5 Sydney Beaches That Will Blow Your Mind


Sydney and beaches go hand in hand. Life in Australia’s biggest city would be completely different without the pristine beaches that line the city’s coast. Locals will have their favourites sure, but some beaches are just beautiful beyond belief. Like, say the following 5 breathtaking Sydney beaches.

#1. Manly Beach

At the end of a classic sightseeing ferry ride over from Circular Quay lies the exceptional main beach of Manly. This great long beach is a star of Sydney’s northern beaches, particularly for active types. Many say that Manly is one of the best spots to surf in all of Sydney.

At Manly Beach you find the perfect combination of city life with the beach, with a waterfront promenade separating the beach from bars, cafes and the relaxed local lifestyle. The perfect place to escape the city without going all that far.

“The best things about Sydney are free: the sunshine’s free, and the harbour’s free, and the beach is free.”
-Russell Crowe

#2. Coogee Beach

Another beloved Sydney spot, Coogee combines a fantastic beach with a great atmosphere. A sheltered beach, Coogee is ideal for families wanting to spend time in the water.

Just off Arden St, Coogee is renowned for its golden sand and the great vibes offered by nearby institutions like the Coogee Pavilion.

Two of Coogee Beach’s most popular features are its tidal pools and the cliffs to the north near Dolphin Point that reward visitors with spectacular views.

#3. Palm Beach

What’s better than one beach? Two which is what you get with Palm Beach.
Found on a narrow peninsula, there’s the ocean-facing surf beach of Palm beach and the gentler Barrenjoey Beach on its sheltered side. So whether you want to swim, surf or paddleboard, Palm Beach has you covered.

Much further out than the others, Palm Beach is certainly worth the trek. The epic view from the headland lighthouse is reason enough alone.

For TV fans, the view may also look familiar as the setting for the classic TV show Home and Away.

#4. Milk Beach

Sometimes it’s not the size of the beach that matters, simply the location.
This is definitely the case for Milk Beach, tucked away below the historic Strickland House in the Vaucluse, because this little beach is home to a truly superb view of Sydney’s skyline across the bay.

Generally overlooked by tourists and most active beachgoers, secluded Milk Beach only ever really gets lively during summer with a series of festive beach parties. Otherwise the beach has a quiet and contemplative atmosphere to it, especially at sunset.

#5. Bondi Beach

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Honestly, how could we leave Bondi Beach off a list like this?

What can be said about this classic spot that hasn’t already been said over and over? Iconic. Picture-postcard view. Often crowded. You don’t really get the first two without the third.

Bondi is the typical city beach and great for all sorts of beachgoers, be they surfers, swimmers, joggers or sunbathers. Plus, there’s the stunning Bondi Icebergs pool that seems to just merge with the ocean.
When visiting Sydney, a trip to Bondi is always on the cards.

There you have it, 5 mind-blowing Sydney beaches. Of course, Sydney is home to countless beaches, so no matter what you’re after, you’re sure to find it.

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Written by David Johnston