It’s no surprise that Australia has some beautiful beaches, but I was a bit taken back when I realized just how many there are within Sydney’s city limits. I couldn’t find a comprehensive list, but a Wikipedia page claims there to be over 100, explicitly listing 40 ocean beaches and over 30 harbor/bay beaches. While I’ve been to more beaches than I can count on my fingers, I certainly won’t be able to visit all of them. Here are a few of my favorites:
Bronte might just be my favorite ocean beach. It’s not too far from Bondi, Sydney’s most famous beach, but it’s far less touristy. The ocean is mostly filled with surfers, but off to the southern end of the shore, rocks create a sheltered pool for swimmers.
Curl Curl Beach
Located up in the Northern Beaches, Curl Curl requires a bit of a trip. It takes about an hour and a half with public transportation to get here, but it’s well worth it. There’s a huge stretch of beach, and it’s not too crowded.
Clovelly isn’t too far from Bronte, but it’s an entirely different type of beach. The narrow, and shallow entry into the ocean is bordered by rock formations on one side and a pool on the other. It’s a small beach, and it’s pretty popular for snorkeling.
Collins Flat Beach
This beach would be one of my favorites if it wasn’t a bit difficult to get to. With public transportation, you’re still looking at a 15-20 minute walk, whereas most beaches are right by a bus stop. Granted, its seclusion is part of its charm.
I wouldn’t exactly call this a list of “must dos.” Every beach in Sydney has its own personality, and you have to find the ones that match yours.