Sydney's Southern Beaches are among the most famous in the world, with the image of bronzed bodies and surf lifesavers remaining an Australian icon for generations. Tens of thousands of people, both locals and holiday goers alike, flock to these popular beaches every weekend. Bondi is Sydney's most famous beach but other names like Coogee, Maroubra, Brighton and Cronulla Beaches are also synonymous with Sydney's south.
Popular for surfing, swimming, sunbaking or picnicking, these beaches are surrounded by a number of accommodation and dining options to suit all holiday travellers and budgets. The beaches are patrolled during daylight hours and enclosed swimming areas keep swimmers safe from dangerous waves, wildlife or board riders.
Smaller than Bondi, Coogee Beach is surrounded by a paved esplanade featuring cafes, restaurants, bars, hotels and entertainment precincts. Coogee is excellent for swimming and features baths at each end. The drive to Coogee is also quite scenic, taking you past Randwick Racecourse, Sydney's most sophisticated horse racing track, and Hyde Park.
Despite being home to a beach, Maroubra is more popular with golfers thanks to its plethora of courses located on the peninsula including the Randwick Golf Club, St Michaels, The Coast Course and NSW, one if Sydney's best courses. There are also some major shopping facilities here and of course a huge range of dining options however there are also a number of waterfront parklands, the most well-known of which is the Arthur Byrne Reserve complete with an enclosed children's playground.
Brighton-Le-Sands, more simply known as Brighton Beach, is just 13km from the CBD and is located on the western shore or historic Botany Bay. Home to residential areas, retail precincts and plenty of cafes and restaurants, the foreshore's Grand Parade is home to the main commercial area and provides nightly entertainment and exotic cuisine. Historic local Cook Park is home to the Bicentennial Monument which commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet and a number of paved walkways surround the area which are always popular with joggers, cyclists and scenic strollers.
Cronulla Beach is Sydney's best southern surf beach located on the Kurnell peninsula on Sydney's extreme southern fringe. Home to the Royal National Park, the dense bushland that stretches for kilometres offers access to secluded beaches like Garie and Wattamola. Local parks such as Stanwell Tops and Stanwell Park are also popular with hang gliding and para-gliding enthusiasts and the area is renowned for its ethnic population.