Best Beaches in & Around Ettalong Beach

Map featuring Ettalong Beach beaches. Click on pins to view beach details
  • Bondi Beach

    Bondi Beach

    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 1 hr

    Bondi is possibly Australia's most famous beach and to many sums up the Australian way of life. This iconic Sydney beach is every bit as cosmopolitan as the city with a beach scene encompassing everything from surfing to cafe society to lively nightlife. As long as you know what to expect Bondi will not disappoint - it's busy, it's bold and it's brash, but most importantly Bondi is what you… read more »

  • Camp Cove Beach

    Camp Cove Beach
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    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 1 hr

    Camp Cove sits on the inner coast of South Head, the headland guarding the entrance to Sydney Harbour. As such the beach is not only sheltered but commands spectacular views back over the harbour and towards the city.

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  • Hungry Beach

    Hungry Beach

    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 0.5 hrs

    Hungry Beach gets its memorable name from a fisherman who took shelter in the cove for three days while waiting for a large shark to leave the area. I guess his overwhelming thought was hunger, hence the name. The area was historically known as a prolific fishing area for shark, turtle and mulloway.

    Hungry Beach is on the north side of Sydney in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The densely vegetated… read more »

  • Palm Beach

    Palm Beach
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    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 0.5 hrs

    Palm beach sits on a narrow spit of land at the far end of Sydney's North Shore, roughly 40km from the city centre. The beach is overlooked by the imposing bulk of Barrenjoey Head to the north. It's well worth a climb to check out the lighthouse and take in the fantasic views back over the sands and beyond.

    "Palmy", as the beach is known locally, is really two beaches in one.… read more »

  • Currawong Beach

    Currawong Beach

    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 0.5 hrs

    Ideal for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing, Currawong Beach is a sweeping bay with calm sheltered water. This is thanks to its sheltered position, facing southeast into Pittwater. This pretty beach hideaway is located just south of Mackerel Beach and separated from it by Sinclair Point.

    This area of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is popular for hiking and bushwalking and has some significant aboriginal rock art to look out for.

    The… read more »

  • Avalon Beach

    Avalon Beach
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    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 0.5 hrs

    Away from the more popular surfing meccas in Sydney, Avalon Beach is a secluded surfer surburb just north of Newport Beach on the Northern Beaches peninsula. Once inhabited by native Garigal people, and more recently a hippy haven, Avalon Beach has gone full circle. It now attracts celebrities and stars including Nicole Kidman, Elle Macpherson and 11 times ex-world surf champ, Kelly Slater.

    The beach is a swathe of golden sand… read more »

  • Bilgola Beach

    Bilgola Beach
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    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 0.5 hrs

    Sandwiched between imposing Bilgola Head and Newport Head, Bilgola Beach is a 500-metre surfing beach in Sydney's Northern Beaches area. The soft sands here have a distinct reddish colour which contrasts the verdant cliffs at either end.

    Facing southeast, Bilgola has an offshore sand bar cut through by two shifting rips along with permanent rips that batter the rocks at either end of the sand. The beach has good conditions for… read more »

  • Manly Beach

    Manly Beach
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    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 1 hr

    With a regular ferry running between downtown Sydney to the North Shore suburb of Manly it is no surprise that this long stretch of fine sand is as popular as ever. The town here is very much centred around the beach and this in turn attracts travellers from all over the globe who come here to soak up the sun, party and ride the world-famous waves. 

    Perhaps Manly beach's most iconic… read more »

  • Balmoral Beach

    Balmoral Beach
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    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 1 hr

    Balmoral beach isn't just a posh name, this is one of the most upmarket neighbourhoods on the northern side of Sydney Harbour. Beautiful homes nestle in the the leafy streets clinging to the hillside, overlooking any number of fancy yachts moored out in the bay. Located only 8km from sowntown Sydney most can only imagine what the real estate prices are like here.

    Tucked in behind Middle Head this pair of… read more »

  • Obelisk Beach

    Obelisk Beach
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    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 1 hr

    Situated within the greenery of Sydney Harbour National Park is a secluded, pretty little sandy cove. Obelisk Beach is tucked away behind Middle Head, only a stone's throw from Mosman and neighbouring Balmoral Beach. However, this hidden beach feels a world apart being sufficiently off the beaten track to rarely attract a crowd.

    Getting to Obelisk beach involves at least some walking including a long set of steps. It is probably… read more »

  • Tamarama Beach

    Tamarama Beach
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    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 1 hr

    Next door neighbour to Sydney's most famous beach, Bondi, is the dimunitve Tamarama beach. This little beach is possibly deeper than it is wide, although at only about 80 metres that isn't too dificult.

    Often referred to as 'Glamarama' the beach here is where the beautiful people come to top up their tans. The nickname however dates back to the 1980s when Tamarama was known as the gayest beach in Sydney.… read more »

  • Bronte Beach

    Bronte Beach
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    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 1 hr

    Bronte beach is situated in Sydney's eastern suburbs between Bondi and Coogee beaches. From either of beach it is an easy walk of about 2km along the paved clifftop path. However, if you fancy a swim there is an anual swim held every December between Bondi and Bronte.

    For those who feel they aren't quite ready to take on the open ocean Bronte offers a couple of other swimming options. For… read more »

  • Malabar Beach

    Malabar Beach
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    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 1 hr

    Malabar Beach is one of the less well-known beaches in the south of Sydney, not far from the airport. The name comes from one of two shipwrecks that lie in the bay: the MV Malabar, with the other being the the Goolwa.

    Facing southeast, Malabar Beach is enclosed by rocky headlands at either end with cliffs providing shelter from offshore winds. Generally it's ideal for all types of watersports as the… read more »

  • Newport Beach

    Newport Beach
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    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 0.5 hrs

    North of Bungan Head, Newport Beach has long red-golden sands that extend north from Newport Rockpool for about 1.3 kilometres.

    At the north end of the beach the sand stops at a tumble of rocks beneath the headland known as The Peak. Newport Beach is a top spot for surfing as it is home to three-times world surf champion Tom Carroll. The best surfing spot is around The Peak where there… read more »

  • Washaway Beach

    Washaway Beach
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    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 1 hr

    Washaway Beach faces east into Sydney Harbour with superb views across to Balmoral and the Manley Ferry coming and going. After a storm, the sand really does get washed away, exposing the rocky slab beneath! At other times it boasts a 200m stretch of sand and waves usually 0.5m or more, depending on the outside swell.

    At high tide you may have to sunbathe on the rocks. Not surprisingly, this remote… read more »

  • Nielsen Park

    Nielsen Park

    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 1 hr

    Don't let the name scare you off, but Shark beach in Nielsen Park is one of Sydney's very finest beaches. Not only do you not have to worry about sharks (the beach is netted) it is also tucked away on the sheltered side of South Head meaning there are no Pacific waves to knock you off your feet. Combine this with great views over the harbour towards the city and… read more »

  • Nielsen Park

    Nielsen Park
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    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 1 hr

    Don't let the name scare you off, but Shark beach in Nielsen Park is one of Sydney's very finest beaches. Not only do you not have to worry about sharks (the beach is netted) it is also tucked away on the sheltered side of South Head meaning there are no Pacific waves to knock you off your feet. Combine this with great views over the harbour towards the city and… read more »

  • Gordon's Bay

    Gordon's Bay
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    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 1 hr

    Something of a secret beach, if they exist in Sydney, the tiny Gordon's Bay is situated about halfway between Clovelly and Coogee beaches. The small patch of sand here is flanked by sandstone cliffs with an offshore reef providing shelter from the waves. This makes it something of a favourite spot for fishing, diving and launching small boats. This is fairly evident when you visit the beach with the racks… read more »

  • Lady Bay Beach

    Lady Bay Beach
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    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 1 hr

    Also known as Lady Jane Beach, this little beach is located just around the corner from Camp Cove in Watsons Bay. The beach here sits on the sheltered harbour-facing side of South Head making it and ideal spot for taking a dip, or just taking in the views across the harbour. And don't worry if you forget your cozzie, Lady Bay is also a designated nude bathing area.

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  • Narrabeen Beach

    Narrabeen Beach
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    Travel time from Ettalong Beach: approx 0.5 hrs

    Narrabeen Beach is a long stretch of sand and surf north of Collaroy Point and the 20m cliffs at Narrabeen Head. Curving in a gentle arc for 3.6km it backs onto the Narrabeen Lagoon. The name comes from the name of the daughter of the aboriginal chief at the time of early white settlers arriving in the 1840s.

    The beach has become something of a mecca for surfers and the north… read more »