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by Ivana Katz (subscribe)
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Published September 18th 2012
How much fun in the sun can you take?
Now that the weather is a little warmer, it's time to get out of hibernation and start enjoying some outdoor fun with your kids.

Most of us tend to stay close to home, but Sydney has so many beautiful beaches, why not explore further afield. Which beach you choose will depend on the ages of your children and how well they can swim. Remember many of the surf beaches have rock pools, so if you have younger children, you can always let them swim there.

Sheltered Beaches Without Waves

Clifton Gardens
Middle Head Road, Mosman

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – car park, but is expensive, unrestricted on Morella Road
Playground – yes
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – yes
Surfing – no
Toilets – yes

Clifton Gardens
Clifton Gardens


Clontarf Reserve
Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – paid car park, unrestricted in surrounding streets
Playground – yes
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – yes
Surfing – no
Toilets – yes

Clontarf Reserve
Clontarf Reserve



Shark Beach
Greycliff Avenue, Vaucluse

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – on the street, although it does get busy
Playground – no
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – yes
Surfing – no
Toilets – yes

Shark Beach
Shark Beach


Parsley Bay Reserve
Parsley Road, Vaucluse

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – Small car park and some street parking
Playground – yes
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – Yes
Surfing – no
Toilets – yes

Parsley Reserve
Parsley Reserve


Watsons Bay
Military Road, Watsons Bay

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – on the street, although it does get busy
Playground – yes
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – yes
Surfing – no
Toilets – yes

Watsons Bay
Watsons Bay


Frenchmans Bay
Endeavour Avenue, Frenchmans Bay

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – on the street
Playground – yes, but only small
Shade – not much
Snorkelling – yes
Surfing – no
Toilets – yes

Frenchmans Bay
Frenchmans Bay


Balmoral Beach
The Esplanade, Balmoral

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – paid car park, also on the street, although it does get busy
Playground – yes
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – yes
Surfing – no
Toilets – yes

Balmoral Beach
Balmoral Beach


Chinamans Beach
McLean Crescent, Balmoral

Kiosk/café – no
Parking – paid car park
Playground – only small one
Shade – yes in the reserve
Snorkelling – yes
Surfing – no
Toilets – yes

Chinamas Beach
Chinamas Beach


Shelly Beach
Marine Parade, Manly

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – paid car park, some street parking
Playground – no
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – yes
Surfing – no
Toilets – yes

Shelly Beach
Shelly Beach


Manly Cove Beach
East Esplanade, Manly

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – on the street, also parking stations nearby
Playground – no, but Manly water works
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – yes
Surfing – no
Toilets – yes

Manly Cove Beach
Manly Cove Beach


Surf Beaches With Waves

Tamarama Beach
Pacific Avenue, Tamarama

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – on the street
Playground – Yes
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – no
Surfing – yes
Toilets – yes

Tamarama Beach
Tamarama Beach


Bronte Beach
Bronte Road, Bronte

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – on the street
Playground – yes
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – no
Surfing – yes
Toilets – yes

Bronte Beach
Bronte Beach


Maroubra Beach
Marine Parade, Maroubra

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – car park
Playground – yes and also skate park
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – no
Surfing – yes
Toilets – yes

Maroubra Beach
Maroubra Beach


Manly Beach
North Steyne, Manly

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – paid parking along the beach and some car parks
Playground – yes several small playgrounds
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – no
Surfing – yes
Toilets – yes

Manly Beach
Manly Beach


Freshwater Beach
Kooloora Avenue, Harbord

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – paid car park, some street parking
Playground – yes small one
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – no
Surfing – yes
Toilets – yes

Freshwater Beach
Freshwater Beach


Bondi Beach
Campbell Parade, Bondi

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – paid car park, some street parking
Playground – yes and also skate park
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – no
Surfing – yes
Toilets – yes

Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach



Dee Why Beach
The Strand, Dee Why

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – paid car park, street parking, although it does get busy
Playground – yes 2 playgrounds
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – no
Surfing – yes
Toilets – yes

Dee Why Beach
Dee Why Beach


Collaroy Beach
Birdwood Avenue, Collaroy

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – paid car park or on the street,
Playground – yes
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – no
Surfing – yes
Toilets – yes

Collaroy Beach
Collaroy Beach


Bilgola Beach
Bilgola Avenue, Bilgola

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – paid car park
Playground – no
Shade – no
Snorkelling – no
Surfing – yes
Toilets – yes

Bilgola Beach
Bilgola Beach


Palm Beach
Beach Road, Palm Beach

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – paid car park, some street parking
Playground – in the reserve
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – no
Surfing – yes
Toilets – yes

Palm Beach
Palm Beach


Cronulla Beach
Gerrale Street, Cronulla

Kiosk/café – yes
Parking – paid car park, some street parking
Playground – yes
Shade – yes
Snorkelling – no
Surfing – yes
Toilets – yes

Cronulla Beach
Cronulla Beach


So whether you have young children or older ones, there are plenty of beautiful beaches for you to choose from. Pack a picnic lunch and bring a few coins for ice cream and coffee and you have a day of plenty of fun for free.

If you have been to some of the beaches mentioned, post your comments below and let me know how suitable they were for your family.
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