Sydney’s 9 Best Beaches to Check Out this Summer

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Summer is almost upon us, and with it, also 30º plus temperatures. While we’re not complaining about summer (because, why would we ever complain about the best season in the year?!) it can be challenging to pull through the heat. Thankfully for Sydneysiders, we’re fortunate enough to have a wide array of stunning beaches to keep us cool. We don’t mean to brag, but with with so many options out there, it can be hard to narrow it down. Here, we list the top 9 beaches in Sydney you should check out this summer.

1. Bondi Beach

Bondi is Sydney’s most famous beach and a major tourist attraction. And it’s easy to see why – its length, shops, restaurants and cafes gives it a clear advantage. Not to mention its close distance and easy accessibility from the city.

On top of this, Bondi has another charm: the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk through the headlands. The full walk will take you close to 1.5 hours, as it covers the distance of about 6km and takes you through Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly, Gordons Bay and finally Coogee. Expect breathtaking views, stunning beaches, parks, cliffs and rock pools. Stop along the way for a swim at the Bronte baths, a game of bowls at Clovelly bowling club, or a drink at one of the many surf clubs along the way. There’s no better way to experience Sydney’s coastline than the Bondi to Coogee walk, and this free activity is a must-do during your time in Sydney.

2. Coogee Beach

Coogee is also a very well-known Sydney beach. While smaller than Bondi, Coogee has its own familiy-orientated charm. Not only that, the beach is located in closer proximity to the shops, restaurants and bars, which makes it the perfect option for summer, especially if you need to buy a refreshing drink after sunbaking. Walk to the headlands for amazing views of the ocean, and if you’re up for a walk, remember you can go all the way towards Bondi.

3. Bronte Beach

Beautiful Bronte is another popular stretch of sand along the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. While the beach itself is quite petite, Bronte has a huge section of grass, tables and barbeques, which make it the perfect recreational spot for a barbecue amongst friends. If you’re not a confident swimmer Bronte is ideal, as it features a natural, shallow pool with little-to-no waves as it’s protected by rocks.

4. Palm Beach

Located just an hour out of Sydney on the north shore, Palm Beach is located on a gorgeous peninsula with the ocean on one side and Pittwater on the other. Palm Beach is well-known for its many chic and luxurious restaurants, and it’s also where the iconic Aussie show Home and Away is filmed.

5. Manly Beach

With a tree-lined promenade and a long stretch of golden sand, Manly beach is incredibly popular for both backpackers and families alike. Renowned for it’s awesome swell, you’ll often see surfers out riding waves at all hours of the day.

Directly across from the beach is Manly corso, a bustling promenade filled with trendy shops, bars and cafes. And if you follow the path south from the Corso you’ll arrive at Shelley Beach, a gorgeous sheltered beach known for it’s snorkelling and diving. Getting to Manly from the city requires taking a ferry from circular quay, but trust us, the views of the harbour from the ferry are second to none!

6. Balmoral Beach

Balmoral is the perfect beach for those who want to swim but are a little bit weary about large waves and rough surf. Ideally located with views of Sydney Harbour National Park and the headlands, Balmoral is quiet, calm, and is set in front of a large shady park – perfect for setting up a picnic.

If you’re after something even more secluded, Chinamans beach around the corner is a gorgeous enclave offering a more private beach experience.

7. Gordon’s Bay

This little gem is located north of Coogee and south of Clovelly. The best part? It can only be accessed through the Bondi to Coogee walk (as if you need any extra reasons to do the walk). This tiny beach with striking clear waters is quite popular amongst snorkelling enthusiasts, as it features extensive native wildlife and The Gordons Bay Underwater Nature Trail. The trail is easy to track, and it takes about 40 minutes to swim it all. Truly a must-do experience!

8. Congwong Beach

Located within the Botany Bay National Park, Congwong Beach is a calm, beautiful bay that features Botany Bay views. The beach is perfect for snorkeling due to its abundant sea life and tranquil waters. Kamay Botany Bay National Park is really close to the beach, so if you’d like to do a bit of exploring, there are many worthwhile trails and walks along the coastline.

9. Redleaf Beach

Redleaf Beach is another idyllic Sydney beach worth checking out this summer. Located in the Double Bay area, the main attraction about Redleaf Beach is its pool, Murray Rose, which is a safe, netted harbourside tidal enclosure to swim in. You also have the possibility to walk through the enclosure (which looks like a long jetty) which can make for some great pictures.

Stay cool at the beach this summer

Summer is upon us – but fear not! Now you have all the knowledge you need to overcome those high temperatures and stay cool and refreshed on holidays while enjoying Sydney’s most beautiful beaches, unique native wildlife and fantastic outdoors.

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