From the City to the Sea
There's more to Sydney than the glittering downtown metropolis. The area of greater Sydney is home to over 100 beautiful beaches, from small private coves, to long popular public stretches of sand.
Perhaps Australia's most famous beach, Bondi, is a mere 7 kilometres from the downtown heart of Sydney. Home to celebrity chefs, famous vets and a wide range of multicultural inhabitants, Bondi Village is a great place for a bit of people watching on a sunny day.
Sydney's northern beaches are less of a tourist attraction than the southern beaches, but no less stunning. Manly is the best-known beach, and easily accessible by a ferry from Circular Quay. Bordering Sydney to the East are the imposing Blue Mountains.
The western suburbs of Penrith and Windsor are great locations to base yourself for a bit of exploration. A visit to the Hawkesbury Valley at the foothills of the mountains is also a great day out.
- Visit the Bondi Baths: Outdoor pools built into the rocky coastline lie next to many of Sydney's beaches, but the most famous is the Bondi Bath. Home to the Bondi Icebergs Swimming Club, you'll find people swimming here year-round (no matter what the weather brings!)
- Head to the Heads: Known locally as "The Heads", to two peninsulas that form the mouth of Sydney Harbour are great places to visit. Sydney Harbour National Park on the North head is a great place to view the New Year's Eve fireworks.
- Shop 'till you drop: Bondi is home to The Bondi Beach Market, held every Sunday, and the laneways of the Manly Market Place are full of great bargains, unique artwork and delicious delights every weekend.
For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Greater Sydney chapter in our online NSW brochure. Click here.