, engaging experience.
  6. What are the best adventure sports to do on Sydney beaches?

    1. The best adventure sports to do on Sydney Beaches are Snorkeling: Australia has vibrant marine life as you dive into the water you get to watch the aquatic life in its natural habitat which includes fishes, turtles, sponges, whales, sharks, etc.

    2. Jet Boat ride:
     This is the most thrill-filled adventure that lets you witness the white water and other aquatic wonders. Along your way, you get to watch Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, Rose Bay, Sydney Opera House, etc.

    3. Stand Up Paddle: Ride over a boat to witness the blue waters of the sea and the vast green thickets surrounded by the coast.

    4. Flyboard: If you’re an adventure junkie and looking for something new then Flyboard must be on your to-do list. Feel the thrill when you rise from the water to a height of 45 feet in the air.
  7. How far is Bondi Beach from Sydney?

    The beach is 7.8 km from Sydney via Oxford st and it takes around 15 minutes to reach the destination.
  8. How far is Bondi Beach from Manly?

    Bondi Beach is 23.5 km away from Manly and it takes almost half an hour to reach the destination.

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