Think of some of the world’s most famous beaches and Sydney in Australia is likely to feature on your list. Whilst holidays to Sydney wouldn’t be complete without stepping on big name sands such as Bondi, the city is also home to some equally stunning bathing spots that you may never have heard of.
Sydney is dotted with tucked-away coves, sheltered bays and almost deserted stretches of sand, enabling you to experience peace and tranquillity yet still be close to the hustle and bustle of this thriving metropolis.
You might like to check out these hideaway beaches on your next holiday in Sydney:
Regarded as one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets, Milk Beach is the place to go if you are looking for seclusion and stunning Sydney Harbour views. This uniquely named beach can be found towards the base of Hermit Bay within the Sydney Harbour National Park and, whilst it might be petite in size, its appeal is massive. Ideal for swimming, snorkelling and fishing, Milk Beach is a secret hideout you may well want to keep all to yourself.
Located between South Clovelly and North Coogee in the eastern suburbs, Gordon’s Bay looks like the kind of place that could well be found on a faraway tropical island. Beautiful, calm, clear waters make it first-rate for snorkelling, whilst the surrounding headlands, speckled with colourful wildflowers, offer inviting walking trails after your swim.
If you’re looking for some peace and seclusion on your holiday to Sydney, head to Bungan Beach on the Barrenjoey Peninsula. This 600m stretch of golden sand rarely gets busy, and is considered to be one of the city’s least developed spots. Its wild, unspoiled and has all the beauty of the bigger name beaches without the crowds. Bungan Beach also offers good waves, making it prime surfing territory.
Lady Martin’s Beach
This superb beach can be found in Point Piper, one of the most exclusive postcodes in the Sydney area. If it’s great views you’re after in chilled-out surroundings, Lady Martin’s Beach is the place to head to. The beach consists of a narrow, sweeping stretch of sand, inviting you to take a dip in the calm waters alongside of the harbour.
Obelisk Beach in Mosman is the place to go if you are looking for an all-over tan. You’ll need to negotiate a rocky track and steps to access the beach, which is probably one of the reasons why this spot is usually never busy. Obelisk Beach offers seclusion and tranquillity for nudism as well as stunning views over Sydney Harbour.
Redleaf Beach may feel a bit off the beaten track – you’ll have to walk through gardens, paths and steps to reach it – but this is part of the appeal of this tucked away slice of heaven. Located between the city’s Vaucluse and Kings Cross, once you find yourself on this tranquil beach it will be hard to imagine just how close to the city you are. With its own pontoon and enclosed harbour pool, Redleaf Beach is the kind of place you will probably come to more than once on your holidays to Sydney.
Locals have kept this hidden gem well under wraps and, even though it is a firm favourite amongst Sydneysiders, Parsley Bay is still a peaceful spot to sunbathe. Nestled at the back of Vaucluse and near to Nielsen Park, this hidden oasis scores top marks on looks. Expect to find crystal clear waters, perfect for swimming and cascading cliffs offering stunning backdrop views.
The suburb of Manly is one of the city’s prized tourist spots with a jaw-dropping sweeping beach, top-notch facilities and some of the best hotels in Sydney. Manly’s beach inevitably gets crowded in summer, so if you’re looking for a quieter stretch of sand in this popular area, head for Shelly Beach further around the bay. Although it’s not completely off the beaten track, being a magnet for snorkelers and scuba divers, this sheltered cove is still a peaceful place to sunbathe and makes great picnic territory.
Bush trail walks close by offer unrivalled views of North Head and the Northern Beaches. If you want more isolation, you could hire a kayak and paddle your way to Store Beach at North Head. This is the only way to reach this deserted beach, so the chances are you could have this spot all to yourself!