We recently asked the Parramatta District Mums Facebook group (with 2,200 members) what their favourite Sydney beaches were. Interestingly, the favourites are very different to the list of closest beaches to Parramatta.

Favourite Sydney Beaches with Kids
As voted by Parramatta District Mums (Feb 2017)

There are a LOT on the list that I haven’t taken my little ones to yet, mainly because they are further away and surf beaches. I look forward to exploring them with our boys as they get older. For now, I am very happy to stick to our favourites of Clifton Gardens, Northbridge BathsParsley Bay and Cabarita Beach, which are perfect for my two boys under 4.

Click on the beach name for further details, with most taking you to a review by Hello Sydney Kids – thanks! Or use our Google Map with all the beaches marked.

1Balmoral Beach (31kms) | Mosman

Balmoral Beach

Metered parking near beach or 2hr free parking in streets, fenced playground, cafes, shark net, toilets, unpatrolled.
Address: The Esplanade, Mosman

2Manly Beach (35.3kms) | Manly

Manly Beach (photo credit: Australia.com)

Council carparks, ocean pools, surf beach, cafes, toilets, long beachfront promenade, bbqs, picnic spots, patrolled.
Address: North Steyne, Manly

3Freshwater Beach (37kms) | Freshwater

Freshwater Beach (photo credit: Hello Sydney Kids)

Sheltered, ocean pool (northern end), kiosk, toilets, Council carpark, playground at reserve, no shade on beach but shade at reserve, patrolled.
Address: Beach Street, Freshwater

4Palm Beach (53kms) | Palm Beach

Palm Beach (photo credit: Hello Sydney Kids)

Metered street parking, carpark at Barrenjoey Point, surf beach, ocean pool (southern end), toilets, no shade on beach, shade on grass stripe behind beach, cafes, patrolled.
Address: Ocean Road, Palm Beach

5Shelly Beach (37kms) | Manly

Shelly Beach (photo credit: Manly Wharf)

Limited metered parking, no shark net, toilets, kiosk and cafe, shade on the beach, calm waters, no playground, grassed area in reserve behind, bbqs, picnic tables, unpatrolled.
Address: Bower Street, Manly

6Clontarf Beach (33.6kms) | Clontarf

Clontarf Beach (photo credit: Hello Sydney Kids)

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

7Dee Why Beach (35.7kms) | Dee Why

Dee Why Beach (photo credit: Hello Sydney Kids)

Street parking and carpark (behind the surf-lifesaving club), surf beach, ocean pools (southern end) with a toddler pool, fenced playground near pools, shade in the reserve, toilets, cafes, small promenade to ride on, bbqs, picnic tables, patrolled.
Address: The Strand, Dee Why

8Clifton Gardens Beach (32kms) | Mosman

Clifton Gardens

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

9Bondi Beach (32.7kms)

Bondi Beach (Photo credit: Hello Sydney Kids)

Metered parking, large beach, kids ocean pool (north end), fenced playground, toilets, cafes, no shade, patrolled by surf lifesavers.
Address: Campbell Parade, Bondi

10Bronte Beach (33.1kms)

Bronte Beach (photo credit: Sydney.com)

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

11Coogee Beach (33.6kms)

Coogee Beach (photo credit: Crown Plaza)

Metered parking or restricted parking further away from beach, large beach, grassed area, no shade on beach, ocean pool, ocean baths, toilets, playgrounds, fairly sheltered beach (usually calm water), patrolled by surf lifesavers.
Address: Arden Street, Coogee

12Whale Beach (50kms) | Whale Beach

Whale Beach (photo credit: thebeachesholidayrentals.com.au)

Metered street parking, ocean pool (southern end), cafes, toilets, shade, playground, bqqs and picnic tables at the reserve at the southern end of the beach, patrolled.
Address: The Strand, Whale Beach

13Nielsen Park Beach/ Shark Beach (33.2kms) | Vaucluse

Nielsen Park (photo credit: NPWS)

No waves, shark net, kiosk, toilets, shade, grassed area, unrestricted and restricted parking, unpatrolled.
Address: Greycliffe Ave, Vaucluse

14Narrabeen Lagoon/ Lakes (39kms) | North Narrabeen

Narrabeen Lagoon (photo credit: Weekend Notes)

Council carpark and street parking, cafes, playgrounds, toilets, calm waters, grassed areas, fishing, water sports, trail around entire lagoon for walking or riding on, bbqs, picnic tables, unpatrolled.
Address: Wakehurst Parkway, North Narrabeen or or Pittwater Road, Narrabeen

15Cronulla Beach (38.7kms) | Cronulla

Cronulla Beach (photo credit: Bound Round)

Street and off-street parking, cafes, toilets, playgrounds, surf beach, ocean pools, picnic tables, long esplanade track, patrolled.
Address: Gerrale Street, Cronulla