Secret Beaches in Sydney

Hidden within beautiful Sydney Harbour and tucked away in Australia’s oldest national park, you‘ll find an abundance of beautiful secret beaches. With amazing views and soft sands perfect for relaxing and picnicking, discover some of Sydney’s hidden gems.

Secret beaches in Sydney’s East

You can reach many of Sydney’s secret beaches on walking trails. The Hermitage Foreshore track begins in Nielsen Park, Vaucluse and winds past the heritage-listed Strickland House to Milk Beach, a small sandy oasis. The trail offers spectacular vistas of Shark Island and the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Milk Beach at Vaucluse in  Watsons Bay

The charming Lady Martins Beach is nestled among Australia’s most expensive harbour side homes in Point Piper, between Double Bay and Rose Bay in Sydney’s east. A lane off Wolseley Road leads to the pretty beach, named after the wife of Sir James Martin, a colonial NSW premier and chief justice.

Secret beaches in Sydney’s North

There are a number of secluded beaches around Manly and North Head. Collins Flat Beach has great harbour views and even has its own waterfall. Nearby is Store Beach, which is only accessible by boat. You can hire kayaks from the Manly Kayak Centre and paddle across to reach it.

Chinamans Beach and Sirius Cove in Mosman are sheltered beaches, great for families. Further North in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park is Resolute Beach, which has panoramic views of Pittwater and the Barrenjoey Headland.

Chinaman's Beach in Mosman, Sydney North

Secret beaches in Sydney’s South

In southern Sydney is Congwong Beach, a quiet little paradise on the La Perouse-side of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Nearby is Little Bay Beach, a great spot for snorkelling and swimming. Or take a ferry from Cronulla to enchanting Bundeena and walk to Jibbon Beach in the Royal National Park.

Sydney Beach safety


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