Let's summer safely, beach crowd ratings
Visiting the beach is a little different at the moment. Our beaches, ocean pools, parks, reserves, playgrounds, walkways and other open spaces are important areas for the community and we want to keep them open so that people can enjoy the outdoors.
We have implemented COVID safety plans to make visiting our beaches safe and compliant with NSW Public Health Orders. Read on for more information about our approach to keeping beaches open this summer.
On this page:
- Check current public health orders
- Check the status of a beach
- Check live beach cameras
- Stay safe at the beach
- What if beaches are busy
- Will beaches be closed?
- What else can I do?
Public Health Orders
Current Public Health Orders from NSW Health (as at 7 December 2020) require us to:
- Keep 1.5m apart (a towel’s length)
- Have one person per 4 square metres
- Limit groups to no more than 100 people
Planning your day at the beach
Firstly consider if you really must visit the beach. There are so many fun things to do in summer to keep cool besides visiting the beach. Why not check out our guide to summer safely for some ideas.
There are also lots of smaller and less busy beaches on Sydney’s fringes which are also great.
If you do go to the beach, first check to see if the beach you want to visit is open, closed, or approaching capacity. If a beach is nearing capacity or closed, please make other plans for your day.
The following pages are regularly updated to let you know if a beach is at or nearing capacity.
- Clovelly Beach
- Congwong Beach
- Coogee Beach
- Frenchmans Bay
- Gordon’s Bay
- Little Bay Beach
- Little Congwong Beach
- Malabar Beach
- Maroubra Beach
- Yarra Bay Beach
You can view these live beach cams to see how crowded the sand is.
How to stay safe while at the beach
- Keep a towel’s length between yourself and other beach goers
- Once you’ve had a swim, please consider moving on so others can also have a swim
- Social distancing may not always be possible while walking to and from the beach. So consider wearing a mask.
- If the beach looks too busy, please make other plans
- Our beaches are best visited at non-peak times – mornings, early evenings and weekdays
What if the beaches are busy?
If our beaches are likely to be busy, plan a visit for early in the morning or early in the evening to avoid crowds. Lifeguards patrol Clovelly, Coogee and Maroubra beaches from 7am until 7pm. You can also have a quick swim then head to one of parks or reserves to continue your day outside.
Will beaches be closed?
The number of people at our beaches is determined by the NSW Public Health Orders at the time. As of September 2020 this is 1 person per 4 square metres. Randwick Council is monitoring crowd numbers on a daily basis to ensure our beaches still within the guidelines of the Health Order.
If crowd numbers reach 75% capacity we will let people know via our website, social media, digital messaging signs at the beach and on major highways leading to the eastern suburbs, saying that beaches are approaching capacity and to make alternative arrangements.
Please do not visit the beach if they are approaching capacity or closed.
If a beach needs to be closed, we will ensure clear signage and communication to beach-goers. Lifeguards will announce the need to move on. Council staff will work with NSW Police if enforcement of the closure is required.
What else can I do?
Randwick City has a number of parks, reserves, playgrounds, skate parks, bike tracks and free outdoor gyms, as well as popular town centres in each of our suburbs. Find them all here.
You can explore different parts of Randwick City: