Top Sydney Beaches

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  • Washaway Beach

    Washaway Beach
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    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… read more »

  • Gordon's Bay

    Gordon's Bay
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    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… read more »

  • Cronulla Beach

    Cronulla Beach
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  • Marley Beach

    Marley Beach
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  • Avalon Beach

    Avalon Beach
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    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… read more »

  • Bilgola Beach

    Bilgola Beach
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    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… read more »

  • Clovelly Beach

    Clovelly Beach
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    Situated 9 km southeast of downtown Sydney, Clovelly Beach has something for everyone with great sand for castle-building and plenty of marine life for snorkellers and scuba enthusiasts. Lined on either side with concrete promenades and beachfront cafes, the small beach is at the head of a narrow inlet overlooked by Bundock Park to the south.

    While the sandy area is a winner with children, the… read more »

  • Freshwater Beach

    Freshwater Beach
    © Nigel Howe / CC BY

    Just north of Manly Beach, Freshwater Beach is stunningly located between two headlands. There's a small stream at the north end of the beach, hence the name "Freshwater".

    It's popularity began in the early 1900s when campers would spend holidays near the beach enjoying the sand and beautiful location. Initially it was the site of a working mens' camp and females were only allowed to… read more »

  • Milk Beach

    Milk Beach
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  • Narrabeen Beach

    Narrabeen Beach
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    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… read more »

  • Shelly Beach

    Shelly Beach
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    Shelly Beach is a real gem, just a short ferry ride from Sydney or a 20-minute walk south along Marine Parade from well-known Manly Beach. Tucked beneath the Shelly Head Lookout, it faces west and is very sheltered.

    The 100m long beach got its name as the sand is made up of broken seashells so it's rather coarse and not terribly good for building sandcastles.… read more »

  • Boat Harbour (Kurnell)

    Boat Harbour (Kurnell)
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  • Bungan Beach

    Bungan Beach
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  • Chowder Bay

    Chowder Bay
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  • Collaroy Beach

    Collaroy Beach
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