Supermodel-city Sydney doesn’t stint on beautiful beaches. Once you’ve ticked off the city’s most popular spots – (in)famous Bondi Beach, mellow Bronte and photogenic, fashionable Tamarama, aka ‘Glamarama’ to the locals – and then tested your surf skills on Maroubra and Cronulla, seek out these secret beaches and sprawl out. There’ll be plenty of space for your beach towel....
Go for a quiet swim on Chinaman’s Beach, a kilometre north of Balmoral Beach. This is a great place for little Smiths to swim, thanks to the calm and safe waters. The 250-metre stretch of sand is also close to Mosman, which has a choice of tempting restaurants and some scenic harbourside walks.
This pretty beach is part of Cabbage Tree Bay, which is a smash-hit with snorkellers and divers thanks to its vivid marine life. It’s a peaceful, relaxing spot; sit back and soak up the sun (and those views). The beach is just a short walk along the coast from Manly (you could kayak there, if you’re feeling adventurous).
Proving that great beaches await south of the harbour, too, this beautiful beach at Double Bay has a spacious netted swimming area and a wraparound pontoon that offers eye-popping walks. There’s a café on the hill, should all that sea air make you peckish.
Dedicated beach bunnies won’t think twice about making the hour’s drive from the CBD to access this tranquil beach, which is tucked away within Sydney’s Royal National Park. Spend an entire day underwater, snorkelling and scuba diving with the gilled, finned locals. The park also has a popular picnic area at Wattamolla, where hungry mermaids and mermen can pause for lunch.
Sitting snugly at the base of Hermit Bay, encircled by Sydney Harbour National Park, this secluded beach surveys the Heritage-listed Strickland House. Gawp at the incredible views on offer; this is one of Sydney’s best-kept beachy secrets. You can get here by boat or public transport; there’s also limited off-street parking.
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