5 Sydney beaches where you can spend Australia Day

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It’s Australia Day, and if the weather cooperates and the sun comes out to celebrate the public holiday with us, there’s plenty of beaches and outdoor activities waiting to be enjoyed. So book a Whizz, leave the cleaning to us, and focus on what matters – having fun!

1. Bondi Beach

You’ll find everything at Bondi — boutiques, bars, beach-side cafes. Between swims and serious sunbathing, grab ice cream at the insanely popular Gelato Messina, polenta chips with sour cream at Icebergs, or quality fish and chips at Bondi’s Best.

Expect the beach parking to be impossible on Australia Day, and take the train (the beach is just 15 minutes away from the Bondi Junction train station).

2. Tamarama

This small, secluded beach may not be as popular as it was in previous decades, but that can be bonus for those who want privacy and quiet. As CNN said, “Being small and intimate adds to the feeling that this is an exclusive beach reserved for the lucky ones.” The waters are perfect for surfers, but stick to the coast if you’re not a strong swimmer.

3. Bilgola

Considered one of the most beautiful of the Northern Beaches. Palm trees and lantana hide it away from the rest of the world, and crystal clear water waits for those who seek its quiet, laidback charm. Visitors love the ocean rockpool and the chocolate at the beachside café.

4. Manly

The sign at Manly Wharf says it all: “Five miles from the city, a million miles from care.” It’s a fantastic place to just sit back and chill out. Need a break from the sun? There’s a mall, promenade, and several cafes.

If Manly gets too crowded, you can head out to nearby Shelly Beach, which is fantastic for scuba diving and paddleboarding. The calmer waters are also great for swimming – float on your back and soak in the sun.

5. Byron Bay

If you want to escape the crowds at Bondi, head for Byron up on the north coast. Aside from the Main Beach, you can go to The Pass, Tallows, Wategos, and Belongil. The waves (and the chance to spot a dolphin) call you, but do make time to visit the lighthouse and savor its spectacular view. There are cafes and bars where you can get a quick snack or toast the end of the day with cocktails.

There are plenty of activities for those looking for special thrills. Go kayaking with the dolphins, learn to surf or freedive, or sign up for an extreme sport like tandem skydiving.

What’s your favourite Sydney beach? Leave your suggestions in the comments below! We’re always looking for good weekend ideas to share, and are here to take care of the cleaning so you can enjoy your free time. Happy Australia Day!