Looking for the perfect place to cool off this summer? Head beyond the popular Bondi, Cronulla and Manly beaches and discover Sydney's secluded swimming spots. Scattered along Sydney's coastline, these secret beaches are ideal for relaxing, unwinding and enjoying a paddle. Pack your picnic basket and see what Sydney's hidden stretches of sand have to offer.
Shelly Beach, Manly
Situated within Manly's Cabbage Tree Bay, Shelly Beach is destination popular with snorkelers and paddlers alike. Part of a protected marine reserve, there are plenty of opportunities to encounter an array of marine life, while facilities such as electric barbecues, showers and toilets offer all the amenities needed for a great day out on the water's edge. The east coast's only westfacing beach, Shelly Beach is only a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute drive from Manly.
Chinaman's Beach, Mosman
Found just north of Mosman's Balmoral Beach, Chinaman's Beach is 250 metre stretch of coastline overlooking Middle Harbour and Sydney Harbour National Park. Sheltered from the waves of Sydney Harbour, the beach's calm waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and even kayaking. The reserve adjoining the beach offers plenty of shade, as well as toilet and shower facilities, making for a comfortable spot to spend a summer's day.
Milk Beach, Vaucluse
Set below the heritage listed Strickland House, Milk Beach is an isolated swimming spot offering spectacular views of Sydney's iconic skyline. Home to white sands and sparkling waters, the hidden destination is perfect for swimming, picnicking or simply soaking up the late afternoon sun. There are no toilet, shower or kiosk facilities available at the beach, so ensure you have everything you need before heading down to the water's edge.
Redleaf Beach, Double Bay
Offering great views towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Redleaf Beach is a picturesque coastal spot protected by shark nets, boasting plenty of space to swim, wade or float until your heart's content. Spend time in the water, picnic on the nearby grassed area of stop by the cafe found closeby. Toilet and shower facilities make Redleaf Beach, just 15 minutes from Sydney's CBD, a convenient spot to visit.
Shark Beach, Vaucluse
Only a short drive north of Vaucluse's Milk Beach, Shark Beach is a secluded swimming spot situated on the northwest edge of Nielsen Park. Offering great views towards Sydney's CBD and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the beach is protected by shark nets and is home to facilities including toilets, barbecues and a kiosk. A great vantage point for both Sydney's New Year's Eve fireworks and the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Shark Beach is well worth checking out this summer.