There is something really lovely about watching kids play happily in the sand and splashing by the water. Unfortunately, living in Western Sydney means you can’t just quickly pop down to the beach. But if you are happy to drive 30-60mins, then there are plenty of family friendly Sydney beaches you can visit. Here are the 17 closest beaches to Parramatta.
All the beaches listed, except one, are less than 35kms away from Parramatta CBD. Depending on where you live, and when you plan to head to the beach, it can take as little as 20mins or closer to an hour to get to one of the beaches. The distances listed are the shortest route by car, which may not be the fastest. See map for locations.
Below is the list of closest beaches to Parramatta, with basic information for each beach below and a link to a full review. Note: It is advised not to swim at a number of these beaches for 48hrs after heavy rain. You can check water quality at Beach Watch.
Metered parking, ferry wharf, shaded playground, two beaches (one near wharf and other near swimming centre), shade on beach, kiosk at marina, swimming centre, bbqs, picnic tables, lots of shells, no shark net, toilets but not near beach, only waves from passing boats, unpatrolled.
Note: This beach is the most western spot you can currently swim at in Parramatta River. It was only assessed as swimmable in 2015 and we have seen pods of dolphins there which is a great sign. Hopefully other spots will become swimmable soon as part of the Our Living River initiative.
- Address: end of Cabarita Road, Cabarita
2Greenwich Baths (27kms) | Greenwich
Small entry fee, free street parking, free beach toys available for use, toilets, small beach, swimming lanes, shark net, kiosk, unpatrolled.
- Address: Albert Street, Greenwich
3Northbridge Baths (29kms) | Northbridge
Free parking, bbq, grassed area, shade, shallow water and swimming lanes, shark net, toilets, no waves, pontoon to jump from, no kiosk, unpatrolled, sand at low tide.
- Address: Widgiewa Rd, Northbridge
4Balmoral Beach (31kms) | Mosman
Metered parking near beach or 2hr free parking in streets, fenced playground, cafes, shark net, toilets, unpatrolled.
- Address: The Esplanade, Mosman
5Clifton Gardens Beach (32kms) | Mosman
Metered parking at beach, unrestricted/ free parking up the hill, fenced and shaded playground, grassed area, bbqs, picnic tables, kiosk, toilets, shark net, jetty, shade on beach, unpatrolled.
- Address: Beach Wky, Mosman
6Chinamans Beach (32kms) | Mosman
No waves, shade in reserve behind beach, metered parking at beach or unrestricted street parking further back, no kiosk, unpatrolled.
- Address: McLean Crescent, Mosman
7Bondi Beach (32.7kms) | Bondi
Metered parking, large beach, kids ocean pool (north end), fenced playground, toilets, cafes, no shade, patrolled by surf lifesavers.
- Address: Campbell Parade, Bondi
8Kyeemagh Beach and Baths (32.9kms) | Brighton-Le-Sands
Fenced playground, shark net, cafe (C Side), cycle path, toilets, no shade on beach but some shade in reserve behind, carpark.
- Address: 110 General Holmes Dr, Kyeemagh (northern end of Lady Robinson Beach)
9Bronte Beach (33.1kms) | Bronte
Shallow rock pool, toilets, no shade on beach, shade and covered picnic tables in park behind, playground, mini train on weekends, kiosk, cafes, patrolled by surf lifesavers.
- Address: Bronte Road, Bronte
10Nielsen Park Beach/ Shark Beach (33.2kms) | Vaucluse
No waves, shark net, kiosk, toilets, shade, grassed area, unrestricted and restricted parking, unpatrolled.
- Address: Greycliffe Ave, Vaucluse
11Macquarie Park Beach (33.4kms) | Windsor
Calm ‘beach’ on Hawkesbury River, onsite parking in Macquarie Park, no shade on beach, toilets, playground, picnic facilities, opposite Windsor town centre.
- Address: Bridge St, Freeman’s Reach
12Coogee Beach (33.6kms) | Coogee
Large beach, grassed area, no shade on beach, ocean pool, ocean baths, toilets, playgrounds, fairly sheltered beach (usually calm water), patrolled by surf lifesavers, metered parking or restricted parking further away from beach.
- Address: Arden Street, Coogee
13Clontarf Beach (33.6kms) | Clontarf
Metered parking, shark net, shaded playground, toilets, kiosk, no shade on beach but shade in reserve behind, no waves, unpatrolled.
- Address: Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf
14Parsley Bay (33.6kms) | Vaucluse
Shallow bay with shark net, metered parking at reserve or street parking, playground, shade on the beach, large grassed area, bushwalks, waterfall, picnic tables, kiosk, toilets, unpatrolled.
- Address: Parsley Road, Vaucluse
15Clovelly Beach (34.1kms) | Clovelly
Sheltered bay, cafe, toilet, shade around beach, playground, grassed area, free carpark at beach and on surrounding streets.
- Address: Clovelly Road, Clovelly
16Ramsgate Beach Baths (34.7kms) | Brighton-Le-Sands
Shark net, shaded and semi enclosed playground, off street parking and picnic tables, bbqs, toilets.
- Address: 275 The Grand Parade, Ramsgate Beach
17Yarramundi Reserve, Richmond Area (44kms)
Calm ‘beach’ on Grose River, onsite parking, some shade along riverbank, toilets, picnic facilities, fishing, bushwalking. While outside the 35km radius of the rest of the closest beaches, it is faster to get to Yarramundi Reserve then most of the other beaches. It takes about 40mins from Parramatta CBD.
Other Nearby Beaches Suitable for Older Kids
There are two other nearby harbour swimming spots that would be suitable for older kids:
While they sometimes have a bit of beach for little ones to play on, there isn’t any/ much shallow water and/ or they have a steep walk to get to.