There’s a ton of great places to get soaked in Sydney! Why not get out there and explore somewhere new?
If you love a beach session, then why not head north? Take a 30 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay and explore the iconic, Manly beach, full of fabulous waves and sandy sports. If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle though, then the more secluded Clontarf or Chinaman’s Beaches may be for you.
Venture east of the city and you’ll find the iconic Bondi Beach with its golden sand and great surf, pretty Bronte Beach with its sheltered natural pool and an ocean pool, and Coogee Beach’s great surf, patrolled swimming and ocean pools.
If you’re prepared for a bit more of a drive, then an hour north of Sydney’s CBD you’ll find beautiful Palm Beach. This is one of Sydney’s most spectacular swimming spots, and maybe best known for its starring role in TV series Home and Away. Struth!
If you prefer to paddle in a pool there’s plenty of harbourside options. In Balmain, the heritage listed Dawn Fraser Baths is the oldest in Australia where, at low tide, you can play in the sand and the fully patrolled Bondi Baths is as much an icon as the famous beach. North is MacCallum Pool at Cremorne Point, a great spot for a peaceful paddle with views across to the Opera House.
Rain, hail or shine Sydneysiders love the water and there are great indoor facilities across the city. Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic Centre in the CBD has a heated 50-metre pool, a leisure pool with a wave machine, plus a hydrotherapy pool. At Surf n Slide (previously Manly Waterworks) you’ll find waves of watery fun and in Sydney’s west there’s Wet’n’Wild where you’ll find some of the tallest and fastest water rides in the world and Australia’s largest wave pool with over 6,800,000 litres of water!
Shhhh… The Best Hidden Gems
If you want to know the absolute best places to go according to the locals then here are our two all time favourites:
–Gordon’s Bay in Sydney’s East is a little oasis. You can only get there on foot by the Coastal Walkway so it’s private and perfect with some gentle waves and top snorkelling
–Greenwich Baths is a small family-friendly harbour beach with city views, a netted tidal pool, clean sand, beach toys, sun loungers and a café for mum and dad. This has to be one of the North’s best-kept secrets!