How to get to Sydney beaches from the city centre
Wherever you plan to be based in Sydney, you’ll never be too far from the sea. Some areas, of course, are more handy to the beach than others – for example, the Northern Beaches suburbs, and the Eastern Suburbs around Bondi, Rose Bay, and Watsons Bay.
But even from central Sydney, it's easy to get to the beach in a matter of minutes:
- By bus – The 333 bus runs from Elizabeth Street, near St James Station, to South Bondi Beach in just 30 minutes.
- By train – The T4 train goes directly from Town Hall Station to Cronulla in a little under one hour.
- By boat – The famous Manly Ferry runs every half hour to Manly Beach from Circular Quay. It takes 30 minutes.
- By car – It only takes 15 minutes to drive from The Rocks to Rose Bay Beach, along New South Head Road.
Beach-hopping day trips from central Sydney
If you'd like to visit several Sydney beaches in one go, it's easy to do a beach-hopping day trip from central Sydney – by bus, boat, and on foot – if you focus on one region.
Eastern Suburbs - From Town Hall Station or Museum Station in the city centre, take the bus out to Coogee Beach for the morning. Then walk from Coogee to Bondi via Gordons Bay & Tamarama, along the beautiful cliff walk. After an afternoon at Bondi, get the bus to Watsons Bay and enjoy fish n chips on the beach while watching the sunset. In the evening, take the F4 ferry back to Circular Quay in the CBD.
Northern Beaches - Take the bus from Town Hall Station up to Narrabeen Beach, and explore a bit of the Narrabeen Lagoon Trail. Hop on the bus down to Curl Curl Beach for a few hours, then walk the photogenic trail around the rocky headland to Freshwater Beach. Walk or bus on to Manly Beach for the afternoon, then stroll out to Shelly Beach Headland for a gorgeous sunset. Enjoy a drink or meal at the pub near Manly Wharf, before getting the ferry back to Circular Quay.
Now we know what they are and how to get there, let’s break down Sydney beaches by category: