Never ending Summer – my 5 favourite beaches in Sydney
It’s my second summer in Sydney and I still can’t believe how many sunny days we get here. Growing up in Denmark you really appreciate Sydney’s never ending summer and the fact it is home to more than 100 beaches in the city. Out of those, here are my 5 of my personal favourites. For now, at least.
(North) Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s most iconic and famous beaches. And to be honest, it has me pretty hooked too... a long stretch of sand, turquoise water, surfers catching big waves, art deco buildings, cafes everywhere. You’ve got everything here, which is why it’s always super busy and on hot days can be way too crowded. My best advice is to get there as early as you can and stop by the Bondi Farmers Market on Saturdays for breakfast, before making your way down to the beach. My prefered spot for a little sun bathing is the grassy hill overlooking the beach at North Bondi. The vibe is chilled and relaxed, and you won’t get covered in sand - perfect if you want to head straight to the Bucket List bar or check out some of the shops in the backstreets afterwards.
If you follow the Bondi to Bronte walk for about 1.5 kilometres, you will end up at Tamarama beach. It’s popular among surfers and isn’t the most swimming friendly, but I still love this beach. It’s a bit like Bondi’s little sister - smaller and with big cliffs surrounding the beach. A bonus is the great facilities nearby, including a cafe overlooking the beach where you can grab a fresh coconut or sunscreen, and modern facilities where you can shower off the sand and salt, and refill your drink bottle with some much needed drinking water.
Between Clovelly and Coogee Beach (Sydney eastern suburbs beaches), you’ll find this secluded beach. Gordon’s Bay is more private but yet a hot spot for the young cool crowd, who fill out the surrounding rocks during the summer months. Its calm and crystal clear water makes it perfect for snorkeling, stand-up paddling and inflatable floats. To get here, walk along the coastal walkway or park the car at Clovelly carpark. The nearest café is located a 10 minute walk away, so it’s a good idea to bring a picnic for the day.
Seven Shillings Beach / Redleaf Pool
Seven Shillings Beach is a little bay beach situated in Double Bay with a stunning view of Sydney Harbour. Rarely overcrowded and a nice alternative to Sydney's big ocean beaches. If you want to go for a swim, walk a few 100 meters left of the beach to Redleaf Pool where there's a protected ocean pool surrounded by a bathing bridge.
Located in Manly, this slightly secluded and tucked away beach feels a million miles away from the centre of Sydney. Shelly Beach is unlike Manly Beach, the water is much more calm, making it ideal for snorkeling and swimming. To get there, take the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Wharf and make a right turn at Manly Beach. Then, simply walk to the end of the path, past the ocean pool and you’re there. The last time I went (during the month of October), I spotted Humpback whales not far from the shore, when walking back from the beach. Needless to say, that was a pretty amazing way to end the (beach)day.