7 great beaches to visit at night in Sydney
These serene baths offer you the chance to take a dip at dusk without worrying about crashing waves, letting you do laps or just splash around in the salty ocean pool. Look back over towards Tamarama when the sunsets and you’ll often see a seriously impressive display of billowing purple and pink clouds above the rows of glamorous houses. The park also has plenty of barbecue facilities and picnic tables so you can DIY your own alfresco dinner.
This Rosebay reserve is overrun with adorable pooches from 4.30pm every day, so you can watch corgis, retrievers, poodles and pugs waddle and wade in the shallow waters, or kick back on park benches. If you don’t feel like getting sandy there’s plenty of grass to perch and panoramic views of the harbour. Also if you’re wondering it’s pronounced ‘Doomerreck’.
This sweet little strip of sand situated on the Hermitage Foreshore Walk offers up postcard-perfect views back to the city, meaning sunsets here are very special. Bunker up on the grass in front of the heritage-listed Strickland House with a picnic and max your relax time. If you get there are little before dark, consider doing the walk along to Nielsen Park too.
Sydney’s most famous beach keeps kicking once the sun sets. It’s the perfect time to walk along the promenade or go for a soft sand run (the lights shine bright enough so it’s nice and visible). In the peak of summer it’s still swimmable (in safe conditions) until the sun sets. Afterwards, head up to the hill in South Bondi, or the grassy knoll in the north and kick back with some fish and chips. If you really want to keep the party going after dark check out Bondi Beach Public Bar or Ravesis.
Nip out of work at 5.30pm on the dot and head straight for Nielsen Park. The sandy part of this Vaucluse reserve is known as Shark Beach – but fear not – despite its name this beach is netted and safe to swim any time, thanks to its calm harbour temperament. The sublime views across to Mosman provide a beautiful backdrop, and you’ll also find the Nielsen, a casual Italian trattoria where you can pop in for split king prawns and a glass of crisp rose.
There’s a lot that makes this Mosman beach a great daytime destination – calm waters, views back to the headlands, plenty of stand-up paddle boarding spots and the ever-popular Boathouse – but when the sun sets it’s worth sticking around. Rollerblade along the promenade, relax on the large stretches of grass or head to Bathers Pavilion for a schmick dinner. In summer you can also catch some outdoor Shakespeare from Bard on the Beach, a local theatre company that do performances on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The pool formerly known as Redleaf is a sweet spot for a twilight dip. The harbour tidal enclosure has a wrap around deck with a shark net so it's not too risky and the grassy hill is a comfy spot to have a sunset picnic. Be warned though it can get quite rowdy towards the mid-evening with frequent police shutdowns. If you're respectful and don't bring an audacious UE Boom to one of the pontoons though you should be in for serene night.