Many people travel to Sydney for the historical and cultural experience. Sydney is known as a melting pot, made up of several diverse cultures that have accumulated in the city over the past century. The biggest items on travelers’ to-do lists are the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, and the Sydney Tower. But one of Sydney’s best attractions, and perhaps the most overlooked, is its beaches. Here are the top five beaches in Sydney.
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Bondi Beach is Australia’s most iconic beach. Bondi Beach is more than just sand and surf; it’s also shopping, dining, and events. You have so many activities to choose from, including surfing, yoga, festivals, and public events. Check an events calendar to see what’s happening during your stay. Take a walk along the kilometer-long city beach expanse. It’s located only 10 kilometers from the center of the city, making it easy to plan a day at the beach and then take in some other sights in the night, or easily head back to many Sydney hotels when you’re ready to go.
There are several incredible northern beaches along the Manly peninsula. Enjoy a ferry ride to Manly Wharf, the harbourside part of Manly Beach. From the harbor, you’re only a short walk away from the main ocean beach, where you can surf, swim, and enjoy Australia’s best-known tourist landmarks. You can explore Manly on foot, rollerblade, or a bike, exploring several pathways and coastal walks along its shores. You can learn to surf or paddleboard, and enjoy waterside dining at Manly’s seaside dining.
Bilgola Beach is Sydney’s own tropical reserve. If you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing day at the beach, this is the place for you. The beach is quieter than others in the area, with fewer people and more privacy. There are no shops to distract you from the beautiful surf, but there is the convenience of a café. Bilgola Beach is one of Manly’s ocean beaches and will provide you with a great surf.
If you’re traveling with kids, Bronte Beach is perfect for you. The grassy reserve is filled with grills, huts, and play spaces for kids. There’s even a little train ride that operates on weekends. There’s plenty of space to kick a ball around, or spread out and listen to music. If a member of your party is looking for a little time-out, the rock pool or more distant sandy areas will provide the much-needed break. This beach is perfect for everyone in your family.
If you’re looking for the infamous blue-green shade of coastal waters, you’ll find it at Freshwater Beach. This protected beach provides great waves, an adjacent park perfect for barbecues, and is one of the most family-friendly beaches. If the waves are too strong, bring your children to rock pool on the northern end. Since the beach is located north of Manly, it’s close to the action you want, but with a bit more intimacy.
These five beaches provide a wonderful spectrum of what Sydney has to offer. Find the perfect one for your trip, or schedule a Sydney beach vacation and experience them all.