Bondi iBeach is the place for sun, fun and surf. It's afmous for its white sand beach and breaking surf. The beach area is full of shops, restuarants and a bustle of activity.
Bondi Beach was a must on my to do list of sights. So one morning we woke up early and hoped on a bus to Circular Quay. We hopped on the 380 bus that would take us to Bondi Junction. The ride was smooth and quick about 15 minutes. It provided a nice sightseeing experience before we got to the beach area.
We started our adventure by checking out some of the local shops and buying a beach towel. We then too a walk along the beach to find our perfect spot in the sand. We visited during the week so it wasn't very crowded. There were a few tourists, surfers and a camera crew filming a commercial. As Chris enjoyed laying out on the sand I took a dip in the ocean. The water was a beautiful blue, not too cold but very salty. It was a fun day lounging out on the beach and enjoying this fabulous place with my Christopher.
Obelisk Beach is another legal nude beach on Sydney Harbour. Follow the same directions as for Cobbler's Beach but park either in the same lot or another lot closer to the trailhead to Obelisk-on the right side as you drive down the road to Middle Head oval. I've included a photo of the sign you will see. This beach is almost always guys only I am told. The day I stopped by I would guess there were 20 or so guys and one girl. Everyone was nude. A lot of small boats anchored just offshore.
Lady Bay Beach (sometimes called Lady Jane Beach) is yet another legal nude beach on Sydney Harbour. It was officially designated a nudist beach in the 70's and is one of the first in Australia. This beach is on the south side of the harbour within a short walk of the trendy Watson's Bay with it's famous Doyle"s Seafood Restaurant. The day I visited, the crowd was more mixed than Obelisk (some Spanish backpacker girls were there) but less mixed than Cobbler's. 90% nude. This beach reminded me a little of Baker Beach in San Francisco not for the beach itself certainly, but for the harbor views and large ships coming and going to sea very close to the sand. The beach itself is disappointing, as there is very little sand and when big ships do go by at high tide, the waves wash up to the rocks. There are not many places to put down your towel that the sand is not damp. Access by bus from Bondi Junction to Watsons Bay. Then walk about 10-15 minutes through the national park walking track to South head. The stairs to Lady Jane will be seen on the left. I included the sign so you can find it easily. Multiple bus routes run to Bondi Junction from the city center. The Junction has a couple of large indoor shopping centers with food courts and a large Borders, the American bookseller. A perfect way to wrap up the afternoon apres beach.
Sydney Buses: www.sydneybuses.nsw.gov.au Telephone: 131 500
This is a 30-minute walk over the cliffs. It is just so relaxing! You walk by the sea so the view is really nice.
I've done this at night too, many people were walking their dogs and jogging.
Bronte beach is my favourite! Small but beautiful. Not very crowded.
There are shelters where you can have a picnic and electric grills that run with coins.
It was really nice to see how many Australian families go there for a picnic during the week! Not just at the weekend.
After visiting Botany Bay National Park with our friend Jackie; we drove down to Cape Solander to admire the views from the cliffs. The views here really are breathtaking; almost as if you are standing on the edge of the world when you are on the cliff tops. I can only imagine how Captain Cook and the crew of the Endeavour felt when they sailed by these large, imposing cliffs.
Be careful though when exploring;the cliffs are high up with no fence to protect you from a fall. The tops of the cliffs have an uneven, rocky surface that can make walking quite treacherous. We even discovered a smashed up car lying on the bottom of one of the cliffs with the pounding surf smashing into the metal.
This is one of those places that makes you appeciate the beauty of this world we live in.
If you have a full day to spare, you will not regret a trip to Palm Beach. If you have time, a ferry trip to Gosford is also recommended.
It is located about 40kms north of the city centre of Sydney. It is the most northerly beach in the Sydney Metropolitan Area. One side is a surf beach and the other side a nice, calm beach. Take your pick or enjoy both!
Taking a taxi will be quite expensive. Either get a bus (the only public transport available) or hire a car for the day.
To drive, go north over the Harbour Bridge and follow the Frenchs Forest, then Mona Vale, then Palm Beach signs.
By bus, board the L90 (Limited Stops) bus at the Wynyard Station bus terminal.
The first bus is about 5:20am to Palm Beach (expect a 1 hour 45 minute journey) and the last direct bus route back is about 11:00pm (expect a 1 hour 25 minute journey). It departs about every 30 minutes.
The cost is about AUD$11.00 for a return journey by bus.
Palm Beach Ferry to Gosford (Ettalong)
This is a beautiful trip. If you go to Palm Beach early, then you can enjoy both Palm Beach and the Gosford area all in a day... as well as seeing the beautiful Hawksberry River. I think the river is probably more beautiful than Sydney Harbour! It's very sparsely built-up.
The ferry leaves Palm Beach Wharf every 1.5 hours to 2 hours between 6:30am to 5pm. The return from Ettalong is from 6am to 5:30pm daily. There is an extra later service in the summer in both directions. The cost for an Adult fare is about AUD$17.00+ for a return trip.
You will not regret this. It is a truly beautiful trip.
Many people like going to Bondi Beach when they are in Sydney. To do someth' different, I went to Manly. I was attracted by the description of the ferry ride in the Lonely Planet, it sounded like a scenic cruise... and now I can tell you, YES, it's indeed a spectacular ferry ride, you can see the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge from another side as well as the lovely town of Manly! I took the return ferry at about 5.10p.m. and it's just right for see the sunset, lovely!!!
1. If you wanna enjoy the view, take Manly Ferry (the slow one) not others. It departs from Wharf 3 of Circular Quay every half an hour. The ride takes about 25 minutes.
2. Return ticket = AUD12 but a Day-tripper = AUD15, it's cheaper to buy the latter if you're travelling to other places as well.
I think this is one of the nicest beaches in Sydney. It is relatively small and easily accessible from downtown, yet it is not nearly as touristy as Bondi. Come early in the morning and grab a cup of coffee or some brekkie at one of the nice cafes across the street and watch the gulls and the surfers. (Also - parking is a lot easier if you get there in the morning - otherwise I would recommend getting a bus). The swimming is great there - the beach is very clean, and they have lifeguards. If you want a pool, there is a clean, large, safe ocean pool on the south side.
If you want some dry-land exercise, take the walk from Bronte to Bondi - it goes along the water and is very pretty.
Bronte Beach is one of the many beaches we encountered during our walk from Bondi to Coogee on the Coastal Walk. As we walked down from the cliffs, Bronte Beach came into view. The surf was awesome; crashing on the beach and rocks. The water was a blueish green and very foamy. This was just one of the many beautiful beaches of Sydney and I was glad to have seen it.
Manly is a favorite destination for us. It's a simple ferry ride from Circular Quay...actually the ferry ride is my favorite part. Once in Manly, there is so much to see and do. The beach is beautiful and provides a great place to relax or participate in some surfing, swimming or body boarding. The Corso is packed with tons of shops carrying everything from souvenirs, swimwear, shoes, surfboards, perfume and more. There are also several great food options ranging from quick serve food to full sit down meals.
Manly is a great place to spend a day shopping, swimming and enjoying a good meal in a beach setting. I have even come to Manly on the ferry with no more intention than to turn around and ride the 30 minute ferry back again.
The Coastal walkway at Cronulla stretches from Wanda Beach to Bass and Flinders Point.
It can take up to 1.5 hours one way. It provides amazing views and photo opportunities along the way and is a really pleasant walk.
A trip to Sydney always requires some visits to Watsons bay for a walk and some great food at Doyles or The Watson Bay Hotel. Watsons Bay is accesible by bus, car or ferry. I love the ferry system and the ride to Watsons Bay; so I always choose a ferry.
Watsons Bay has spectacular views of the ocean as well as the city. The Gap is amazing with te large cliffs and crashing waves. Walking around Watsons Bay is a fun way to explore the area but make sure to wear plenty of sunblock and bring water; some of the hike can be tiring.
Discover the beautiful deep waters of the Hawkesbury River and the elongated graceful waterway of Pittwater, running from Newport to Palm Beach. Broken Bay is dominated by Lion Island with plenty of small inlets and coves to cruise your yacht, cruiser or house boat through. Set amongst four National Parks, Kur-ring-gai Chase, Marramarra, Dharug, Brisbane Water and Bouddi, there are gorgeous beaches, historic villages, mangroves, with abundance of flora and fauna. This area is similar in scenery to the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland but is only one hour drive from Sydney. It offers beautiful scenery set amongst National Parks and sandstone headlands.
Take a cruise on the Hawkesbury River Cruises and spend a day enjoying the beautiful waterways, stopping off for lunch at Bobbin Head.
Another suggestion is to get off at Cottage Point Inn and have lunch overlooking Coal and Candle Creek, they also have overnight luxury accommodation available but you need to book (612 9456 1011).The cruise leaves Palm Beach Wharf at 11.00am daily.
A great way to see the river is to catch the Riverboat Postman, this is a service that delivers mail to isolated houses it takes approx 3 hours and runs Monday to Friday. Catch a train from Central Railway Station in the city at 8.16am to Hawkesbury River Railway Station in time to catch the mailman. (02 9985 7566) for more details.
Palm Beach ferries also offers a unique way to see Pittwater which operates from Palm Beach Wharf (02 99182747) you can catch a ferry to Ettalong, The Basin, Patagona, Pearl Beach and Woy Woy.
For the budget traveller you can take the ferry to The Basin and camp in the National Park perched on the waterfront. You must ring and book a site, showers and toilets are available and a shop to buy essentials(opened only in summer)02 9974 1011.Another budget accommodation is Pittwater YHA (9999 5748) catch the 156 bus from Manly Wharf to Church Point and then a ferry to Halls Wharf.
Manly is everything Australian, it is our culture. A lively Sydney beach resort with excellent accommodation, restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Its alive with screeching seagulls, long sandy beaches, small coves , inlets, swaying Norfolk Pines, bikinis, cold icy beer, surfboards, festivals, music, flip flops, pink zinc, fish and chips, yachts, boats, divers, fishermen, lifeguards, and an National Trust Oceanfront Promenade.
Manly is easily accessible by ferry or jetcat operating from Circular Quay(city)to Manly Wharf, the short walk up the Corso leads to the ocean beach.
Surrounded by the ocean and harbour on three sides, Manly is unique with its 18 small cove harbour and ocean beaches it lays peacefully as a peninsula with stunning and breathtaking views.
Manly Beach is about one mile long with a large foreshore and golden sands. The northern end is called Queenscliff Beach which has a lagoon estuary that empties into the ocean. It is quieter than Manly and is used mainly by the locals. There is an ocean pool and a tunnel, which was once chiseled out by local fishermen as a short cut to Freshwater Beach. The Centre is called North Steyne Beach and the southern corner South Steyne. Next to Manly Beach is Cabbage Tree Bay and Shelley Beach.
Cabbage Tree Bay was named after the Cabbage Tree Palm and Shelley Beach is the only west-facing beach on Australians east coast and is filled with unique marine life such as the Eastern Blue Groper, the Weedy Sea dragon, Gloomy Octopus, and Little Penguin. The bay is an ideal spot for scuba diving and snorkeling because of its clear and shallow waters.
The Harbour beaches include Manly Cove, Little Manly, Stores, Collins, Fairlight, Forty Basket, Reef and Clontarf beaches.There are numerous sea and harbour pools in Manly. The Bower Pool which is located half way to Shelley Beach along the walkway from Manly Life Saving Club.Little Manly Cove which is located next to Manly Wharf and is excellent for children and families.
As you can see, there were very few people here on this day, even though the temperature was hovering around 21cel.
This is still way too cold for me, to go for a swim, but fantastic weather for walking around and taking in the sites..