Top 10 best beaches in Sydney

All Sydneysiders love to enjoy a day on the beach. Let’s face it, Sydney arguably has some of the best beaches in the country, if not, the world! As we approach the middle of summer, we decided to put together our top 10 list of the best beaches in Sydney for you to enjoy all summer long.

Ranking the top 10 best beaches in Sydney is quite a difficult task. With so many gorgeous beaches in Sydney, it’s hard to pick just 10 which are going to make it onto our shortlist.


1. Shelly beach

Top 10 best beaches in Sydney Shelly Beach

Shelly beach is in a gorgeous secluded spot. You can access it simply by walking south along Manly’s main street. Top tip: look out for some water dragons as you walk towards Shelly beach as they love to hide in the bushes or sunbathe on rocks.

Shelly beach is great for diving and is often the go-to spot for people who want a glimpse at some of the sea life that Sydney has to offer.

2. Camp cove

Top 10 best beaches in Sydney Camp Cove

Camp cove tends to be rather quiet so it's a great spot to take a picnic and some friends. Although it’s a rather small beach it’s also very beautiful and offers stunning views. 

Camp cove is also a short walk away from Watson’s Bay which is well worth a visit.


3. Coogee beach

Top 10 best beaches in Sydney Coogee beach

Coogee is a gorgeous must-see beach that’s beloved by tourists and locals. At Coogee beach you can choose whether to sit on the golden sand, the grassy area above it or anywhere on the grassy hill to the side of the beach. Either way, you’re guaranteed to enjoy what Coogee beach has to offer.

You can also start the Coogee to Bondi coastal walk here and stop off at many small beaches along the way. 


4. Manly beach

Top 10 best beaches in Sydney Manly beach

Manly beach is lovely, and one that we feel is particularly family friendly. Part of the charm of Manly beach is also how you get there as riding the Manly ferry is often seen as a right of passage for all Sydneysiders.

5. Bondi beach

Top 10 best beaches in Sydney Bondi beach

Bondi beach is probably Sydney’s most famous beach. Unfortunately, this also means it tends to be busy all the time. Though if you go during the week or early on Saturday and Sunday then you can easily beat the crowds and enjoy all that Bondi beach has to offer. 

Bondi beach is also the start and end of the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk depending on whether you want to end up at Bondi or Coogee.


6. South Cronulla beach

Top 10 best beaches in Sydney South Cronulla beach

South Cronulla beach is probably the most well-known southern beach in Sydney. It’s great for a day out with your family or for surfers wanting to take advantage of the decent waves. You can reach South Cronulla beach by train so it’s great for a quick getaway.

Set foot on the Cronulla walk to see beaches, ocean pools, scenic views and various surf spots.


7. Bronte beach

Top 10 best beaches in Sydney Bronte beach

Bronte beach is a great spot to take in stunning views, have a swim in the ocean, or enjoy a picnic. Like many beaches in Sydney, Bronte beach has a grassy parkland and a sandy beach. So it’s an ideal place for anyone who wants to enjoy the beach or who doesn’t want to get sandy. 


8. Palm beach

Top 10 best beaches in Sydney Palm beach

Palm beach is a little further away from Sydney’s city centre than the other beaches on our list, but it’s well worth the drive. It’s a truly beautiful beach and perfect for families, surfers, divers and Sydneysiders who want to escape from the city. 


9. Tamarama beach

Top 10 best beaches in Sydney Tamarama beach

Tamarama beach isn’t huge but it’s a gorgeous beach to visit. It’s situated in-between Bronte beach and Bondi beach so it’s an ideal spot to stop off at during the coastal walk. The waves are great for surfers and bodyboarders, whilst the flat sandy beach caters to sunbathers.

10. Freshwater beach

Top 10 best beaches in Sydney Freshwater beach

Our top 10 best beaches of Sydney countdown concludes with Freshwater beach, or “Freshie” as the locals call it. This beach is the first beach north of Manly and is definitely worth a visit. It’s probably one of the most family-friendly beaches in Sydney and it features child-friendly rock pools for kids to explore if the waves get too strong.

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