By: Photography: Hamilton Lund, Andrew Gregory and James Horan
Think of Sydney, Australia and images of its stunning harbour, iconic opera house and Bondi Beach lifeguards probably spring to mind. Not so famous but equally amazing are the many beaches dotted along the sandy coastline. Base yourself in a holiday villa near one of these beautiful beaches and experience Sydney life as a local.
Palm Beach: Perhaps the most beautiful of the Northern Beaches, and a perfect spot for the kids to learn how to surf. Check out for The Boathouse, famous for its great ambience and food.
Paradise Beach: Calm waters and pristine sand make this a great family picnic beach, with a passing parade of yachts to keep the views dynamic. Cast your lines off the pier to catch the evening’s dinner at this secret treasure tucked away in Clareville.
Avalon Beach: Avalon has huge dunes, a long beach and perfect surf. Lounge over lunch at one of the many great beachside cafes or simply sit and people watch. Great for surfing swimming and boogie boarding, Avalon Beach has one of the best saltwater rock pools in the area too. Avalon photo provided by Sydney.com.
Clareville Beach: Bring along your beach ball and cricket set for a game on the large grassy area or the fine sands of Clareville Beach. Barbecue pits and picnic tables are at the ready.
Whale Beach: Whales and dolphins can be spotted throughout the year at this popular, long, wide beach. Add to that great surfing, excellent swimming (always between the flags, please!), a small beach playground and free barbecue facilities and you’re set for the ultimate day out.
Bilgola Beach: Another little treasure! The sand is gorgeous and the setting stunning. Bumbalino’s, a casual beach-shack cafe has a terrific menu including the best egg-and-bacon rolls. A great way to start your day!
Bungan Beach: There’s no road access to this beach but it’s worth the small trek. A raw and natural beach with stunning dunes and wild surf, Bungan is usually pretty deserted making it even more special.
Shelley Beach: Just a 10-minute walk from the centre of Manly is the very special Shelley Beach. This little treasure, popular with divers and snorkellers, will win your heart. Enjoy a meal at restaurant Le Kiosk, across the footpath from the sand.
Collins Beach: Another spectacular beach near Manly. This one is set in bushland and feels like your own tropical island. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a penguin or two.
Bronte Beach: Only 15 minutes from the city centre, Bronte oozes charm and its natural breakwater makes it a great beach for toddlers. Take the coastal walk from Bondi to Bronte and beyond and find out just how inspiring Sydney’s eastern beaches can be! Bondi photo provided by Sydney.com.
Bondi Beach: Not only famous for the television show, Bondi is probably the most recognised beach in all of Australia. Go curl your toes in Bondi’s sand – it just has to be done!
Where to stay?
Kamekura Villa Specialists offer a stunning collection of private villas, including options at all of the beaches mentioned in this article.