Venture beyond Bondi Beach to these seven lesser-known sandy spots on Sydney’s coast.
Chinamans Beach, Mosman
Take a short stroll through leafy Rosherville Reserve in Mosman and you’ll find yourself at Chinamans Beach – a harbour enclave often disregarded in favour of its beautiful (but busy) neighbour, Balmoral Beach. Take a dip in its azure waters and enjoy breathtaking views across Middle Harbour.
Lady Martins Beach, Point Piper
Hidden down a narrow lane adjacent to Point Piper’s illustrious Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club, Lady Martins Beach can be difficult to find. This seclusion is its major drawcard, along with fewer crowds and sweeping harbour views. Bring your own picnic, or visit one of the many cafés and restaurants in nearby Double Bay or Rose Bay.
Store Beach, Manly
One of Sydney’s most isolated beaches, Store is accessible only by water. Hire a kayak from Manly Kayak Centre (manlykayakcentre.com.au) and paddle for about 20 minutes to this sheltered spot just inland from the old Quarantine Station. On the way, stop at Little Manly Beach Kiosk for a coffee or snack. Your efforts will be rewarded with your own slice of paradise.
Jibbon Beach, Royal National Park
Located in the Royal National Park at the eastern end of Bundeena, Jibbon Beach is a gorgeous 700-metre stretch of sand yet remains one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets. The beach is a one-hour drive south of Sydney or a 10-minute ferry ride from Cronulla Marina. If you’re after a post-swim snack, Bundeena’s town centre offers a few small coffee shops (serving Aussie staples such as sausage rolls and meat pies).
Resolute Beach, West Head
Don’t be deterred by the three-hour return walk through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park – a coastal hideaway awaits you at Resolute Beach. Begin the walk at Resolute picnic ground and don’t miss the detour to Red Hands Cave, where you’ll find significant examples of Aboriginal art. Bring comfortable walking shoes and plenty of water to drink.
Milk Beach, Vaucluse
Situated at the base of Strickland House in Vaucluse, Milk Beach has inviting, crystal-clear water and vistas of Shark Island and the city skyline. The beach can be accessed on the Hermitage Foreshore walk, which starts at Bayview Hill Road and ends at the popular Nielsen Park.
Congwong Beach, Kamay Botany Bay National Park
Botany Bay’s industrial reputation means this area is often overlooked in favour of Sydney’s famous harbour beaches. Tucked away in Kamay Botany Bay National Park, pretty Congwong Beach has naturally protected waters and small swell. Make a day of it and add a tour of Bare Island – a historic military defence fort – to your itinerary.
Images: Andrew Gregory, Destination NSW