10 Secluded Beaches in Sydney You Should Visit This Summer
Sydney is blessed with more than 100 beaches, some big and world-renowned, others much smaller and not so well-known. With so many quality beaches available, Sydney is almost unrivalled in the world.
While it’s great to spend a day at Cronulla Beach, Manly Beach, Coogee Beach or Bondi Beach, chances are you’ll be surrounded by thousands of other beach-goers and sunbathers. But sometimes we just want to escape the world and have a whole beach to ourselves. Sadly, that’s virtually impossible nowadays, but there are still beaches in and around Sydney that are a bit of a secret. Beaches with hardly any facilities, but where you can still appreciate Sydney’s natural beauty in peace and quiet with maximum privacy.
Be mindful though that most of these secluded beaches are unpatrolled and don’t have surf life saving services available. So if you’re planning to go for a swim, please be cautious and bring someone with you.
Here are our 10 favorite secluded beaches in and around Sydney.
1. Resolute Beach, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park
With panoramic views of Pittwater and the Barrenjoey Headland, Resolute Beach is a true hidden gem with beautiful emerald green water and virtually no tourists around.
2. Milk Beach, Vaucluse
Overlooking Hermit Bay and Sydney Harbour, right in front of the famous and historic Strickland House, Milk Beach is a 50 metres long and 5 metres wide strip of sand, quietly tucked away in Vaucluse.
The best way to access the beach is to follow the Hermitage Foreshore Walk starting in Rose Bay. As secluded as Milk Beach may be, it’s not as quiet as it used to be. It does get crowdy on warm summer days, but it’s still a beautiful spot to go for a refreshing swim and to enjoy the harbour views
3. Maitland Bay Beach, Bouddi National Park
The Maitland Bay Track is a popular bushtrail in Bouddi National Park that takes you right down to the beautiful beach of Maitland Bay, one of the most secluded beaches in the greater Sydney area. And because the beach is so big, it’s very easy to find your own private spot with no one else around.
While you’re there, make sure you go and explore the eastern end of the beach where you can find the remains of the S.S. Maitland Shipwreck that ran aground in May 1898. At low tide, some of the remains of the shipwreck are still visible.
4. Whale Beach
Not as famous as its bigger neighbour Palm Beach in the Northern Beaches region, Whale Beach is a beautiful 600 metres long strip of sand. Whale Beach has a very pleasant, secluded atmosphere and hardly ever gets crowded. Whale Beach also has a man-made 25 metres long rock pool, located at the southern end of the beach.
5. Collins Flat Beach, Manly
Located just a few minutes from Manly between North Head and Little Manly Cove, secluded Collins Flat Beach is a great spot to escape the crowds and enjoy a quiet swim. Bring a picnic blanket, a bottle of wine and take in the peaceful surroundings with scenic Harbour views, moments away from civilisation. There’s even a little waterfall!
Photo credit: NSW National Parks
6. Wattamolla Beach, Royal National Park
Located along the famous Royal Coastal Walk in the Royal National Park, the Wattamolla Beach area with the lagoon and waterfall is an oasis of natural beauty. The lagoon with its calm water is the perfect spot for kayaking, swimming and snorkeling.
Wattamolla also has great facilities such as parking areas, a huge picnic field with BBQs and a toilet and shower block. While this may be a very popular weekend family destination, the area is so big that it never really feels very crowded.
7. Reef Beach, Dobroyd Head
Reef Beach is a very small strip of sand at Dobroyd Head, boasting scenic views of Sydney’s North Harbour and Manly Cove on the opposite side. A wooden walkway just behind the beach forms part of the Spit Bridge to Manly walk.
Reef Beach used to be a popular nude beach in the 1970’s and 1980’s, but nude bathing has been prohibited since 1993.
8. Lady Martins Beach, Point Piper
One of Sydney’s best kept secrets is Lady Martins Beach in Point Piper. You can access this long but very narrow strip of sand by heading down a little lane next to the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club on Wolseley Road.
The beach is named after the wife of Sir James Martin, Premier of New South Wales in the 1860’s and 1870’s.
Photo credit: Daily Telegraph
9. Kutti Beach, Vaucluse
The best thing about Kutti Beach is that most people can’t find it apart from the locals. Quietly hidden away between Parsley Bay Reserve and Watsons Bay, Kutti Beach can be really hard to find. Until now that is…
The beach is accessible via a very narrow staircase right next to the Vaucluse Amateur Sailing Club located at the end of Wharf Road. It may look like a dead-end, which it essentially is, but don’t walk away as the staircase is right there.
10. Store Beach, Manly
Store Beach is a little strip of sand just off Manly’s North Head in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The best way – or perhaps the only way – to get to this gem of a beach is via water. Hire a kayak from Manly Wharf and paddle towards North Head. You’ll find the beach close to the old Quarantine Station.
Fringed by bushland, hidden away from civilisation, chances are you’ll have this beautiful spot all to yourselves. Pack a picnic, relax on the beach and watch all the boats go by like there’s no tomorrow.
Photo credit: Sydney Boating