The Best Hidden Beaches in Sydney to Take a Secluded Dip in
Sneak away to Sydney's hidden beaches, loved for their secluded locations and picturesque views.
Sydney is smack-bang on the coast, and home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Sure, we’re biased, but it’s a fact. But where do you go to avoid the crowds on a hot summer’s day?
Do as the locals do and bypass the well-known, touristy haunts (sorry, Bondi) and head to a secluded spot instead. There are a few around, but Sitchu has splashed around these hidden beaches so that you can go straight to the best.
Grab your swimmers and sneak away to one of these hidden Sydney beaches…
Chinamans Beach, Mosman
Located a kilometre away from the bustling Balmoral Beach, Chinamans Beach is a beautiful 250m stretch of sand that’s the definition of ‘secluded.’ Once you’re there, you won’t want to leave, so bring snacks, sunscreen and drinks to last the day. The unpatrolled beach is known for its flat water, making it perfect for water sports, while the playground keeps kids entertained between swims.
McLean Crescent, Mosman
Lady Martins Beach, Point Piper
Wander down the lane off Wolseley Road, Point Piper (near the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club), and you’ll be greeted by the sparkling waters of Lady Martins Beach. Not only is the beach peaceful, but the uninterrupted views of the harbour and palatial mansions will remind you of just how lucky you are to live in Sydney.
Wolseley Road, Point Piper
Camp Cove, Watsons Bay
Camp Cove is a go-to secret beach for the eastern suburbs set of Sydney. Framed by million-dollar mansions and just a short walk from the Watsons Bay ferry, you can go pretend real estate shopping as you wade about in the calm waters. If you want to make a day of it, bring a picnic rug, set up under the shade of a tree, and get fish and chips from the nearby kiosk. There's also a large playground for the kids nearby. Tick, tick, tick!
Victoria Street, Watsons Bay
Collins Flat Beach, Manly
Tucked away on the harbour side of Manly, Collins Flat Beach is an idyllic spot that offers sprawling skyline views and a ton of privacy. It’s accessible only via water or walking trails and is the kind of place that prompts Instagram posts captioned with, “How’s the serenity?” And serene it is. The water is calm and shallow, and the beach is usually quiet. Our advice? Pack a picnic hamper and head to this hidden beach with the person you care about most, #romance.
Collins Beach Road, Manly
Salmon Haul Reserve, Cronulla
Salmon Haul Reserve is one of Cronulla's best-kept secrets. This gorgeous little spot has a beautifully landscaped area that overlooks Port Hacking across to Bundeena and the Royal National Park. Take a dip in the inviting water, or have a snorkel. There's also a great playground, which was refurbished in 2020, picnic facilities, and toilets.
Gowrie Street, Cronulla
Delwood Beach, Manly
Looking at the white sand and lake-like still waters, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in the Whitsundays. Nestled between the harbour side of Manly Cove and Fairlight Beach, you could easily miss Delwood but this secluded slice of paradise, which is framed by two tall Norfolk Island Pine trees, is well worth a visit. Perch on the grass for an afternoon picnic in the shade or wander down to the pristine waters for a dip.
The Crescent, Manly
Local and international crowds flock to Palm Beach (aka Summer Bay, thanks to Home and Away), so its next-door neighbor, Whale Beach, is usually overlooked. Named after the whales that can often be spotted on its horizon, this stunning spot, which boasts excellent surf conditions and bright yellow sand, is well worth a visit.
The Strand, Whale Beach
Whiting Beach, Mosman
Set on Sydney Harbour and hidden from the main drag, this is one of the best secret beaches for locals and Sydneysiders alike. The picture-perfect setting at Whiting Beach lends itself well to sunbathing, swimming and photos. Pack a picnic because when the sun is out, this is the spot to be for the whole day.
Whiting Beach Road, Mosman
Situated in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Resolute Beach is a hidden gem that is only accessible by foot or boat. The gorgeous beach is surrounded by natural bushland and clear blue waters you'll immediately want to jump into.
West Head section of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
Lady Bay Beach, Watsons Bay
Perched between South Head and Camp Cove, this tiny beach is one of the best secret beaches on Sydney’s coastline – and that’s a pretty big call! It boasts stunning views of the harbour and skyline, and the water is gentle and inviting. Oh, and cossies are completely optional. Yep, Lady Bay Beach is a designated nude bathing area, so feel free to strip down before you splash away.
If you’re in the mood for a walk, wear your sneakers (or a pair of solid sandals) and go down the South Head Heritage Trail, which will take you to the red and white striped Hornby Lighthouse.
Lady Bay Road, Watsons Bay
Bungan Beach, Newport
If you’re after a secluded beach with decent-sized waves, head to Bungan Beach in Newport. Just take your time walking down the steep private driveway (on Myolda Road), as that’s the only way in. When you reach the Bungan SLSC clubhouse, you’re there. The beach is only 600m long, but spectacular thanks to the sandstone cliffs that loom on either side. There isn’t much parking around, so carpool if you can and spend the day swimming, snacking and surfing the breaks (or watching the pros do their thing).
Myola Road, Newport
Castle Rock Beach
Nestled between Clontarf and Balgowlah lies this picturesque harbour beach in the Sydney Harbour National Park. This peaceful inlet is surrounded by cliffs and bushland, offering a tranquil escape away from the hustle and bustle of the city. But it's the unique rocky outcrops around the beach that make for the most amazing snorkelling and diving opportunities.
Ogilvy Road, Clontarf
Parsley Bay, Vaucluse
Next time you’re heading Vaucluse way, skip the popular Nielsen Park and stop at Parsley Bay instead. This local gem is as pretty as a postcard, with crystal clear water, a waterfall, and a wooden bridge harking back to the 1920s. Given its location at the very tip of the eastern suburbs, Parsley Bay doesn’t attract the kind of large crowds that neighbouring beaches do. It mostly appeals to locals going for their daily dip – and now you can join them!
Parsley Road, Vaucluse
Little Congwong Beach, La Perouse
Surrounded by lush greenery in the Botany Bay National Park, Little Congwong Beach makes swimmers and sunbathers feel like they’re far away from it all. It’s a 30-minute stroll from Congwong Beach, and well worth it. Along with calm waters, the beach offers views of bushland and boats, and it’s great for snorkelling. Leave the kids at home, though – thanks to its isolated location, Little Congwong Beach appeals to those who like to ‘let it all hang out.’ (Nudists; we mean nudists).
Botany Bay National Park, Anzac Parade, La Perouse
Mackenzie’s Bay, Tamarama
Now, Mackenzie’s Bay isn’t ‘hidden’ as such – it just doesn’t exist most of the time. Let us explain. Usually, this small cove between Bondi and Tamarama Beach is just a rocky bay that attracts surfers, fishermen and a few brave sunbathers. But every few years at the beginning of winter, the bay becomes a beach overnight. Yes, really! It’s a mystery in that no one knows exactly when it will happen, but experts believe it’s due to a special combination of shifting sand and low tide. How cool is that?
Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk, Tamarama