A selection of the best beaches in and around Sydney and New South Wales, including maps, pictures, facilities and things to do.

Best beaches in Sydney

Sydney is blessed with literally hundreds of beautiful beaches scattered around the Harbour and along the coast.

White sandy beaches, surf beaches, secluded beaches that not many people know about, world-famous beaches such as Bondi and Manly, Sydney has a perfect beach for everyone.

10 Great Beaches in and around Sydney

Here is a selection of 10 of the most popular and best beaches in Sydney you should visit.

1. Bondi Beach

It’s no surprise that Australia’s most iconic beach tops the list. As crowded and hectic as it may be, Bondi Beach does have everything you would expect from a beach. Plenty of sand and green space to share, lots of cafes and restaurants and also many shops and markets nearby to get your shopping fix.

2. Manly Beach

Manly is Bondi’s biggest rival in Sydney’s north shore, and is also a must visit for every tourist. Catch a ferry from Circular Quay and spend a full day in one of Australia’s most popular beach side suburbs. Don’t forget to visit nearby Shelly Beach, a small strip of sand with calm waters, just around the corner of Manly’s main beach.

3. Palm Beach

Usually packed out on summer weekends, Palm Beach is Sydney’s most northerly beach side suburb. It’s no wonder Palm Beach always attracts big crowds, with one long strip of sand facing the ocean, and a smaller beach facing Pittwater. While you’re there, make sure you hike up the hill to visit the Barrenjoey Lighthouse.

4. Coogee

A bit smaller than Bondi, Coogee Beach a spacious strip of sand with usually gentle waves, great for swimming and sunbathing. Coogee has a range of facilities, such as an ocean pool, a women’s only pool, toilets and showers, and loads of cafes, restaurants and shops conveniently located just behind the beach.

5. Whale Beach

Whale Beach is a picturesque, 600m long strip of sand in Sydney’s northern beaches region, close to Palm Beach. Perhaps not as well known as its bigger neighbour, Whale Beach is usually much quieter with a very pleasant and secluded atmosphere.

Whale Beach

6. Freshwater

Popular with surfers, Freshwater is a 350m long strip of sand located just north of Manly Beach. Swimming can be somewhat hazardous here because of the waves and rips, but surfing conditions are usually excellent.

7. Bronte

Bronte is another popular beach destination in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, with a large park and lots of trendy cafes behind the beach. Bronte has great surf conditions and also has a lap pool for amateur swimmers and a natural rock pool for a fun splash.

8. Maroubra

One of Sydney’s most popular surf beaches is Maroubra, located south of Coogee. The beach is long and wide so that there’s always a free spot, even on warm and sunny days. Maroubra has excellent facilities such as free parking, toilets and showers, a large playground and many cafes and restaurants.

9. Cronulla

Located in the Sutherland Shire, Cronulla has a very strong beach culture with several large and smaller strips of sand to choose from. Popular with surfers, swimmers and families, Cronulla has lots of free parking space and also a train station.

10. Balmoral Beach

Located in Sydney’s north shore facing the Harbour, Balmoral is a popular beach destination for families and sunbathers. With its very calm waters, Balmoral Beach is perfect for swimming, stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling.

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12 Best Beaches in NSW You Should Visit

One of the perks of living in New South Wales is that this state has a very long coastline, home to some of the world’s prettiest beaches. Some of these beaches are world famous, while others are still very much undiscovered.

With so many great beaches in NSW to choose from, there is no such thing as a top 10 or a top 12. But the below list of 12 beaches is what we believe a good representation of the many beaches we have on offer in New South Wales, Australia’s most beautiful state.

So let’s get straight into it, ordered from north to south, here is our top 12 best beaches in NSW!

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6 Beautiful Nude Beaches in Sydney

Swimming and bathing in your birthday suit may not be for everyone, but there are quite a few nudist beaches in Sydney where taking off all your clothes is considered normal.

The nudist community in Sydney may not be as large as it used to be back in the seventies and eighties, but swimming nude is still very much a thing in Sydney and New South Wales.

So if you’ve ever considered swimming nude and you’re curious what if would feel like, perhaps this article will help you to take the plunge.

The below Sydney beaches are official nude beaches (well, most of them), so nobody will stare at you when you take off your clothes to go skinny dipping.

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10 Dog Friendly Beaches in Sydney Your Best Mate Will Love

While you may be able to find more than 100 beaches along Sydney’s coastline and in the Harbour, not many of those strips of sand are dog friendly.

It’s true, dogs are not allowed on most of Sydney’s beaches, not even on a lead. And with such a large dog population in our city, this is indeed a bit disappointing. But don’t despair, because there are actually some beaches where your dog is more than welcome.

We’ve listed 10 of the best dog friendly beaches in and around Sydney where your best mate can have an absolute blast running around on the sand and in the water.

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Cronulla Beach Walking Track

While most people visit Cronulla Beach because of its long beaches, beautiful parks and lively town centre, this beachside suburb is also home to one of Sydney’s prettiest coastal walks.

Starting at Wanda Beach, the Cronulla Beach walking track is a picturesque 6km walk that follows the shoreline of the peninsula, taking in several ocean rock pools, playgrounds, beaches and impressive real estate.

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7 Byron Bay Beaches You Should Visit

The New South Wales coastline is home to some of the world’s prettiest beaches. Some of these beaches happen to be in and around Byron Bay in the northeastern corner of New South Wales.

Byron Bay is a popular beach-side town that attracts a great amount of travelers each year. Despite its ever-growing popularity and influx of visitors, Byron Bay has never lost its small town laid-back atmosphere.

Initially making a name for itself as a busy industrial port town, Byron Bay has slowly transitioned into a holiday destination and surfing hot spot since the 1960’s. Which is no surprise, with so many great beaches at its doorstep.

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Gordons Bay, a Secluded Oasis North of Coogee

Located just moments away from Clovelly and Coogee beach, Gordons Bay is a small piece of paradise along the coastal walk between Bondi and Coogee.

Protected by a reef, the bay is a popular spot for fishing, swimming, diving and snorkeling, away from the crowds at the large beaches close by.

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Ettalong, Umina and Pearl Beach – Spend a Day Beach Hopping on the Central Coast

Escape the crowds at Sydney’s popular beaches and visit Ettalong, Umina and Pearl Beach on the Central Coast instead. Overlooking Brisbane Water and Broken Bay, these three family-friendly strips of sand are perfect for swimming and other water-based activities.

Ettalong, Umina and Pearl Beach are neighbouring beaches all within easy driving distance, so why not explore all three of them in one day?

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Bennetts Beach in Hawks Nest

Bennetts Beach is a beautiful 14km long strip of white sand on the Myall Coast in Hawks Nest.

Popular with surfers, swimmers and sunbathers, the beach runs between Seal Rocks in the north and Yakaba Headland in the south.

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10 Secluded Beaches in Sydney You Should Visit This Summer

Sydney is blessed with more than 100 beaches, some big and world-renowned, others much smaller and not so well-known. With so many quality beaches available, Sydney is almost unrivalled in the world.

While it’s great to spend a day at Cronulla Beach, Manly Beach, Coogee Beach or Bondi Beach, chances are you’ll be surrounded by thousands of other beach-goers and sunbathers. But sometimes we just want to escape the world and have a whole beach to ourselves.

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