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.