Summer is in full swing and Sydney's beaches are waiting for you to get out on the water. If you're a SUP or kayak fanatic, you're in for a treat with calm, clear water, spectacular scenery and great facilities to make a weekend of it – every weekend.
Here's a look at 5 prime spots, so all you have to do is grab your kayak accessories and hit the ocean!
Sydney's northern beaches are a haven for stand up paddle boarding and Clareville Beach is perfect for beginners and families. The water is calm and protected, so you can easily practice your style and balance. There's also toilet facilities, outdoor showers, a picnic site with tables and the all-important electric barbecues for lunch.
You'll have some competition for water space when you head to Manly Beach, but it's hard to beat for a stunning SUP spot. Paddle boarders love the strip of water along the East Esplanade as much as walkers love the sprawling pathways.
A couple of minutes from the beach is Manly Wharf and you can also explore Quarantine Beach. When it's time to dry off, Manly is renowned for shopping, dining and fantastic markets.
Rest and relaxation is the name of the game at Balmoral Beach, located on the north shore's Middle Harbour, near Taronga Zoo. Some Sydney-siders will tell you that Balmoral is their favourite and it certainly provides the water you need for inflatable boats in Australia.
On and off the water, you'll see incredible views, expensive yachts and beautiful houses lining the coast. Bring a picnic, visit the trendy cafes and bask in the beach-vibe of the Mosman locals.
If you want a taste of the surf without huge breakers, Coogee Beach is the place to take your board. It's generally calmer than neighbouring Bondi and Tamarama, meaning you can choose between a relaxing paddle or an intense core workout in the swell.
Enjoy a full day on the coast and visit the nearby rock pool, take a stroll along the Coastal Walkway, head to the parks for barbecues and playgrounds or hit the restaurants, cafes and ice-cream shops.
For stand up paddle boarding with city skyline views, Watsons Bay delivers. The sheltered bay is best early in the morning to carve through the pristine water, without the crowds.
Further exploration leads you to coastal walks, lush green parks with playgrounds and charming residential streets. When hunger strikes after your SUP workout, check out the delicious seafood restaurants and cafes nearby.
The top 5 spots are all about smooth paddling, but adrenalin-seekers after some surf can head to the northern end of Bondi or the southern end of Manly, when the conditions are suitable. So take your pick, pack your board and head out to enjoy SUP’ing along Sydney's spectacular coast!