Sydney’s Best Beaches

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Sydney has over 100 beaches, and since living here, I’ve been trying to explore, swim (and attempt to surf at) as many of them as possible. I haven’t quite seen them all yet, but here are my favourite so far, in no particular order:

 

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Bondi Beach

Australia’s most famous beach! Bondi is a beautiful beach located in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. It’s popular with surfers and swimmers, and is framed by two pools; an ocean pool at the north end and the stunning Icebergs pool at the south. There are also lots of great bars and restaurants just off the beach.

 

Bondi Beach

Icebergs

Icebergs @rjh2026

Celebrating Christmas Day on Bondi Beach

 

Tamarama Beach

Next door to Bondi, but completely different, Tamarama is much smaller and surrounded by cliffs. It’s another great surfing beach, but better for more advanced surfers (I’ve surfed here twice but only when the waves were small). I live in between Bondi and Tamarama beaches so I’m pretty spoilt for choice!

 

Tamarama Beach

Tamarama Beach

 

Manly Beach

North of the harbour are the aptly named Northern Beaches. Manly is one of the most southern of these. It’s a great surfing beach and hosts the Australian Open of Surfing each March.

 

Manly Beach

 

Little Manly Beach

Little Manly Beach is a short walk from Manly Wharf. It’s a sheltered beach with a sectioned off area known as Little Manly Baths. This is great for jumping off!

 

Little Manly Beach

Little Manly Baths

Little Manly Beach

 

Camp Cove Beach

This charming little beach is located in the harbour, so it’s much calmer than the ocean beaches and doesn’t have any waves. It’s a perfect beach for swimming and lots of families come here.

 

Camp Cove Beach

 

Kutti Beach

Another harbour beach, accessible via a small walkway not far from Watsons Bay. It’s not very well known so you can often have it to yourself!

 

Kutti Beach

Kutti Beach

 

Shelly Beach

This is one of my favourite beaches in Sydney. It’s such a lovely little bay, great for snorkelling. I also love the Boat House Café, located right on the beach (best bacon and egg rolls ever!).

 

Shelly Beach

 

Quarantine Beach

Much nicer than it sounds! Quarantine Beach is located at next to the old Quarantine Station in Sydney Harbour National Park, which was the arrival port for passengers arriving in Sydney from 1828-1984. The Q Station has transformed most of the old buildings into a hotel, and there is a café and restaurant moments from the beach.

 

Quarantine Beach

Quarantine Beach

 

Palm Beach

If you’re a fan of Home and Away you might recognise Palm Beach, as it’s the filming location for Summer Bay. From the beach, you can walk up to the Barenjoey lighthouse for spectacular views.

 

Palm Beach – Jeffrey Montellano

Views from Barenjoey Lighthouse

Palm Beach – Jeffrey Montellano

 

Avalon Beach

South of Palm Beach is Avalon. I love this beach; it has orange sand and a great ocean rock pool and is popular with longboarders.

 

Avalon Beach

Avalon Beach

 

Bronte Beach

Bronte in the Eastern Suburbs is a relaxed beach with one of the oldest ocean pools in Sydney. Behind the beach is a large park, perfect for picnicking and BBQs.

 

Bronte Pool @rjh2026

Bronte Beach

 

Curl Curl Beach

This is my favourite beach for surfing. It’s a long beautiful white sand beach surrounded by plants and trees; it feels miles from the city.

 

Curl Curl Beach

Curl Curl Beach

 

I’ve still got plenty more beaches to explore, so if you have any favourites please let me know!

 

 

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