The Roundup

Sydney’s Best Beaches

by Berit Baugher
Photo courtesy of Let's Go Surfing.

SYDNEY – Beach culture is a huge part of Sydney life, so it wouldn’t be a proper visit without a stop-off — and dip-in — at the city’s best.


Australia’s iconic beach is a perfect introduction to the laid-back Sydneysider lifestyle. Spend a lazy day sunning yourself or wandering the shops before hitting the waves with a lesson from . Grab an early dinner at or , two killer Italian spots, or cap off the day with a local brew at .

Three Blue Ducks

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This is a quieter beach where big waves are ideal for surfing and natural rock pools make it safe for children. If you’re lucky, your visit will coincide with a rare open-house weekend at , home to one of Sydney’s finest colonial gardens. Locals line up for the fish and chips from Bronte Chippa, and foodies come from all over to eat at .

Wylies Baths

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Sydney’s second most popular beach is a quieter alternative to Bondi. Stop by for a Turkish beach towel or take a dip in the historic , one of the city’s most beautiful ocean pools.

Pilu at Freshwater

Photo courtesy of Pilu at Freshwater.


A popular surfing beach, which is fitting since this is where the sport was introduced to Australia in 1915. Fine dining with water views can be found at Sardinian hotspot . Call ahead to order the roasted suckling pig, or try the condensed panino version at their more casual offshoot, .

Manly Beach

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Hop a ride on the ferry and head across the harbor to this seaside resort with an abundance of places to sleep, eat, and drink: An old, a fun , a , and a .

Marouba Beach

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One of the city’s grittier neighborhoods, it's known for strong surf culture, great waves, and a local gang who inspired the hit surfing documentary Bra Boys: Blood is Thicker Than Water.

Palm Beach

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Palmie, as it’s known to locals, is where Aussie celebs like to go for a little R&R. Book a 20-minute seaplane ride to for their signature fish and chips; do the ; spend the night at in nearby Whale Beach.

Tamarama Beach

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Cheekily nicknamed Glamarama for the abundance of pretty people that dot its shoreline. Throw a barbie at the public facilities or grab a freshly squeezed juice at the beach café. The rip currents make it one of the city’s most dangerous beaches, so stay between the flags set up by the .


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