Sydney’s Famous Beaches…
…and bonus, Secret Sydney!
You may have heard of Sydney’s famous Manly & Bondi beaches (pronounce it Bond-eye!) They live up to their reputations for scenic beauty & waves, and are a great place to people watch.
Take the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. You’ll cruise right past the Opera House and get great views of the harbor.
Once there, pass through the main street of surf shops & restaurants, pick up a new bikini in Sunburn, slather on your sunscreen & dig your toes into the warm sand. Keep an eye out for the flags – they move the poles closer or further apart for the swim zone depending on the rip tides.
If you’re not up for surfing or sunbathing, take the scenic walk towards Shelly Beach along the shore. You’ll pass a pool perched on the edge of a cliff, where you can dip in wave-free. Hang at Shelly Beach a bit, it’s much smaller & more secluded than Manly.
If you’re up for a bit of a hike, continue on the path into the national park for more flora & views.
End up back in town for a cold beer while you’re waiting for the ferry.
Bondi is another great place to enjoy the summer. More sun & sand, aquamarine water & waves. Take the walkway around & up past the Bondi Icebergs Club, a large lap pool with a view back to the beach, then continue on to the high point look out at the end for incredible views.
Secret Sydney – ask the locals their favorite places to go. There are many small parks, scenic views, small coves & beaches in Sydney & nearby. I was lucky enough to stay with Soraya, a local, who showed me her special Sydney & surrounding spots, including Church Point, Palm Beach, fish & chips at Doyle’s in Watson’s Bay, and other spots I’m sworn to secrecy, but here are a few pictures…