Sydney famously offers the best of both worlds, a city environment and plenty of beaches. In fact, the city is home to over one-hundred beaches. In case you don't have time to check out all one-hundred beaches, here are our eight favorites.
Bondi is one of the most popular beaches in Sydney. The beach itself is huge, and you’ll be sure to find many surfers in its bright blue waters. Bondi is surrounded by shops, cafés, and restaurants along Campbell Parade. Definitely be sure to check out Speedo’s Café for an amazing brunch, and The Bucket List for happy hour drinks and dinner! Bondi Beach is also where you’ll find Bondi Icebergs Club (and a great Instagram opportunity).
Coogee is basically a smaller version of Bondi, also surrounded by an abundance of stores and restaurants. Coogee is a great place for swimming because the water is usually calm with few surfers. Watch out for bluebottles (jellyfish)! One of the best parts about Coogee is the Pavilion where you can dress up and get drinks and dinner at the rooftop bar, or grab lunch in the huge restaurant downstairs.
Manly Beach is just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay. It is an amazing beach town with bars, restaurants, and plenty of surfers. You can walk about 15 minutes along the coast from Manly to Shelly Beach, which is much smaller, but has a great, chic little restaurant/bar right on the beach called The Boathouse.
Maroubra Beach is even larger than Bondi, and is much less crowded. It is also another popular surfing destination. It’s great for a quiet, relaxing beach day, and has a beautiful rock pool at the northern point of the beach. There’s an amazing restaurant called Pool Café right across from the rock pool that has great food and an even better view of Maroubra.
Bronte is a smaller beach between Bondi and Coogee. It is not a super busy area and is a quieter beach than some of the bigger ones, but is equally as beautiful! Bronte is a perfect place to go for a swim in the Bronte Baths, a huge saltwater pool built right into the coast along the water.
Watson’s Bay – Camp Cove Beach
Camp Cove Beach at Watson’s Bay is one of the harbor beaches with incredible views of the city. The waters are calm and ideal for swimming and snorkeling. It is a cozy, somewhat private beach and is perfect for a relaxed day away from the city.
Milk Beach is one of Sydney’s “secret” harbor beaches located in Vaucluse. It is another small, more secluded beach, but has beautiful views of the Harbor Bridge and the city skyline.