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SYDNEY BEACHES – The 21 Best Spots Close to the City [2023]

Best Sydney Beaches Palm Beach

As Sydney locals, we’ve spent our entire lives exploring every part of the coastline here! We share our favourites and insider secrets with you in this epic guide to the best Sydney beaches!

Australia’s largest city is known for its incredible harbour and epic, rugged coastline, putting it firmly on the map as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Home to more than 100 beaches, from awesome surf breaks to calm sheltered bays, it can be hard to know which ones to check out if you’re visiting for the first (or fifth) time.

Never fear though, because we’ve spent thousands of hours exploring every nook and cranny of the coast here and are excited to finally share our favourite beaches in Sydney with our readers.

So whether you’re looking for free things to do in Sydney or just want to soak up some vitamin D, you’re in for a treat with our expert guide.

If you’re looking for the best Sydney beaches, you’ve come to the right place!

The Best Sydney Beaches for Ocean Lovers

We’ve decided to break down our guide into the three most popular regions; north, central and south.

Starting at Palm Beach in the north and heading all the way down to Cronulla and the Royal National Park in the southern end, you’re sure to find a gorgeous patch of sand no matter what part of the Sydney region you end up in.

Let’s dive into it…

The Northern Beaches and North Sydney

Our first section will focus on Sydney’s northern beaches, which is essentially everything north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge running all the way to the tip of the Northern Beaches peninsula.

This includes the Palm Beach, Shelly Beach, and the famous Manly Beach with its own ferry wharf so you can easily access it from the city.

Balmoral Beach

  • Suburb: Balmoral
  • Distance from CBD: 9km (20 min drive)

Balmoral Beach is one of the jewels in Sydney’s beach scene and once you get there you can easily see why.

Balmoral’s calm waters make it a lovely sheltered swimming spot with an amazing picnic area just steps from the shoreline.

If you’re in town with the kids, it’s one of the best beaches Sydney has for families.

Snorkelling, kayaking and even sailing are some of the activities you can enjoy here.

Learn to sail with Balmoral Sailing School or simply hire kayaks or stand-up paddle boards to have get out on the water.

Feeling active? Walk up to Middle Head and around to George Head to check out the stunning views and colonial fortifications.

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