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Published November 25th 2012
Escape beach crowds
With beautiful warm weather upon us, it's time to head outdoors and perhaps even hit the beach. Sydney has some of the most spectacular beaches with beautiful white sand, crystal clear water and excellent amenities. The only problem is thousands of people love to visit the same beaches you do.
Sometimes it's fun to be part of the exciting atmosphere, but other times the thought of having to fight for a parking spot on one of the popular beaches or accidentally getting sand thrown in your face by fellow beachgoers or ducking and weaving as body surfers catch waves between the flags is not your idea of a fun day out.
For those days, when you just want to get away from it all, relax and not have to worry about how you look in last year's swimsuit, there are some great secluded beaches where you can enjoy peace and quiet. Although you won't be entirely alone, these beaches are generally only frequented by locals and not as busy.
Located next to Rosherville Reserve, this beach has excellent amenities. Although there is not much shade available on the beach, you will find plenty of trees at the reserve. The beach is not patrolled but is calm, making it suitable for families with young children. Bring plenty of drinks and snacks, as there are no cafes within walking distance.
Located opposite Port Botany Container terminal, this beach is clean, spacious and with a beachside café on the southern end. Parking is unrestricted in local streets and there is one electric BBQ and some sheltered tables. The beach is not patrolled and is suitable for swimming and snorkling.
Manly Dam is part of the Manly Warringah War Memorial Park and includes the largest freshwater lake in Sydney. There is a couple of small beaches, lots of shade, BBQ and picnic areas as well as a playground and toilets. You will also find taps and bubblers at the dam and plenty of unrestricted parking. A small entry fee is charged on the weekends and during public holidays.
Fisherman's Beach is a sheltered beach located between Long Reef and Collaroy. It's part of an aquatic reserve and is great for snorkelling. With headlands at both ends, the beach has a secluded feel. There is metered parking available near the beach and also unrestricted parking in nearby streets. A couple of cafes are within a short walking distance and spectacular views can be enjoyed from the top of Long Reef headland, just a short stroll uphill. Toilet block is located right next to the beach.
Jamieson Park is located on the southern side of Narrabeen Lake and offers large grassy areas, BBQs, tables and a small beach. There are toilets, tables as well as bubblers and taps, but no cafes or shops. Parking is available at metered car parks and unrestricted in nearby streets.
Little Manly beach is generally only frequented by locals, as not many tourists know of its existence. It has great amenities, a small café/kiosk and shark net. The beach is sheltered and relatively wide, so you never have to fight for a spot on the sand. Although it can get a little busy in summer, considering it is located in Manly, it is relatively peaceful.
Located behind Little Manly Beach, this is truly a secluded beach. Access is via a track that leads off Stuart Street or via Collins Beach Road. Very peaceful and with stunning views, this is a beach worth escaping to if you want to get away from it all. There are no toilets or cafes so bring refreshments and plenty of sunscreen. Alternatively you can walk back to the Little Manly Beach kiosk for a coffee or an ice cream.
Although the main part of Palm Beach can get busy in summer, there is a stretch of beach off Iluka Road which is nestled amongst some stunning family homes. The beach is narrow and long, but almost always very peaceful and quiet. Street parking is available and public transport runs along Barrenjoey Road. There are no amenities, however, you will find The Greedy Goat, a popular local café within short walking distance.
Little Congwong Beach is part of the Botany Bay National Park and is surrounded by dense bushland. There are no facilities and so tends to be less busy and often deserted. The perfect beach on a calm, sunny day, although not too great on a windy day. To get to the beach follow the signposted walking track at the far end of Congwong Bay. The beach is popular among divers and is also great for snorkelling.
So if you are looking to escape somewhere different and more peaceful this weekend, consider one of these quiet and secluded beaches. Make sure you bring plenty of drinks, snacks and sunscreen as well as a beach umbrella for a day of fun in the sun.