With its scenic harbour views, Collins Flat Beach, just north of Sydney city and nestled between North Head and Little Manly Cove, is an idyllic spot for a romantic picnic. Whether you're swimming in ...http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/sydney-harbour-national-park/collins-flat-beach/swim-surf
Secret beaches in Sydney
Sydney's secret beaches
Quiet, secluded beaches sprinkled around Sydney Harbour and along the coast are the perfect spots to relax and unwind. Pack a picnic and head off to discover your own secret beach hideaway, many of which are accessible by ferry.
Sydney's best hidden beaches
If you prefer things a bit more private, why not seek out a secluded stretch of sand? With so many beaches in Sydney, it's still easy to find a beautiful sandy spot that's close to the city. You just have to know where to look.
Just a short walk or kayak along the coast from Manly is Shelly Beach. Part of Cabbage Tree Bay, the waters off Shelly Beach are popular with snorkellers and divers, while the beach itself is perfect for watching the world go by.
Farther north, close to Mosman, is Chinaman's Beach, just a kilometre north of Balmoral Beach. This 250-metre stretch of sand sits beside calm ocean, making it a great place to take your kids for a swim.
South of the harbour, there are many quiet beach options, too. At Double Bay, Redleaf Beach has a wraparound pontoon and a large, netted swimming area.
By Vaucluse, there are two quiet beaches within Sydney Harbour National Park. Shark Beach in Nielsen Park has a netted swimming area and is great for snorkelling, while Milk Beach, a short walk from the park, is an isolated stretch of coastline that offers its few visitors a dramatic view of Sydney.
Other out-of-the-way options include Jibbon Beach in Royal National Park, where you can spend hours scuba diving and snorkelling.
Combine bushwalks and beach hideaways
Often the best way to get to one of Sydney's more secluded beaches is to embark on one of the city's many coastal walks. Whether you take the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk, the Manly to Spit Bridge Scenic Walkway or the Royal National Park Coast Walk you're sure to uncover secret beaches, unique scenery and unforgettable coastline.
Swim, dive and snorkel at Camp Cove
Camp Cove is another of Sydney's hidden gems. In the Eastern Suburbs at Watson's Bay, Camp Cove on Short Street offers isolation for swimmers who want to get away from the crowds. The snorkelling and diving are fantastic with great views over the city.
Secret beach retreat
If you like out-of-the-way Milk Beach, why not extend your stay and book accommodation nearby? Steele Point Cottage is available for couples only perfect for that romantic escape. Book through the National Parks & Wildlife Service.
Point Piper's exclusive beach
Point Piper is a popular tourist destination, but few find their way to Lady Martins Beach, a secluded and sometimes hard-to-find spot. Located in Felix Bay, a narrow lane next to the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club leads directly to the beach. The nearest netted pool is Redleaf Pool in Woollahra, just over a kilometre away. Check out Sydney's other secluded beaches to find your own secret beach.
Newport faces due east so is open to swell coming from any direction. A jumble of rocks 250 metres south of the north headland known as The Peak shapes two separate breaks that attract a highly skille...http://www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/recreation/beaches/beach_locations/newport_beach
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park lies at the place where the Hawkesbury River meets the sea: a tight cluster of secretive, winding creeks, sheltered beaches, hidden coves and wide expanses of deep blue...http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/parkHome.aspx?id=N0019
'Crosslands Reserve' has been maintained by Hornsby Shire Council since 1921. In 1987 the reserve was incorporated into Berowra Valley Bushland Park, forming 38 square kilometres of bushland, stretchi...http://www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/my-lifestyle/sports-and-recreation/parks-and-playgrounds/hornsby-heights/crosslands-reserve
Set on 196 hectares of native and landscaped parkland, Sydney International Regatta Centre is one of the best rowing and sprint kayak courses in the world. The Centre won international acclaim while h...http://www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/regattacentre/
Mona Vale is effectively two separate beaches separated by a broad ocean rock platform. Waves that roll in along the southern edge of the platform surge into a gully that allows them to break smoothly...http://www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/recreation/beaches/beach_locations/mona_vale_beach
Cabbage Tree Bay is an aquatic reserve that aims to protect marine life. It covers an area of approximately 20 hectares, from the southern end of Manly Beach, including the rocky shores and beaches, t...http://www.manly.nsw.gov.au/environment/marine-and-coastal/cabbage-tree-bay
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