Bondi Beach is a popular beach and the name of the surrounding suburb in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Bondi Beach is located 7 km (4 mi) east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Waverley Council, in the Eastern Suburbs. The sweeping white-sand crescent of Bondi is one of Australiaâ€Â™s most iconic beaches.
Bondi Beach
Shelly Beach
 John Petrie, 23.5°.  Picture: Charlotte Curd

Every visitor to Sydney should dip their toes in the Pacific Ocean at least once. With more than 100 beaches and over 30 ocean pools along the coast, you’re spoilt for choice.


Among the many thousands on offer, Bondi is the most famous beach in Australia. In Sydney’s Eastern suburb, expect it to be packed with locals and tourists alike every day in the warmer months. Dive straight into the ocean or dine out at great restaurants or drink at buzzy bars.

The 25th Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi is officially underway. The world’s largest free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition features over 100 sculptures and artworks along the spectacular 2km coastal walk with 450,000 people expected to visit over the next 18 days. Until November 6.


The East

Also in the east, is Clovelly which has a long, sheltered bay lined with concrete platforms for easy entry. More confident swimmers will like Coogee and the world-famous Bondi (see above). 



Sydney’s Northern Beaches feature a string of spectacular beachside suburbs including the magnificent Manly. Arrive by ferry and be surrounded by water at this laidback suburb that features hidden coves and beaches, and a busy pedestrian mall. And plenty of places to eat and drink.


Harbour beaches

Of the inner harbour beaches, try Camp Cove, Parsley Bay, Redleaf, Balmoral and Chinamans Beach. Or the new man-made Marrinawi Cove which is part of Barangaroo.  



The grandest of the harbour beaches, Balmoral has more than a kilometre of sand across two curved bays, fronting water that’s as still as a swimming pool. It’s perfect for water sports of all kinds; try snorkelling, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and even sailing.



A perfect slice of Sydney’s laid-back beach lifestyle, Coogee is another of the best beaches in the Eastern Suburbs. Sheltered by the rocky Wedding Cake Island offshore, the waters are reliably calm and great for both swimming and surfing. There are three ocean pools along the southern edge of the beach including McIver’s Baths, the only rock pool in Australia that’s open only to women and children.


Camp Cove

A calm harbour beach close to the southern entrance to Sydney Harbour, Camp Cove is a local favourite. It’s a great option for families (or those who aren’t confident swimmers) and the still waters are ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Then stretch your legs along the pretty South Head Heritage Trail through the Sydney Harbour National Park, which runs just behind the sand.


Wherever you go, look out for lifeguards and always swim between the red and yellow flags. is the ultimate guide to visiting Sydney. It provides up-to-date information on attractions, places to visit, restaurants, shops, visitor information and transport. The site is published by Cruise Media Australasia, a Big Splash Media company. Editor-in-Chief and Publisher: Peter Lynch.

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