We all know of the famous beaches across our beautiful coastline, in NSW, however I wanted to share some little gems dotted around Sydney Harbour, that you may not have stumbled upon just yet!
1. Chinamans Beach (pictured) – Mosman
Although I am an eastern suburbs local (kind-of), my first and foremost selection goes to a lower north shore favourite Chinaman’s Beach, that type of beach where you look down from the view above and wonder, “Am I in Thailand or Sydney?”
It is secluded, quiet and not far from the city, only a 20 minute drive north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This is also accessible by public transport on Spit Road, Mosman. Expect to see an Ice-Lolly man on a boat rock up to the shore on those hot days to quench your thirst!
2. Milk Beach – Vaucluse
Also an ideal spot to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks, this beach is great to relax and admire the views of the city in the distance, watch the ferries pass by and this is also a pitstop on the Hermitage Foreshore Walk (another Sydney must do). Its calming waters allows you to go for a little dip in the water and take pictures capturing the sand at your feet and with the iconic Sydney Opera House as a backdrop!
Yes, you should ‘milk it’ that you are right here on one of the most admired harbours in the world!
3. Queens Beach – Vaucluse
I must say this beach is the royalty of all sunset views in Sydney! The first evening I discovered this jewel of a location, it took my breath away and it felt like I was so far from Sydney amongst the calmness of it all, yet the city was almost at my fingertips. Do not miss out on the magical sunset from this view point, again this is also part of the Hermitage Foreshore Walk. So spend your day at Milk Beach and then walk that little bit further to Queens Beach.
Another little tip, bring a picnic with you to watch the sun setting and just unwind listening to the waves, watching the seagulls soar and take it all in!
4. Lady Robinsons Beach – St. George (Botany Beach)
Of course, to cover all sides of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, venturing south towards Brighton-le-Sands, this beach stretches far and wide and is apparently Sydney’s longest beach, of which I wasn’t aware when I was there! You may be familiar with the Kyeemagh area; this is where we found parking and happened to stroll upon this western shore of Botany Bay. Walking along this beach you will find Doll’s Point and Brighton-le-Sands wharf, which will also take you the length of the pristine coastline.
5. Seven Shillings Beach - Woollahra
Once again this is a beach to be discovered along a glorious walk close to Double Bay and Point Piper in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Hidden down the end of residential cul-de-sac, this is easily missed! However, if you keep walking down the steps, you will be greeted by an amazing view of yachts and the Sydney Harbour Bridge from afar, as you step onto the sand. This was originally called Blackburn Cove and is in fact just to the right of what many of you know as Redleaf Pool. When you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Redleaf pool during the summer months, venture over to this area to appreciate more of the eastern suburbs!
As summer is in the air, along with Bondi and Coogee being paid a visit for many Sydney-siders, hopefully some of these have provided some inspiration to venture somewhere different off the beaten track and explore more of what Sydney has to offer.
For some further inspiration feel free to check out my travel blog www.mizzdeereioustravels.com where you will find more travel guides!