Sydney is smack-bang on the coast, and home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Sure, we’re biased, but it’s a fact. But where do you go to avoid the crowds on a hot summer’s day?
Do as the locals do and bypass the well-known, touristy haunts and head to a secluded spot instead. There are a few around, but Sitchu has splashed around these hidden beaches so that you can go straight to the best.
Grab your swimmers and sneak away to one of these secret Sydney beaches…
Chinamans Beach, Mosman
Located a kilometre away from the bustling Balmoral Beach, Chinamans Beach is a beautiful 250m stretch of sand that’s the definition of ‘secluded.’ Once you’re there, you won’t want to leave, so bring snacks, sunscreen and drinks to last the day. The unpatrolled beach is known for its flat water, making it perfect for water sports, while the playground keeps kids entertained between swims.
McLean Crescent, Mosman
Lady Martins Beach, Point Piper
Fancy a dip in the PM’s backyard? Wander down the lane off Wolseley Road, Point Piper (near the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club), and you’ll be greeted by the sparkling waters of Lady Martins Beach. We can’t blame Malcolm for not wanting to move! Not only is the beach peaceful, but the uninterrupted views of the harbour and palatial mansions will remind you of just how lucky you are to live in Sydney.
Wolseley Road, Point Piper
Collins Flat Beach, Manly
Tucked away on the harbour side of Manly, Collins Flat Beach is an idyllic spot that offers sprawling skyline views and a ton of privacy. It’s accessible only via water or walking trails, and is the kind of place that prompts Instagram posts captioned with, “How’s the serenity?” And serene it is. The water is calm and shallow, and the beach is quiet most of the time. Our advice? Pack a picnic hamper and head to this hidden beach with the person you care about most. #romance.
Collins Beach Road, Manly
Whiting Beach, Mosman
Set on Sydney Harbour and hidden from the main drag, this is one of the best beaches for locals and Sydneysiders alike. The picture-perfect setting at Whiting Beach lends itself well to sunbathing, swimming and photos. Pack a picnic because when the sun is out, this is the spot to be for the whole day.
Whiting Beach Road, Mosman
Lady Bay Beach, Watsons Bay
Perched between South Head and Camp Cove, this tiny beach is one of the best secret beaches on Sydney’s coastline – and that’s a pretty big call! It boasts stunning views of the harbour and skyline, and the water is gentle and inviting. Oh, and cossies are completely optional: Lady Bay Beach is a designated nude bathing area, so feel free to strip down before you splash away. If you’re in the mood for a walk, put on your sportshoes (or a pair of solid sandals) and go down the South Head Heritage Trail, which will take you to the red and white-striped Hornby Lighthouse.
Lady Bay Road, Watsons Bay
Bungan Beach, Newport
If you’re after a secluded beach with decent-sized waves, head to Bungan Beach in Newport. Just take your time walking down the steep private driveway (on Myolda Road), as that’s the only way in. When you reach the Bungan SLSC clubhouse, you’re there. The beach is only 600m long, but spectacular thanks to the sandstone cliffs that loom on either side. There isn’t much parking around, so carpool if you can and spend the day swimming, snacking and surfing the breaks (or watching the pros do their thing).
Myola Road, Newport
Parsley Bay, Vaucluse
Next time you’re heading Vaucluse way, skip the popular Nielsen Park and stop at Parsley Bay instead. This local gem is as pretty as a postcard, with crystal clear water, a waterfall and a wooden bridge harking back to the 1920s. Given its location at the very tip of the eastern suburbs, Parsley Bay doesn’t attract the kind of crowds that neighbouring beaches do. It mostly appeals to locals going for their daily dip – and now you can join them!
Parsley Road, Vaucluse
Little Congwong Beach, La Perouse
Surrounded by lush greenery in the Botany Bay National Park, Little Congwong Beach makes swimmers and sunbathers feel like they’re far away from it all. It’s a 30-minute stroll from Congwong Beach, and well worth it. Along with calm waters, the beach offers views of bushland and boats, and it’s great for snorkelling. Leave the kids at home, though – thanks to its isolated location, Little Congwong Beach appeals to those who like to ‘let it all hang out’. (Nudists; we mean nudists).
Botany Bay National Park, Anzac Parade, La Perouse
Mackenzie’s Bay, Tamarama
Now, Mackenzie’s Bay isn’t ‘hidden’ as such – it just doesn’t exist most of the time. Let us explain. Usually, this small cove between Bondi and Tamarama Beach is just a rocky bay that attracts surfers, fishermen and a few brave sunbathers. But every few years at the beginning of winter, the bay becomes a beach overnight. Yes, really! It’s a mystery in that no one knows exactly when it will happen, but experts believe it’s due to a special combination of shifting sand and low tide. How cool is that?
Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk, Tamarama