Tommy's List of Sydney's Best Beaches April 28 2015

Tommy loves the beach & grew up at Sydney's favorite sandy spots, keep reading below for the list of his favorite Sydney beaches!

Make sure when you're heading to the beach for a splash to take Tommy!

Coogee Beach

With a shimmering beach, magnificent coastal walk and a protected Marine Reserve that attracts snorkelers and scuba divers, Coogee sums up the classic Sydney surf scene. Coogee has two ocean baths - Wylie's Baths and Mc'Ivers Baths (ladies only!). It's a haven for families, couples and travelers alike. With a great nightlife scene as well it's the perfect beach to go for a late afternoon swim and then head out for a few drinks and a bite to eat.

When you're not enjoying the amazing beach or grabbing a drink at one of Coogees many watering holes, check out the latest flicks in the Art Deco of heritage-listed Ritz Cinema or look out for some great clothing bargains or one of the many markets and events that happen along the grassy foreshore.

Recently refurbished Coogee Pavilion is one of Tommy's favorite places to grab a drink and watch the sunset, with an amazing crowd, great drinks and an unbeatable location overlooking the ocean it's one of Sydney's best watering holes. Another alternative for a casual drink is Oceans Bar at the southern end of Coogee Beach or the Coogee Bay Hotel which does a great burger!

Tamarama Beach

Tommy loves hanging out at Tama'. Tamara is one of Sydney's hidden surf gems, sitting between two headlands on the famous Bondi to Coogee walk. Tama is a long deep & narrow beach with plenty of sand and surf. Less crowded than it's neighboring Bondi Beach & Bronte Beach, it's an absolutely stunning spot to spend a day in the sun. The beach has a reputation as a hangout for 'beautiful people' with some naming it 'Glamarama.' Tamarama is patrolled by the guys at the Tamarama SLSC.

When Bondi or Coogee are packed take a short walk along the coast to Tama where its (hopefully) not so crowded! It's great for the family as well with a playground at the back of the beach and plenty of grass to play around on. There are also free BBQ's which make it a great place for a picnic. 

Manly Beach

Manly is its own little paradise with beautiful beaches, great coastal walks, plenty of fantastic surf and tons of bars & cafes. Located in Sydney's Northern Beaches, it's a quick ferry from Circular Quay in Sydney's CBD. The ferry itself will give you some of the most picturesque views of the Sydney CBD, the Sydney Harbor Bridge & other harbor-side attractions.

There are a ton of activities in Manly, you can learn to surf with the guys down at Manly Surf School or go for a dive with Dive Centre Manly and see the marine life in the Sea Life Sanctuary which is famous for its sharks, stingrays, turtles and tons of fish.

For a bite to eat or casual drink, Tommy recommends sampling a local Sydney beer at the 4 Pines Microbrewery next to the ferry wharf, The Pantry Manly for a fantastic beach view with great food and Hugos Manly for a few drinks, pizzas & music.

Bondi Beach

Good ol' Bondi Beach. Bondi is always buzzing at all times of day and night. It is a gorgeous sprawling beach with plenty of sand and attracts big crowds during the summer, particularly on the weekends! There are plenty of places to eat and everybody can find the perfect place along the beach, North or South, to suit their style. 

Head to the north end for a more family friendly experience. Keep an eye out for the North Bondi SLSC, an ocean pool for the kids and plenty of cafe's and restaurants. Tommy's favorite North end eateries are Beach Burrito,  the North Bondi RSL & Speedo's Cafe (for a great morning coffee)! A hot tip for the guys, check out Seans Panorama for a great date spot as well. 

The southern end of the beach is more popular with surfers and tourists. If you're heading there for a drink make sure to go for a dip at the famous Bondi Iceberg's. Some great places to eat at the south end of the beach are Bondi Trattoria (fantastic modern Italian/Australian) and  Chapter One (coffee + wine room).

Surfers of all skill levels will appreciate Bondi's waves, although it does get crowded in the summer months. Beginners should head to the more protected northern end of the beach and more experienced surfers to the south. If you're looking to take lessons make sure to give the guys at Lets Go Surfing a call. 

If you want to have a look at some of Australia's greatest beach and surf photography have a wander through the Aquabumps Gallery, located behind the main set of shops behind the beach.

Bronte Beach

Beautiful Bronte! A great beach for the family with a protected ocean pool and swimming area behind the rocks. There is a great picnic area behind the beach with plenty of barbecue's and tables. Fewer places in Sydney are suited for a Saturday or Sunday with the family!

Tommy had his first photo shoot at Bronte and you can see photos of Bronte Beach in all it's summer glory with Tommy here.

The far end of this beach, near the pools, gets quite a family crowd because of the safe swimming options. Bronte is just over a kilometre’s walk south of Bondi.

For some eating options just behind the beach Tommy recommends Cafe Saline and Bogey Hole Cafe!

Palm Beach

Palm Beach is Sydney's most northern beach and one of Tommy's favorite beach-side locations. A 50-minute drive from the Sydney city center. The northern end of the beach is popular with surfers and those looking for a wave. The southern end is a more protected environment for swimming with an ocean pool that is deep enough for laps but has a shallow end that's ideal for kids.

Palm Beach has some of Sydney's best restaurants and eateries. Grab breakfast or lunch at the The Boathouse or rent a surfboard from Cranky Fins & come back later for its famous $5 tacos. 

Tommy highly recommends making a day trip out of it!

If you're heading to any of these great beaches, don't forget your Tommy Turkish Beach Towel!

Don't agree with Tommy? Left out one of your favorite spots? Leave a comment below and let Tommy know which beach should have been on the list!

Tommy xx