Matt & Megan
Nude Beach Map. Visited 2023
We visited Lady Bay Beach on a mild summer morning during a weekday. This place would be the perfect day trip if you’re visiting Sydney; the ferry ride takes you past the Harbour Bridge and right next to the iconic Sydney Opera House. Tourist hotspots and a nude beach in the same day? Perfect!
Lady Bay is the easiest nude beach to visit from Sydney’s downtown. Unlike Cobblers Beach or Obelisk Beach, which are directly opposite, you won’t need to catch a bus or hike a long distance. The short walk from Watsons Bay brings you to a small cove with stunning views of the harbour and the Pacific Ocean. For city views from a nude beach, this place is number one in our book, and the only beach that could maybe compare is Baker Beach, which has views of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
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When we arrived mid-morning, there were already about a dozen people on the beach, which surprised us because it was a weekday, and it wasn’t especially hot. As the morning progressed, the beach became busier, and most people tended to stick to the far end of the beach—away from the stairs. This area seemed a little more private and away from the curious eyes of walkers on the coastal trail above. We didn’t mind being in the middle of the beach, but if it’s your first experience, you might feel awkward. That said, we didn’t see anyone being obnoxious or taking photos.
The crowd here is a mix of locals and some visiting tourists. When we visited on a weekday, it was mostly single men and women—presumably getting a tan in before or after work. The fact that single women choose to visit here goes to show how safe and secure this location feels. We get the impression that the community takes care of the beach and is dedicated to ensuring it provides a positive nude beach experience.
The sand is soft, and there are some rocky areas where you can also settle down. Unfortunately, due to the direct ocean views, it can get pretty rough here if the conditions allow, but most of the year, the waves gently lap the shore, and going for a dip is easy. Just avoid the rocky sections and enter the water towards the middle of the beach (you can see the gap in the rocks)—we learned this the hard way!
Overall, Lady Bay Beach is a gem. It’s Sydney’s first legal nude beach, and its location is world-class. If we had to choose a favorite, it’d be a tough decision between Lady Bay and Cobblers Beach—which has a similar vibe but is slightly bigger and a little more private. However, the views and ease of access at Lady Bay can’t be beat! Highly recommended. Camp Cove Kiosk nearby serves up tasty lunches and is the nearest food option, otherwise bring your own and enjoy sans clothing on the beach.
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Lady Bay Beach, nestled within the Sydney Harbour National Park, is accessible yet discreet. Whether you're driving or taking public transport, the final leg of the journey to Lady Bay Beach is on foot, so comfortable footwear is advised. The path is pretty easy and the final stretch to the beach is down a short section of well constructed stairs.
By Car: Drive towards the affluent suburb of Vaucluse. Navigate to New South Head Road and continue until you reach the turnoff for Camp Cove. Parking can be found near Camp Cove, but it's limited and operates on a pay-and-display basis. From the parking area, follow the signs leading to Lady Bay Beach. It's a bit of a trek down a steep path, so wear comfortable shoes.
By Public Transport: Catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay. There is a fast but limited private option or the more regular public ferry that can be slower with more stops. Once you disembark, it's a scenic walk past the Watsons Bay Baths and along the South Head Heritage trail. Follow the signs directing you to Lady Bay Beach. The walk is picturesque but is uphill in a few sections, so prepare for around 15mins of walking each way.