What are the best beaches in Sydney?

Prepare for sun, surf, and sand when you visit Sydney! New South Wales’ capital is home to some of the most iconic beaches in all of Australia. Whether you’re taking a dip in the rolling waves at Bondi, lounging at a seaside cafe in Manly, or having a picnic along a tranquil stretch of sand in Balmoral, Sydney beaches are sensational in any season.  Spectacular headland views and hidden coves all along the coast make for the perfect vantage points to watch the annual humpback whale migration. From popular tourist hubs to secluded stretches of uninterrupted sand, there are plenty of ways to have fun in the sun in Sydney.

Bondi Beach

Sydney's most famous beach is not just a must-visit surfing destination. You'll quickly discover delicious places to dine along the beachfront stretch of cafes and restaurants, or you can find something fresh at the Bondi Farmers Market each weekend. Take a stroll along the picture-perfect coastline that links Bondi and Coogee, or go for a round on the stunning nine-hole clifftop golf course.
Bondi beach always draws a crowd which includes locals and tourists alike.

Manly Beach

The ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly is a Sydney bucket list activity in itself. When you arrive though, Manly is beachside living and city sophistication wrapped up in a picturesque package. The smooth waves make it the perfect location to try your hand at surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, or a spot of snorkelling. Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary is also home to a variety of marine life including sharks, turtles, and stingrays.
Father and son enjoying a bike ride at Manly Beach on Sydney's northern suburbs.

Bronte Beach

Located between Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach and Coogee, Bronte Beach is an eastern suburbs local favourite. Out of the way of the holiday hustle and bustle, this is the perfect place to get away from it all. With the sheltered cove of Clovelly Beach and secluded Gordons Bay just next door, it's easy to forget these beautiful beaches are walking distance from buzzing Bondi.
The Bondi to Bronte walk gives you a choice of beaches!

Coogee Beach

The spectacular Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk winds through 6km of beaches, rock pools and parklands to Coogee Beach. As one of Australia's oldest beachside suburbs, Coogee offers classic Australian seaside living at its best. Art Deco shops and houses dot the beachfront, while calming beach baths give you a chance to relax outside of the surf.
Coogee Beach is another of Sydney's glorious beaches to try.

Balmoral Beach

Balmoral Beach is home to beautiful homes, expensive yachts, and stunning views of Sydney Harbour National Park. Situated in the city of Mosman, Balmoral Beach is the perfect place to take a dip in the tranquil waters of the protected beach. Why not grab some fish and chips in the shade of the historic beach club as the sun starts to set?
Swimming at Balmoral Baths at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

Palm Beach

Welcome to the home of Summer Bay! Palm Beach is instantly recognisable as the exterior filming location for the drama and theatrics of Home and Away. More than just a soap opera backdrop, the city's most northerly stretch of sand is a great spot for fun. The Palm Beach wharf is the perfect place to cast a line, the Barrenjoey Headland makes for a sensational lookout and the Boathouse is the ultimate in relaxed waterside dining.