Adopt Sydney’s laidback lifestyle by watching the sun rise over Bondi or Manly beach. Spread a towel on the beach and enjoy a picnic lunch. Swim between the yellow and red flags and observe the rules of ocean safety. Learn to surf at an accredited surf school at Bondi, Manly or Cronulla beaches.
Discover some of Australia’s best surfing locations on the South Coast and North Coast of NSW. Rent a car in Sydney and drive to The Farm and Mystics surf breaks in Killalea State Park, south of Wollongong. Drive or take the train north to Newcastle’s Merewether Beach. Or join a surfing tour.
Stunning beaches in Sydney and NSW
Wriggle your toes in the soft white sand. Relax in the sun after an invigorating swim in the ocean. Watch board riders and bodysurfers catch a wave. It’s all part of the beach lifestyle that makes Sydney such an enticing destination.
You’ll find plenty of things do. Enjoy seaside picnics with friends and family. Explore the coast on walking trails like the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. Spot brilliantly coloured birds and butterflies and see water dragons basking in the sun.
Australia’s beach lifestyle is about relaxation and fun. There are hundreds of beaches on NSW’s coastline, which stretches more than 2,000 km. Bondi and Manly are the most famous beaches in Sydney and good natured rivals. Palm Beach is popular with fans of Home and Away, a hit international TV series.
You’ll discover tranquil beaches all around Sydney Harbour, such as Balmoral Beach, Camp Cove and Parsley Bay.
Some of the best surfing waves are south and north of the city and it’s a popular pastime at any time of the year. The home of Australian surf culture is credited as Freshwater, on Sydney’s northern beaches, where Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku popularised surfboard riding in the summer of 1914-15.
Surfing tours depart from Sydney to world-famous surf breaks on both the South Coast and North Coast of NSW.
At sunrise, when surfers begin riding waves and joggers limber up before their morning runs, recreational fishermen cast lines from the beach edge and rock platforms. Energetic or relaxing, it’s all part of the great Aussie beach lifestyle.
Sydney Surf Beaches
South Coast Beaches
Discover some of NSW’s best surfing beaches on the South Coast. You’ll also find good casual dining at waterfront cafés and restaurants and plenty of exciting things to do, such as Skydive the Beach in Wollongong.
Central Coast Beaches
North Coast Beaches
Colourful Collective Travel
With Colourful Trips you’ll enjoy day tours from Sydney to top destinations and attractions. Experience the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains and the Jenolan Caves, one of the world’s oldest cave systems.
Jetty Dive Centre
Explore the beautiful waters of Solitary Islands Marine Park with Jetty Dive, a dive centre in Coffs Harbour on the NSW North Coast. Jetty Dive has daily charters for snorkellers and scuba divers to the Solitary Islands.
Byron Bay Eco Cruises and Kayaks
Byron Bay Eco Cruises & Kayaks operates award-winning cruises and kayaking tours of the beautiful Brunswick River, just 15 minutes’ drive from Byron Bay, a popular holiday destination on the North Coast of NSW.
Island Charters Narooma & Montague Island Charters
Island Charters Narooma operates cruises in the beautiful Batemans Marine Park on the NSW South Coast.
Set sail with Tribal Warrior and cruise Sydney Harbour, one of the world’s most beautiful natural harbours.
Dolphin Watch Cruises Jervis Bay
A multi-award winning cruise operator, Dolphin Watch Cruises Jervis Bay offers a range of cruises to see dolphins and seals all year, and whales during their seasonal migration, in the crystal clear waters of Jervis Bay.