Matt & Megan
Nude Beach Map. Visited 2023
We visited Obelisk Beach after checking out nearby Cobblers Beach. Both beaches are literally a stone’s throw from each other, except Obelisk Beach is part of Sydney’s busier inner harbour and looks south towards another nude beach – Lady Bay Beach. You’d be forgiven for thinking that if you visited Cobblers, then Obelisk would be the same. Nope, not at all.
While Cobblers Beach is a mix of couples and attracts people of all ages and genders, Obelisk Beach on our visit was almost exclusively solo men. The whole beach, with around sixty to seventy people, was all men, apart from one lady who chose not to embrace the nude beach vibes and remained clothed – but was also solo. During the several hours we spent at Obelisk Beach, there was only one female embracing the nude beach, and it was us! Not to say that everyone wasn’t welcoming or accepting, quite the opposite; we’ve never been to such a popular beach with no females in sight.
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Obelisk Beach is well-known within the LGBTQ+ community, and there isn’t any funny business going on here. Everyone respects the nude beach etiquette, and it is extremely laid-back. If you’re wanting to enjoy a nude beach solo, then you definitely won’t be alone here! While we could say you’d be more comfortable at Cobblers Beach as a heterosexual couple, that isn’t the case; you’ll just be in the minority here, which is fine. Obelisk Beach also seems to attract a slightly older crowd than all the other nude beaches we visited in Sydney.
When we visited in the mid-afternoon, the beach was almost totally shaded. Keep that in mind for early in the season when it gets dark earlier. We had to keep moving our towels toward the water to escape the shade, but it seemed like everyone else came here because of that (to each their own!). It was busy here on a nice weekday afternoon, so we imagine weekends here would be crazy in the middle of summer. Definitely come early if you want to grab a spot on the sand. The surf is calmer here than most other beaches and it is also more protected from strong winds.
The walk down to Obelisk is clearly laid out with signage, and access is easy enough. Barely 5 minutes down a steep-ish trail and you’re right in the middle of the beach. We’d say it has the nicest water and surroundings of all of Sydney’s nude beaches. It’s an epic spot and totally worth checking out. You could hit up Cobblers and Obelisk Beach in the same day to find your favourite! But beware, parking inspectors here are brutal – we saw them having a field day with all the cars close to the beach.
Take the ferry + Uber/ bus for a day out if you’re visiting Sydney. It is worth the journey here and leafy upper class Mosman has plenty of lunch spots if you need. Sydneysiders are proud of their nude beaches and this one is a beauty!
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Obelisk Beach is nestled in the Sydney Harbour National Park, offering a more secluded experience. As with most secluded beaches, the path can be a bit rugged, so wearing sturdy shoes is advisable. Once you arrive, the tranquil surroundings will make the journey worthwhile.
By Car: Driving to Obelisk Beach is relatively simple. Start by heading towards Mosman, just like you would for Cobblers Beach. Take Military Road and then make a turn onto Chowder Bay Road. Continue on this road until you reach the signposted turn-off for Obelisk Beach. Beware that parking is pricey here at $4 per hour and the lot fills up quickly. From there, it's a short 10-minute walk down a steep path to the beach.
By Public Transport: If you're using public transport, take a ferry from Circular Quay to Mosman. Once there, you can catch a local bus that gets you closer to Chowder Bay Road. You may need to walk a bit from the bus stop to the beach entrance, so check the local bus routes and schedules to plan the best route. Alternatively, you can take a bus from the city center (such as the 244) to the stop nearest to Chowder Bay Road and walk from there.