Beat the crowds this summer and hit up these Sydney beachscapes which are so secret, even Google Maps has a hard time finding some of them. They’re tucked away and totally ‘grammable, so you don’t have to worry about anyone else getting in your shot (unless they’re reading this article).
Because big beaches in Sydney get packed AF and we’re useless at bodysurfing. Here's your guide to the best secret beaches to visit in Sydney this summer.
This really is the ultimate hidden beach. You’ll get to this secluded sanctuary by driving to the end of Oglivy Road. Surrounded by rainforest, this super secret beach is the perfect spot for a swim and picnic (there are no nearby shops so it’s up to you to BYO all of the snacks—you’ve been warned).
Palm trees, sailboats, beachfront mansions and a secret pathway. Sound like your type of beach? It probably is. Kutti Beach is the totally hidden oasis tucked away between Parsley Beach and Watsons Bay. And when the sailing club is closed, their deck makes a great sneaky spot to soak up the sun.
We love Congwong Beach for two main reasons. Firstly, it’s shallow and perfect for snorkelling, and secondly, ice-cream boat. It’s pretty damn awesome. Don’t know what we’re talking about? You’ll have to get to this hidden beach IRL and see for yourself.
Collins Flat Beach
If some serious “wow factor” is what you’re looking for, you need to hit up Collins Flat Beach. Not only is it secluded AF and boasts stunning harbour views, this little secret nook of paradise also has its own beach waterfall. And yep, it’s as awesome as it sounds.
Morning Bay Beach
Morning Bay Beach requires a little more of a drive but hey, we’re always up for a mini road trip to untouched places (goodbye sweet reception). Located in the Kurangai Chase National Park, Morning Bay Beach is surrounded by bushland and complete with a swinging rope, beach waterfall and swimming holes. Did we mention the swinging rope?
The name might be a dead giveaway, but this one is so secret, that sometimes you can’t even see it. Surprise, at times, this beach gets washed over by the tide making it disappear completely (so you’ll have to time your trip perfectly). This little secret hideaway means you’ll have to jump off the Spit to Manly walking track, and trek through some bush. But the best part is, you’ll score a solitary swim.
You’ll strike up one of the best vantage points in Sydney at this secret stretch of sand. Getting down to Queens Beach can be done either via its narrow walking track or from the Hermitage Foreshore walk. This harbour cove is one of the nicest spots to go for a fish and a dip. And you need to stay and watch the sunset over the city skyline, it’s epic.
Nielsen Park is actually a local goodie and a total must if you’ve never been. If big, busy beaches aren’t your thing, Nielsen Park is your go-to. Cue harbour views, rocks to jump off and beautiful walking tracks to explore. Plus, the water is ridiculously blue and 100% ‘grammable (that’s important).
Point Piper is known for its majestic harbour views and palatial properties, but beneath it all lies Lady Martins beach. Understated, well hidden and easy to access, Lady Martins is a little secret beach at Felix Bay offering uninterrupted vistas, privacy and a low-key afternoon in the sun.
You know Balmoral Beach right? Well, this isn't it. Just a cheeky 1km walk away is the flat, secluded secret stretch of beach, Chinamans Beach. Its flat conditions are ideal for water sports, whilst a large grass patch and kid's playground make it great for families.
Milk it for all it's worth—this NYE hot spot boasts one of the best views in town. Plus, its complete seclusion will make you believe there's still such thing as privacy. Clean and clear watered, you won't regret a trip to the Far East.
Head to Manly, rent a kayak and paddle your way to Store Beach—trust us, it’ll be a damn good time. A glorious spot for romantics and weddings, Store Beach is Sydney's 'something special'. Keep an eye out for the resident Little Penguins (yes, really).
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Image credit: Jackielyn Powell