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Sydney is renowned for its natural beauty with beautiful beaches and scenic coastline for miles. From the iconic beaches like Coogee to quieter tucked away harbour beaches and other lesser known gems there’s no lack of spots for a delightful dip.

Check out our guide to some of Sydney’s most memorable beaches.


Coogee Beach

One of Sydney’s most loved beachside suburbs Coogee is a place where you can get right in the thick of it with vibrant shopping, restaurant and nightlife scene or relax in nature away from it all.


Coogee Beach


Manly Beach

Manly retains its title as one of Sydney’s most iconic beaches – with good reason. The long stretch of coastline is scenically beautiful with the lovely tucked away Shelley beach worth a visit if you’re there. The suburb has retained its coastal town vibe but remains a popular spot for tourists and Sydersiders alike.


Camp Cove

Just a short walk from Watsons Bay ferry, the harbourside Camp Cove boasts millionaire views that are hard to miss. The tucked away beach is a safe place for swimming with gorgeous views of the city that are hard to forget. Be sure to take your camera!


Wylies Baths

Wylie’s Baths is located just a few hundred metres south of Coogee Beach, tucked away below the magnificent Maroubra to Bondi coastal walkway. The Baths have 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and overlook the famous Wedding Cake Island.
Due to current health advice on social distancing, please contact the business for the most up to date information regarding opening times and services. (As of May 2020)


Bondi Beach

As trip to Sydney isn’t complete until you’ve visited the iconic Bondi Beach located just a stone’s throw away from Coogee. Enjoy the busy beach vibe with an abundance of places to eat, drink and relax.


Clovelly Beach 

Clovelly Beach is a small quiet beach popular with families due to it’s protected natural cove and concrete platforms creating easy access to the water. Despite the manmade structures for water access the small beach has retained it’s a natural beauty and is a lovely spot to relax and swim.


Giles Baths

Giles Baths is a natural rock pool known as the “Bogey hole” located at the base of the northern headland of Coogee Beach. Back in the 19th century it was used exclusively by male bathers and is now a popular swimming spot for tourists and locals alike. To access the baths, walk down from the Coastal path in Dunningham Reserve on the northern end of the beach, near where the Bali Memorial stands.


Gordons Bay

Gordons Bay is located approximately 12-15 minutes walk north of Coogee Beach along the well-loved coastal walkway. Protected by an offshore reef, it is a popular spot for both diving and snorkelling. During the summer it gets busy with young people who swim, snorkel, sunbake and generally hang out on the rocks.


Palm Beach

Sydney’s most northerly beach is a relatively quiet spot and is well known for being the film location for the popular Aussie TV series Home and Away. The beach sits on the peninsula between Pittwater and the Central Coast and is about 50 minutes drive from Sydney CBD.  The up-market area is definitely worth a visit to enjoy unpolluted natural scenery, incredible homes and relaxed coastal vibes


Balmoral Beach

Close to the city and located inside the protected waters of Sydney Harbour, Balmoral Beach is fabulous for families. Calm waters lap this harbour beach, and a shark net ensures safe swimming.


Cronulla Beach

The heart of the Southerland shire, Cronulla Beach is a popular beach for those in the south of Sydney. Besides fantastic surfing, Cronulla’s claim to fame is that it’s the only beach in Sydney accessible by train, making access easy especially on popular hot summer days.



Mad Monkey Coogee Beach is your dream hostel in Sydney to explore Coogee Beach and surrounds. We’re located right on the waterfront so just a stone’s throw away from the sand, surf and swimming, as well as tons of great bars and restaurants including FNKY MNKY located on the first floor of the hostel.
Our beachside hostel is sparkly clean with super friendly staff available to help with anything you need, and don’t miss the Mad Monkey social atmosphere that we are famous for. Our unique accommodations offer everything from traditional dorms to apartment-style lodging with private living rooms.


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