Harbour Islands

'Summer Shower at Clarke Island' - Murray Vandeveer

Island hopping by Ferry on Sydney Harbour.  Sydney Harbour Islands Fort Denison, Shark, Clark, Rodd, Goat and Cockatoo are among some of Sydney's most popular natural attractions. Catch one of the regular ferry services from Circular Quay during summer and take in the sparkling scenery.

Harbour Beaches

There are many beaches in Sydney Harbour.  It’s easy to find a beautiful sandy spot close to the city.

Just a short walk or kayak along the coast from Manly is Shelly Beach. Part of Cabbage Tree Bay, the waters off Shelly Beach are popular with snorkellers and divers, while the beach itself is perfect for watching the world go by.

Farther north, close to Mosman, is Chinaman's Beach, just a kilometre north of Balmoral Beach. This 250-metre stretch of sand sits beside calm ocean, making it a great place to take your kids for a swim.

South of the harbour, there are many quiet beach options, too. At Double Bay, Redleaf Beach has a wraparound pontoon and a large, netted swimming area.

By Vaucluse, there are two quiet beaches within Sydney Harbour National Park. Shark Beach in Nielsen Park has a netted swimming area and is great for snorkelling, while Milk Beach, a short walk from the park, is an isolated stretch of coastline that offers its few visitors a dramatic view of Sydney.

Other out-of-the-way options include Jibbon Beach in Royal National Park, where you can spend hours scuba diving and snorkelling.

Sydney Beaches

Manly Beach

From Cronulla in the south to Palm Beach in the North, Sydney has miles (and miles) of stunning beaches for relaxing, surfing and playing. Bondi, Coogee, Collaroy and  Manly are the most popular Beaches.

Not only for the sun, surf and sand, but also for great restaurants, shopping, entertainment and interests for the whole family.

Most sydney beaches have a wonderful array of restaurants and eateries, boutique shopping, weekend markets, surf shops and all things beachy. Plus a great night life!

Sydney has many other beautiful beaches well of the beaten track. During weekdays these are tranquil and relaxing. All have their own ambience, framed by the mood of the ocean and the weather. Every Sydneysider has his or her own favourite beach, not many will surf every beach in their own lifetime. 

The larger, more popular beaches will have a surf club, change facilities and picnic areas with barbeque facilities, a great Aussie lifestyle day out with friends and family.