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Sydney Beach Guide

By Viator, September 2017

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With miles of sun-bleached sands and big blue waves, Sydney is home to some of Australia’s best beaches. And you don’t have to go far from Sydney Harbour to get your fix of sun, sea, and surf—here are some of the top city beach areas in Sydney.

Bondi Beach
Sydney’s most famous beach, Bondi Beach is quintessentially Aussie with its beachside bars, golden sands, and hoards of tanned surfers. It’s also the filming site of popular reality TV show “Bondi Rescue;” watching the blue-suited lifeguards in action is a top pastime for visitors.

Coogee Beach 
Just south of Bondi Beach, the calm swimming areas of Coogee Beach makes it a good place to swim or cut your teeth on a surf or paddleboard. For the best views, take the scenic route and walk the four-mile (6-kilometer) trail between Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach, looking out for whales and dolphins from the coastal cliffs along the way.

Manly and the Northern Beaches 
Sydney’s northern beaches lie past Sydney Harbour Heads, with Manly Beach serving as the largest and most popular. Reached by ferry from Circular Quay, it’s an idyllic spot for swimming, snorkeling, and picnicking, while the surrounding beaches, including Shelly Beach, Narrabeen, and Dee Why, have a reputation for big waves and world-class surf.

Palm Beach
Less than an hour north of central Sydney by road, Palm Beach is better known as its on-screen alter-ego ‘Summer Beach’ from hit Australian TV soap “Home and Away.” Fans of the show can not only dive into the clear waters, but take a tour of famous sets from the show such as the Summer Bay Surf Club, Alf's Bait Shop, the boathouse, and the lighthouse.

Balmoral Beach
The calm waters and sandy shores of Balmoral Beach make it ideal for swimming and local families with kids. Add to that a backdrop of luxurious villas, palm-lined parks, and glamorous yachts, and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular.

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Official 'Home and Away' Tour of Palm Beach, Sydney, null
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Official 'Home and Away' Tour of Palm Beach

4.5 star rating: Recommended 61 Reviews

Visit Sydney’s Palm Beach and see the outdoor filming locations made famous in the Australian TV show ‘Home and Away.’ You'll get the inside scoop on the ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.91
Sydney: Bondi Beach and Kings Cross Tour plus Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise, Sydney, Movie & TV Tours
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Sydney: Bondi Beach and Kings Cross Tour plus Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

See Sydney's spectacular icons, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and World Heritage listed Opera House, from the comfort of your lunch time harbor cruise ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $118.66
Sydney, Bondi Beach, and Kings Cross Tour, Sydney, Lunch Cruises
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Sydney, Bondi Beach, and Kings Cross Tour

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Capture the essence of Sydney on this afternoon coach tour of the city’s many famous attractions, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.17
Sydney, Manly, and Northern Beaches Tour with Optional Lunch Cruise, Sydney, Half-day Tours
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Sydney, Manly, and Northern Beaches Tour with Optional Lunch Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

See Sydney's most famous icons in just one morning! Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge, for views of the world renowned Sydney Opera House at various vantage ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $53.17
2-Day Sydney Surf Camp Adventure to Seal Rocks, Sydney, Lunch Cruises
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2-Day Sydney Surf Camp Adventure to Seal Rocks

Learn how to ride an ocean wave in the warm waters of Seal Rocks, situated 3 hours from Sydney on the North Coast. This untouched area is renowned for its ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $227.30
Private Tour: Ku-ring-gai, Northern Beaches and Sydney Sightseeing, Sydney, Surfing Lessons
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Private Tour: Ku-ring-gai, Northern Beaches and Sydney Sightseeing

See it all on a panoramic private tour of Sydney that takes in Ku-ring-gai National Park and the lovely Northern Beaches, as well as all the sights of central ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $292.80

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