Uncover our hidden beaches!
Don't let the shorter winter days keep you rugged up at home, now’s the time to get out and explore what our beautiful harbour has to offer. Here are Peninsula Living's top five secluded local beaches.
Portuguese Beach, Coasters Retreat
Perhaps the most challenging beach on our list to reach, the charming Portuguese Beach lies across Pittwater estuary at the base of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The deserted foreshore is the perfect spot to disappear for the day and remove yourself from the hustle and bustle of our thriving peninsula.
Bring a book and leave your stress on the other side as you immerse yourself in the sound of the nature reserve behind. The best way to reach this ordinarily abandoned beach is to hire a paddleboard from Avalon Stand Up Paddle and slowly make the journey across.
Top Tip: Be sure to check out the hidden waterfall behind the cabbage tree palms at the back of the beach.
Station Beach, Palm Beach
Follow the signs to Fisherman's Track at sunset, and you will be delighted with one of the most spectacular beach walks in Sydney. Protected from the prevailing north-easterly winds, Station Beach's westerly aspect creates glorious views as the sun sets over the usually calm water.
While dogs are not permitted on the sand, there is a grassy knoll to the north where you can take your dog and sit on the benches overlooking the bay. If you start to get a bit peckish, be sure to stop by the famous Barrenjoey House on the way back!
Paradise Beach, Avalon
This picturesque little handkerchief of sand is an ideal escape for families looking for a safer swimming option. Parents can relax with a coffee from the nearby café while a netted swimming enclosure reassures them that their kids won’t experience any unwanted visitors.
The wooden decking around the enclosure makes for the perfect spot to dangle your legs and unwind as you watch the kids explore the surrounding area.
Bobbing yachts litter the view across the water adding substance to the often-incredible sunset in the heart of Pittwater.
Top tip: Beware of parking on a hot day, with only a few spots available down the bottom it's best to find one along Paradise Avenue.
Resolute Beach, West Head
Like Portuguese Beach, the best way to access the sand here is by water. Its easterly perspective creates a spectacular sunrise over the thin Palm Beach section of the peninsula almost every morning.
The little cove offers quite a large section of sand with plenty of room to spread out. If you're planning on going for the day, be sure to pack supplies because there aren’t many facilities at this beach – and by ‘many’, we mean none.
It is an excellent option for those looking for a little bit of an adventure, with the destination making the journey well and truly worth it.
Clareville Beach, Clareville
Clareville Beach is a hidden gem running adjacent to Avalon on the Pittwater side of the peninsular. Despite its proximity to nearby shops, it's often left untouched, making it a picturesque spot to have a picnic. Throw down a rug, light up the public barbeque, and sip on a glass of wine as you watch the sun slip below the horizon. During the day, the tall trees overhanging the beach provide patches of sand with shade, so there is no need to bring an umbrella! If you're planning on having a bite eat after sunset, head to the Clareville kiosk for a romantic dinner!