15 Secret Beaches in Sydney
If you’re dreading the crowds and chaos at the likes of Coogee and Bondi this summer, then you should make these secret Sydney beaches a priority to visit. Some of these secret beaches you may never have heard of, some are really difficult to find, and some are more kid-friendly than others, but all these secret Sydney beaches will provide you with a bit of relief from the crowds and give you a bit of seclusion.
Note: some of these are un-patrolled, so always keep an eye on your little ones!
15 Secret Beaches in Sydney to Avoid the Crowds
1. Resolute Beach, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase
One of the most secluded Sydney beaches, and possibly one you’ve never even heard of! Once you’re inside the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, head to the Resolute Picnic Ground. From here, begin the Resolute Loop Trail to Resolute Beach, where there are virtually no tourists and likely almost no other swimmers so you'll actually have a Sydney beach all to yourself. This secret Sydney beach offers views over Pittwater and the Barrenjoey Headland where you can enjoy a stunning 60-metre stretch of sandy beach, with very calm waters and small reaches of rocks on either side, so you are practically in your own secret beach cocoon. Note: You will need to pay entry to the National Park.
2. Congwong Beach, La Perouse
Make your way down sloping sand to this pretty secluded Sydney beach in the Botany Bay National Park, where you can look out to Bare Island. The water at Congwong Beach is pretty much completely flat, so it’s perfect for inexperienced swimmers, mums wanting a truly relaxing swim and snorkellers. If you’re lucky, you might catch the ice cream boat - literally, a little boat you can buy ice creams from that travels between Congwong and Little Congwong beach.
3. Yarra Bay
Just around the corner from Congwong Beach, Yarra Bay is another relatively secret Sydney beach on the northern side of Botany Bay in Phillip Bay. The southern side of Yarra Bay is protected by Yarra Point and the calm waters are due to the bay's southwesterly orientation.
4. MacKenzies Bay Beach
This Sydney beach is so secretive that it only comes out to play every few years! MacKenzies Bay Beach is found hidden away in the eastern suburbs, around 100 metres north of Tamarama. Usually, you would miss this Sydney Beach on your Bondi to Coogee walk because its shoreline is rocky and inhospitable. BUT every now and again MacKenzies Bay Beach appears - for just a few months! As of December 2019 the beach has returned so head down to MacKenzies Bay Beach for a frolic (it's not patrolled so we'd recommend just dipping your toes). It's also a dog-friendly beach!
5. Jibbon Beach, Bundeena
Found nestled in the Royal National Park is Jibbon Beach in Sydney’s south. The water is quite flat for a fair distance, but there is a sudden drop, so be careful with little swimmers! Jibbon Beach offers an extremely long 700-metre stretch of sand, so you’re destined to pick your own quiet place to relax far removed from others. From Jibbon Beach you can also access a trail walk to check out the sites of well preserved Aboriginal engravings - an amazing experience.
6. Darook Park Beach
Ask any Sutherland Shire local and they'll claim that Darook Park Beach is the best beach in the world and they might be onto something. Darook Park Beach is a west-facing beach and offers calm waters, plenty of shade and the opportunity to catch the sunset of an evening - bliss!
7. Kutti Beach, Vaucluse
Kutti Beach is probably one of the hardest Sydney beaches to find - if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you simply won’t find it. But trust us, it’s possibly the best secret beach in Sydney! Kutti Beach can be found between Parsley Bay and Watsons Bay, in a completely residential area. At the end of Wharf Road in front of the Vaucluse Sailing Club, you have not hit a dead end. Look carefully and you’ll see a wooden staircase painted white behind a white picket fence that's roughly as narrow as a person’s shoulder width. Head down the stairs, and you’ll find what seems to be a private Sydney beach for the mansions that enclose it. In case you’re not convinced that this Sydney beach is paradise: dogs are welcome there too, if on a leash.
8. Store Beach, Manly
If you don’t mind having a bit of an adventure in order to get there, then Store Beach in Manly is for you! This secret Sydney beach is only accessible by boat - we recommend hiring a kayak from Manly Wharf and paddling around to this 200-metre stretch of isolated beach. With all the thick vegetation surrounding you, you’ll feel miles away from the city and those pesky summer crowds. Pack a picnic to take with you on your secret Sydney beaches adventure - there’s no easy way off Store Beach once you arrive! Looking for a more family-friendly day out in Manly? We have just the guide.
9. Gordons Bay, Between Coogee & Clovelly
While Gordons Bay is no longer a secret Sydney beach for locals, if you’re ever visiting the Eastern Suburbs, check out Gordons Bay rather than the much, much busier Clovelly and Coogee beaches on either side of it. It’s a delightful, picture-perfect little curve of water with fishing boats stacked on either side, plenty of rocks to climb and explore (or sunbake on, as the locals do). Stop off as you enjoy the coastal walk which is one of Sydney’s best, no doubt.
10. Manly Dam
You probably never thought to swim here! While Manly Dam is not quite a Sydney beach, it’s undoubtedly a well-kept secret body of water. Although parking costs more on weekends if you’re not a Northern Beaches resident, Manly Dam is the perfect old-school swimming spot. It’s a hotspot for water skiers, mountain bike riders, picnickers, bushwalkers, and swimmers, of course. It has an abundance of flora and fauna life, and the swimming area is huge, great for toddlers to paddle in the shallows and stronger swimmers to venture further out.
11. Chinaman’s Beach, Mosman
Chinaman's Beach is a 250-metre stretch of unpatrolled beach that gets forgotten because the super kid-friendly Balmoral Beach is close by. A wave is a very hard thing to come by at Chinaman's Beach so it's a perfect Sydney beach for toddlers and a relaxing swim, in a residential area with homes you’re bound to turn green with envy over. Chinaman's Beach is properly secluded so bring your own snacks and enjoy the tranquillity overlooking the boats as they bob around in the clear water. Parking is available at the adjacent Rosherville Reserve, which also has toilets and a playground if you feel like a play.
12. Lady Martins Beach, Point Piper
Lady Martins Beach's hidden location keeps the crowds at bay on most days - you might even have this Sydney beach all to yourself if you're lucky! Nestled beside the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club, Lady Martins Beach is down a narrow lane (off Wolseley Road) and offers a very secluded (rather narrow!) stretch of pristine beach that's sure to become your new favourite of the Sydney beaches listed. Enjoy the views of the city skyline as you take a dip.
13. Bungan Beach, Pittwater
Gorgeous white sand, with 40-50-metre sandstone cliffs on either side, Bungan Beach provides the perfect nook for a secret beach experience. Bungan Beach is a long 600-metre stretch of secret Sydney beach with a few surfers but never unbearable crowds. Access to the beach is via Myola Road, Newport.
14. Wattamolla Beach, Royal National Park
Wattamolla Beach offers the perfect adventure spot - walking tracks, snorkelling, swimming, fishing, picnicking, exploring, or just hiding away from the hustle and bustle. The Wattamolla Lagoon is perfect for little swimmers. This previously secret beach can get pretty busy on weekends, so for the most secluded experience, visit Wattamolla Beach during the week! Note: you will need to pay entry to the National Park.
15. Paradise Beach, Avalon
If the name alone doesn't convince you to go for a peek, splash and wonder, Paradise Beaches' almost completely secluded location should! Located at the end of Paradise Avenue in Avalon, Paradise Beach backs onto Pittwater and is the definition of a secret Sydney beach. It has very small waves, which is perfect for new swimmers, babies and toddlers and the wharf that juts out is a popular spot to grab some rays. Parking is very limited on the residential street so you might have to count on luck.
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Dec 14 2018
Just a heads up on Wattamolla Beach, Royal National Park: This beach is pretty popular already and on nice days/weekends and police will close the road in. The only option to have some quiet time here is during the week if at all. If you make a trip from Sydney down the South Coast there are some smaller less popular beaches plus a lot of sight seeing for free :)