Coastal walks and amazing beaches around Sydney. Where to escape the city and head to the sea!

Sydney is well known as a large, busy and modern city, but many don’t realise just how many amazing beaches and coastal walks there are around the city. We managed to explore just a small handful of those within range of the cities public transport and discovered some absolutely pristine coastline. It’s that Aussie lifestyle of being able to head down to the beach and the coast on a hot sunny day that many of us fall in love with when we visit and these are some of the most iconic and best Sydney coastal walks and beaches.

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Head down to the famous Bondi Beach

You can’t visit Sydney without heading down to Bondi! Despite it being the most famous beach in Australia you can still find your own section of perfect white sand on a crisp winters day. Dropping in on a balmy summer afternoon and you might just find it a little more crowded but part of the charm of the place is the atmosphere! Be sure to check out the amazing cafes, fish and chip shops and trendy bars down here before diving in for a surf in the iconic waves. If the sea looks a little rough but you still fancy a swim then check out the sea water swimming pool, Icebergs, that sits just by the side of the sweeping crescent beach.

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Getting to Bondi from the city is a bus ride away or a trip to Bondi town on the bus and a few km walk down to the beach.

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Take the magnificent Bondi to Coogee beach walk

After taking in the iconic sight of Bondi beach its time to take on the Bondi to Coogee 6km walk along a stunning cliff edge. This well known walk takes around 2 hours but there are many opportunities to stop off along the way at the stunning vistas, cute coastal towns and beautiful beaches and rock holes. The walk itself is medium grade with only a few small steep sections and many places to rest and refresh along the way. But with such wonderful scenery you will want to take your time as it is one of the best of the Sydney coastal walks.

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Hop on the Manly ferry over to one of Sydney’s other famous beaches

Taking the Manly ferry from the Sydney harbour is one of the most magnificent and reasonably priced boat trips in the entire world. For the price of a trip on a bus or train the ferry rounds the famous Sydney Harbour bridge for an unforgettable view of this iconic building before pulling away and sailing along the coast towards Manly. Manly and Shelly beach are two more famous Sydney beaches where you can soak in the sun and watch the local surfers take on the famous waves from the beautiful sand. One of the best Sydney coastal walks also starts from here…

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Whilst you’re over there follow the wonderful 10k Manly to The Spit coastal and bush walk

If laying back in the sun or being trashed around in the waves isn’t your thing then taking on one of Sydney’s best walks is worth the trip to Manly itself. This 10k coastal walk is a challenging but rewarding hike that takes in some magnificent and diverse landscape.

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Starting on the lively Manly beach it traces its way through tiny seaside villages, secluded beaches, rugged cliff sides, beautiful inlets and stunning viewpoints. The route also heads back into the bush where you can take detours to see some ancient Aboriginal rock art and historical lighthouses. The Manly to Spit hike is the best of the Sydney coastal walks for sure.

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There are so many more Sydney walks that we would like to do in the future when we get chance to revisit. The coastal regions around Sydney and the surrounding areas offer an almost endless amount of opportunity for coastal walks and days at the beach. We had chance to visit two of the more well know and popular walks but if you have the time there are plenty more less well know. Having said that these walks are still not over run despite how amazing they are. These two can also be made shorter or be done in sections if you don’t have the time or fitness for the full routes and there are also many closer into the city centre around the harbour area and across the bay.

Check out the Sydney website to see more about the beaches on offer around this amazing city: www.sydney.com/things-to-do/beach-lifestyle

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Some great tips for hiking around this well known beach. I always enjoy taking a hike or an excursion like the boat ride to Manly. I would definately be up for that! Just have to make my way over there!

Thanks, yeah its always an amazing spot to be in the city whether you are swimming or walking!

Oh my goodness, look at that sea swimming pool! It looks so inviting, stunning photo. Thank you for suggesting some other coastal towns, I like to always get out of the big cities for a day or two. Happy travels 🙂

It’s an awesome spot isn’t it, such an incredible pool! Thanks

Jennifer Riley

How do you pick a favourite?! My wife has been to Australia and loved the beaches, but I still have to get there myself. The beach is where I would spend most of my time in Sydney.

Ha ha, I don’t think you can!

Alice ford

Now that is something I never had the opportunity to do while in Sydney. Thanks for the great article.

A great reason to return! Thanks!

Punita Malhotra

Its been several years since we went to Sydney. We spent an afternoon on Bondi Beach and I remember al good things about it. I would love to go back and enjoy the beach vibe again.

Oh that’s wonderful! Yes, certainly is a great lifestyle by the beach!

Martina Hirzberger

this blog post is so beautiful – I feel like I have to travel to Sydeny as soon as possible!

Thank you, yes there are some awesome places around the city

i’ve never been to sydney and thanks to your post, and now i know that sydney is just not about the sydney opera house. :p

the coastal area looks great and it seems really enjoyable to spend some time to just stroll around for the weekend if you live in sydney. 🙂

Thanks, yes there is much more to this city that it first appears

I absolutely enjoy coastal walks and have never been to Sydney. I have seen many photos of Bondi Beach on Instagram and would to go someday. The view is gorgeous and the cliffs are an amazing backdrop for photo-ops. Bondi sort of reminds me of the beaches in La Jolla, California, but Bondi Beach sounds like it’s much larger. It’s definitely harder to find a private section in La Jolla.

The beaches can certainly get busy in the summer, but there are so many along the walks that you can find a spot for yourself for sure.

Mel B

You have some really good suggestions on here for walks and hikes. I would love to do the Bondi to Coogee beach walk and take in that stunning secenary and maybe even take a swim if I got the time. My husbasd worked in Manly about 17years ago and I done some of the 10k Manly to The Spit coastal and bush walk it was a lot of fun. I would love to go back and do more though

Thanks! Yeah the Manly walk is great, so many different aspects to it and you can also jump off it too if it gets late or you get tired!!