Top Sydney Beaches to Hit This Summer
Updated: Dec 18, 2019
Sydney boasts some of the best shorelines, making it an explorer’s paradise. Whether it’s for a vacation, weekend break or day trip, here are our top pick of Sydney beaches to visit this summer.
Thanks to the TV program Bondi Rescuers, Bondi is world famous and for good reason. Despite being inundated with tourists, it is still worth a visit. We recommend going during the week and having brunch at one of the many delicious cafes lined along Campbell Parade (our favourite’s Speedos Cafe), take a swim in Bondi Iceberg or learn to surf with Lets Go Surfing.
Take a 30-minute ferry from Circular Quay to Manly and enjoy views of the city’s spectacular landmarks including Sydney Opera House, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. When you arrive in Manly, there are a full range of outdoor activities to keep you entertained for the day; from stand-up paddle boarding to surfing and kayaking. Afterwards dry-off using our fast-absorbing microfibre towel and reward yourself with a schooner at local brewery 4 Pines, opposite the wharf.
If you want to get away from the bustle of Manly, then head up the coastline to Shelly Beach. Protected from the ocean swell, this is a popular spot amongst scuba divers, paddle boarders and swimmers.
Freshwater beach is perfect for a family day out. It hosts a 50m ocean pool, the opportunity for you to practise your freestyle. It’s also reportedly the location for where Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku first introduced surfing in 1915. With good-size waves, this beach is ideal for learners and newcomer surfers.
Tamarama beach is surprisingly secluded considering that it neighbours busy Bondi. Situated along the infamous Bondi-Coggee Coastal Walk Route, stop here to take a dip or bring a picnic and make use of its barbeque area.
If, like us, you are a huge Home and Away fan, then you’ll want to check out its set location in Palm Beach (or ‘Palmy’ as the locals call it). Take the 800m walk up to the Barrenjoey Light House and look out to an impressive panoramic view of the Central Coast, Broken Bay and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. We recommend finishing with lunch at restaurant Boat House Palm Beach, which sits right on the water.
Discover the tranquil delights of Avalon beach, north of Sydney. Bordered by sandstone cliffs and rock platforms, this beach is popular amongst families and surfers who make the most of its chilled-out vibes and the swell south of the cliff, respectively.
Positioned between Clovelly and Coogee, Gordon Bay is accessible solely through the Coastal Walkway. As Sydney’s only underwater nature trail, take a self-guided snorkelling tour in Gordon Bay and try and spot the likes of star fish, cuttlefish and sting rays.
Despite being only 50 metres in length, Milk Beach has fantastic views of Sydney’s harbour and city. Accessible by foot, this is a great spot for fishing, snorkelling, swimming or catching the sunset.
South of Sydney, Cronulla is the only beach that is accessible by a train station. There’s no shortage of things to do. There’s surfing, sand dunes, a National Park and plenty of cafes to make sure that you don’t leave feeling hungry! Just make sure you take one of our sand-free towels to avoid having to travel back on the train full of sand.