Sydney’s beaches are among some of the most famous of the world, but we didn’t need to tell you 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 talk about their favourite beaches in Sydney, and why they are first choice.
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.
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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.
I like to go to the beach for some calm, to reset and relax - so Bondi is certainly out of the question. My favourite little nook lies on The Esplanade in Cronulla, tucked away under a hill. From Blackwoods Beach, to the quaint rockpool on the right, I’ve spent many a long summer’s day in my special spot - laying, reading, listening to music and rejuvenating in the fresh salt water. I always get a park and the people are less intense.
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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, 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, in the past this has been known as a nudist beach so don’t get the two confused if you’re averse to the human form in all its glory.
Give me the rocks around the edges. At Ben Buckler so I can people watch and swim with dogs that aren’t mine; or the perfect place to lay one’s towel, the concrete ramp beside Bronte pool. The unofficial swimming spots behind Icebergs on a calm day. I like to find a nook that feels like my own, and launching oneself into the water always feels better than a wade from the sand.