The Ten Best Beaches in Sydney
From napping under palms on the northern beaches to snorkelling in turquoise waters, these are the best beaches in Sydney.
This narrow, 80-metre strip of sand between the headlands at Tamarama has an air of luxurious seclusion, rare for a city Sydney beach and especially surprising given its proximity to the busiest beach in the country. 
Tamarama Beach, Eastern Suburbs
Named after the Indigenous word that means "swirling waters", Bilgola is hidden away at the bottom of a hill, behind a jungle of palm trees and lantana — if you're not paying attention, you'll miss this fabulous Sydney beach. 
Bigola Beach, Northern Beaches
The first beach north of Manly, Freshwater is the official birthplace of surfing in Australia; the sport was first popularised here in 1915 by Duke Kahanamoku, a Hawaiian traveller who famously carved a surfboard from local timber.
Freshwater Beach, Northern Beaches
When you're pulling together a list of the best beaches in Sydney, it's hard to go past the classics. While Bondi may be Australia's best known (and therefore most over-populated) beach, it still holds a place for locals.
Bondi Beach, Eastern Suburbs
Another stunning stretch of Sydney sand, Manly Beach is hard to beat in charm — from the ferry ride over from the city to the busy promenade, the tree-lined Sydney beach and the clear blue waves. 
Manly Beach, Northern Beaches
Hugged by the headlands and surrounded by a perfect picnicking park, Bronte is one of the loveliest and most accessible city beaches in Sydney. The quiet and unpretentious beach is the perfect place to dive into the water post-walk from Bondi.
Bronte Beach, Eastern Suburbs
Located near the tip of the northern beaches in Sydney, Avalon is a destination for wave chasers, with a large surf community based in the area. Even if you don't surf, it's a great place to watch the pros in action. 
Avalon Beach, Northern Beaches
Shelly Beach is pristine for a reason — it's part of a protected marine reserve called Cabbage Tree Bay, and so boasts especially clean, turquoise waters filled with exotic fish. 
Shelly Beach, Northern Beaches
It's no surprise Palm Beach stars in a television show — this Home & Away beach is one of the most beautiful places in Sydney. It's surrounded by water on three sides: east is the Pacific Ocean, west is Pittwater and north is Broken Bay.
Palm Beach, Northern Beaches
Sometimes you just want to pack the esky, haul your umbrella to the beach and set up camp for a whole day by the waves. Other days, you just want a quick dip without getting sand in your togs. 
Clovelly Beach, Eastern Suburbs