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Top 5 Secluded Beaches of Sydney

We all know Sydney holds some of the best beaches in Australia but most of us don’t want to swim with the masses. Most only know Bondi or Manly but this summer escape the crowds and head to these top five secluded beaches of Sydney for a relaxing and refreshing start to your year.

Little Manly Beach:

Not the most secluded out of the lot but much less crowded than Manly beach. A short 10 minute walk from Manly wharf with a kiosk that does a pretty decent burger and all of Manly’s shops/restaurants and café’s close by you are pretty much set for the day. Great for diving and snorkelling with a boat ramp, picnic area and parking as well as a family friendly, protected from currents and rips with no waves, so especially great for the little ones.

Jibbon Beach:

Located to the east of Bundeena in Sydney’s Royal National Park and directly south of Cronulla you can easily catch the Cronulla to Bundeena ferry over. Grab some fish and chips then walk to Jibbon beach for beautiful white sand, a mix of deep blue and opal green water lapping at your feet. If you are looking for an all day experience do the Jibbon Point trail or for the adventurous Jibbon beach is the start of the Royal Coastal Track. The beach is unpatrolled so be sure to keep an eye out for any hazards.

Garie Beach

Garie beach, another Royal National Park beach and is patrolled in the summer,  located off Garie Road here though you are not around a lot of shops or cafes for food so make sure you bring your own and enjoy the magnificent headlands that tower either side of you and the waves crashing down.

Little Austi Beach:

Locally named and part of the beaches within Wollongong City plus along the Grand Pacific Drive, Little Austi beach is located directly north of Austinmer beach. It is unpatrolled as well as an off leash area for dogs. If you are looking for a family getaway though,  Austinmer beach is patrolled but a little more popular with the tourists. Both Little Austi and Austinmer are situated between two low headlands on either side with a café and newsagency located on the road directly behind Austinmer beach and some pretty cool rock pool formations.

Darook Park:

Not so much a beach but you can pretty much call it that. Located within the Gunnamatta Bay area this is a very secluded “beach” that only locals really know about. After living in Cronulla for 2 years I found this little haven right off the Cronulla coastal walk. So take your walking shoes and walk there or you can drive to Nicholson Pde, park the car and head on down. No waves here unless you happen to be going in a thunderstorm so otherwise grab some sunscreen and enjoy the summer time. 

Blog Post by Kathryn Irvine ( Travel writer)

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