Destinations / Travel

The best beaches in Sydney according to the ‘RUSSH’ editors

best sydney beaches

Sydney’s beaches are among some of the most famous of the world, but you already know that. With so much on offer, and each as spectacular as the next, it can be difficult to decide where you’re headed. Perhaps it’s a ‘settle in with a book until the sun sets and it’s time for drinks’ kind of day, maybe you’re more inclined towards a morning dip. We've already talked about our favourite coastal walks, now, the RUSSH editors share their favourite beaches in Sydney, and why they come back time after time.


Elyssa Kostopoulos

Content Director

At the end of Cronulla’s infamous Esplanade walk, lies a rocky oasis with the clearest water the coastal suburb has to offer. Salmon Haul is no secret to the locals, but it’s intimidating, steep stairs tend to keep new patrons entering from the street level away. It’s at its best mid-week during February, once the school holidays are over. There’s not much else around, so be sure to pack enough sustenance and sunscreen to last you the whole day. Once you set up shop, you won’t want to leave.


Jahlia Solomon

Digital Writer

Tucked between south of Clovelly Beach and north of Coogee Beach, lies my magic beach, Gordons Bay. Skipping down the well trodden stairs and laying eyes on the gorgeous cove instantly transports you to a European summer dreamscape. This is not a beach for people who are into sand. It’s the perfect beach to dive off one of the vast flat rocks, kick back and read or snorkel the afternoon away! 


Ella Jane

Fashion and Brand Features Editor

To me, there is nothing more joyful than a day at the beach with friends, reading books and dipping in and out of the water to regulate temperatures. With this in mind, Nielsen Park is my go to. While it can get crowded on a hot day, there’s nothing quite like that glassy, flat water and netted off bay for endless floating-time. The slopey-ness of the beach itself reminds me of the South of France, and the kiosk across the path is the perfect place for a midday splice. 


Mia Steiber

Digital Strategy Director

This is a hard one. I love so many beaches in Sydney but I generally prefer spots away from crowds. North Curl Curl is a heavenly spot I’ve been visiting regularly since I was 12. South Curl Curl is a stunning spot if you love the glorious icy blue you see in foam-capped waves. Bilgola is where you want to go if you love to check out amazing homes. Palm Beach is my favourite for swimming because there’s plenty of space to spread out. 

But my all time favourite, a beach that has a little bit of everything - stunning colours, waves and flat water, plus plenty of space - is Turimetta Beach. It’s wondrous. But it is unpatrolled so don’t swim there unless you’re a strong and confident swimmer.


Megan Nolan

Digital Operations Manager

Being from Melbourne originally sand and waves aren’t really my thing. Which sounds counterintuitive when you are thinking of the beach. However Sydney has so many incredible finds that almost anything is possible. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. My favourite right now is Bronte – give me grass to sit on and an ocean pool any day. Plus the people watching is next level.

If however, you’re after something a little less crowded then Congwong Beach in La Perouse is one of my favourites. It is a sheltered bay inside of the Botany Bay National Park which means it is flat most of the time. There is also a walking trail which takes you around to Little Congwong. Beware though, it's a nudist beach so don’t get the two confused if you’re averse to the human form in all its glory.


Olivia Repaci

Creative Studio and Campaigns Manager

On the fringes of Sydney is one of the most unique beaches in Sydney: Wattamolla in the Royal National Park. A beautiful quiet lagoon meets the roar of the open seas, with a waterfall, shade and refurbished amenities. It’s a day trip worth taking.


Jasmine Pirovic

Arts & Culture Editor

Given its somewhat secluded location, ample parking, calm waters and all-round laid back energy, I've always been a big fan of Shark Beach in Nielsen Park. However, for the past year it's been closed off for renovations, so I've had to stake out a new spot. Redleaf has filled that role with flying colours. It has all the things I enjoy about Shark Beach, with its wrap-around jetty (that doubles as a shark net) and tasty canteen smoothies, plus pontoons to veg out on and the crowd it attracts has a better energy.


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