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The best secret beaches in Sydney

Shhh... let's just keep these top Sydney beaches between us

Photograph: Ernest McGray

Not feeling the crowds at Sydney’s most popular places to sunbake? Try seeking out these hidden stretches of sand for a more private party in the sunshine. Some are surprisingly close to the CBD with stunning harbour views, others require a little more planning but the privacy alone is worth the extra effort.

Flat Rock Beach

Flat Rock Beach is the ideal spot for cooling off after a bushwalk through Garigal or a kayak down Middle Harbour.

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Killarney Heights

Lady Martins Beach

A long, narrow stretch of sand tucked in Felix Bay, Lady Martins Beach is the perfect place for an exclusive dip in the harbour.

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Point Piper

Little Bay Beach

You'll find this beach – split in two by a protrusion of rock – right at the end of the Prince Henry development in Little Bay. It has great facilities and still, calm waters. Grab a slushie from the supermarket on your way out of Prince Henry. We almost feel guilty spoiling this little secret. Almost.

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Little Bay

Milk Beach

This hidden gem boasts incredible views of the city, Harbour Bridge and Rose Bay – watch the seaplanes come and go from the warm shallows.

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Obelisk Beach

On the south side of Middle Head, Obelisk Beach is another little nude pocket renowned for its peace, quiet and views of the South Head.

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The top snorkelling spots in Sydney

Where are these great snorkelling spots? To find out, we enlisted the help of the good people at Snorkel Safari, who run scuba-diving courses and snorkel trips from several locations across the city. They gave us their picks of the five best places to bury your face in the water in Sydney, from a strange little island in La Perouse to Shelly Beach at Manly.

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By: Time Out editors