Forget Bondi beach. Instead, visit one of these alternative beaches in Sydney. Some are surprisingly close to the CBD with stunning harbour views, others require a little more planning but always worth the effort.
Lady Jane Beach
Tucked just inside the harbour of South Head, Lady Jane is a clothing-optional beach since 1976. It’s a relatively small nudist beach that attracts a mostly gay crowd. You can expect stink-eye if you choose the option of wearing clothing, but this is mostly a welcoming beach. Note, Lady Jane is one for the exhibitionists – many gay blogs and gay travel sites note that tourists often come here to gawk.
On the northern beaches, just south of world famous Manly, Shelly beach is an idyllic stretch of sand that forms part of Cabbage Tree Bay, a protected marine reserve. With a maximum depth of approximately 12 m, Shelly Beach has become popular with scuba divers and snorkelers alike with a large variety of marine life which can be viewed in relatively shallow water. Take a walk around the bush track which hugs the headland offering spectacular views and local fauna.
Little Congwong Beach
Little Congwong is not an official nude beach located at La Perouse. It attracts a mix of young and old, gay and straight, singles, couples, most sun-baking nude. The beach is small, sheltered and the dazzling, crystal clear water near the mouth of Botany Bay makes it perfect for swimming. The chilled vibe of the beach makes relaxing easy. If you feel like a stroll, the rocks to the left-hand side of the beach lead right around the headland where you might find some fun.
Lady Martins Beach
Lady Martins is a secluded Point Piper beach which can be hard to find. Lady Martin’s is tucked in Felix Bay accessed by heading down a narrow lane next to the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club that leads directly to the sand spot. The beach is open to the general public but because of its restrictive access, it does not get overcrowded. The beach offers sweeping views of the harbour and it is the perfect place to relax, take a dip and catch up on some reading.
Located behind historic Strickland House in the eastern suburb Vaucluse, Milk Beach is a tiny, secluded strip of sand with fantastic views of the Harbour Bridge and city skyline – yet it still remains something of a secret. Because it’s well-removed from the hustle and bustle, you’ll think you’re in Fiji, except it’s smaller and less commodified. Sun it up!
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