In a city full of stunning beaches and natural wonders, we’re always on the lookout for under-the-radar spots that almost never get the crowds. While Sydney is well known for its popular coastal landmarks, it also abounds with a number of charming hidden gems that are worth seeking out. One such spot is Collins Flat Beach — a secluded harbour beach nestled between North Head and Little Manly Cove. Only accessible via foot, you’ll find this lovely swimming spot right after Little Manly Beach on the Northern Shore. It also happens to be the only harbour beach in Sydney with a waterfall. Best of all, save for a handful of locals, you can get the beach all to yourself.
Collins Flat Beach
Located in the North Head Precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park and about a 15-minute walk from the Manly wharf, Collins Flat Beach is the ideal spot for swimmers looking to get away from the crowds at Manly and Bondi. It’s backed by calm waters, lush forests and sandstone cliffs which give it the uncanny appearance of a tropical island.
At the head of Collins Flat Beach, you’ll find the lovely Collins Beach Waterfall with a steady flow running to the beach.
The best time to visit the waterfall is after a bout of heavy rain. While the lovely little waterfall is the highlight of the beach, at the quaint spot you can also find a number of natural rock pools. Word has it that if you’re lucky, you can even catch a glimpse of a group of penguins that live nearby. Find more information on how to get there and parking options here.
If you’re looking for some unspoiled natural beauty and a tourist-free beach to enjoy a lazy summer’s day at, add this to your list. Happy swimming!
P.S. There are no added facilities at the beach so pack accordingly!