When it comes to the best beaches in Sydney, there are upwards of 100 beaches to choose from, so this makes it hard to narrow it down. Summer time is glorious in Sydney, so if you’re visiting or just looking for a new spot to cool down, hopefully this article can help you. These are my favourites, in terms of proximity to the city, cafes, restaurants, bars, entertainment, and views.
Bondi – This is by far the most well-known and popular beach in Sydney. Centrally located and iconic. Bondi beach is great for brunch and coffees, and Bondi Icebergs always forms a gorgeous shot. It’s the perfect starting point for the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk.
Coogee – Much smaller than Bondi, but just as historical with the McIver’s and Wylie’s baths and Giles rock pool. I am personally obsessed with the cafes and pubs/bars in Coogee. Definitely visit Coogee Pavillion for a drink and Cafe de France for a great quality meal. However, I will say that this beach attracts staggering crowds pretty much any time the temperature is greater than 22 degrees Celsius, so try to come early and get yourself a good spot.
Manly – Visiting Manly beach feels like going on holidays, because you can just hop on a ferry from Circular Quay and have a mini-break from the city. They have relaxed cafes and bars which are consistently good. In addition to this, a stones throw away is Shelly beach which is so beautiful and perfect for BBQ or picnics.
Cronulla – My old hood. I grew up in the Sutherland Shire, so this was the closest and best beach for me during that time. Cronulla stretches longer than many people know, and there are smaller and quieter beaches curving along the coast that are so incredible. Here you’ll find the locals’ favourite spots, Oak Park, Shelly Park, Salmon Haul Bay and Darook Park. Cronulla is only a 40min (approx.) drive from the city.
Bronte – Another absolute gem. Smaller than it’s other Eastern suburbs neighbours, but extremely beautiful and relaxing. Obsessed with the grassy lawn behind the beach equipped with BBQ areas. DO go to Cafe Salina and the Three Blue Ducks.
Clovelly – At first sight, it just seems like all cliffs and rocks, but if you walk through to the stretch of sand, you’ll find a glorious beach to swim and chill, as well as the Geoff James ocean pool. Clovelly is perfect for snorkeling and exploring. DO eat at Clovelly Social House or Clodeli.
Notable mentions: Maroubra Beach, Freshwater Beach, Palm Beach, Milk Beach.
Where is your favourite beach in the world or beach destination for a holiday?
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dress: With Jéan