So you are in Sydney without a car, and you want to get to the beach. This article will help you discover how to visit Sydney beaches by public transport. Thankfully some of our best beaches are the easiest to get to as well.
How to get to Sydney’s Bondi Beach by bus
Bondi is usually the first beach visitors head to. It’s the one in your guide book, and it has plenty of attractions, food and great views for you to enjoy. I love the Bondi to Coogee walk, but this beach is not my personal favourite. I suggest you head south along the coast a bit while you are in the area and try to visit Bronte (440 bus route) and some of the other eastern beaches.
You can catch a bus to the beach all the way from the City, but it takes 45 minutes and can take even longer in bad traffic. The alternative is to take a train to Bondi Junction station and the jump on a bus. Buses to Bondi Beach leave every 5- 10 minutes from right above the station.
How to Get there
Quickest way – Take the train from Town Hall, Martin Place or Kings Cross, it takes about 10 minutes to reach Bondi Junction station. From the station take the escalators to the top level of the concourse. From here buses to the beach take about 15 minutes try to catch the 380, 381, 382 or 333.
Scenic route – The bus journey is more scenic than the train so if you are only making this trip once and you are up for some site-seeing try the buses instead of the train. They leave from Circular Quay and travel up Elizabeth St into Oxford St. Look out for the 333 – it’s the express option and will get you there a little quicker. These buses are pre-paid so buy your ticket before you board.
Oh and while you are there try not to feature on Bondi Rescue!
Visit one of Sydney’s favourite suburban Beaches at Cronulla by train
At the opposite end of the Bondi Junction, train line is Sydney’s longest beach Cronulla. Located 45 mins by train south of the city centre, it is the only Sydney beach that has a railway station. If you want a day at the beach with the locals and not a bunch of other travellers you ought to consider this. Cronulla’s beaches are less crowded, have great surf, nice cafes and restaurants and an attractive shopping street. There is also a YHA here if you fancy staying somewhere a little quieter than Bondi.
How to get to Cronulla beach
Take the train from platform four at Town Hall or Platform 25 at Central direct to Cronulla Station (or Kings Cross/Bondi Junction). The trip takes about 55 mins
Check on some more great photos of Cronulla Beach by local photographer Micheal Sutton.
How to visit Manly Beach
My favourite beach for visitors because it offers so much in one place. The 30-minute ferry ride gets you out on the harbour. The beach itself is gorgeous and not usually as jam-packed as Bondi. There are lots of really great dining choices and bars here to help pass a sunny afternoon. Don’t miss the walk to Shelley Beach and the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Park. I think it’s one of the best free Sydney animal experiences.
Take the Manly Ferry from Circular Quay. If you are a family, try going on a Sunday and using the $2.50 Opal travel option to save money on transport costs.
How to Visit a Sydney Harbour Beach – Balmoral Beach
Balmoral is a beautiful harbour beach that is on this list for two reasons. First, the beach is home to lots of large fig trees that fringe the waterfront providing much-needed shade in the summer and secondly it’s home to the Bathers Pavilion Cafe.
To get here, you can catch the 244 or the 247 bus from Wynyard to Military Road, Mosman; then it’s about a 900m walk to the beach. Other buses stop close to the beach, but they need a change. Check 131500 for your options if the walk is a problem for you. You can also walk from Taronga Zoo via one of my favourite Sydney Walks
If you are planning on visiting Sydney with kids you should check out this guide from Adventure Baby Blog covering 22 of the Best Sydney Beaches for Kids.
Please before you head to the beach if you are not a strong swimmer familiar with ocean swimming spend 5 minutes reading this page from Surf Lifesaving NSW about beach safety.