Monday, August 8, 2022

Things to See, Do and Eat at these 4 Amazing Beaches in Sydney and New South Wales

Sunblock, check! Beach towel, check! Bathing suit, check! Sunnies, check. Get ready to hit the water because I am going to show you how you can spend a day at one of these four amazing beaches that just is just a short drive away from Sydney!

1. Bondi beach
Australia’s most famous beach by far is Bondi Beach, a must-visit for visitors to Sydney. Located just 7km from Sydney and best known for its expansive sands and surfer-friendlywaves, it is no surprise that Bondi Beach is often packed with locals suntanning , surfing or having a dip. Even from the plane, you might be able to spot Bondi Beach’s 1km of sand.
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Surfing at Bondi Beach is a must try even for beginners as they have lessons catering to all abilities and experience levels. But if surfing isn’t for you, you can always opt for a leisure coastal walk. A scenic coastal walk runs along the cliffs from Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach and offers stunning views along the 3.4km stretch.

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A visit to Bondi Icebergs pools is a must. The famous Bondi pool has been a historical landmark of Bondi Beach for almost 100 years and what a sight it makes, especially with the wave crashing dramatically against it!

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The entire Bondi Beach area is very lively with many cafes and restaurants so you will definitely be spoiled for choice.

Getting there: Bondi Beach is reachable by train or bus. Take a train bound for Bondi Junction from Central Station, and then hop aboard the No. 333, 379 or 380 bus to reach the beach. Alternatively, you can also take No. 333 bus from Circular Quay to Bondi Beach.

Recommended cafe/restaurant: Speedos

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Dine at what is known as the world’s most instagrammable café in Bondi, Speedos! Here, all of your five senses will be in for a treat as Speedos’ food and drinks, feature all the magical hues of the rainbow that makes it perfect for that Instagrammable shot. Plus you will also be treated to stunning sea views as you dig in.

2. Jervis Bay
When picturing pristine white beaches, think no further than Jervis Bay. Hailed as home to the whitest beaches in the world, you must not miss this destination when you take the coast-hugging Grand Pacific Drive down south from Sydney. While many travellers make a beeline for the iconic Hyams Beach, there are a myriad of stunning secluded shorelines to choose from.

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Located in a well-protected bay in Booderee National Park, Murrays Beach resembles a pacific island on sunny summer days. The colour of the water is breathtaking and the sand is just as white as Hyams. There’s excellent snorkelling, some interesting bushwalks and plenty of resident wallabies. There’s also the Murrays Beach sea cave just around the corner from the beach.

Jervis Bay is also one of the few places in Australia where you might be able to catch the incredible rare natural phenomena known as bioluminescence at. An overnight stay is recommended between May to August to increase your chances of seeing the waters glow in a mystical neon blue.

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The waters along the beach are mostly gentle, making it a popular destination for families to partake in water sports like snorkeling, kayaking and even paddle boarding. The bay is a prime location for dolphin and whale watching and during whale migration season from late May to November, you may catch a glimpse a humpback whale in these beautiful waters.

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Getting there: It’s about a 3 hours drive to Jervis Bay from Sydney and we highly recommend spending a night or two there to fully enjoy its natural wonders.

Recommended cafe/restaurant: Cooked Goose on Hyams

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Only a short distance from the beach, Cooked Goose on Hyams serves up hearty meals ranging from burgers tofish and chips. They are open from breakfast till lunch so you can enjoy a good meal before or after some beachside excitement.

3. Palm beach
Sydney’s most northerly suburb, Palm Beach, is a great place to visit at any time of the year. Affectionately called Palmy by the locals, the beach offers 2.3km of golden sands and clear waters against a backdrop of green hills. On the northern end of the beach sits the heritage listed Barrenjoey Lighthouse on Barrenjoey Head.

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The lighthouse is a very popular spot for photot-taking, offering panoramic views overlooking Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Broken Bay and the Central Coast. You can also try the Beach to Bay walk, a pleasant walk with an abundant of native flora and fauna, including the rare spotted gum trees. For those looking for a challenge, there is also a 100 kilometre trail from Barrenjoey to Cronulla (near the Royal National Park) along Sydney’s Great Coastal Walk.

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With the Pacific Ocean on one side and Ku-Ring-gai Chase National Park on the other, Palm Beach is also a great place for stargazing, due to an absence of light pollution. If one is lucky, they might be able to glimpse the Milky Way.

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Getting there: Palm Beach is 45 kilometres (28 miles) north of Sydney, a little over a one-hour drive from the city centre. You can opt to take the buses departing from Circular Quay and Central Station to Palm Beach via Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Recommended cafe/restaurant: Boathouse Palm Beach

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There is nowhere else better to enjoy Palm Beach than on the waterfront deck of the original Barrenjoey Boathouse. Leave Sydney early to enjoy their breakfast of fresh fruit boards, green veggie bowls and croissant French toast. Take a seat on one of the picnic tables on the wharf which is suspended over Station Beach, or simply grab a spot on the front lawn. The water views are breathtaking from every direction.

The café is currently under renovation and is expected to reopen in 2023.

4. Pebbly beach
Make an overnight trip to Pebbly beach at Murramarang National Park and be greeted by the most exciting sight - kangaroos chilling out on the beach! Kangaroos are not an uncommon sight at this beach with many often found grazing in the grassy areas by the sand and sometimes, even entering the waters.

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On your way to or from Pebbly beach, make a stop at Kiama to see one of the world’s biggest blowholes. Not only is it an impressive sight but the sound of the booming water spurting into the air will certainly leave you in awe at Mother Nature.

Camping at Pebbly Beach is a popular weekend activity of the locals and one that promises memories to last a lifetime. Keep an eye out for sea eagles soaring above as oyster catchers work along the shores of the beach and who knows, you might be able to spot a pod of dolphins playing in the waters. Stretch your legs with a leisurely bush walk within Murramarang National Park.

Getting there: It’s about a four hour drive south of Sydney to Pebbly Beach. .

Recommended eatery: Jim Wild’s Oysters

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Stop by Shoalhaven where you will find a small family-owned and operated oyster farm,Jim Wild’s Oysters. With a history of 32 years, this little eatery has become more than just a detour or stopover along the south coast but rather a destination in itself. Its owner, Jim Wild was somewhat of a celebrity himself as the world’s fastest oyster shucker in 1984. As Jim Wild's Oyster Service is a working oyster farm and processes all their oysters on-site, guests can watch them at work before enjoying some of their fresh oysters in person.


These beaches are definitely worth a visit and spending a day at to do as the locals do but the planning part of any holiday can be tricky and confusing for many. Where to stay? How many days? How to rent a car to get around? This is where engaging the services of an experienced travel agency comes in handy. Sedunia Travel is one of Malaysia’s oldest travel agents with readily available packages to Sydney and New South Wales. These packages not only cover Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and more but can also be customised and tweaked to suit your dream itinerary to New South Wales.
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Be sure to let the Sedunia Travel agents know that you want to include any one of these beaches to your holiday and they will definitely find a way to make it work for you. Apart from that, they can also arrange everything for you from flights to accommodations to ground arrangements to car rentals. So when planning to travel to Sydney and New South Wales, be sure to book with Sedunia Travel.

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