Secret beaches in Sydney

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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

Resolute Beach at Ku-ring-gai National Park. Image Andrew Gregory

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.

Enjoy Sydney's beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips

Surf Life Saving

Always swim between the red and yellow flags; surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It's also a good idea to always swim with a friend.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. You are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.

 

Check conditions before you go. You can also find patrolled beach by visiting beachsafe.org.au.

 

  1. Long Reef Beach

    Long Reef Beach

    Long Reef is a perfect stretch of white sand.At the north end there is Long Reef Headland, a protected aquatic reserve, and a golf course. A walk to the top of the headland can often be rewarded by views of...

  2. Greenwich Baths

    Greenwich Baths

    Greenwich Baths is a beautifully located harbour beach at the tip of Greenwich Point, run by leisure management company, Bluefit. Shark-netted and fully enclosed, it is perfect for families, lap-swimmers, and locals...

  3. Tamarama Beach

    Tamarama Beach

    Tamarama Beach sits between two prominent headlands on the Bondi to Coogee Walk, with 80 metres of shoreline. It has great surfing condtions, but it is prone to strong currents. It is surrounded by parklands. There is...

  4. Bondi Beach

    Bondi Beach

    Bondi Beach is Australia's most famous beach. Bondi's mixture of lifestyles would suit most visitors, whether you're drawn to the fashionable northern end or the surf-crazy south. You'll find that Bondi is one of the...

  5. Manly Beach

    Manly Beach

    In company with Bondi, Manly Beach is Sydney’s most iconic strip of sand, named by the State’s first governor Arthur Phillip in 1788 for the impression made on him by “the confidence and manly behaviour” of the area’s...

  6. Shelly Park, Cronulla

    Shelly Park, Cronulla

    Shelly Beach has a large park area and is located near ocean baths.Shelly Beach has a rocky shoreline with an ocean bath for swimming and is a great option for parents with younger children. There...

  7. Queenscliff Beach

    Queenscliff Beach

    Queenscliff is the northern headland of Sydney’s famous Manly Beach, possessed of an offshore “bommie” which can handle waves up to seven metres. In a mighty swell, this is where you’re likely to find some of Manly’s...

  8. Clovelly Beach

    Clovelly Beach

    Clovelly Beach is a small and tranquil beach, located the mouth of a narrow bay between two rocky ridges. Concrete platforms and promenades have been constructed on both sides of the bay. A saltwater pool is located...

  9. Mona Vale Beach

    Mona Vale Beach

    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 and with...

  10. Chinamans Beach

    Chinamans Beach

    This 250 metre stretch of sand is at the northern perimeter of Mosman, one of Sydney’s most genteel residential enclaves. Chinaman’s Beach is well inside Middle Harbour so there’s nary a wave to be seen, making it a...

  11. Bronte Beach

    Bronte Beach

    Bronte is just over a kilometre’s walk south of Bondi. The beach itself faces east and picks up swell from any direction, but bulky headlands to the north and south and clusters of underwater rocks make conditions...

  12. Palm Beach

    Palm Beach

    Palm Beach is the exclusive, high-end of Sydney's long stretch of the Northern Beaches; it is everything you'd expect from the insular-peninsula amid the playground of the nation's rich and famous....

  13. Cronulla Beach

    Cronulla Beach

    Cronulla, in the Sutherland Shire on Sydney's southern coast, is the only Sydney beach that can be reached by train, meaning you can visit without the headache of finding a carpark. North Cronulla...

  14. Redleaf Beach

    Redleaf Beach

    Situated in the beautiful Double Bay precinct, Redleaf Beach is another of those idyllic Sydney harbourside beaches you just want to visit. Murray Rose Pool (formerly Redleaf Pool), can be found at...

  15. Silver Beach

    Silver Beach

    Silver Beach is a stretch of beach on the Kurnell peninsula fronting Botany Bay. The public baths are netted in Summer months.Silver Beach is off leash 24 hours a day between the third and fourth...

  16. Coogee Beach

    Coogee Beach

    Coogee Beach is a great beach with calm surf and is family-friendly. The promenade area has restored historic buildings and nurtured parklands.Most of the facilities are located at mid-beach with...

  17. Sirius Cove

    Sirius Cove

    Sirius Cove is a beautiful, protected beach with plenty of shade on the grassy area behind the beach. This is a very popular spot with families and dog lovers, and parking can be hard to come by on the weekends...

  18. Dee Why Beach

    Dee Why Beach

    Dee Why plays host to many of the northern beaches main events including Australia Day and New Years Eve fireworks. It also is the site of numerous first class sporting events such as the Beachley...

  19. Shelly Beach

    Shelly Beach

    Shelly Beach is located in Manly and forms part of Cabbage Tree Bay, a protected marine reserve which lies adjacent to North Head and Fairy Bower. With a maximum depth of approximately 12 metres, Shelly Beach has...

  20. Narrabeen Beach

    Narrabeen Beach

    Narrabeen Beach is one of Australia's iconic surfing and swimming beaches. Over three kilometres of sand stretch from Long Reef in the south to the Narrabeen Lagoon entrance in the north, with four surf lifesaving...

  21. Milk Beach Vaucluse

    Milk Beach Vaucluse

    Situated at the base of Hermit Bay within the Sydney Harbour National Park, Milk Beach is a small isolated beach surrounded by the Heritage listed Strickland House.Offering a breathtaking view of...

  22. Newport Beach

    Newport 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 skilled local surfing...

  23. Cabbage Tree Bay

    Cabbage Tree Bay

    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, to the northern of...

  24. Avalon Beach

    Avalon Beach

    Over the last decade or so Avalon has become the favoured "sea-change" destination for Sydney-siders looking to adopt the surfer lifestyle. As a result, the board-riding community here is large and enthusiastic but...

  25. Balmoral Beach

    Balmoral Beach

    Beautiful houses and expensive yachts, and a beach that is postioned with views over Sydney Harbour National Park and through "the Heads" - the gateway to Sydney Harbour. It's an ideal place for a...

  26. Gordons Bay

    Gordons Bay

    Gordons Bay is located south of Clovelly Beach and north of Coogee Beach. Access to the bay is only limited to pedestrians via the surrounding streets or the Coastal Walk. Protected by an offshore reef , it is a...

  27. Wattamolla Beach

    Wattamolla Beach

    When you’re pining for the feel of sand between your toes, take the family and head to Wattamolla picnic area in Royal National Park. With loads of options to keep everyone happy, this is a popular place to base...

  28. Freshwater Beach

    Freshwater Beach

    A stunning family beach wedged between two headlands, Freshwater is a short walk north from Manly. A coastal walk further north will take you to Curl Curl. The north headland provides excellent...

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