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5 Top Beaches in Sydney You Can't Afford to Miss

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Published February 2nd 2017
Are you looking forward to having fun while soaking up the sun? Or do you want to just sit back and watch a beautiful sunset across the ocean. Sydney is home to some of the best beaches in the world. Here are the top 5 must-visit beaches:


It is easy to see why this location was a 2016 Traveller's Choice awardee. Manly is quite expansive and easily accessible by bus or ferry. It is highly recommended that you take the ferry so that you can soak in the views of the Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. You can quench your thirst or take a quick bite in the many local eateries at the seaside. There are separate areas for surfing or swimming safely. Reward yourself with a breathtaking and breezy walk on the Scenic Walkway.

Manly beach, Sydney
Source Wikipedia; Author: Petesmiles~commonswiki


This is easily the most famous beach in Australia. With its world renowned professional lifeguards, your entire family will be safe here. On your arrival you will be greeted by a spectacular vista. Take a walk on the breezy coastal walkway which can lead you all the way to Coogee. You can rent beach umbrellas and seats and just take in the view of the pristine ocean while watching the surfers. It's a perfect spot for taking envy-inducing pictures for your social media. An interesting surprise in summer is the outdoor cinema nearby where can catch famous movies.

Bondi beach, Sydney
Source Wikipedia; Author: Rabs003


If you relish un-crowded beaches then you will find Coogee the perfect place for you. You will find getting here easy since its only 30 minutes by bus from Sydney City Centre. Coogee has calm picturesque waters suitable for family swimming with plenty of lifeguards. You must also try any of the three fabulous ocean pools in the area. Ladies can also enjoy the McIvers Baths, which is a rare seawater ladies-only pool facility. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking views of the oceanfront at the Coogee Pavilion while sipping refreshing cocktails. There are safe playgrounds for kids near the beach.

Coogee beach, Sydney
Source Wikipedia; Author: Bozotexino

Palm Beach

This is a star-studded beach made world famous by the popular TV series Home and Away. For anyone delighted by a coast that is pleasantly out of the ordinary, this is the place to be. It has gorgeous pines rather than palm trees. If you have a generous budget to spend and want to experience a billionaires' hideout, you should certainly try this one out. Though out of town, this beach is easily accessible; less than one hour's drive from the city and you are there. Enjoy panoramic views from Barrenjoey Lighthouse. There are plenty of sumptuous delicacies in the fancy restaurants around the seaside. Take a dive in the crystal clear ocean or take in the beautiful scenery with the family. Take care in case you are travelling on a tight budget, as it will possibly leave you with nothing to spend on anything else in Sydney.

Palm beach, Sydney
Source Wikipedia; Author: Graeme Churchard


Finding parking spaces in most Sydney beaches can be a nightmare. Here is a beach that you can conveniently access by train, effectively solving your parking concerns. Cronulla beach is expansive with natural rock pools and long sandy stretches. You can be part of the innovative Opera on the Beach if your visit coincides with the Australia Day celebrations. With some time to spare you can surf with peace of mind. Australia's strongest and largest surf lifesaving club volunteers patrol the beach.

Cronulla beach, Sydney
Source Wikipedia; Author: J Bar

With these highlights of the top 5 beaches in Sydney, you have a reliable and credible guide to select the places that will most appeal to you. Any of these beaches will leave you with one of the most memorable experience you'll ever have. Welcome to Sydney.
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Nice work on the article.
by RC (score: 3|1221) 1695 days ago
Hi This is a really old pic of Cronulla the surf club has been painted yellow for 8 or 9 years...But great that it made it in the top 5!
by kmars (score: 0|2) 1693 days ago
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