It’s no wonder that Sydney is one of the most liveable cities in the world. With the thriving, exciting cityscape on one hand and the idyllic beauty of natural surrounds on the other. The bonus of having the best of both worlds is that it makes it easy to escape to seclusion whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed with the crowds and general hustle and bustle of the city.
With over 100 beaches in and around the city, you are guaranteed to find a private oasis to appreciate Sydney’s natural beauty in peace and privacy. Here are the best quiet and secluded beaches in Sydney where you can find some much-needed R&R. Pack your book, bring your bathers, and get ready to escape the world!
Whiting Beach is a secluded beach in Sydney Harbour. It is a two hour walk (eight kilometres) from the Steamers Car Park in Booderee National Park. The beach sits in a secluded cove at the bottom of Taronga Zoo. Depending on when you visit, you may even catch a glimpse of a freshwater waterfall at the back of the beach. Whiting Beach is perfect for sunbathing, snorkelling, and swimming.
It is a bit off the beaten track, however, and getting there requires walking down a fairly steep sandstone step path from Whiting Road. So be sure to take all your supplies with you to save going back up the steps. Arriving at this beautiful 90-metre stretch of beach is worth every step, rewarding you with stunning views of the Sydney Harbour and the ferries pulling into Taronga Zoo Ferry Wharf.
Resolute Beach is one of the most secluded beaches in Sydney, and one that most people haven’t even heard of. Located within the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, you’ll find your own slice of paradise with virtually no other tourists or swimmers.
The 60-metre stretch of golden sandy beach is tucked away in its own nook surrounded by rocky outcrops and lush bushland. The water is calm and clear, and you’ll be treated to great views over Pittwater and Barrenjoey Headland. In order to get there, you’ll need to pay park entry ($12) into the National Park. Once inside, head to the Resolute Picnic Ground and then begin the two kilometre walk along the Resolute Loop Trail to Resolute Beach.
Kutti Beach in Vaucluse is possibly one of the hardest secluded spots to find – which makes it perfect for escaping the crowds! Located between Parsley Bay and Watsons Bay, Kutti Beach is in a residential area and can be accessed via a small walkway at the end of Wharf Road, near the Vaucluse Sailing Club. The private, flat, calm beach is picture perfect against the backdrop of palm trees and large multimillion-dollar mansions.
It is a beautiful spot for photographers or hobbyists looking for an Instagram-worthy photo. The beach is also perfect for swimming or wading in the shallow waters. Keep in mind that there are no dogs allowed on this beach and that you must take your rubbish home with you since there are limited facilities, unless you walk further up to Parsley Bay Reserve, where you can also find toilets.
This beautiful stretch of beach in Maitland Bay is one of the most secluded beaches in Sydney. Located inside Bouddi National Park, getting to the private stretch of beach requires walking a two kilometre return bush trail, but the track is short and very well-maintained.
Because the beach is so stretched out, it makes it easy to find your very own private spot. While there, you have the choice of sunbathing, swimming, or walking along one of the wilderness hikes. At the eastern end of the beach, you will come across the remains of the S.S Maitland Shipwreck which ran ashore in 1898. If you’re lucky, you may even catch the sight of dolphins on a clear, sunny day. Be sure to take some coins, as entry into the National Park is $8, and depending on where you park you may need extra change for the coin-operated machines.
For a truly secluded experience, head to Store Beach in Manly. This pretty stretch of beach can only be accessed via water. But fret not, if you haven’t access to a boat you can hire a kayak from Manly Wharf and paddle towards North Head. Store Beach is hidden away from civilisation and is a quiet part of the world where you are enclosed by lush bushland of North Head Sanctuary. Take in the dreamy views of the aqua blue water as you watch boats bob on by, and if you are there at the right time you may even catch a glimpse of Manly’s local Fairy Penguins.
If you’re visiting Sydney and want to escape the crowds to appreciate the natural parks and hidden gems around the city, you can easily drive to or take any number of public transport options to each of these secluded locations. Sydney truly is a unique part of the world where everything is at your doorstep. Enquire now for short or long-term stay options.