Top 25+ Sydney Beaches

It is probably true to say that Sydney has more fantastic beaches than any other city on earth. With well over a hundred beaches in the Sydney area to choose from it is a somewhat daunting task to pick out the very best. And who's to say that is the best for anyone else - the sheer choice means, to use a cliche, there's a beach for everyone, whether you are a surfer, swimmer, snorkeller or sun-worshipper.

For many people one word springs to mind when you mention beaches in Sydney, and that's Bondi. OK, few would argue it isn't a great beach, and it's certainly iconic, but dig a little deeper and you'll discover there are any number of beaches to rival (and surpass) Bondi.

  • Garie Beach

    Garie Beach
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    The Royal National Park, just south of Sydney is home to more than ten beautiful, pristine beaches of which Garie beach is widely recognised as the finest. A one km stretch of golden sand backed by the steeply rising forested vallies of the park this beach has changed little over the centuries.

    Despite its stunning natural beauty Garie Beach is not without its dangers and strong rip… read more »

  • Camp Cove Beach

    Camp Cove Beach
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    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

    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… read more »

  • Palm Beach

    Palm Beach
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    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… read more »

  • Bondi Beach

    Bondi Beach

    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… read more »

  • Balmoral Beach

    Balmoral Beach
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    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… read more »

  • Bronte Beach

    Bronte Beach
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    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… read more »

  • Currawong Beach

    Currawong Beach

    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… read more »

  • Malabar Beach

    Malabar Beach
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    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… read more »

  • Manly Beach

    Manly Beach
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    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… read more »

  • Tamarama Beach

    Tamarama Beach
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    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… read more »

  • Wattamolla Beach

    Wattamolla Beach
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    Located in Royal National Park, Wattamolla Beach is a popular sandy beach in Sydney South. The beach has soft white sand with ocean waves on one side and calm lagoon waters on the other. The name "Wattamolla" comes from the Aboriginal "place near running water". Although apparently the beach was first discovered by English cartographer Matthew Flinders in 1796. There is a waterfall next to… read more »

  • Obelisk Beach

    Obelisk Beach
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    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… read more »

  • Newport Beach

    Newport Beach
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    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… read more »

  • Nielsen Park

    Nielsen Park

    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… read more »