Adopt Sydney’s laidback lifestyle by watching the sun rise over Bondi or Manly beach. Spread a towel on the beach and enjoy a picnic lunch. Swim between the yellow and red flags and observe the rules of ocean safety. Learn to surf at an accredited surf school at Bondi, Manly or Cronulla beaches.
Discover some of Australia’s best surfing locations on the South Coast and North Coast of NSW. Rent a car in Sydney and drive to The Farm and Mystics surf breaks in Killalea State Park, south of Wollongong. Drive or take the train north to Newcastle’s Merewether Beach. Or join a surfing tour.
Stunning beaches in Sydney and NSW
Wriggle your toes in the soft white sand. Relax in the sun after an invigorating swim in the ocean. Watch board riders and bodysurfers catch a wave. It’s all part of the beach lifestyle that makes Sydney such an enticing destination.
You’ll find plenty of things do. Enjoy seaside picnics with friends and family. Explore the coast on walking trails like the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. Spot brilliantly coloured birds and butterflies and see water dragons basking in the sun.
Australia’s beach lifestyle is about relaxation and fun. There are hundreds of beaches on NSW’s coastline, which stretches more than 2,000 km. Bondi and Manly are the most famous beaches in Sydney and good natured rivals. Palm Beach is popular with fans of Home and Away, a hit international TV series.
You’ll discover tranquil beaches all around Sydney Harbour, such as Balmoral Beach, Camp Cove and Parsley Bay.
Some of the best surfing waves are south and north of the city and it’s a popular pastime at any time of the year. The home of Australian surf culture is credited as Freshwater, on Sydney’s northern beaches, where Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku popularised surfboard riding in the summer of 1914-15.
At sunrise, when surfers begin riding waves and joggers limber up before their morning runs, recreational fishermen cast lines from the beach edge and rock platforms. Energetic or relaxing, it’s all part of the great Aussie beach lifestyle.