10 Best Secluded Beaches In Sydney

If you’re looking to explore some of the best secluded beaches in Sydney, fear not, we have you covered.

Sometimes we just need to escape the crowds at Bondi Beach and Manly and find a quiet beach in Sydney.

I hear you laugh; “Quiet secluded beaches in Sydney? Does that really exist? “

Yes! We’ve searched high and low to find you the best secret beaches in Sydney!

We’ve kept our top 10 best secluded beaches in Sydney list away from the Eastern Suburbs as there are some proper gems out there worth exploring.

1.Washaway beach, near the Spit to Manly track

(Location: In Sydney)


One of the best secluded beaches in Sydney is Washaway Beach which sits right near the Spit to Manly walk in Balgowlah Heights.

We found it just by looking on Google Maps but it was amazing that no one had even heard of it who actually live nearby! Apparently Washaway Beach is known as the most secret beach in Sydney!

You’ll be gobsmacked at how you’ll be able to look on over at Balmoral and the ferry’s heading to and from Manly, yet you’ll pretty much get the entire beach to yourself.  This is the perfect quiet beach in Sydney.

Tip – be warned, it’s best to visit in the morning as the tide comes in and you may have sit on the rocks to sun bake. We did see a few people in the nude (which is fine as you’ll have plenty of room not to be too exposed to it out on the rocks).

TIP!! I also wouldn’t recommend families going as getting down to the beach requires a bit of rock climbing.

Good for:

Washaway Beach is a great secluded beach if you want some peace right in the middle of Sydney. You might find a few nudists around too. Not great for families as getting down to the beach can be tricky. Please be careful when going to this beach

How to get to Washaway Beach 


Drive over to Balgowlah Heights and park on either Cutler Road or Barrabooka St and walk down on the Lighthouse Track. The first left will take you onto Washway Beach Track. It takes five minutes or so to get there from your car. From Town Hall it will take 30 minutes by car.

Public transport:

If you’re wondering how to get to Washaway Beach by public transport, you’ll need to get three buses from Town Hall, then walk fifteen minutes from Alma St. It’s going to take around 1h20m to get there from Town Hall.

2. Ghosties Beach, near Moonee, Central Coast

(Location: 1h 40 min from Sydney)

The incredible Ghosties Beach in Central Coast is one of those wow moment beaches.

Ghosties Beach is one of those beautifully secluded beaches near Sydney which also has some of the best walk through caves in Australia. It has to be up there as one of our favourite beaches near Sydney.

Exploring the caves at Ghosties Beach 

Good For:

Ghosties Beach is great for explorers and people who like to feel like they are a million miles away from Sydney. There’s quite a few hidden caves in this area but you’ll find the main one easily at the end of the beach.

It’s a great beach for the family to enjoy with access to the amazing caves. You’ll need to walk along the beach from Moonee Beach which will take a good 10 minutes or so, just be prepared if you want to bring children with you.

How to get to Ghosties Beach


It takes 1h30 to get to Moonee Beach from Town Hall. Make sure you park at Moonee Beach and NOT Timber Beach. Trust us, we went the Timber Beach way and spent ages bush bashing to get to Ghosties Beach. There’s a much, much easier way to get there via Moonee Beach and just walk over along the beach from there.

Public Transport:

Unfortunately if you want to go to this beach, you’ll have to hire a car.

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3. Maitland Bay, Bouddi National Park

(Location: 1h 30min north of Sydney)


The award for the best beach in Sydney is Maitland Bay which is situated in Bouddi National Park.

It’s a 15 minute walk down on a safe track to the beach near the Bouddi National Park Information Centre on the Scenic Road. With flat, crystal clear waters, you’ll wonder if you’ve been transported to the Mediterranean.

There are some awesome little shaded spots to sit near and this has to be the best gem I have come across to date! It’s also good for families too as the track wasn’t difficult and we saw a couple of kids down there (although it’s up hill on the way back) so don’t bring a pram.

If you’re looking for a secluded beach in Sydney, it doesn’t get much better than this!

Good for:

Maitland Bay is the perfect beach for anyone wanting to feel like they are in Paradise. It is a 20 minute walk on a good path downhill to get there so try not to bring too much with you and make sure you wear trainers at least.

How to get to Maitland Bay


Drive 1h30m from Town Hall up to the Bouddi National Park Information Centre car park and walk 14 minutes down to the beach.

Public Transport:

You have the option of two routes to get to Maitland Bay via public transport. Either go up to Palm Beach and take the ferry over to Wagstaffe, then a bus out to  Wagstaffe and walk 14 minutes from the Bouddi National Park bus stop, or a bus out to Gosford, change there for another bus to Bouddi National Park.

4. Little Marley and Big Marley Beach

(Location: The Royal National Park, 1 hour South of Sydney)

<em>Little Marley Beach The Royal National Park Sydney<em>

Located in the Royal National Park, Little Marley and Big Marley are two absolutely stunning beaches in Sydney. Both beaches are located next door to each other and you can get to them by either walking from the popular family beach at Wattamolla or from Bundeena. They take about an hour each but they’re completely worth being on our best secluded beaches in Sydney list so make the effort to see them!

If you’re coming via public transport take the Bundeena track and you’ll get to walk past the popular Wedding Cake Rock. You can only get to Wattamolla with a car. Both hikes are absolutely beautiful as you’ll walk right along the coast.

Read more: The Bundeena to Big Marley Beach Bucket List hike

At Big Marley, you’ll find some sand dunes and a lagoon right behind them although there’s not a great deal going on in the lagoon. It’s nice to explore the area though. Little Marley is unsurprisingly a smaller beach.

Big Marley beach (little marley beach is on the far left in the background). Taken from the Bundeena track. 

Good for: 

Big Marley and Little Marley is the perfect day out. If you want to combine an amazing hike with a brilliant, rewarding gorgeous beach to finish then this is the hike for you. Remember it takes an hour to walk from both Bundeena or Wattamolla to get to Big Marley and Little Marley beaches. Make sure you wear hiking boots on this walk and take loads of water.

How to get to Big Marley and Little Marley Beach


From Bundeena – Drive drive down to Beachcomber Avenue or Eric Street to park up. Then start your hike along the Wedding Cake Rock route. Shortly after passing Wedding Cake Rock, you then come to Big Marley Beach.

From Wattamolla – It takes about an hour to drive to Wattamolla car park. Then walk past the picnic area and onto the Coast Track. Just stay on this path until you reach Little Marley beach in about an hours time. Always stay close to the sea and don’t turn off.

Public Transport:

The only way to get public transport to the Royal National Park is by getting the train from Town Hall to Cronulla, then take the ferry over to Bundeena. From here you can walk over to Beachcomber Avenue and start the track over to Wedding Cake Rock and Big Marley. It will take around 1h30m to get to Bundeena, then leave another hour to get to Big Marley beach on your hike.

5. Chinamans Beach, Mosman 

(Location: Next door to Balmoral Beach)

<em>This is actually busy for the beach we took this on a very hot day just before Christmas<em>

If you’ve lived in Sydney for at least a year, you probably would have been to Balmoral beach by now. It’s a great family beach on the north side of the bridge as it’s known for its flat water, but it gets really busy full of families and parking can be a complete nightmare.


So if you’re looking for an uncrowded beach in Sydney then just head just around the corner from Balmoral Beach to Chinamans beach. Not only is the water flat (I know us Brits aren’t massive fans of the waves!) but it’s one of the best secluded beaches in Sydney for swimming.

From above: Chinamans Beach is a quiet, secluded beach in Sydney.

Good for: Chinamans Beach is a fantastic quiet beach in Sydney and is great for everyone to visit. There’s also Rosherville Reserve right next to the beach which is perfect for a picnic spot.

How to get to Chinamans Beach


It’s only about a 15 minute drive from Town Hall to get to Chinamans Beach (without too much traffic!). Just park up along Mclean Crescent and pop on over to the beach.

Public Transport:

You can get to Chinamans Beach by public transport. It takes around 45 minutes and all you need to do is take the Taronga Zoo bus to the Spit Junction from Town Hall, then walk for 20 minutes and you’ll be at Chinamans Beach!

6. Resolute Beach, Ku-ring-gai National Park (opp Palm Beach)

(Location: 1 hour drive, then 20-30 minute hike)

Paradise at Resolute Beach near Sydney

When you visit Resolute Beach, you feel like you’ve hit the jackpot!

The reason we love this beach is because it makes you feel like you’re on a deserted island with flat, turquoise water. It’s baffling to know that the busy Palm Beach is just over the water. It really is spectacular!! Either hike down is safe for families but obviously don’t bring a pram and kids to be old enough to walk along a track.

Good for: 

Resolute Beach is the ultimate beach near Sydney. If you’re looking for a beach that will make you feel like you’ve found the perfect hideaway, then this is it! Good for explorers.

Read more: The best quiet beaches near Bondi

How to get to Resolute Beach


It takes an hour from Sydney to West Head Lookout (which has amazing views of Palm Beach) in Ku-ring-gai National Park. Then walk 20 minutes down the hill to Resolute Beach.

Alternatively you can ditch the hike down and take the ferry over from Palm Beach to Great Mackerel Beach. It’s then a 30 minute hike on the Mackerel Track but it’s beautiful and right next to the water.

Public Transport:

You’ll need to take the bus up to Palm Beach, then take the ferry over to Great Mackeral Beach as mentioned above and hike from there. It should take around 3hours from Town Hall to get to this beach (2 hour bus, 30 minute ferry, 30 minute hike).

7. Great Mackerel Beach, Kur-ring-gai National Park

(Location: 1hr drive to Palm Beach, then 10 minute ferry ride)


If you can’t be bothered with the hike to Resolute Beach then stay at Great Mackerel Beach because this beach is stunning.

There’s a local shop and holiday apartments to rent on this gorgeous beach so if you’re looking for a weekend away from Sydney then this is your spot.

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It’s a beautiful beach with a great peaceful energy to it. We always divide our time between this beach and Resolute when we catch the ferry over.

Good for:

Great Mackeral Beach is great for families, a lovely day out or a weekend away from Sydney.

How to get to Great Mackeral Beach


Drive up to Palm Beach Wharf and get the ferry over to Great Mackeral Beach.

Public Transport:

You absolutely can get to Great Mackeral Beach by public transport. Just get the bus up to Palm Beach Wharf, then the ferry from there. Trust me it will be worth it!

8. Frazer and Bongon Beach, Munmorah National Park, Central Coast

(Location: 1hr 30 min north of Sydney)


Based in Munmorah National Park, Frazer Beach is absolutely perfect for any surfers out there. It’s also got some awesome rock pools on both sides to the beach and it’s a popular family spot with a car park right next to the beach. You can also camp at Frazer Beach but book in advance as there’s only 6 spots available.

You can walk around from Frazer Beach to Bongon Beach. This is a much smaller quieter beach but there’s something quite magical about it and it’s one of our favourites.

Both beaches are also right near to Ghosties Beach as mentioned above. Around this area there are loads of sea caves to explore. You’ll need to do you research but just be very careful if you are on a mission to find them.

If you walk around Frazer beach to the right, you’ll also find loads of other rock pools just like this beautiful one we went to above.

Rock pool looking over to Frazer beach

These two beaches are absolutely incredible and definitely worth a visit.

Good for:

Frazer Beach is a beautiful beach, perfect for surfers and families and there’s a toilet there but no cafe. If you’re up for an adventure then come to this beach as you’ll find loads of gorgeous rockpools!

How to get to Frazer Beach and Bongon Beach


It takes 1h30m to get to Frazer Beach from Town Hall and there’s a car park by the beach so there’s no extra walking involved. Result!

Public Transport:

Unfortunately there isn’t public transport to Frazer Beach. Find out how to hire the cheapest car rental in Sydney below.

Read more: The cheapest car rental in Sydney 

9. Gunnamatta Bay, Cronulla

(Location: 37 minutes from Sydney)


Gunamatta Beach is the best quiet beach in Cronulla. It’s got flat water, a great park nearby and it’s super quiet. It’s crazy to think it’s just around the corner from the busy Cronulla beach!

Good for:

Everyone, especially families.

How to get to Gunamatta Bay


It should take around 40-50 minutes to drive from Town Hall to Cronulla.

Public Transport:

It just takes an hour on the train from Town Hall to get to Cronulla. Then it’s an 8 minute walk and you’ve made it to Gunamatta Bay!

10. The Garie Beach, The Royal National Park

(Location: 1 hour south of Sydney)

The Garie is one of THE best beaches in Sydney!

This list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t include The Garie because it really is one of the best secluded beaches in Sydney. Surrounded by bushland, you really feel like you’re away from everything. It’s big enough to have privacy and it’s a proper beach for surfers.

This is a family friendly beach with toilet facilities.

Good for: This is a family friendly beach with toilet facilities. The Garie is also a great beach for surfers as well.

How to get to The Garie Beach


You can drive right to The Garie Beach but you’ll need to pay the parks entrance fee when you arrive into the Royal National Park. Find out more about the fees here.

Public Transport:

Unfortunately there’s no public transport to The Garie but you could get the train over to Waterfall, then get an uber from there. Otherwise if you’re feeling very adventurous, you can get to The Garie by walking 4 hours from Bundeena.

Some things I’ve learnt along the way…

A bit of an eye opener… the best beaches are always the nudist beaches!

Cobblers Beach, Obelix Bay and Lady Bay Beach

All 3 beaches are beautiful but to my amazement, none were of the type ‘oh if there’s one or two nudists, then I can handle it’ especially Cobblers Beach. This one is set literally around the corner from the popular family beach of Balmoral and I was gobsmacked at how many nudists were there. I didn’t have the balls (no pun intended!) to sit on this beach.

Obelix and Lady Bay looked absolutely stunning but again, at the sight of everyone on the beach in nude, we didn’t think they’d appreciate us in our swimmers and vice versa. A shame, but it’s a given that nudist beaches are the most secluded and beautiful right in the middle of Sydney.

If you’re happy to get it all out, then definitely check one of these gorgeous city beaches out because in our opinion Obelix Beach and Lady Bay are the best nudist beaches in Sydney.

What’s your go to secret beaches in Sydney? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. I always loved delwood beach in manly (near fairlight beach but closer to the ferry). My friend prefers Collins beach but it’s a bit busy sometimes with the smoking/drinking/partying kind. Still check it out though.
    Best keep an eye out for any blue ringed octopus in the rock pools on the central coast beaches.
    Thanks for a Great article!

  2. Oh no, you revealed Washaway! One of my fav hidden spots 😉 Nah it’s good that others can discover it. And as a semi frequent visitor to Lady Bay and Obelisk, it’s totally fine to be clothed. But on a hot sunny day these beaches can get pretty crowded, at least in relation the bigger ones you mentioned! Great list.

  3. Regarding nudie beaches, Lady Bay is a little exposed these days with the walking track along the clifftop, despite the ‘vegetation screening’ which would perhaps work better if we weren’t in drought conditions. If you plan to take a dip be aware that you’ll have an audience from the walking track.

    Cobblers is great, with a mix of genders and a friendly atmosphere most days.
    Best at low tide, there’s plenty of parking and an easy walk down to the beach (make sure you pay for parking the rangers are very active). Swimming is fine, and I’ve even seen people snorkelling around the rocks. Boats who visit are nudist friendly and on the weekends the coffee/icecream man even visits in his boat!

    There’s a NSW Govt plan to completely ruin this beach by putting a walking track through it and adding multi purpose decks (sitting, outdoor education, picnics and adaptable for managed camping). So if you wanted to check out one of Sydney’s most friendly nude beaches you should do it soon, it would seem impossible that once the new track is through that Cobblers will remain clothing optional.

    Obelisk is one of the prettiest beaches in Sydney, but this beach is mostly a male beach. When there’s a southerly blowing however Obelisk can be unbearable (pun intended). Great spot for swimming. The planned walking track will also impact this beach considerably, and will probably draw people from Cobblers making it more crowded.

    Further afield, Werrong is a nice spot but the strong rip makes swimming dangerous, and there have been reports of unsociable behaviour in the bush area behind the beach. The hike down and back up from the beach is not for the unfit.

    1. Wow that’s great advice about the nudist beaches! I’m sure others reading this post will value you comments too. Thank you!

  4. Thank you for this wonderful post. I’m headed to Sydney very soon and am interested in doing some nude sunbathing. I personally prefer the less crowded, secluded beaches. Please let me know what two beaches are best for my criteria.

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