There’s a beach to suit every interest in Sydney. And luckily some hidden spots haven’t been ruined by the masses. One such beach that you can find without the crowds comes with another interesting feature. It’s a prime location for planespotters to see a number of planes land and take off, mere metres away. Simply known as “The Beach”, this is a popular part of town for aviation enthusiasts with a super cool view of planes at the Sydney Airport and lovely beachside surroundings to boot.
Plane Spotting at The Beach
You’ll find this unique spot to the east of the airport, close to the International Terminal, and alongside runway 16R/34L. With the right kind of camera, you can get stunning photos of planes from close quarters although there are fences in the area which can obstruct your view. On a hot day, you also have the option to enjoy a quick dip or head off to the nearby Brighton Le Sands beach which is also a good spot to see planes landing at the Sydney Airport.
How to get there
You can drive directly to the Beach from anywhere in Sydney and there are also some public transport options including trains and buses. Exit via General Holmes Drive after passing underneath the runway, then walk to the beach. Parking is available, free and unlimited although the gates to the car park shut after sunset. Find it at Airport Drive in Mascot.
What can you see at The Beach
While you can’t really see the terminals, you still get a pretty cool view of the planes along the runway with planes taking off and landing every few minutes. Plus you get to enjoy the cool surroundings with fewer people or soak up some rays on the 200-metre stretch of sand.
Head to the Sydney airport website to find more spots around Sydney for plane-watching.