Heading down to the beach for a pleasant swim, stroll, or surf is a treasured pastime for many Australians. Sydney is home to over 100 beaches in and around the city. Each location has something different to offer and there lies a wealth of activities to keep yourself and the family entertained.
Of course, with the beach being such a popular destination in the warmer months, it’s easy to be put off by the enormous crowds. If you’re willing to step outside the radar, there are plenty of hidden beaches in Sydney that offer more peace and quiet and privacy.
Despite being a short 20-minute drive from the city, Milk Beach is surprisingly tame in summer. Nestled on the coast of Hermit Bay, Milk Beach offers an uninterrupted view of the city and popular landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.
Milk Beach has plenty of activities on offer. Take a pleasant stroll through the Sydney Harbour National Park. Bring some cheese, crackers and wine for a laidback picnic on the golden sands. Explore the depths of Hermit Bay and discover a wealth of marine life and vegetation.
With limited off-street parking and public transport access, Milk Beach is one of the finest hidden beaches in Sydney that is still easy to access.
2.Flat Rock Beach
Put on your trail boots, and take a pleasant nature walk to Flat Rock Beach. Located north of the city (approx. 30 minute drive, 1h 30m public transport), Flat Rock Beach offers beautiful scenery, engaging nature walks, and the pristine waters of Middle Harbour.
Take a guided tour with Sydney Harbour Kayaks, and explore deep into the Garigal National Park. On your journey, paddle through the calm harbour waters while enjoying the fresh greenery and local wildlife. Other tours will take you around the open waters of Middle Harbour – or, you can rent a kayak and forge your own path.
3. Shelly Beach
Fancy a journey into the deep blue? With a maximum depth of 12 metres, Shelly Beach offers a unique experience for snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts.
Located in Manly north-east of Sydney, this hidden beach is a protected reserve home to over 500 types of marine life, including 160 local and tropical fish species. During your underwater journey, you can say ‘hello’ to iconic species’ such as blue gropers, cuttlefish, sea dragons, and black rock cod’s.
If you have a suitable camera, you’re free to snap a few underwater photos, and cherish your one-of-a-kind marine adventure for a lifetime.
4. Palm Beach
Admittedly, this one is a bit of a drive, located an hour away from the city by car. But Palm Beach is a rewarding experience with great surfing spots, diverse outdoor activities, and breathtaking scenery among the peninsula.
Palm Beach is separated by three sides of water: Pittwater to the west, Pacific Ocean on the east, and Broken Bay to the north.
Pittwater is a well-known water recreation spot that’s ideal for fishing, sailing and swimming. The Pacific Ocean houses many upscale residential properties, which offers plenty of local cafes and shops to explore. And Broken Bay is a surfer’s dream, with consistent waves and long stretches of sand to relax – ideal for winding down as the afternoon sun fades.
5. Congwong Beach
Congwong Beach is located near Anzac Parade and the Kamay Botany Bay National Park. With a 25 minute drive or 1-hour public transport trip from Sydney CBD, Congwong Beach is a unique hidden beach with lots of trail walks, clear coastal waters and panoramic views to enjoy.
Keep in mind, Congwong Beach is not usually patrolled by lifeguards. But the water is generally calm with few sights of coastal rips.
Popular activities to enjoy at Congwong Beach include fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling, surfing, and hiking through Kamay Botany Bay National Park.
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