One of the beautiful features of Sydney, besides its laid-back attitude, huge selection of trendy restaurants and bars, and shopping, would have to be its close proximity to the water. Sydney not only lies on Sydney Harbour, but it’s also just a short jaunt (30 minutes by bus) to its nearest surfing beach of Bondi. In that sense, Sydneysiders often find it easy to go from city to surf, from work to play, in almost no time at all.
Beaches are a dime a dozen in Sydney, and Australia in general for that matter, but good surfing beaches should be noted. We’ve compiled a list of where to surf in Sydney so that you can easily know where to go in order to catch a wave while visiting.
Bondi Beach has grown into a world-famous beach because of its close proximity to Sydney city, its natural theater style layout, its great swimming sections, and of course, its surfing. Oh yeah, and there’s also a reality television show about lifeguards at Bondi that also add to its ever-growing popularity. When it comes to surfing, however, do keep in mind that it can get a bit crowded at Bondi during peak beach-going hours. More serious riders tend to congregate at the south end of the beach. If you’re new, you might want to consider taking an early-morning Surfing Lessons on Sydney’s Bondi Beach!
Manly Beach tends to be the Bondi Beach alternative for many travelers and locals alike. When Bondi gets to be a bit too busy, people looking for a good swim or surf head north to the laid-back beaches at Manly (it’s just a 30-minute ferry ride from Sydney city). When it comes to surfing, Manly is one of four Sydney beaches that have been added to the National Surfing Reserve Register.
Also on the National Surfing Reserve Register is Northern Beaches beach of Narabeen. However, great swells can be found at other nearby areas of Dee Why and Freshwater – the latter of which was the beach where surfboards first hit Australian water back in 1914.
Cronulla stands out in the southern beaches as the top surfing area as it has brilliant breaks, an active surf lifesaving community and surfing communities. Cronulla technically encompasses four different beaches: Cronulla, North Cronulla, Wanda and Elouera.