Often described as one of Sydney's secret beaches, Milk Beach is a picturesque small stretch of sandy white in Sydney's East. Situated at the base of Hermit Bay in the ultra posh Vaucluse, the beach is located within the Sydney Harbour National Park.
On weekends you will find families picnicking (there is a small undercover awning for this purpose), walkers taking in the beach whilst completing the Hermitage Foreshore Walk and even kayakers who have made the journey across the harbour from Rose Bay where kayaks can be hired from OzPadle. It is the perfect venue to sit back, relax, sunbathe and watch the seaplanes take off and land in nearby Rose Bay.
The beach is also a perfect vantage point for New Years Eve fireworks with a perfect view of the Harbour Bridge. Access wise, Milk beach is free to the public on New Years Eve unlike other vantage points along the harbour.
The beach is flanked by Nielsen Park on the North and is home to Strickland House. Strickland House was built in 1854-6 for the city's first Lord Mayor before being purchased by the state in 1914 and used as a convalescent hospital and later a home for the aged. The facility closed in 1989 and reopened in 1994 as a historical landmark. The grounds were opened to the public in March 1994.