Sydney’s best secret beaches

Summer in Sydney isn’t really summer unless you’re lying by the water, soaking up some sun.

By Benjamen Judd 

There is a vibe in Sydney when summer hits – a restless one. Being so close to water makes everyone itch for the chance to dip their toes in and cool off in the heat. 

So which beaches do the locals hit when the chance comes? Bondi may sound like the first choice but there are in fact a handful of secret, hidden bays and beaches that come with all the beauty and none of the crowd. 

Here are our three favourites. 

Camp Cove, Watsons Bay 

Ideal for a barbecue or picnic, Camp Cove is a stunning oasis that sits adjacent to the Sydney Harbour National Park. The pristine water is often home to fish so don’t be surprised if you’re not the only swimmer in the area. 

Obelisk Beach 

Obelisk is a beautiful beach located in Mosman on the northern side of Sydney and also one of the few legal nude beaches left. Yes, we said nude. So if you’re on the more conservative end of the spectrum this probably isn’t for you. But if honestly – you’re on a holiday. Why not live a little?




Milk Beach, Vaucluse 

A private bay in the hills of affluent Vaucluse, Milk Beach has unbelievable views of Sydney Harbour. While the beach itself has limited space, there is plenty of room to sit on the lawns of heritage-listed Strickland House.

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