BridgeClimb Presents – Things to do in Sydney
Sydney ‘s beaches can get a little crowded around peak seasons and in winter, well it’s nice to get out and explore. How about skipping the big names and bustling crowds by heading to one of these lovely secret beaches in Sydney…? Just shhh don’t tell anyone!
Lady Martin’s Beach
Lady Martin’s is the beachy backyard of Sydney’s very, very rich (and some famous). Point Piper, the surrounding suburb, is one of the most expensive places to live in in the world. A long, narrow stretch of golden sand, if you want to pretend you’re a bazillionaire, then Lady Martin’s is the perfect place for an exclusive dip in the harbour. Entry is via a narrow lane off Wolseley Road that passes by the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club.
Come armed with your beach brolly and plenty of sunscreen because there is no shade on Chinamans beach. We’re not joking. Bring plenty of snacks and drinks too, and don’t think you can just pick up some stuff when you’re there – when we say secluded, we mean secluded. The beach is unpatrolled and the epitome of peace and quiet. It is mainly frequented by locals and doesn’t tend to get crazy busy.
Offering an awe-inspiring view of Sydney like no other, Milk beach is one of the Eastern Suburbs best-kept secrets. Located at the base of Hermit Bay, within Sydney Harbour National Park, Milk beach is ideal for everything from sunbathing to snorkelling to fishing. It’s a small, insulated beach surrounded by the Heritage-listed Strickland House and can be accessed via public transport or boat, or there’s limited off-street parking.
Though it is the most beautiful in Botany Bay National Park, you’re best off visiting Congwong beach on a calm day because it can get pretty windy. It’s a great spot for snorkelling but not surfing, as it faces Botany Bay rather than the open ocean. Congwong is usually deserted and gets far less attention than its neighbour, Little Congwong beach where clothing is – ahem – optional. Congwong is very accessible, located only a short 100-metre walk from the car park on Anzac Parade, and offers a unique scene of bushland, historic Bare Island, and freight ships.
Nude, glorious nude! If you don’t decide to visit Little Congwong, then Obelisk beach should be right up your a…lley; it’s one of the few legal nudist beaches in Sydney. In spite of its cult status, it’s usually really quiet and tranquil, and has great views over Sydney Harbour (if you’re not too distracted by…everything else). Obelisk is incredibly secluded so you need a lot of spunk to clamber down the rocky track and set of steps to gain access, however there is a large public car park on the Middle Head Road side of Chowder Bay Road. Yes, nude sunbathing is allowed but ONLY on the beach. Be careful; arrests are not unheard of…