With more than 70 surf beaches, it’s too easy to catch some waves in Sydney. We all know Bondi, but head to the Northern Beaches and you will find not only great surf, sandy beaches and coastal walks but also awesome spots for diving and snorkelling. Yep that’s right, you can dive on Sydney shores and it’s only a quick ferry ride away. So board at Circular Quay and head north! Don’t forget your camera as you will have the perfect view of Sydney Harbour with the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge on your way.
Get your swimmers on and slip slop and slap. Here are the best of Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Small coastal village feels and home to the Australian Open of Surfing, Manly is a popular surf spot for locals. Dare to hit the waves or simply watch expert surfers do their tricks. You can sample Aussie craft beers at 4 Pines Brew Co. and at one of the many beachside cafes, bars and restaurants. Make a trip to Manly for a perfect beach get-away from the bustling city.
2. Shelly Beach
This is one of our faves: only a short coastal walk from Manly, you can find a Marine Reserve perfect for snorkelling and diving. You can also cycle, but the best way is to hire a kayak or stand-up paddle board and get to secluded Shelly Beach over water. Like many Aussie beaches, you can find free bbqs here, so bring some snags or put some prawns on your barbie.
Beaches to its east and a national park to its west, Pittwater is truly a gem that can be found only an hour north of the CBD. The Newport Arms is a great pub to enjoy a ‘coldie’ after a day of sun & surf – Pittwater is a haven for water sports lovers and has ideal waters for kayaking and paddle boarding.
Image: Andrew Gregory, Destination NSW
4. Palm Beach
A little more up-market, this is the perfect beach if you want to swim amongst the rich and famous. Palm Beach stretches over 2km so pack your surf board or fishing rod or simply hang out in The Boathouse and keep your eyes open, you might just spot a celeb whilst sipping on your glass of bubbles. The fresh seafood is a little on the expensive side in this fancy venue but the outlook definitely makes it worth the trip. But don’t worry, it’s not all glitz and glamour and there are many reasonably priced bars and cafés along Palm Beach’s sparkling waterfront Ocean side or Pittwater side.
5. Dee Why Beach
This beach is as fun as its name and hosts so many events, whether you want to watch New Year’s Eve fireworks or have a picnic on Australia Day. On regular days, you can embrace the beach lifestyle, play table tennis on funky looking outdoor tables, go for a run along the soft white sand, or go shopping for more beach wear.
Image: Hamilton Lund, Destination NSW
Ready to hit the beach? Head to Sydney and work your way around these beaches, don’t forget to let us know how you get on