Tales of Sydney beaches

Living as we do, a stone’s throw from the ocean - or more precisely its sandy, warm-watered, wave-rich shoreline - it’s no surprise that we’re mad for the beach.

Here’s a handful of bite-sized stories, told by a cross-section of deadset Sydney ‘beachniks’.

They’ve each been developed as part of the Museum of Sydney’s hands on summer exhibition Sand in the City and remind us that while our love and affection for the coast is widely shared, the motivations for ‘hitting the beach’, along with the range of things we do there, are many and varied.

So grab your thongs, cossies and towel, slap on some factor 30 and get ready for a frothy line-up of sunny, salty and sandy tales.

Av Green and Living Ocean

Avalon locals Lucy Murray and Guy Williment on beach cleans and going green.

Olivia and Harrison

Sandcastle builders Olivia and Harrison Stein show why Nielsen Park makes their day.

Lily and Charlie

Inner westies Lily Copping and Charlie Crockett explain why Bondi Beach is great in any weather.

Chrissy Ynfante

Chrissy Ynfante on rough sleepers, community-mindedness and Bondi beach.

Shane Stedman

Sydney board and sunscreen maker and surf culture icon Shane Stedman on a life at the beach.

Jason, Rory and Ernie

Seasoned jumpers Jason, Rory and Ernie on mastering the 'boardwalk' at Balmoral Baths.

OneWave Bondi Beach

Early-risers Ben Cryan, Sam Schumacher and Susannah Bell on the positive message of OneWave. 

John Rowe Scuba Diver

Gordons Bay Scuba Diving Club founder John Rowe shares his love of underwater Sydney. 

Louis Wayling artist

Louis Wayling ponders a unique and tasty combination of art, surfing, creativity and pizza.

Matthew Martin

Wylie's baths regular and compulsive cartoonist Matthew Martin explains why he can't stop drawing.

Professor Bruce Thom

Professor Bruce Thom on a winning formula of golden sand, surf and warm water.

Ali Najem sand runner

Champion soft-sand runner and Wanda beach lifesaver Ali Najem explains how the beach saved his life.

Katherine Roberts

Curator and time-traveller Katherine Roberts on collecting, culture and the pleasure of beach going.

Jenny Knapman

Bold and Beautiful Swim Squad co-founder Jenny Knapman on the 'best way to start your day'.

Colette Reynolds

Bronte beachcomber and water spirit Colette Reynolds helps turn the tide on plastic pollution.

Nugget and Jill Coombes

Morning swimmers Nugget and Jill Meares explain what makes Palm Beach idyllic.