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To a tourist it may look like summer in Sydney means sun, surf, BBQ and a jam-packed Bondi Beach. But if you ask any water-loving local, they will tell you there are a lot more hidden secluded beaches and swimming holes around the city than Australia’s most famous beach. You just need to know where to find them.

There is plenty of stunning waters to dip your feet and enjoy the Australian sun in Sydney! Wander further than the famous Bondi beach this summer. According to Wikipedia, there are well over 100 beaches in Sydney ranging from a few feet to several kilometres. Mostly located along the city’s Pacific Ocean coastline and its harbours, bays and rivers.

As I mentioned it here, I moved from Nepal to Sydney over 10 years ago. Nepal is a landlocked country and I grew up surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes. In the beginning, the beaches weren’t my favourite because it constantly reminded me of being alone in a foreign country and felt homesick. Can you believe I would just look at it from the distance!

Over the last 9 years though, I slowly started going to the beaches regularly. Let me rephrase that, I started going to secluded beaches away from the crowded ones. And I love it and have explored a lot of them. Here is my personal hidden list to start your summer in Sydney the right way!

I’m sharing with you all of the best-hidden and secret beaches and bays you should have been to by now

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Athol Bay

Athol Bay is located between Athol Wharf – the ferry wharf of Taronga Zoo – and Bradleys Head. It is one of the secluded spots for having a picnic with a stunning view of the city or hire a private boat for a day and cruise around. Locals say it is one of the most beautiful with spectacular views of the skyline of Sydney. Day or night, it just looks stunning from here!

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Gordon’s Bay

When you do the Bondi to Coogee walk, you will find Gordon’s Bay towards the end of the walk near Coogee Beach. Even though it is an Instagram hit, not many know about this hidden Bay. Secluded with a crystal clear water, fringed by bushland, no big waves, just relaxing beach and smooth boulders that you can sit on and enjoy the coastal greenery and the emerald water. This is a dream set up! Get there early to claim your rock to picnic or sunbake.

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Milk Beach

Only a few know about Milk Beach because it is totally hidden away in the gardens of Strickland House in Vaucluse. It is one of the most lovely, secret beaches in Sydney. Get there early to enjoy this hidden beauty, which sits overlooking Hermit Bay and Sydney Harbour.

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Collins Flat Beach

Collins Flat Beach is a great spot to enjoy the hidden beach with no crowds. It is located just a few minutes from Manly between North Head and Little Manly Cove. Though I believe there is a walking track to get there, the fun way to get to this gem of a beach is via water. Hire a kayak or canoe from Manly Wharf and paddle it here. It is one of my personal hidden favourites to have a picnic, a bottle of wine and take in the peaceful surroundings with scenic Harbour views, moments away from civilisation. There’s even a little waterfall! So set up early, enjoy a lazy afternoon on the sand and enjoy this secluded beach for all its worth!

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McIver’s Baths

This is another one of Sydneysider’s secret gem! It is not strictly a beach but it is nestled just a couple of minutes south of Coogee Beach, perched on a rocky platform, with front-row seats to the Pacific Ocean. You can sunbathe over huge rocks and then cool off in the rock pool. Water is way warmer than the open sea and just fantastic. Just apply caution when looking for your private rock to sunbathe on. Mind the gaps and muddy (rather deep) holes on those rocks. If it matters to you McIver’s Baths is a women’s only ocean pool. So, you can work on your lineless tan in private! Get there when it is most quiet early in the mornings in the mid-week.

Redleaf Beach

Hidden behind the Woollahra Council building is one of Sydney’s secret beach called Redleaf Beach. It is located in Double Bay, and here you can swim, dive off the jetty or relax on the grassy hill while having a picnic or coffee from Redleaf Cafe. They offer surprisingly extensive breakfast/brunch and lunch menu, together with the beautiful location. Redleaf Beach is a treat with a Murray Rose Pool at the western end of the beach. Enjoy the sun, sea and ‘scenery’ at this very pretty harbour-side local.

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Kutti Beach

Quietly hidden away between Parsley Bay Reserve and Watson’s Bay, at the bottom of a steep wooden staircase is Kutti Beach! It is a hidden oasis surrounded by prestige multi-million dollar waterfront mansions. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you’re guaranteed to miss it apart from the locals.

Hard to locate, that is until now!

Kutti Beach is accessible by a small narrow stairway (shoulder-width) on the left of the Vaucluse Amateur Sailing Club entrance located at the end of Wharf Road. Dogs are allowed here, So, if you have a dog bring along to share in the serenity. If you rather not be surrounded with furry babies, consider going to any of the other secluded beaches on the list. There are no amenities or shops nearby. So, bring everything you need to enjoy this secluded patch of paradise.

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Castle Rock Beach

Nestled amongst the bush in the middle of the Sydney Harbour National Park. Castle Rock Beach is a secret gem, with emerald water and perfect rocks for climbing. Tranquil and Shhh secluded beach is only accessible by walking (or a boat) between The Spit to Manly walking track. You can cool off in the clear water while eating your well-deserved sandwiches.

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Reef Beach

With only 30-40 mins walk from Manly, you can get to Reef Beach in Dobroyd Head. It has an amazing view across to Manly, clear calm water and if you walk around to the right of the beach you will have a beautiful view across Sydney Harbour and out to the Heads. It is also a great place for snorkelling. Just don’t forget to bring lunch and stay for the day.

 

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Little Congwong Beach

Little Congwong Beach is a beautiful, calm bay facing Botany Bay. Known as the smaller brother of Congwong Beach. It is one of the secluded beaches in Sydney locals don’t want you to know! It can be reached via a short walk continuing past Congwong Beach. Public toilets, shops and other facilities are located nearby. As it’s an unofficial nude beach, you can take the opportunity to even out your tan lines if you fancy. The extra bonus is the ice cream boat pulls up on regularly on weekends with treats to help you cool off! Just bring yourself, or pack a picnic, get a book and enjoy this hidden treasure before summer ends!

How many of these hidden beaches can you tick off this summer?

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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera

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Hi! I am Anna, Nepali-Australian who, not too long ago, left my career in corporate Information Technology and Services to become a world traveller. Since then, I’ve travelled to over 37 countries, lived in 4 and have ticked some big adventures off my bucket list. I enjoy travel writing, travel photography, and a minimalist lifestyle. I have collaborated with National Geographic Australia, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Uber, Red Cross, Adobe-Lightroom, SilkAir-Singapore Airlines, Kerala Tourism Board, Matador Network, and many more. My goal is to show you how you can travel the world easily, safely, and adventurously on your own. I hope to inspire you to live a life you love.

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14 thoughts on “Best Hidden Beaches and Bays in Sydney, Australia

  • September 7, 2018 at 1:03 pm
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    Thanks for sharing – they all look so beautiful! I’m dying to visit Australia and I’ll have to check some of these out 🙂

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  • September 8, 2018 at 2:53 am
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    Gorgeous! I have never been to Australia but I hope to visit someday with my kiddos! I will definitely be adding these beaches to our list!

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  • September 8, 2018 at 7:21 am
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    I have never been to Sydney and thus have never heard of these beaches. They look gorgeous, however. I would definitely love to visit.

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  • September 8, 2018 at 7:47 am
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    These beaches look amazing! I already wanted to go to Australia and the Sydney area. Now that I’ve seen your pics it looks even more beautiful than I imagined.

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  • September 8, 2018 at 9:48 am
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    I actually like exploring the not so popular beaches because that means less people and more quiet, relaxing time for me and my family. It’s good that you shared this list.

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  • September 16, 2018 at 12:29 am
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    I love getting off the beaten track and this article gave me so many cool tips for my upcoming Sydney trip. Thank you for sharing.

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  • September 16, 2018 at 7:15 am
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    This is great! I’m heading to Sydney in December this year and this will come in handy! Bookmarking it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • September 16, 2018 at 7:43 am
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    The hubby and I have Australia on our post retirement list and now I have a bunch of beaches I need to go to! They all look wonderful and it would be really hard to choose one over the other.

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  • September 16, 2018 at 9:20 pm
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    I’ve never been to Australia but love to go after seeing all these beaches. One day I will just hop on that plane 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  • September 17, 2018 at 5:32 am
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    It make sense there’s more than Bondi Beach around Sydney since the city is by the coast line. Although I admit I never heard even one of them. Which one is your to go beach if you want a me time?

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