Sun, Sea & Sand: The Top 10 Beaches Near Sydney

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Sydney enjoys sunshine all year round so spending at least one day at one of the many golden beaches is a must. Sydneysiders are spoiled for choice with scores of golden beaches to choose from along the east coast of New South Wales. Whether you want peace and quiet, surfing or diving, there will be the perfect beach to spend the day and soak up the sun. Here are the Globehunters top 10 beaches near Sydney:

Bondi Beach

The world-famous Bondi Beach is an obvious inclusion. It’s just fifteen minutes from the centre of the city and is a magnet for Sydney’s beach lovers, especially its surfers. If you’re new to surfing or need a bit of a tune-up, surfing lessons are available on the beach.

After soaking up the sun, why not spend the afternoon exploring the coastline to the south of Bondi? The 5km walk south to Bronte Beach is a popular hike with wonderful cliff top views. At night, Bondi comes alive with a whole host of nightclubs to visit. Some of the most famous include: Soho, Home Nightclub and a nightspot known simply as The Club.

Manly Beach

Around 30 minutes from Circular Quay by ferry, Manly Beach (pictured above) is within access of bars, restaurants and night clubs and is a popular choice for young people. Bike hire is a great way to explore the surrounding area; there are even guided tours available in case you don’t trust your sense of direction.

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The popular Manly Beach

Bronte Beach

Surrounded by Bronte Park in Nelson Bay, Bronte is a popular recreational beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. At one end of the beach is a 30 metre ocean pool; it’s lifeguard-patrolled so perfect for kids. Bronte is usually shaded towards the end of the afternoon, when the crowds start to disappear. It’s close enough to Bondi Beach that an annual swimming event is held between the two beaches every December.

Coogee Beach

A calm, family-friendly surf beach with all the amenities you need for a comfortable day at the beach. There are also plenty of fish and chip shops and more upmarket eateries dotted along the seafront. Just off the coast, the bizarrely named Wedding Cake Island is a top scuba diving spot.

Milk Beach

A lesser-known Vaucluse gem, hidden away just behind Strickland House and just a short walk from Nielsen Park. Milk Beach affords uninterrupted views of Sydney’s distinctive skyline, without the crowds of the more obvious beaches.

The Sydney skyline from Milk Beach (Photo by Jayphen)
Long Reef Beach

Long Reef Beach is found on Sydney’s northern peninsula and features a protruding reef that’s a protected aquatic reserve. There’s plenty to see above the water as well with the beach breaks that run the entire length of the bay a big hit with surfers.

Narrabeen Beach

Over 3km long, Narrabeen Beach is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches for both swimming and surfing. The beach borders Birdwood Park which offers parking, playground and picnic facilities.

Mona Vale Beach

Another surfing paradise, Mona Vale is effectively two separate beaches split by a large cliff. The bay to the north is called ‘The Basin’ – perfect for long board cruising.

Shelley Beach

Found on the Manly coastal walk, Shelley Beach is a sheltered north-facing cove that rock climbers will love. If you’re lucky you might just spot Manly’s Little Penguin Colony!

Shark Beach

Ironically given its name, Shark Beach is a great spot for snorkelling and swimming. Tucked away within the gorgeous Nielsen Park (part of Sydney Harbour National Park), Shark Beach is also a popular spot for family picnics. It’s found just 15 minutes from central Sydney in Vaucluse.

If you’re thinking of visiting, book cheap flights to Sydney with Globehunters either online or by calling 020 3384 6000.

Are there any beaches you’d add to the list? Let us know below!

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