There is estimated to be over 10,000 beaches in Australia, enough beaches to visit one a day for over 20 years. Obviously, it is impossible to visit all of these, but if you have checked out some vacation homes in Sydney maybe you are contemplating visiting a few. Sydney is home to some of the most beautiful and famous beaches in the world. Beaches that are known for their scenery, surf and relaxation. You can find whatever you are looking for on the beaches in Sydney, but how do you choose the right one for you and your friends? Having visited many of these beaches during my time in Australia I have compiled a short list of some of the best beaches in the area and what they have to offer any visitor to the area. Maybe you will find one that is the perfect fit for you.
Probably the most famous beach in Australia and one of the most famous in the world, Bondi has been featured on tv shows, in movies and in a host of other media. Easily accessible from the CBD and outlying areas, Bondi is always busy. Its location makes it ideal for those wanting to relax and take a dip in the water. Heed the safety warnings though as it is also notorious for its ever-changing currents. While here you can enjoy the many restaurants and bars along the boardwalk or enjoy watching kite surfers making the most of some of the big waves which come into the area. For those wanting a little more, you can take the famous Bondi to Coogee walk and find some other hidden gems along the Sydney coastline. This takes me to our next destination, Coogee beach.
This beach is famous as the destination of the beautiful coastline walk, but it is also very popular being home to the Coogee pavilion a very popular location for those wanting a drink on the weekends. Go on Sunday and enjoy live music at the packed restaurant/bar. You can also relax on the grassy verge and if you are lucky enough you can snag one of the free BBQ areas and enjoy cooking a meal for you and your friends.
Coogee is known for having a younger crowd on the weekends, but it is also extremely family friendly with many beach games being played throughout the day. Reaching Coogee beach is easiest either by car or public bus, with many running from the CBD to Randwick and on to Coogee.
Reaching Manly beach is an adventure in itself. The best and most popular way is to take a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly harbour and take a short walk through the town to Manly beach. This route allows you amazing views of Sydney Harbour, the harbour bridge and the Opera house. It may be a little bumpy sometimes, but this is very rare.
Once you get to the beach, there is a small green area to the far right of the beach which is ideal for families and those wanting to make use of the public BBQs, though expect a short wait while you’re there.
Manly beach is also ideal for those who want to take a leisurely stroll, as it is quite a walk. You may also find some of the best surfers in Australia taking to the waters here as the waves are quite big and it is home to the Australian surf open, so people will be coming for plenty of practice. Ther are many bars and restaurants in which to grab a bite to eat and unwind during the hot summer months.
If you feel keen to take to the waters, ensure it is safe to do so and that you heed the warnings of both the lifeguards on duty and other visitors to the beach.
This beach is in the affluent Northern beaches suburb of Sydney and is a little trickier to get to than the other beaches already mentioned. Primarily a tourist hotspot due to it being the home of the tv series ‘Home and Away’ Palm Beach is the perfect location for a day away from the city.
To reach Palm beach and the other filming locations associated with the hit tv show, renting a car would be the best option. The roads are quite tricky to navigate and will take some time to ascend and descend, to save some time I would mark the location which you most want to visit as there is some distance between them.
If you are primarily here to enjoy the beach and its views, then taking a bus from the CBD would again be your best option. The ride can take up to two hours depending on traffic conditions and how busy the beach will be on the day.
To catch a glimpse of filming it’s important to do some research on when wherever filming might be taking place. Other activities in the area include taking a short flight of the beaches in the area, whale watching, fishing or taking chartered catamarans.
With the abundance of options to choose from in Sydney you will never be in short supply of places to visit. These are four of the most popular options, take your time and choose the one for you, as you can always go to the next one which will be very close by.