31 December 2011
Sydney has some fabulous beaches, and in Summer the beach is the place to be. Whilst some of the well-known beaches can get pretty packed, there’s plenty of small coves and quiet sandy patches of paradise, that aren’t too far from the city.
Milk Beach is a picturesque small stretch of white sand in Sydney’s East. Situated at the base of Hermit Bay in Vaucluse, this beach is at the end of the track behind Strickland House on Vaucluse Road.
Here you’ll be able to enjoy city views and complete serenity. Sometimes Milk Beach does get a little busy (in the middle of Summer) but most of the time there will hardly be anyone around. Not bad considering it’s just 7 kms and 15 minutes from the city. Plus it’s just a short, scenic bushwalk from Milk Beach to Nielsen Park. Milk Beach is also an excellent vantage point for New Year’s Eve fireworks with a clear view of the Harbour Bridge. Milk beach is free to the public on New Years Eve.
Shelly Beach, Manly
Shelly Beach is probably one of the more commonly known “secret beaches” in Sydney…and therefore not exactly a secret – however it’s still a beautiful beach to visit, plus it’s a relatively easy walk from Manly. Simply take a short stroll south along the promenade from Manly and you’ll find Shelly Beach. This sheltered north-facing cove is ideal for diving, paddling and snorkeling.
It’s a beautiful and safe little beach, with calm waters, great for kids or those who shy away from the huge ocean waves of nearby Pacific Beach in the centre of Manly. The area around the beach is a protected marine reserve and is full of a variety of different fish. This makes it a popular spot for scuba divers and snorkelers, and many scuba diving schools actually operate from Shelly Beach.
It makes a perfect day out and there are free gas BBQs at the beach so you can even pack your own picnic!
Do you have a secret beach of your own? Share your favourite beach spots with us.