Top 5 Beaches in Sydney Australia

Travel and Places | Nov 13, 2013

Are you missing the sands in between your feet, the salty sea breeze that caresses your skin and the calming sound of the waves dashing against the shore? Well if you are residing in an urban area, it may take a long hour drive to enjoy these things that beaches offer but not if you are in Sydney Australia. This city in New South Wales lies on the southern east coast making swimming just very accessible. So take out those beach gears as we will need those flip-flops, swimwear, sunglasses and sunblock as we hit its nearby top 5 beaches.


Bondi Beach, also called as Bondi Bay is 7 km east from Sydney CBD (Central Business District). Its shore stretches 1 km with its southern area being famous for its rip current known as “Backpackers’ Express”. The south part is reserved for surfing while at the north scuba diving is available to meet the Blue Groper. Visitors are advised to swim within the safe zones. They are labelled with yellow and red flags. This place is also a traditional destination during the Christmas holiday.


Palm Beach or locally referred to as “Palmy” is located 41 km north of Sydney CBD and is one of the largest beaches in the city. This 2-3 km shoreline is featured in Home and Away, a popular Australian TV series. The Barrenjoey Head is situated at the northern end of the beach and from the Barrenjoey Lighthouse captures a great view of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Broken Bay. The still water of Pittwater allows tourists to fish, sail, kayak and dive.


Manly Beach is positioned north with three main sections: Queenscliff, both the North and South Steyne. It was named by Capt. Arthur Phillip due to the manly behaviour of the neighbourhood. This place engages in active sports like surfing, windsurfing, parasailing, snorkelling and scuba diving. Its seaside is ideal for picnics, sunbathing, sand castle building, sailing, swimming and fishing.


Coogee Beach is 8 km southeast from Sydney CBD. This is known for swimming and for its perilous surf breaks. Its coastlines are mostly cliffs that slowly drop as it head west. The rock reef Wedding Cake Island lies nearby. Since 2000, every last week of November the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club holds The Island Challenge. It is 2.4 km swim from the shore off to the island and around then back.


Tamarama Beach is also known as Glamarama or Glamourama. It is 7 km east away from Sydney CBD. This is a small beach where a number of people sunbathe and has two noticeable headlands. Its narrow and deceptive size beach makes it dangerous along with the deep waters and the small ocean just 1 km south. It constantly produces rip currents that can reach as high as 2 meters per second and may extend 12-15 feet when it hit the shore.

Sydney possesses some of the world’s finest and famous beaches. It is a spectacular place as the urban vibe perfectly blends the coastal glee.

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