Whale Beach: Sydney’s Best Beaches for Kids

Just south of the millionaires’ playground of Palm Beach, around the lofty cliffs is Whale Beach.

It’s a much smaller beach, nestled between two striking cliff faces and it has the most spectacular rose gold sand.

The rock pool at the southern end is home to early morning swimmers, summer and winter. When I grow up, I’d like to be like those guys, fit, strong and so very calm when facing an icy plunge in the pool.

Cafes and restaurants are near the beach, and the homes clinging to the steep hill behind the beach make a spectacular a backdrop to the beach and the wide blue ocean beyond.

Too gorgeous!


Whale Beach

The Strand, Whale Beach 2107

Very exclusive and very peaceful, Whale Beach has a pretty stretch of sand snuggled between two rocky headlands with a large reserve between the road and the beach.

This is a surf beach and the waves can be big, but there are calmer areas and the ocean pool and playground make it a popular beach for families.

Cafes: Restaurant and takeaway on The Strand

Toilets: Toilet block near the carpark

Shade: No shade on the beach itself but pine trees on the reserve provide plenty of shade in the afternoons. There is some shade near the ocean pool from the cliffs.

Playground: The southern end of the reserve has a small playground with good play equipment including slides, swings and sandplay equipment. Trees provide shade and barbecues and picnic tables are close.

Ocean pool: Nice pool with some shallow rock-bottomed areas. A large, flat rock pool beside the ocean pool fills at high tide and is a good place for children to splash around.

Shark net: No

Mum’s report: We prefer it to the larger Palm Beach and the kids love playing in the rocky areas at both ends. Also, it’s great for barbecues on the beach as the playground keeps the kids amused while we cook.

Parking: Ticket parking along The Strand

Bus stop nearby: Yes

Whale Beach Map

 Have you been to Whale Beach? Did you spot any whales? 

Photo credit: Simon Travis


Find many more gorgeous beaches in Sydney on this post.

Check the Big Sydney Map here to find other cool spots nearby.

You’d also love Palm Beach if you popped up there, I bet.

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  1. says: Stay away

    Parking is a joke & the COUNCIL hawk the area to sting the unsuspecting.
    Forget the north head South where there is no fee at all….

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