Our favorite beaches in Sydney: a review
Warning! We didn’t try all the beaches!!!! There are too many beaches in Sydney and surroundings of the city. You’ll have a lot to discover.
We had a few very nice days with perfect blue sky or cloudy sky (the best if you want to have the beach for yourself!).
At the end of the post: a few tips for better pictures of the beach.
There is no particular reason in the presentation order. Those are all our favorite beaches!
We could seperate surfers wavy beaches and kids friendly quiet beaches.
Tips for tourists: Beware to swim between the flags! Beware of the Blue Bottles and Stingers (all those nasty australian creatures!) that might leave very bad wounds.
The famous Bondi Beach
Very easy to go there by bus and metro. It’s a real must to do and to see.
We fell in love with Bondi Beach streetart.
Bondi is a typical australian beach with waves. Sometimes there is even no flags in between to swim. Meaning the currents are really strong. The beach is very well watched by the team of lifeguards but you’ll just have to be very cautious to stay between the flags. If you are with kids and/ or want to swim in quiet water, you could just jump in the swimming pool.
Isn’t it the perfect swimming pool with beautiful surroundings?
South of Bondi there are several nice beaches. You just have to walk on the coastal trail to find them.
On this part of the coast, we really enjoyed Bronte beach that is less busy and smaller than the other beaches.
Accessible by bus, kids friendly.
The perfect kids friendly beach on the other side of the bridge. This is a bay so the kids can swim easily. There is a special spot totally secured from sharks and other parental stress. And you can find there, a very good restaurant The Boat House (review on restaurant to come, stay tuned). We had a very good lunch there with my friend Sam.
Reachable by ferry easily. Kids friendly.
Just go there for the view on the city and have the best fish and chips of Sydney at Doyles (very old restaurant, opened in 1885!). Order to take away and sit in the park trying to avoid the attacks of the seagulls. Thanks to Steph, we discovered this little piece of paradise and tasted the fish and chips.
Manly Beach and Shelley Beach
Easy access by direct ferry.
I’m sorry I didn’t take pictures from the beach. It was crowded and I was busy chatting with my friend Astrid. But I have a nice picture of us both (matching mother and daughter hats) waiting for the ferry. Thanks Astrid!
Shelly beach is a nice little kids friendly beach on the east of Manly beach. It’s a 10min walk to reach it and you’ll have the pleasure to eat the good food of the Boat House again! As it’s protected by the bay it’s quiet and perfect for kids.
The Northern Beaches
Let’s go further north.
A long ride by bus but you can take the ferry and the bus. And it’s worth it. Believe me! Go there on a week sunny day and you’ll have memorable images. The coastal trail offers amazing views. The beaches are everywhere from Manly to Palm Beach. My friend Chris drove us from beaches to point of views. It was a very nice journey.
Ok someone is happy there!!!
We visited Sydney in summer (february) and couldn’t see some whales. But Whale Watching is a must to do if you are visiting there from may to november.
Bonus: Tips to take the best pictures of Australian beaches (especially when you are from Northern Hemisphere) with a DSLR or Hybrid
- Remember the light is strong, stronger than anylight you’ve experienced in the Northern hemisphere. You’ll have to use the lowest ISO possible on your camera. I put mine on 100.
- Use wide angle to get the scenary. You can add some drama on your pics playing with wide angle distorsion. I used my new 28 mm. And I’m very glad about it.
- Don’t forget your filters!!! DON’T!!! ( I did it… yes I know I’m hopeless!) When I didn’t forget it I used mainly a polarised filter. It helped me with the strong light and it gives more contrast to the different blue colors.
- If the scenary is flat, try to place a subject on the foreground. It will help to bring some contrast and a better composition. I think my best pictures have been taken from above.
Do you have other tips to share? What is your favorite beach in Sydney?
I hope you enjoyed our australian adventure.
Keep calm and travel!