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Obelisk Beach
Photograph: Ernest McGray

The best secret beaches in Sydney

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

By Erin Moy and Maxim Boon

If you're not feeling the crowds at Sydney’s most popular places to sunbake, these hidden stretches of sand are a perfect (and private) alternative. Some are surprisingly close to the CBD with stunning Harbour views, while others require a little more planning. But we're sure you'll agree, the privacy alone is worth the extra effort.

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 waterfront watering holes.

Secret Sydney beaches to seek out

Flat Rock Beach

Flat Rock Beach

Things to do Killarney Heights

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

Lady Martins Beach

Lady Martins Beach

Things to do Point Piper

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

Little Bay Beach

Little Bay Beach

Things to do Little Bay

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.

Milk Beach

Milk Beach

Things to do Vaucluse

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

South Head at Watsons Bay, Sydney Harbour National Park with Hor
Photograph: Destination NSW/Andrew Gregory

Lady Bay Beach

Museums Watsons Bay

Nestled in the heart of the millionaires' playground near Camp Cove (the overlooking residences are some of the priciest pads in the city), this secluded crescent of shore is just a hop skip and jump from the South Head, where you can visit Hornby Lighthouse and can take in epic views of the Tasman Sea.

Obelisk Beach

Obelisk Beach

Things to do Mosman

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.

Looking for more fun in the sun?

Bronte Baths at Bronte Beach
Photograph: Andrew Gregory; Destination NSW

The best beaches in Sydney

Attractions Beaches

Sydney doesn’t just boast some of the best beaches in Australia, many of this city’s shores are considered the finest on the globe. But with more than 100 beaches dotted throughout the harbour and along Sydney’s coastline to choose from, it can be a daunting task deciding just where to sample the surf. So, here it is: our ultimate pick of Sydney's best beaches.


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