RDM Votes: 15 Favourite Beaches

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Nothing says summer like a trip to the beach. Wondering where RDMs like to head with the kids for a day of sun, sea and sand? Here are the top 15 favourite beaches, as voted by RDMs!

 

1. Balmoral Beach, Mosman

Distance from Ryde – 18km / 25 mins

Balmoral beach is located on the harbour in a cove, so it’s sheltered from the wind. Soft sand, gradual shallows and an enclosed swimming area make it an excellent location for a family beach day.

Facilities: toilets, several kiosks, enclosed swimming area, playground, nearby cafes and restaurants, car park.

Top tip: parking can be tricky here (and expensive) so get there early or park on the residential streets up the hill (if walking is possible). 

 

balmoral

 

2. Clontarf Beach

Distance from Ryde – 23km / 31 mins

This beach is an ideal place to introduce your children to a paddle in the sea as it’s on the harbour so has little / no waves. The netted swimming area is shallow which is great if you have more than one child to handle.

Facilities: toilets, kiosk, netted swimming area, car park, playground and reserve.                           

Top tip: take a picnic blanket and a ball/toys so you can relax in the reserve once you’ve had enough sand and water.

 

3. Freshwater Beach

Distance from Ryde – 26km / 35 mins

This is the first beach up from Manly. It is s broad and shallow so perfect for paddling, with some gentle waves that can help introduce children to bodyboarding.

Facilities: toilets, kiosk, playground, rock pool, car park and lifesaving club. More café and restaurants a few minutes walk away.

Top tip: when the tide is out the water can be a bit of a trek from the car park over the sand so get your bags organised to avoid having to make several trips.

 

 

4. Dee Why Beach

Distance from Ryde – 25km / 38 mins

A long and deep sandy beach which caters for all ages. The surf is decent for surfing so not ideal for very young paddlers but there’s the rock pool as a great alternative.

Facilities: toilets, kiosks, plenty of cafes and restaurants along the front, car park, rock pool, playground and lifesaving club.

Top tip: make a pit stop at the great enclosed playground on the southern end of the beach

 

dee-why

 

5. Terrigal Beach

Distance from Ryde – 76km / 67 mins

Great beach in a lovely town with plenty going on, not too far from Sydney. The beach extends northwards to Wamberal and has relatively calm wave breaks.

Facilities: toilets, kiosk, car park, plenty of cafés and restaurants along the front and a lifesaving club.

Top tip: the lagoon to the north of the beach is a great place for splashing about with younger children.

 

 

6. Manly Beach

Distance from Ryde – 25km / 35 mins

Long and not too deep, this is a great beach alongside an awesome promenade.

Facilities: toilets, plenty of cafes and restaurants along the front, playground, beach volleyball and a lifesaving club.

Top tip: make sure you allow time to take in a bit of shopping in the pedestrian streets including at the regular Sunday artisan markets.

 

7. Whale Beach

Distance from Ryde – 40km / 48 mins

Generally quieter beach on the Northern Beaches as it’s a little way off Barrenjoey Road and doesn’t have a great deal of choice of cafes etc. But still a lovely beach for a play with smaller surf than Palm Beach.

Facilities: toilets, kiosk / café, car park, small playground, rock pool and lifesaving club.

Top Tip: avoid the weekend traffic on Barrenjoey Road by getting up to the beach early (before 10am).

 

whale-beach

 

8. Avoca Beach

Distance from Ryde – 81km / 73 mins

Lovely surfing beach (more in the north of the beach as the south is slightly protected by a headland).

Facilities: toilets, café, car park, playground, natural rock pool and lifesaving club.

Top Tip: stay closer to the southern end of the beach, nearer the facilities and car park.

 

 

9. Newport Beach

Distance from Ryde – 33km / 37 mins

A long, wide beach offering plenty of sandcastle making opportunities. Can be windy with decent surf.

Facilities: toilets, kiosks, car park, playground, rock pool, lifesaving club and plenty of cafes and restaurants on the main road.

Top Tip: stop off at the newly renovated Newport Arms for lunch or tea.

 

newport

 

10. Palm Beach       

Distance from Ryde – 42km / 48 mins

The famous Summer Bay (you may even get a glimpse of some Home and Away filming if you head there on the right day) beach which wraps around the Barrenjoey Lighthouse for as far as you can see!

Facilities – toilets, rock pool, car parking, cafes and shops on the front and lifesaving club.

Top Tip: avoid the weekend traffic on Barrenjoey Road by getting up to the beach early (before 10am).

 

palm

 

11. Umina Beach

Distance from Ryde – 75km / 64 mins

A long sandy beach, perfect for swimming and surfing.

Facilities – toilets, café on the beach, playground and skate park, car park and lifesaving club.

Top Tip: dogs are allowed on the beach which you may consider a positive or negative!

 

12. Collaroy Beach

Distance from Ryde – 32km / 37 mins

A long beach which extends to join with Narrabeen Beach. It has an awesome playground just on the front.

Facilities – toilets, kiosk, car park, playground, rock pool and lifesaving club. Plenty of café and restaurant options nearby.

Top Tip: you can park in the clearway for free!

 

13. Shelly Beach, Manly

Distance from Ryde – 26km / 85 mins

Nice, shady beach in a cove with calm waters.

Facilities: toilets, kiosk, café / restaurant nearby and car park.

Top Tip: take a bush walk around the headland for spectacular views of North Head and the Northern Beaches.

 

 

14. Clovelly Beach

Distance from Ryde – 23km / 32 mins

Small beach located in a deep bay so well protected.

Facilities: toilets, kiosk, playground, on-street parking and lifesaving club.

Top Tip: take your snorkels with you as it’s reputed to be an awesome location to watch sea life!

 

15. Clifton Gardens Reserve, Mosman

Distance from Ryde – 20km / 28 mins

Calm like Balmoral but without the crowds (but shhh don’t tell everyone!).

Facilities: toilets, kiosk, netted swimming area, playground and car park.

Top Tip: consider combining this with a trip to nearby Taronga Zoo!

 

 

Despite being inland, Ryde certainly has a wealth of choice where beaches are concerned, particularly around the 45 minute driving time. But wait! There’s more! Other beaches mentioned by RDM’s, but not receiving that many votes, included:

  • Clareville Beach Reserve, Clareville – Northern Beaches
  • Beach at Pearl Beach – Central Coast
  • Mona Vale Beach, Mona Vale – Northern Beaches
  • Greenwich Baths, Greenwich (currently closed for renovation)
  • Toowoon Bay, The Entrance – Central Coast
  • Coogee Beach, Coogee – south east Sydney
  • Avalon Beach, Avalon – Northern Beaches
  • Narrabeen Beach, Narrabeen – Northern Beaches
  • North Curl Curl Beach, Curl Curl – Northern Beaches
  • La Perouse Beach, La Perouse – near Port Botany
  • Blue Bay. The Entrance – Central Coast
  • Stanwell Beach, Stanwell Park – south of Sydney
  • Bundeena Beach, Bundeena – south of Sydney
  • Fairlight Beach, Fairlight – near Manly
  • South Curl Curl Beach, Curl Curl – Northern Beaches
  • Copacabana Beach, Copacabana – Central Coast

 

Have fun RDMs! But remember;  SLIP, SLOP, SLAP and ALWAYS SWIM BETWEEN THE FLAGS

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