When it comes to being an Aussie travelling overseas, we’re always up for a good laugh – especially if you’re asking me about riding a kangaroo to work or having a koala for a pet. Butttt on the subject of coffee, breakfast and beaches we mean serious business.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that although I spend a lot of my non-travelling time in Hong Kong these days, Sydney is pretty much a second home these days. And I’m definitely not complaining! And if there’s one thing I appreciate in Sydney is your ability to be 15 minutes away from some of the world’s best beaches – a metropolitan city lkiocated within spitting distance of a beach is a rare thing (Barcelona, Cape Town and LA spring to mind – but not many more!). Because I know for a lot of you Sydney is a bucket list trip, I got together with Expedia.com.au, to share with you my five favourite Sydney beaches (and activities) which are definitely worth putting on your travel bucket list this summer! Or, if you’re a local, jumping in your car and checking out.
As touristy as it is, Bondi is Sydney’s equivalent of the Eiffel Tower, if you haven’t been to Bondi have you really been to Sydney? If you want to avoid the bulk of the crowds though, head into Bondi mid-week and you won’t be disappointed, this stretch of coast is serious eye candy in every sense of the word. Just across from the beach there is also plenty of boutiques, bars, cafes and a farmers market on Saturday mornings. Oh, and if you’re in the mood for the most Instagrammed ricotta pancake in the city, head down the road to Harry’s cafe!
After staying at the Paddo to Palmy house recently, I am definitely loving the quieter (and less touristy) beaches of Sydney. Palm Beach is an hour up north from the city. Because it’s a bit far, it’s best to spend a day there, arrive early in the morning and take a hike up to the Barranjoey Lighthouse on the headland before cooling off with a swim. The views are to die for, promise! If you get hungry, my favourite place to grab a bite is the Boathouse Cafe.
As one of the closest Northern beaches Balmoral is a lovely spot to relax and unwind – the waters are more often than not calm and clear, making it perfect for those a bit nervous about big surf. There is plenty of space to swim on a white sandy beach, explore rock pools, swim in the enclosed swimming area or stroll along the boardwalk.
A little hidden cove between Bronte and Coogee, this is a complete gem that you will definitely want to check out. Perfect for snorkelling and picnicking on the rocks, the clear blue water will make it easy to stay all day! It can be reached by continuing along the Coastal Walk, and is a great stop on your way to Coogeee (for a drink at the Coogee Pavillion!).
Bronte is a lovely and peaceful beach that is easy to get to by bus from the city. It’s also at the end of the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk (aka the babe walk) which starts at Bondi Icebergs (stop by Tamarama on your way too!). It is by far the best morning workout around and the amazing views means it is also a must for any visit to Sydney! Reward yourself after with a dip at the Bronte Baths and like Avalon, the rock pools here are breath taking. Head to Three Blue Ducks after!
Like Palm Beach, it’s quiet when it comes to people and has plenty of sand and surf as well as rock pools if chilling out in calmer waters is more your thing. To refuel, just across the road is Avalon’s main shopping strip with lots of cafes and restaurants as well as cute stores like Haven and Sarah where you can find beautiful homewares and flowers (we stocked up there for Eucalyptus leaves for a shoot which smelt amazing).
All the blues!
This list is definitely hotly contested by Sydney-siders I’m sure, so I’d love to know, what are your favourite beaches in Sydney?
This post is in collaboration with Expedia Australia.