Good for: surfing, exploring hidden walkways
Facilities: toilets, changerooms, surfboard hire, lifeguard patrol
Earning the crown as Sydney's very best beach is this well-known surf shore in Sydney’s Northern Beaches adjacent to Manly. It’s a popular hangout for locals and out-of-towners alike, found just a short walk from Manly Wharf and with regular connections to the CBD. It’s got all the elements of a truly great beach: exciting waves, accessible by public transport, solid family-friendly vibes, and little nooks and crannies to explore. Continue on northwards from the main beach area towards the 50-metre rockpool and you’ll meet the ‘Manly wormhole’ that’ll spit you out at Freshwater Beach. If you happen to be there for sundown, you’ll see the pinks and violets of the ocean sunset lighting up the waterfront.