A trip to Resolute Beach should be a compulsory part of any visit to the stunning Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. Looking out over Pittwater, with Barrenjoey Head and its picture-perfect lighthouse in the distance, it takes a little effort to get to Resolute, but boy, does the time invested pay dividends. You can reach these sands either by taking the Mackeral Trail from Mackeral Beach after catching a boat across from Pittwater Park Wharf or by heading south on the Resolute Track from the West Head Lookout. Whichever you choose, your day at the beach will come bookended by a blissful bushwalk through some of the most beautifully unspoiled parklands near the city.
When the sunny season kicks in, crowds flock to Sydney's most famous sandy stretches, but with well over 100 beaches to be found in and around the city, there are plenty of secluded shores to choose from if you'd prefer to sunbake with minimal human contact.
Some are surprisingly close to the CBD with stunning harbour views, while others require a little more planning to reach. But trust us, once you find yourself stretched out on the sand with barely another soul in sight, you'll be glad you made the effort to reach these lesser-known gems.
If you're feeling a little more like releasing your inner-exhibitionist, why not head to these nudist beaches in Sydney, followed by a few drinks at one of the city's best rooftop bars (once you've put your clothes back on, of course).