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The 10 most popular beaches famous and beautiful of Sydney

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Sydney, like the rest of Australia, is a destination of sure beauty and it is certainly impossible to be disappointed. Its Opera House, Harbor Bridge and its natural parks are very famous, but we want to talk about the beaches? The real strength are undoubtedly them, divided between bays, coves, long sandy and other rocky stretches, characterized by very flat waters or scary waves. Sydney's beaches are therefore suitable for everyone, from children to adults, from surfers, to lovers of relaxation, to diving enthusiasts. Then find out what they are the 10 most beautiful and famous beaches in Sydney and find the one that suits you best!



Index

  1. Bondi Beach
  2. Bronte Beach
  3. Manly Beach
  4. Coogee Beach
  5. Collins Flat Beach
  6. Shelly Beach
  7. Balmoral Beach
  8. Gordons Bay
  9. Lady Bay Beach
  10. Shark Beach
  11. Haven't booked yet? Plan your trip to Sydney: flights, hotels and tours
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Bondi Beach

Let's start with the best known and most popular beach in Sydney, if not all of Australia: Bondi Beach! This beach stretches for 1 km in the middle of a cove where the sand is white, the water very blue and the waves are ideal for surfing. What makes it particularly preferred over other beaches is its relative proximity to the city center.

  • Where it is: on the south east coast 7km from Sydney. To reach it you need to take the T4 train and then the 333N bus - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation and surfing
  • Type: White sand

2 - Bronte Beach

Bronte Beach is another beautiful beach not very far from Sydney as well much loved by surfers, despite the presence of some rocks towards the shore. Here too the sand is white and the sea is very beautiful, all close to a huge green park.



  • Where it is: on the south east coast 8 km from Sydney. It can be reached by taking the T4 train and then changing to bus 379 - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation and surfing
  • Type: white sand and rocks

3 - Manly Beach

Manly Beach is a little further from Sydney than the first two, but it is really worth going. It is in fact a complete beach suitable for everyone, as it is full of services, restaurants and night clubs to have fun. It is also perfect for surfing if the currents are good otherwise, when the waters are calm, it turns into a paradise beach.

  • Where it is: on the north east coast 16 km from Sydney. To get there you can choose the Manly Fast Ferry, the T8 and T2 trains or the 168 and 141 buses - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, surfing, snorkeling and nightlife
  • Type: dark sand and rocks

4 - Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach is the beach of a suburb of Sydney, located further south of the city. Here the sea is particularly clear and crystalline, with clear waters tending to green, the sand is golden and there are some rocks, but the real strength of Coogee Beach are its natural pools by the sea, therefore also this beach it is perfect for relaxing, surfing and, when the sea is calm, snorkeling and observing the seabed.



  • Where it is: on the south east coast 9 km from Sydney. You can get there directly with bus 373 or with 374 - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, snorkeling and surfing
  • Type: golden sand and rocks

5 - Collins Flat Beach

This beach is an hour and a half from Sydney but it is a real gem not to be missed. Collins Flat Beach is part of a nature park and indeed it is about a very isolated and wild beach, on which there is not the slightest trace of rooms, bathrooms, rentals and so on, just a thick vegetation all around. You will therefore be in complete tranquility relaxing on the dark sand, bathed by crystal clear waters and clear perceiving only the sound of the sea.

  • Where it is: on the north coast, in the western part of the Manly peninsula, 17 km from Sydney. It can be reached by the Manly Fast Ferry, the T2 train or the E50 and 135 buses - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation and snorkeling
  • Type: dark sand and rocks

6 - Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach is a small beach in a cove near the larger Manly Beach. Its small size keeps it sheltered from the currents, guaranteeing a sea that is always flat as well as crystalline with beautiful colors. This makes the beach ideal especially for relaxing and snorkeling, rather than surfing like most other beaches.



  • Where it is: on the north east coast 18 km from Sydney. To get there you can opt for the Manly Fast Ferry or the E70 bus and then continue on foot for a short distance - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation and snorkeling
  • Type: white sand and rocks

7 - Balmoral Beach

Balmoral Beach is a long beach located on one of the peninsulas that make up the Sydney territory. Here the sand is golden with the presence of stones and large rocks in the sea, therefore this beach is also to be considered ideal especially for relaxing and observing the beautiful seabed, even if there is no shortage of places to have fun at night.

  • Where it is: on the north east coast 9 km from Sydney. To get there you have to take the T1 or T8 train and then a bus. The lines that reach it are 246, 245, 257 and 230 - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, snorkeling and nightlife
  • Type: golden sand, pebbles and rocks

8 - Gordons Bay

Gordons Bay is a small, peaceful and heavenly beach located in a long indentation of the coast. The sandy stretch is short, golden, and is bathed by always calm green / blue waters because sheltered from the rocks that rise all around. Behind, on the other hand, there is a thick and wild vegetation which makes this beach even more picturesque and perfect for relaxing without hearing any noise.

  • Where it is: on the south east coast, 9 km from Sydney. It can be reached directly by bus 373 or by first taking the T4 train and then bus 360 or 353 - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation and snorkeling
  • Type: golden sand and rocks

9 - Lady Bay Beach

Lady Bay Beach is another impressive Sydney beach characterized by golden sand and the presence of rocks scattered here and there. The sandy stretch is long and obviously bathed by clear and crystalline waters. Its position in the extreme north-east of a peninsula exposes it perfectly to ocean currents, making them generate crazy waves for surfers.

  • Where it is: in the north of the north east coast, 11 km from Sydney. To get there just take bus 324 or 325. Both lines reach the area directly without having to make changes but only the final stretch on foot for a short journey - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, snorkeling and surfing
  • Type: golden sand and rocks

10 - Shark Beach

Shark Beach is another wild beach, surrounded by the thick vegetation of the park behind it and characterized by white sand and rocks. Its exposure does not create waves that are particularly suitable for surfing, but its depths are very beautiful to be explored by snorkeling.

  • Where it is: on the southern east coast, in the western part of the Vaucluse peninsula, 9 km from Sydney. You can get there by taking bus 324 or 325 which reach it directly without having to change - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation and snorkeling
  • Type: white sand and rocks

Haven't booked yet? Plan your trip to Sydney: flights, hotels and tours

Organizing a trip to Sydney, contrary to what you might think, is quite simple. First of all you have to choose the area that interests you most, since Sydney is a really big city, and from the first moment you arrive at the airport you can reach it in a few minutes by train. Unfortunately, however, it is simple but not cheap, in fact you have to charge a plane ticket of at least € 700,00, but this like in all of Australia. Fortunately, however housing is not that expensive! In fact, we speak of beds in the hostel from € 13,00 per night and hotel rooms from € 30,00 per night, both solutions with breakfast included and in areas of greater interest. The generic cost of living on the other hand is very similar to the Italian one but with the advantage that the euro-Australian dollar exchange rate is quite good and convenient. All in all Sydney can be considered a safe city, a destination chosen especially by young people, mostly backpackers traveling alone, and one of the reasons, besides obviously the nightlife and the appreciated Australian lifestyle, is also simplicity in moving which makes the traveler's life so much easier.

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