Beaches are probably amongst the first things that pop into anyone’s head when they think of Australia. We’re known for our beautiful beaches, and Bondi Beach is world famous. But if you want to see what other beaches are within easy reach of Sydney, check out our list below. You’ll find changing and refreshment facilities at many Sydney beaches making it a no fuss day out. Visit our car hire in Sydney, grab your togs (swimwear for non-Australians) and head on out of the city.

Going north

Sydney’s northern beaches are consistently well-rated. First up, shortly after you’ve crossed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, is Balmoral Beach. The beach offers calm waters for family swimming and views well worth the visit. Kayaks and paddle boards are available for hire and there are plenty of eateries to keep your energy up.

A firm favourite is chilled-out Manly Beach, with a spacious promenade and a village-like feel. There’s a shopping street with plenty of places to eat, drink and stock up on supplies. Heading up the coast you’ll find Dee Why Beach is a great option for those with kids, with an enclosed playground available. Further still, Avalon Beach has a skate park and is super close to all the shops you could need during your visit.

If you keep travelling north, you can’t go much further than Palm Beach on the end of the peninsula. Take a dip in the Olympic-sized swimming pool or the ocean. If you tire of the sand between your toes, take a walk over to Barrenjoey Lighthouse which marks the very end of the beach. Soap fans may know Palm Beach as ‘Summer Bay’ from Home and Away. It’s sometimes possible to catch the show being filmed.

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Along the Bondi coast

If you want to check out Bondi and take a snap before heading onwards, there are some other beaches pretty close by and equally worth your time. Heading south out of Bondi you’ll hit the beaches of Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly, Gordons Bay and Coogee in quick succession. Tamarama is a beautiful beach, as are the people who frequent it. However, it’s a surfer’s paradise which means it can be dangerous for swimmers. Head into the water with caution. Bronte is also popular with surfers and has a rock pool providing protection for swimmers, as well as BBQ and picnic facilities. Once again, it pays to take care when entering the water here. At Clovelly beach you’ll find good snorkelling, while at Gordons Bay there’s an underwater trail to explore. At the latter, its nature trail offers plenty to see including reefs and underwater forests. At the end of the run is Coogee Beach which has everything you could need, including grassy picnic spots and good swimming.

Beaches with a Harbour View

Directly east of the Sydney Opera House and the harbour bridge are a selection of beaches which offer city views as well as sandy calm. At Milk Beach you can see the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the distance. It’s known for being deserted in the winter but a party haven in the summer, so time your visit wisely. Watsons Bay is another good option for that picture-perfect view, a little further along the coast from Milk Beach. Nielsen Park Beach is in between the two and attracts fewer tourists than some of the other Sydney beaches.

A view of Sydney harbour during sunset
Beach views of Sydney Harbour

When visiting any of Australia’s beaches, don’t forget to observe local beach safety rules. Although many of the beaches we’ve listed are patrolled, always swim between the flags and use your common sense.

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