Most cities are lucky to have even one great beach. Sydney? We have more than 100. But we’ve got more than just quantity going for us: it’s the sheer diversity of Sydney’s beaches that make us one of the world’s great coastal cities.
We have beaches with pumping swells and beautiful breaks; sheltered, hidden harbour coves that are perfect for picnics; and dozens of inlets and bays filled with keen ocean swimmers doings laps – regardless of the time of year.
Then there’s the fact that most of Sydney’s best beaches are true, accessible city beaches. Cronulla has its own train station, and it’s pretty incredible – for locals and tourists alike – that you can take a ferry trip from the heart of the CBD’s financial district to Manly in just over 30 minutes.
And while there are plenty of tourist traps to dodge, many of Sydney’s best restaurants, bars and cafes can be found right by its best beaches, too. There are dining institutions, such as Sean’s and Icebergs in Bondi, Bather’s Pavilion in Balmoral and Jonah’s at Whale Beach. Then there are reinvigorated classics, such as Mimi’s at the Coogee Pav, or the Harbord Hotel, over in Freshwater. Not to mention the countless beach-fronting cafes that can sort you out with a coffee after your morning swim.