Undoubtedly Australia's most famous beach, Bondi, is at the top of every tourist's must-see list. With great surf and golden sands, Bondi is the perfect beach to visit whether you are a keen surfer, swimmer or sun-bather. The people-watching here is top-notch with bronzed bodies taking their place on the iconic beachfront.
This inner-city beach is located just north of the city in Mosman, on Sydney's lower North Shore. Popular all year round with families and daytrippers, it's the perfect beach for those who'd prefer to dip and splash rather than surf. There are technically two beaches here, split by a small headland, lending to plenty of room for bathers, sunbakers and sandcastle makers alike. Surrounded by large trees along the boulevard, you'll find the perfect spot to lay down the picnic rug and dig into hot fish and chips.
Bronte Beach, just around the corner from Bondi Beach, is a little less hectic than its neighbour but just as beautiful. The swell can get quite strong here, so it's recommended you're careful when in the water. For those not so confident, there is a gorgeous natural pool created from the rocks at the southern end of the beach. Bronte Beach is also home to the world's oldest surf lifesaving club, with the Bronte Surf Lifesaving Club into in 1903.
Avalon Beach, on Sydney's Northern Beaches, is where those in the know go to surf. Recognised as a top suring beach, several former world champions call Avalon their home. The good news for those not so fluent in surfing, the beach is patrolled by the Avalon Surf Life Saving Club, so do make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags. There's also a playground next to the clubhouse, so if the kids are bored with the beach, there's still plenty around to entertain them.
A well known locals beach, you'll see many a folk out on their boards early in the morning, catching a few breaks before heading off to work and school. Technically two beaches in one, there is a wonderful natural rock platform that splits the beach, containing a 25-metre ocean-fed lap pool.
Beautiful Manly Beach is just a short ferry ride away from Sydney's CBD. Catch a ferry from Circular Quay—half the fun is getting there—and have a relaxing day along the pine tree-lined promenade. head to nearby Shelly Beach, a popular spot for scuba divers and snorkellers.
This Eastern Suburbs hotspot is popular amongst familes with its laid-back beachfront. There's plenty of seaside parks, making it the perfect spot for a beach picnic. After a swim and a sunbathe, you can head to one of the area's many pubs and bars for a post-beach hang.
Cronulla is home to a number of beaches each with their own set of followers. Greenhills is great for surfing and dog walking whilst North Cronulla beach is the perfect place to sunbathe and is in close proximity to a number of smoothie bars and lunch spots. Take a walk along the esplanade which covers most of Cronulla's beaches and offers stunning views of the ocean all the way to the horizon. There are plenty of divine rockpools to stop off and take a dip in.
Sydney's northernmost beach, Palm Beach is worth the 90-minute trip from the city. Probably the other most well-known beach after Bondi, and for good reason. There is excellent surf at the northern end of the beach, while those wanting a more relaxed swim should make a bee-line for the southern end. There's also a good opportunity to keep your step count up for the day, as the beach is 2.3-kms long, and very picturesque views. You may even recognise Palm Beach as Summer Bay from the popular Australian TV show "Home and Away." After your swim, head to Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse for epic views across the beach.
There's a reason why Tamarama Beach is known as 'Glamarama' to locals—all the beautiful people flock here and for good reason. Although only a small beach, don't be fooled as the surfing conditions can be quite wild. Many Galmarati choose to sunbath and chat, rather than venture in to the ocean. There is also a fantastic Insta-opportunity to be had outside the Tamarama Surf Life Saving Club—head to the yellow wall!