Guest Post By Roxana Oliver
Sydney’s beautiful beaches attract tourists from all over the world because of their laid-back vibe, stunning blue waters, and gentle white sands.
However, with hordes of tourists at Bondi and Manly beaches, the city’s most famous ones, you cannot really savour that relaxing Aussie atmosphere. Luckily, Sydney has more than a few hidden gems where you can escape the hustle and bustle of this metropolis. Just head down to one of these secluded beaches to soak in the sun away from the crowds.
Since Store Beach is accessible only by boat, your travel down there will be just as exciting as the exploration of this harbour gem. Once you reach Manly Wharf by the Manly Ferry, rent a kayak and start peddling to Store Beach. Stop for a swim in the clear blue waters along your way to the 650-foot-long sandy beach. The moment you lay your eyes on this secluded area surrounded by the lush vegetation of Sydney Harbour National Park, you’ll feel as if you completely left Sydney. Pick a perfect spot for a picnic, and enjoy the view of the scenic landscape.
As one of Sydney’s least known beaches to tourists, Milk Beach is a perfect spot for a relaxing day of basking in the sun, snorkelling, fishing, and swimming. Located below Strickland House, a Heritage-listed site, it will provide you with stunning views of the city and its surroundings. Whether you want to surf, hang out with your friends, play with your kids, or simply chill, you will be able to do so in peace at Milk Beach.
Its Aboriginal name brings a sense of authenticity, contributing to the uniqueness of Wattamolla Beach. An open beach, small inlets and a freshwater lagoon will delight you with their beauty right within the Royal National Park. After relaxing in the deep shade of cabbage palm trees and swimming in the sea, you can embark on a hiking journey, following the famous coastal path from Bundeena to Otford.
Located an hour away from the center of Sydney, Palm Beach will provide you with tranquillity and relaxation away from the prying eyes of the public. The stretches of golden sand and stunning views of the blue horizons are simply enchanting. To capture the true spirit of the Aussie laid-back lifestyle, get yourself a nice secluded Palm Beach holiday house and forget about the world. Here, you can ride the Aussie waves, bask in the bright yellow sun or savour a refreshing cocktail while enjoying the breathtaking views from your own balcony.
Just a short walk away from Manly’s most popular beach lies Shelly Beach, a quiet oasis of peace and serenity. On your way to this beach, you can explore the natural life of the region, including unique marine species, plants and other natural attractions. Just follow the Shelly Beach Walk from Manly. Enjoying the reputation of being a magnificent snorkelling spot, Shelly Beach will provide you with an opportunity to discover the underwater world and its inhabitants. Afterwards, you can unwind while soaking in the stunning panorama of the Northern Beaches and North Head.
As one of the most beautiful beaches in Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Congwong Beach is a perfect spot for a day of fun with your family. If you visit it on a weekend, keep your eyes open for an ice-cream boat that will delight both you and your kids. A 30-minute walk away from this calm sanctuary is pristine Little Congwong Beach, one of Sydney’s nudist beaches, so keep that in mind if you decide to go for a relaxing stroll with your little ones.
Instead of elbowing your way in the attempt to find a private spot on Bondi Beach, get away from the crowds and visit some of these hidden sanctuaries. This way, you’ll be able to experience the true spirit of the laid-back Aussie lifestyle.
Author Bio: Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney, and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs, and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing by following her on Twitter and Facebook. She is also one of the editors at High Style Life Magazine.