Beach Vacations to Sydney, Australia

Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
Bondi Beach, Sydney (courtesy, Tourism Australia)

Sydney Beach Travel Tips

  • An easy way to get an overview of Sydney’s beaches is with the Sydney Buses one-day Bondi Explorer pass on an air-conditioned, guided tour that takes you to Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte, and Coogee beaches.
  • There are four local nude beaches popular with city residents—Obelisk, Cobblers, Washaway, and Lady Bay. All are found within the Sydney National Park, northeast of central Sydney.
  • Although Bondi Beach gets all the attention, Tamarama, just south of Bondi, is actually more picturesque, with large sandstone boulders and cliffs lined with gorgeous oceanside homes and mansions.

Hailed as one of the best cities on earth, Sydney does a good job of living up to its sparkling reputation. The Emerald City is indeed attractive, built around a massive natural harbor, sandstone, and rolling hills. The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House look just as good as on their postcards; and the city is full of interesting districts like the bohemian Kings Cross, the gay-popular Oxford Street, the historic district of The Rocks, and Darling Harbor, home of the impressive Sydney Aquarium.

Mandatory for any visitor to Sydney is a ride along the coast to one of more than 20 beaches, where settings vary from upscale residential enclaves to wild, untouched strips of sand. Beach culture is part of the Australian national identity, and the most famous beach in the country is Bondi, full of legendary lifeguards (who founded the famous Icebergs Club House here) and great swimming. A two-mile coastal path leads across the cliff tops, past the cozy cove of Tamarama Beach to pretty Bronte Beach. Sydney’s other famous beach is Manly, backed by Norfolk Pines and home to some sophisticated lodgings and a great aquarium. Four local nude beaches remain popular with locals: Obelisk, Cobblers, Washaway, and Lady Bay. All are found within Sydney National Park, northeast of central Sydney.

With sunny weather, urbane restaurants, world-class arts and culture, a smiling populace, the adjoining wine-rich Hunter Valley, and primordial Blue Mountains, Sydney is one of those world cities you may never want to leave.


Published: 8 Apr 2009 | Last Updated: 30 Mar 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

Best Hotels in Sydney

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Rydges World Square Hotel Sydney
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Radisson Hotel and Suites Sydney
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Fraser Suites Sydney

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