If you're a beach lover like me, you'll be overwhelmed by the quality and diversity of Sydney's shores. Shelly Beach in the suburb of Manly is protected from wind and waves, making it great for swimming and snorkeling. (Snorkel challenge: find the sunken motorcycle in the middle of the cove that's now sheathed in algae and barnacles.) It also features the restaurant Le Kiosk, a salt water rock pool per Sydney tradition (pictured), and a few reef breaks where advanced surfers vie for waves. Stand-up paddleboarding is a popular way to explore the bay. Rent a board at Shelly Beach Paddle Co to see what lies above and below the surface.