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Sydney Beaches

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Sydney beaches stretch from North to South and everyone has their favourite beach. Enjoy discovering which is yours, there are many more besides Bondi. Most beaches are patrolled by voluntary surf life savers, it is essential to swim between the flags.

Sydney Beaches

Some of the ocean beaches (and there are many more) to the North of the harbour are Palm Beach famous for its connection with the TV series Home and Away; Dee Why Beach; Freshwater Beach and Manly Beach.

Going south from Sydney is the famous Bondi beach; Clovelly is good for children as it has some shelter and Cronulla a good option as can be reached by train. Coogee beach is south of Bondi beach.

Within the confines of the harbour are beaches protected by shark nets that offer safe bathing and swimming without waves. These include Clifton Gardens; Balmoral with a rotunda on the beach used for summer shows; Manly Cove next to the ferry wharf and so easy to visit from the city centre and Nielsen Park where there is Shark Beach (nets are in place!) and reached by ferry. Nude bathing is allowed at Lady Bay, located at Watsons Bay.

Sydney southern beaches

Sydney southern beaches
flickr image by Stephan Ridgway

Bondi beach
World famous and a must see but there are better Sydney beaches. Around the beach are many cafes, pubs and restaurants. Try the walk from Bondi to Coogee beach with it's high cliffs.

Bronte Beach
A pretty beach in the eastern suburbs with large park and a strip of cafes along Bronte Road. The beach has bad rips but the Bogey Hole a natural tidal rock pool at the south end of the beach provides safe swimming.

Coogee Beach
A safe swimming beach.

Clovelly beach

Frenchmans Bay

Gordons Bay
Close to Clovelly good for snorkelling. Major Street, Coogee.

Little Congwong Bay beach
A secluded beach at Botany Bay National park that attracts nudists which is not legal but happens! Anzac Parade, Botany Bay National park.

Maroubra beach

Tamarama Beach

Sydney northern beaches

Sydney northern beaches
flickr image by Evelyn Proimos

Bungan beach


Dee Why beach

Fishermans beach

Freshwater beach

Manly beach
Manly beach rivals Bondi beach in fame. Easy to reach on the ferry from the CBD and well worth the trip. AQ long beach with good surf and a trip of cafes and shops behind. Manly

Palm beach

Shelly Beach
Escape from crowds at Manly to this quiet protected beach good for snorkelling.


Whale beach


Harbour beaches

sydney Harbour beaches
flickr image by Richard Taylor

Balmoral Beach
The Esplande, Balmoral

Chinamans Beach
McLean Crescent, Mosman

Clontarf Beach
Sandy Bay, Clontarf

Lady Bay beach
Victoria Street, Watson Bay

Parsley Beach
Horler Avenue, Vaucluse

Shark beach
Nielsen Park, Vaucluse Road


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