Sydney’s Secluded Beaches

Summer in Sydney in well and truly underway and I have to say, I’m absolutely in love with it! It’s thirty degrees, sunny and has enough beaches to keep you going right through the season. Sydney has well over one hundred beaches to explore, and yet every tourist (myself included) plonks themselves on Bondi Beach and calls it home for the summer.

My favourite beach has to be Coogee, it’s where I live and work and has become my local place to hang out. I’ll admit I’m guilty of strolling down the road, picking a spot on the sand and not moving for the day. But with limited time remaining in Sydney now, it’s important I experience all this great city has to offer, beaches included! Today I’ve put together my top picks of Sydney’s secret beaches. To homegrown Sydneysiders, these beaches aren’t that secret, but to those who have recently adopted Australia as their home, hopefully this list will take you off the beaten track a bit!


Milk Beach in Vaucluse is situated just at the base of Hermit Bay in the Sydney Harbour National Park. This stretch of sand is well removed from the hustle and bustle and boasts amazing views of the city skyline and Opera House. Stay for sunset and make sure to bring a camera!


Many have probably walked right through Gordon’s Bay and never stopped to really appreciate this little gem! A small cove on the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, this is a great place for snorkelling. It’s completely sheltered by the rocks around it, making it the perfect place to sunbake! Right in the middle of everything, yet this beach is rarely busy.


This beauty of a beach can be found at the northern perimeter of Mosman. Chinaman’s Beach is well inside Middle Harbour so there’s barely a wave to be seen, making it a great place for a relaxed swim in that Sydney sunshine!


Near Anzac Parade, Little Bay Beach is one of Sydney’s undiscovered jewels. A ‘secret’ beach popular with locals, it’s well protected from large coastal swells making it perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Its golden sands are popular with families while the rock ledges make great fishing spots.


Not exactly a beach, but the Figure Eight Pools, an hour’s drive outside of Sydney make for a great day out. The Figure Eight Pools is located in Royal National Park, near Burning Palms Beach. This coastal rock shelf is dotted with natural rockpools – including one in the shape of a figure eight. Pack a picnic, get out and explore greater Sydney – the cool pictures alone will make the drive worth it!


Nowhere near a secret beach, yet many visiting Sydney seem to shun it for the likes of Bondi. Situated in a very exclusive area, this beach gives gorgeous views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, with a coastal walk on the opposite side of the road. This place is definitely worth a visit.


Everyone takes that famous ferry ride to get to beautiful Manly Beach, yet no one ventures any further. Just a short stroll from Manly lies Shelly Beach, a secluded stretch of sand perfect for snorkelling. Shallow blue waters and gold sand make for one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Sydney!

Keelin Riley
Keelin Riley

Keelin is an Irish travel writer with a degree in journalism and a background in the Irish media. Keelin’s travel writing has been published in various media publications, and when she’s not off gallivanting around the globe, she enjoys keeping Sun Scribes up-to-date for all those fellow budget travellers out there!

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