January 12, 2017

Sydney Travel Guide: The Two Best Beaches That Aren’t Bondi

Sydne Style recommends bronte beach when visting sydney australia for summer travel guideWhen I first visited Sydney, Australia, I immediately headed to Bondi Beach. I always thought it was so glamorous ever since Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton made headlines there ten years ago in matching Louis Vuitton bags. But to be honest, I was underwhelmed by the celebrity frequented sand. It was so crowded! While I highly recommended having a cocktail at Bondi Icebergs (the iconic views are a must!), if you’re looking for beach time, I would suggest Bronte and Manly. Here’s a quick travel guide on my two favorite beaches in Sydney:

Manly Beach

Sydne Style recommends the best day activities when visiting sydney australia on the manly ferryHow To Get There:

The ferry! There’s nothing like water transportation in Sydney. You can catch the Manly ferry from Circular Quay in the city. There are two options: The long ferry is great for sight-seeing since it takes you around various spots around Northern Sydney. But if you’re looking to get your day started immediately, I suggest the 20 minute fast ferry, which offers a direct route.

Where to Eat:

Hugos has spectacular views on the wharf. I highly recommend their fig pizza. If you want a picnic on the beach, pick up some takeaway fish and chips at Manly Ocean Foods. I got mine grilled for a healthier alternative.

What to Do:

The beach! Ok, that’s obvious. But seriously the beaches in Manly are stunning! If you’re with kids, go to Manly Cove by the wharf, where the water is calmer. You can also rent paddle boards or kayaks. If you just want to layout, walk across The Corso to the main beach.

There are also some great walks in Manly. On the wharf side, if you walk along the water, you’ll run into Fairlight Beach. They have an ocean pool, where I took the photos at the end of this post. On the Manly Beach side, you can walk up to Shelly Beach then hike around the cliffs.

Bronte Beach

Sydne Style shows the best beach in sydney australia at bronte in the eastern suburbs

How To Get There:

Bronte is in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, which is a fast uber ride from the city (yes, I used uber there as well!). If you’re driving, be mindful of signs, because many of the parking spots are one hour only.

Where to Eat:

If you want traditional Aussie beach grub, get a sausage roll at the concession stand on the beach. It’s like a pastry version of the American hot dog. For a healthier option, Jenny’s Cafe, right opposite the beach, has delicious avocado toast and fresh juices that you can takeaway.

What to Do:

Layout, soak in the sun and enjoy! If you want some activity, take a dip in the ocean pool. It has a similar vibe to Icebergs without so many people. There is also an amazing coastal walk which I talked about a couple of years ago on my blog. It starts up in Cogee but you can begin anywhere you like. Go for a small walk in your beach sandals or throw on your sneakers and run all the way to Bondi.

Have you visited Sydney? I’d love to hear about your favorite beach!
See more places to go in my #sydneinsydney series on Instagram

Sydne Style shows the best beaches in sydney austrlia at fairlight in northern beaches nswSydne Style provides a travel guide to manly sydney australia beaches with what to do and seeSydne Style shows where to go in Manly at Fairlight beach ocean pool in Sydney Australia
Sydne Style wears lilly pulitzer off the shoulder cover up at bronte beach in sydney australia
Sydne Style shows the best beaches aside from bondi in sydney australia Photos by Angie Silvy and myself

Romper: Lilly Pulitzer
Sunnies: Chanel & Sonix
Cover-up: Lilly Pulitzer
Bracelet: Gorjana
Rings: Gorjana and Catherine Weitzman
Sandals: Jack Rogers and Ipanema

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  1. Elisabeth commented:

    Summer has just come to an end, and I already miss the warm days and kayaking. Although my husband likes canoes more, here you can feel the difference between them in more detail. I look forward to the next summer season to plan an active holiday again

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  2. James commented:

    Beautiful, your creativity level is beyond the reach.

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  3. Elisa commented:

    I love planning trips and traveling to new places and cities. The most important thing is to use quality companies for booking tickets, tours or hotels. For example, I read reviews of Yatra reviews and realized that I should avoid such a company.

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  4. Olivia commented:

    The photos are amazing, thanks for sharing your experience with us. It is very important to choose a place for your vacation depending on various factors – for example, whether you are planning an active holiday, or just lying and sunbathing on the beach with cocktails. I have always opted for outdoor activities with friends and this time we are exploring kayaking near me, it must be exciting

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