Beach vibes only! The best beaches in Sydney

by Tanja

Australia: the largest island in the world. But not everybody knows that its coastline stretches almost 50,000 kilometres and guests over 10,000 beaches. It means that if you were to visit a new beach every day, it would take you over 27 years to see them all!

Let’s start then with the top 5 best beaches in Sydney.

Take a selfie in Bondi Beach

The most iconic beach of Sydney

best beaches in Sydney - Bondi Beach
best beaches in Sydney - Bondi to Coogee Walk

Sydney’s most iconic beach: Bondi. Big waves, surfers, skaters. If you are looking for australian stereotypes you will most certainly find them here together with the famous swimming pool by the beach. Yes, that one. You saw that swimming pool in every single picture related to Aussie/Sydney. I bet it’s now time to take a selfie isn’t it? No matter the huge amount of people – tourists, Bondi Beach remains one of the best beaches in Sydney. Here you will find pubs, restaurants, cafes, everything you need.

Tip for art lovers: the first part of the Bondi to Coogee Walk guests every year during October-November the venue for Sculpture by the Sea, a free exhibition that transforms – since 1997 –  the stunning coastline into an open air art gallery.

Tip for hippie style lovers: do not miss the Sunday morning flea market on the beachfront grounds of Bondi Beach Public School. This community offers a very special selection and proper aussie vibes. Warning: this market can cause addiction!


Pick your spot on the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

6 km route, all you have to do is choose

best beaches in Sydney - Bondi to Coogee Walk
best beaches in Sydney - Bondi to Coogee Walk

When I used to live in Surry Hills, the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk was one of my favorite destinations. Chaotic at times, but somehow secluded. Along the 6 km (about 2 hrs. walk) itinerary you cross stunning views, beaches, cliffs, bays and rock pools. Main spots are Bondi and Coogee of course, the little bay of Tamarama, Mackenzie’s Point – the surfers’ favorite, Bronte and lastly Clovelly Beach – ideal for families. With so much on offer it’s up to you to choose which one is the best beach in Sydney.

In Clovelly, starting from the Seasalt Cafè & Kiosk (my old workplace, highly recommended if you ask) a short but steep walk takes you to my favorite place: the pocket-sized Gordons Bay, a quiet oasis, hidden between Coogee Beach and Clovelly. Calm crystal blue waters where to snorkel or swim, native flora, dense vegetation and racks of boats from an old European fishing village.

Tip: check out the Gordons Bay Underwater Nature Trail, a self-guided scuba diving or snorkelling adventure! The 500m underwater chain guides divers around reefs, sand flats and kelp forests. Sound, isn’t it?

Ride the wave at Manly Beach

A paradise for surf addict (and newbies)

best beaches in Sydney - Manly Beach

Located 12 km north of Sydney Harbour, Manly Beach is a little paradise for surf addicts (and newbies). The first world surfing championship was held here in 1964. Waves, golden sand and ocean breeze are the highlights, but also the view from the ferry is worthy!

Read more in our guide 12HRS in Manly Beach   >>

Get away from the beaten track in Milk Beach

For a swim with a (special) view

best beaches in Sydney - Milk Beach

Definetly one of the best beaches in Sydney, Milk Beach is all you need to know when visiting the city. This is my dearest secret! This place is gold. Dreaming to swim in white sanded warm fiji-water with fantastic views of the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and city skyline? This is the place for you and it still remains secluded. Hard to find without a GPS, away from the hustle of the Bondi coast and the crowd of tourists. A 20 minutes walk down a bush path will connect you with Shark Beach.

Tip: to get there grab bus 325 and ask the driver to drop you near Strickland House – 52 Vaucluse Rd, Vaucluse, NSW, 2030.

Go for the thrill in Shark Beach

A place where to (don’t) dive with sharks

best beaches in Sydney - Shark Beach

Located in the Sydney Harbour National Park, Nielsen Park hosts the lush Shark Beach. Facing the well-known (for a reason) Shark Bay, this spot has plenty of pros and only one con: you might find sharks! Do avoid the risk, you can swim in the big area protected by shark proof nets. Now the pros: it is calm here, and I mean so. Nice flat water, pleasant breeze, shaded areas and friendly locals. A perfect place to relax and enjoy a good book. Nielsen Park is also a great vantage to watch the start of the annual Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and spot yachts sailing south, towards Tasmania.

Which one would you pick?

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