Kathryn Lee - 10 Dec, 2019

Sydney’s secret(ish) beaches

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Australia is spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches. As many flock to the coveted sand of Bondi and Coogee, Sydney’s staple beaches become prime real estate.

In this digital age, secret beaches are few and far between, but we know a few which won’t be inundated with beachgoers. All we ask is that you keep the quiet charm of each place and perhaps forego a geotag on your next Instagram update.

Lady Martin’s Beach, Point Piper

Amid the chaos of Rose Bay and Bondi Beach, you will find the unassuming and modest shores of Lady Martin’s Beach. With a tiny strip to share, the space will undoubtedly feel intimate. The hidden beach is framed by the suburb’s affluent beachfront properties and towards the sea, their respective yachts line Sydney’s harbour. While the yacht club’s jetty is private, the beach remains public. Even better dogs (on a leash) are welcome!

To get there, you will feel like you’re trespassing, traversing a narrow laneway between Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club on Wolseley Road. With a narrow shoreline, you’re likely to have no one in front or behind your territory – a rarity.


Store Beach, Manly

Off Manly’s North Head you will find Store Beach, surrounded by bushland and hidden away from civilisation. Accessing this place is hard. You will likely need to hire a kayak and earn your place on the shore.

Unsurprisingly, this lack of accessibility means you may have this place entirely to yourself. Hire your kayak from Manly Wharf and paddle towards North Head. Use the old Quarantine Station as a sign that you’re headed in the right direction.


Wattamolla Beach, Royal National Park

Along the well-known Royal Coastal Walk within the Royal National Park, detour into the natural sanctuary of Wattamolla Beach. We are talking a blue lagoon and waterfall among lush bushland. The still water makes it an ideal setting for kayaking, swimming and snorkelling.

Plus, if you’re trying to escape the parking or BBQ saturation in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, this is the place for you. You’ll even find some toilets and showers in the bushland. We admit, this place is popular for families on weekends, but there is enough space for all. If you’re brave, cause a stir in the water and cliff-dive.


Kutti Beach, Vaucluse

Although Sydney’s vast choice of shoreline is incomparable, dog-friendly beaches are numbered. Kutti beach, though, is dog-friendly. Usually scattered with locals, it is quiet and hidden away between Parsley Bay Reserve and Watsons Bay.

Much like many of the hidden beaches in the Eastern suburbs, you will need to navigate a narrow staircase next to Vaucluse Amateur Sailing Club at the end of Wharf Road. It’s so discreet you’ll feel like you aren’t in the right place, but it is hidden in plain sight.


Sirius Cove Reserve

A spot tucked away in Mosman, this little bay also has a playground and a substantial picnic area. The beach is enclosed by a sandstone wall across its 250-metre strip and is shallow, making it ideal for you and your dog to go for a dip.


Congwong Beach, La Perouse

For me, Congwong beach’s biggest selling point is its iconic ice-cream boat. The beach is located in Kamay Botany Bay National Park and can be accessed via a 100-metre path at the southern end of Cann Park. It’s a good pit stop along one of the nearby walking tracks leading to Henry Head and Cape Banks, or the La Perouse cycling loop. Plus, it’s family-friendly, close to cafes and dolphins occasionally make an appearance.


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Words by Michelle Elias

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