Sydney is fortunate to be blessed with some of the best beaches on the planet so it's no surprise that they can get extremely crowded come a hot summers weekend. But sometimes it hardly seems worth all the hassle getting there It can get pretty frustrating driving in bumper to bumper traffic while trying to find a parking spot that you'll most likely have to pay for. Then after you have reached the beach, you run the risk of parking yourself next to a noisy group of rowdy backpackers. Once you finally make it the surf, you're battling the sets of breaking waves, nuisance body surfers, schools of blue bottles ready to sting you and did somebody say shark?
It can all mount up and take the edge off your day but there's no need to put yourself through all this stress. Out in western Sydney, there are inland beaches and water holes that most people don't know exist.
So where is Sydney best inland beach?
There's Simmos Beech on the Georges River at Macquarie Fields. It has a lovely bush setting with a large white sandy beach, shady trees and a BBQ area. Near Liverpool, Grand Flaneur Beach is a lovely spot to have a quick cooling dunk as part of an extended walk or bicycle ride along the shores of Chipping Norton Lakes.
There's Jellybean Pool at Glenbrook. It's part of the Blue Mountains National Park and has a natural waterhole for paddling, a sand bar to play on and nearby caves to explore and then there's Bents Basin out past Wallacia which is a large deep waterhole and a perfect location for a picnic, bushwalk and dip on a hot summers day.
Are there any better inland beaches than these? Are you willing to share the location of your favourite inland watering hole?
Copied below from a real estate promo thing. I've been here and its NOT cold. Its fantastic. Much like wattamulla in the Royal National Park
Barden Ridge is located on the Woronora River, which flows north into the Georges River. 'The Needles', is a body of water (fjord) on the Woronora River, on one of the original roads west from Helensburgh. On the northern side of the fjord lies the fresh water source of the Woronora River, whilst on the other side is salt water. The water, between two steep hills, remains so cold that even during summer it has been known to have caused heart attacks. While car access has been generally blocked, pedestrian access is still available. This area is also popular for recreational activities such as hiking and mountain biking.