Sydney is famous for its excellent surfing beaches. There are also some popular beaches along the harbour foreshores that don't have any surf including Redleaf, Nielsen Park, Parsley Bay and Camp Cove. There are some less accessible nudist beaches such as Lady Jane and Obelisk.
Most of Sydney's 37 beaches are situated within 30 minutes of the city's CBD by public transport. For locations, check out our Sydney Beach Map.
Starting from Barrenjoey Head at the northern tip of Sydney's north shore and moving south, the main beaches are: Palm Beach, Whale Beach, Avalon, Bilgola, Newport, Bungan, Mona Vale, Warriewood, Turimetta, Narrabeen, Collaroy, Dee Why, North Curl Curl, Curl Curl, Freshwater, Queenscliff, North Steyne and Manly. Just south of Manly is Fairy Bower and Shelly Beach.
On the south side of the harbour the main beaches from north to south are Sydney's famous Bondi Beach, Bronte, Coogee and Cronulla.