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Published October 19th 2009
Sydney has a plethora of beaches and even if you have lived here for a while you would probably not know some of them simply because they are hidden from view and difficult to reach. Manly's north head's western shore protects three magnificent beaches one of which is the Store Beach.
Located around little Manly point, Store Beach is accessible only by boat (from Manly corso, a 20 minute kayak ride) or by a hop, jump and skip over the rocks from the nearby Collins beach provided the tide is low.
This beach is a favourite for kayakers and boat enthusiasts. On sunny weekends boats crowd out this anchorage and many stay over night. During the week it is much less crowded. Ideal for a romantic picnic, this beach offers a little adventure too with the kayaking that needs to be done to reach here.
This area is a little penguin breeding ground. It serves as an aquatic reserve and breeding ground for endangered fairy penguins.
Store Beach is a good getaway if you want to enjoy a beach by yourself, since very few people know about it. The short kayak trip to this strip of creamy sand, backed by hills covered in impenetrable bush is well worth the effort. You might have to share the beach space with a colony of penguins though, but apart from that you might find yourself as the sole user of the lovely beach.