In Sydney you're never more than half an hour away from one of the popular Sydney beaches except for some of the far western suburbs. If you're a dedicated surfer, you'll already know about famous breaks along the coast of Sydney. Beginners can also enjoy the best waves with experienced, accredited teachers who can help you master the art of standing up on a board and riding the perfect wave.
Around Sydney there are famous beaches like Manly and Bondi, secret harbour beaches, glamour spots such as Tamarama and Palm Beach and surfing hotspots such as Cronulla.
Crowds flock to Sydney beaches, perhaps for a game of beach volleyball, perhaps for a spot of surfing, or for just lying on the beach to sunbathe.
There are a number of Southern beaches, the main and most famous being Bondi Beach. From Bondi Beach you can walk all the way to Coogee, which is a very pleasant clifftop walk. Once you are around Mackenzies Point you will come to Tamarama, another great surfing beach set in a small cove. It can get a bit rough here, so be careful, although is a great beach to relax on.
Further South again is Bronte, a small beach surrounded by parkland, and lined with cafes. Bronte is another good surfing spot, although does get rough. If you just fancy swimming, then there is a good ocean pool. Further south, Clovelly is a pleasant family beach, with Gordon Bay offering great scuba diving.
Sydney also hosts numerous beaches to the North, with the main one being Manly. Beautiful beaches and coves head 30km North of Manly, with Palm Beach marking the end.
Palm Beach is great for surfing as are Curl Curl, Dee Why and Narrabeen, other beaches along the way. Palm Beach is also the setting for Home and Away, a great place to visit if you are a fan. If you are lucky, you may even catch the cast and crew in action!
For spectacular views and landscape visit the headlands of Whale Beach and Bigola. If you enjoy sailing visit Pittwater, an inlet off of Broken Bay. There are several buses that you can take to get to the beaches from the city and from Manly.