The Best Snorkelling Spots In Sydney With Kids

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Make this summer one of adventure and natural beauty by taking your kids snorkelling to one of Sydney’s best snorkelling spots!

Kids will gain a great appreciation for the ocean and marine life at these gorgeous locations, full of wondrous creatures and calm water. Plus, you get to make the most of the natural beauty Sydney has to offer.

So, what is the best place to go snorkelling in Sydney? Here are our top picks!

1. Clovelly Beach

Clovelly Beach Sydney snorkelling
Clovelly Beach was once home to the locally famous “Bluey” the groper, so look out for his dazzling relatives in the water. 

Clovelly is renowned for its family-friendliness, with an onsite playground, shaded BBQ huts, ocean pool, cafe kiosk, and its amazing snorkelling opportunities. The calm water can be easily accessed with Clovelly’s many in-water ramps, various steps and platforms, or from the sand.

2. Little Bay Beach, Little Bay

Little Bay Beach snorkelling
If you're looking for calm waters for snorkelling with the kids, you can't go wrong at Little Bay Beach.

Little Bay Beach is beloved for its consistently calm waters, and its cleanliness. You will likely spot schools of smaller fish, sea anemone and other delicate marine life. This spot is ideal for beginner snorkellers.

3. Bare Island

Bare Island Sydney snorkelling
Bare Island is a great spot for beginner snorkellers.

This gem is a no-brainer, particularly for Mission Impossible lovers (Bare Island was where the finale scene of the sequel was shot!). The islet is located about 16 kilometres south-east of the Sydney CBD and connected by a footbridge to the suburb of La Perouse. It’s also a great scuba diving spot, but appropriate for beginners too. We’ve heard a turtle lives there, so keep an eye out! We’re sure you’ll enjoy the colourful sea sponge and interesting looking types of fish (like the Red Gurnard).

4. Cabbage Tree Bay

Cabbage Tree Bay Manly
The glorious waters at Cabbage Tree Bay are famous among Sydney snorkellers.


Cabbage Tree Bay is found between Manly and Shelly Beach and has one of the most impressive and diverse ranges of marine life on this entire list. From stingrays and wobbegong sharks to the much less frightening flathead and cuttlefish, Cabbage Tree will impress any snorkeller, beginner or advanced.

5. The Basin

The Basin Sydney snorkelling
Get ready to see plenty of colourful fish when snorkelling at The Basin.


The Basin in Ku-Ring-Gai is home to loads of starfish and seahorses. The Basin has a camping ground if you want to make a getaway of it, and you can only get to it by water so maybe a ferry from Palm Beach is the best option. There’s also awesome snorkelling tours held here if you need a little guidance.

6. Oak Park

Oak Park Cronulla pool
Cronulla's famous rock pool at Oak Park is a favourite Sydney snorkelling spot.

Explore the crevices and hideouts along this curved wall in this Cronulla park pool. The gropers are friendly, and sea horses and turtles are frequently spotted. Divers have said that schools of fish can be so large its hard to see through them!

7. Gordons Bay, Between Clovelly and Coogee

Gordons Bay Sydney snorkelling
This secluded snorkelling bay is tucked between Clovelly & Coogee beaches.

Gordons Bay in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs is a beautiful hidden gem (and a little bit tricky to get to, unfortunately!). This picturesque Sydney snorkelling spot is something quite special because the whole of Gordons Bay is actually a bonafide underwater nature trail! Get ready to spot colourful starfish, sea urchins, garfish and other cool locals (we won't give too much away!). 


**Just a reminder to always be careful during snorkelling. Some marine life can be dangerous and harmful, and be mindful of rips and unpatrolled water. Snorkelling is really better suited to older children and experienced swimmers.

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Lisa Wolff

Jan 30 2016

Yes, it is! It's located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. It's a beautiful beach to visit.


Jan 28 2016

Hi I Just want to know is clovelly beach in Sydney