Sydney’s hidden beaches

3 December 2013

Sydney is known around the world for its outdoor lifestyle and summer is a fantastic time to enjoy Sydney’s beach culture.

From over 70 surf beaches and 30 quiet and secluded beaches within Sydney Harbour, there are many chances for the perfect day on the beach.


Located in Mosman, Balmoral is the name given to these three separate beaches in the area: Balmoral, Rocky Point and Edward’s Beach.

This is an excellent destination for families, with a promenade, trees and the natural shape of beautiful curved beaches make it the perfect place to relax. There is also plenty to do around the area, including Shakespeare by the Sea, an outdoor performance every summer of some of the Bard’s most famous works.

Be sure to pay a visit to the Bather’s Pavillion, which has both a restaurant for fine dining and a cafe if you’d rather have a quick bite and get back in the water.

Shelly Beach

Not far from popular Manly beach is a secluded shoreside area known as Shelly Beach. This small alcove is part of Cabbage Tree Bay, a protected marine reserve which is a perfect spot for snorkelling and scuba diving. So if you enjoy seeing some of the ocean’s creatures up close and personal, then this is a great spot for you.

Shelly Beach is located near public transportation, making it an easy day trip from the city.


Bondi is one of Sydney’s  iconic beaches, and every visitor to Sydney should enjoy this amazing area during their trip. Bondi has a great variety of cafes, shops and restaurants that make the area so popular. Head out for a nice dinner at Bondi Tucker. The chefs at this eatery use locally grown foods as well as items purchased from nearby markets.

Located close to Bondi is Tamarama, home to some of the most consistent surf waves in Sydney, making it a mecca for surfers from all over.

There are many bakeries in this neighbourhood, so if you’re in the mood to satisfy your sweet tooth, you won’t have to look far. The best of the best can be found at the Central Baking Depot, which offers light and fluffy pastries as well as rich chocolate confections.

If you would like to stay near Bondi and Tamarama, then check out Art Deco Heaven, a funky and comfortable hotel with white walls and timber floors that truly capture the spirit of Sydney’s beach culture.