With well over one hundred stunning beaches up and down Sydney’s coast, harbours and bays it can be hard to pick which one to visit!
Bondi Beach is located in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney. You will be taken back by its natural beauty and will understand why it is world famous when you arrive. It is a Sydneysiders favourite place to cool off in summer and in the winter you can see many brave locals have their daily swim. Bondi Beach faces south east and if you get there early morning you can witness the amazing sunrise over the horizon and the start of a new day.
Bondi is a beachside suburb with a mixture of locals, surfers, backpackers and holidaymakers. Christmas Day at Bondi is not one to be missed either. Thousands of Sydneysiders and tourist flock to the beach to escape the summer’s heat. It has become an annual event with everyone dressing in Christmas attire.
The main road of Bondi Beach is Campbell’s Parade where you can find shopping, restaurants and bars. At the southern end of Bondi Beach is Icebergs Restaurant and Bar, a place not to miss with the panoramic views of Bondi.
Just past Icebergs you will also find a breathtaking coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee. This walk hugs the coastline passing three further beaches, Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly before arriving at Coogee. Getting to Bondi Beach is easy and there is a direct bus ride from Circular Quay which is located across the road from The Russell. The bus route 333 will take about 40 minutes each way.
Manly Beach is located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. It is where the first world surfing competition was held back in 1964. It is spectacularly beautiful with a grand beachside promenade lined with Norfolk pine trees.
There is always a buzz at Manly, particularly on weekends when locals and visitors alike flock to the beaches, cafes and bars along the promenade and the Corso.
You can take a short bus ride out to the North Head National Park where you will find the Quarantine Station and also an 8km walking trail around the coastal nature park which is surrounded by dramatic cliffs and views back to Sydney.
Manly is a very scenic 30-minute ferry ride the from Circular Quay ferry terminal. If the weather permits try and get a seat outside to take in the stunning views of the harbour foreshore on the way across with many photo opportunities.
Palm Beach is Sydney’s northernmost suburb, straddling the Barrenjoey Peninsula affording sweeping views of the ocean and Ku-ring-gai National Park. Take a scenic day trip from the city and explore the beautiful surrounds. Take a hike up to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse to see all of Palm Beach and on your way back down make sure to stop at the Boat House café for one of the most scenic meals you’ll have on your visit.
Palm Beach also known as ‘Palmie’, as locals call it is home to one of Australia’s famous TV show Home and Away which has been filming at there since 1988. We recommend taking most of a day to a stroll along the beach, swim, set up a picnic or dine in at the cafés and restaurants in the area. It feels like hundreds of kilometres from Sydney and its only 40km away and just over an hour’s drive from the city.