Summary: A relatively small beach, Little Marley Beach is protected by a low sandstone head and reef but still has a permanent rip. It's suitable for surfing, fishing and swimming (with care).

Protected by a low sandstone head and reef at the southern end, Little Marley Beach has fairly small waves (under a metre in height). However, waves breaking over the southern reef result in permanent rip flowing out of the bay, and the beach is quite steep – so while suitable for swimming, care is required. The beach is suitable for surfing, despite the relatively small waves, and fishing.

Getting to Little Marley Beach

There are few ways to reach Little Marley Beach (and Marley Beach which is 500m to the north and connected by a boardwalk):

  • From Wattamolla (7.1km return) – the easiest access is from Wattamolla; follow the Coast Track north until you reach the beach
  • From Bundeena Drive (8.5km return) – the Marley Trail (a firetrail) descends via Deer Pool to the Coast Track; turn right for Little Marley Beach (or left for Marley Beach)
  • From Bundeena (10.2km return) – from Beachcomber Avenue at the southern end of Bundeena, head down the Coast Track (you’ll pass Marley Beach first).

The beach is along the Royal National Park Coast Track.

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