Best Beaches in Sydney Australia

Organizing the best beaches in Sydney, Australia is no easy task. From Cronulla Beach in the south to Palm Beach way up north, Sydney, Australia is famous for its abundance of beautiful beaches. I spent a month living in Sydney, and decided to go explore as many of these sandy sanctuaries as possible.

Here is my list of best beaches in Sydney…


My list begins on the southside of Sydney’s incredible coastal walk with a family-friendly place called Bronte Beach. Natural and man-made pools protect you from the dangerous rip known as the Bronte Express.

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Beautiful coastal walk from Bondi to Bronte beach.


Over Dolphin’s Point, There’s Coogee Beach, which is much larger than Bronte and also safer for swimming.

Both Bronte and Coogee are local favorites for beaches in Sydney, because they are located in really cool neighborhoods with some great places to eat and drink down by the water.

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Sunbathers all over the place at Coogee Beach


Between Coogee and Bronte is the concrete and rocky waterfront of Clovelly Beach – its the perfect place to go if you don’t want any sand in your bikini.


Across Bundock Park is Gordons Bay, which doesn’t have the best beach, but the water is calm and clear so its a really nice spot for snorkeling.

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Clear, calm waters of Gordon’s Bay


I absolutely love the smaller bay beaches in Sydney, towards the top end of the Peninsula, and my personal favorite of all these is a cool little hidden gem called Parsley Bay. It is tucked away within a quiet neighborhood and the shark nets make me feel better about swimming.

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Playing in Parsley Bay


Kuttie is another small, quiet spot within a residential area.


When you’re at Watson’s Bay, stop by Doyle’s for lunch on the water. A completely different vibe here than over between Bondi and Bronte Beach.


For amazing views of Sydney Harbor, follow the path to the small and quiet Milk Beach.

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Sydney Harbor view from Milk Beach


Back over on the beautiful coastline, the quiet and secluded Tamarama Beach is great place to get away from the crowds of neighboring Coogee and Bondi.

Tamarama is usually occupied by a laid-back, local crowd with a heavy focus on the top-notch surf break.

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Tamarama Beach


Just around the rocky cliffs, you’ll find one of the most well known beaches in the world… From the iconic Icebergs pool which overlooks the beach, to the abundance of beautiful sunbathers, Bondi is famous for a reason.

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Bondi Icebergs Swimming Pool

Popular with international backpackers and tourists, its a place to see and be seen. Especially considering its bikini top optional.

Don’t get too distracted though, because There’s tons of beach activities going on, and the waves are a bit more manageable than at other beaches, so its a good place to take your first surf lesson or just go for a swim.

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Bondi Beach Scene

While in Bondi, stay at the Hotel Ravesis right at the beach and check out some of the chill bars and delicious restaurants around the neighborhood.

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Capturing Bondi Beach from all angles.


Take the ferry north from Sydney Harbor, you’ll come to Manly Beach – the gateway to the most beautiful stretch of sand in Sydney.

Manly itself is the most lively of all the northern beaches, with surf competitions and weekend events, its a very popular place in the summertime.

If you’re looking to break away from the crowds, keep heading north and you’ll find a lot more space in the sand at places like Collaroy beach, Avalon beach, and way up at the top, is Palm Beach. These are some of the most remote and untouched beaches in Sydney.

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Manly man checking out Manly beach!


Sydney’s most northerly stretch of sand is Palm Beach, and It sits on a peninsula at the end of Barrenjoey Road, between Pittwater and Broken Bay. Palm Beach is sometimes referred to as ‘Palmy’ and its a great spot for surfing and sunbathing. Make sure you walk up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse for an amazing view!

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Barrenjoey Lighthouse at Palm Beach

If you’ve made it this far, you’ve officially explored some of the best beaches in Sydney!


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Parting Shot: Sunset at Bondi Beach

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  1. I love spending time on beaches, I and my girlfriend has so many plans because we are on holidays so will definitely visit these beaches, thanks for sharing.

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