This recent wave of hot weather has us thinking that we’re in for a scorching summer. Sounds dreadful and uncomfortable, but we always like to make the best of any situation, so you should too. Summer means summer holidays, so what better to do than have some fun (protected with sunscreen of course) in the sun! Here we list the top 10 beaches you should check out with friends and family. By the end of this post, you’ll find that there’s a beach for just about everyone.
Of course, Bondi is on the list, it is one of the most popular tourist spots when it comes to beaches in Sydney. Despite it being one of the busier beaches, you can’t deny that it is picturesque and a fun spot for folks young and old. Close by is the famous Bondi Icebergs where you’re welcome at the bar and bistro, not to mention the breathtaking view of the beach from the balcony. The public is also welcome to use the 50m pool if you want to get away from the waves for a little while.
Another famous tourist spot is Manly Beach. Get to Manly by ferry and have a fun day with plenty of activities to do. Experience picnics, tours, surfing, cycling and walking.
Bronte is just over a kilometre’s walk south of Bondi. It is quieter compared to Bondi, perfect if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of tourists. The rocks surrounding the beach create a sheltered natural pool which is perfect for the little ones (and big ones!).
Shelly Beach is located in Manly and has become very popular with scuba divers and snorkelers due to the exotic marine life which can be seen even in shallow water. There are also facilities nearby for barbeques and picnics as well as a bush track if you feel like exploring.
For those going as a family, this is the beach for you. Balmoral Beach has calm waters, perfect picnic spots and a lovely swimming enclosure. There are also plenty of activities to do such as snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing. Balmoral Beach also offers walking trails if you’re not a water lover.
Palm Beach is reasonably quiet compared to Bondi and Manly, but there are still a variety of things for you to do there. One particular iconic spot is Barrenjoey Lighthouse, which you can visit just up the hill from the beach. You can also go on their walking trails or tours, there’s a tour in particular which allows you to visit the sights from long-running tv show Home and Away.
Another family-friendly beach in Coogee. Better suited for swimming rather than surfing, thanks to its calm waters. It’s also where you can begin the coastal walk to Bondi Beach, and experience stunning coastal views along the way.
Read ‘Top 10 Hikes in Sydney’ to get an idea of what trails you can do if the beach isn’t your thing.
Tamarama Beach sits between Bondi and Coogee. It is a little more secluded but still worth checking out, nonetheless. Tamarama Beach is also referred to as ‘Glamarama’ because its where beautiful people hang out (we’ll see you guys there!).
Freshwater Beach, commonly known as the beach where surfing originated thanks to Hawaiian surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku giving a demonstration in 1915. Freshwater offers various facilities to have the perfect family day out, and great conditions if you enjoy surfing.
Byron Bay – Main Beach
Main Beach Byron Bay is the closest beach to the town Byron Bay. It boasts a lot of amenities that include a playground, barbeque area, large grassy area, picnic tables and parking. It’s also a good spot for beginner surfers as the waves are smaller. Main Beach Byron Bay is also home to one of the oldest life-saving clubs in Australia, The Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club.
There you have it, our top 10 beaches you should check out this summer! We’d love to hear what beaches you’ve been to and which ones are your favourites, or if you’re not a beach person, what you have planned for these summer holidays. Pop in, and maybe get your teeth whitened while you’re at it! We’re located on Macquarie St (inside Fitness First) walking distance from the station and Westfield Parramatta, open 6 days a week, and we take after work bookings.
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