South Steyne, Manly
This golden, mile-long stretch is one of many on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, but it’s certainly among the best, and part of that reason is how you get there. Take a ride on Manly ferry to see the sights inside of Sydney’s harbor, and grab a drink at Manly Wharf Bar before a quick stroll down the promenade to reach the Oceanside. Described as “five miles from the city, a million miles from a care,” Manly is one of Sydney’s most charming spots to get lost. Stay for lunch at the Boathouse at Shelly Beach and drinks at Daniel San. One caveat, though: while wandering the shoreline, you’ll likely find this writer.
Collins Beach Road, Manly
This beach is only reachable by water, which makes for a fun afternoon kayak ride. Pack a lunch and a bottle of wine and spend the afternoon working your tan under the Southern Hemisphere sun. Protip: Keep an eye out for Manly’s endangered population of Little Penguins, which are supposedly spotted at Store Beach.