Flat Rock Beach is the ideal spot for cooling off after a bushwalk through Garigal or a kayak down Middle Harbour.
A long, narrow stretch of sand tucked in Felix Bay, Lady Martins Beach is the perfect place for an exclusive dip in the harbour.
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.
This hidden gem boasts incredible views of the city, Harbour Bridge and Rose Bay – watch the seaplanes come and go from the warm shallows.
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.
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.