To be honest I’m sick of all the famous gorgeous beaches in Sydney – Bondi, Manly, Coogee blah blah blah. God, so DULL. Full of the usual beautiful people lying on the golden sands, honing their perfect bodies by actually knowing how to surf in the pristine blue, clear water. Hateful.
I propose you get away from all this loud beauty by trying out some of the quiet, calm and cute as a button beaches instead. Just as pretty as their big sisters but not quite so brash, it will be surprising that you’re still so close to the big, bad city.
Pack a picnic, a book, a map and follow me.
Take the ferry over to Watson’s Bay, leave the seagulls and tourists at the pier and take yourself down to the end of Cliff Street. Here you’ll find a little bit of paradise called Camp Cove (stop sniggering).
Waters calm enough to swim in while you contemplate the view back over to the city, and plenty of room to stretch out on your beach towel afterwards. Lovely.
Like the name suggests there is a bit of old world elegance to Balmoral beach with its stone bridge and pavilion.
Wander around the rock pools at low tide and watch the sun go down with excellent fish and chips from across the road.
Totally hidden away in the gardens of Strickland House in Vaucluse, Milk Beach is one of the most lovely, secret beaches in Sydney. Which I’ve just ruined by blabbing. On second thoughts just forget it, I never said a thing. Milk Beach? Nah, it’s crap, don’t go.
Castle Rock Beach is nestled amongst the bush in the middle of the Sydney Harbour National Park and is only accessible by walking track.
Smack bang in the middle of the epic Manly Scenic Walkway which starts at Spit Bridge and meanders around the National Park to emerge in Manly, this beach is a welcome sight for sore feet. Cool off in the clear water after eating your well-deserved sarnies.