Sydney is blessed with an abundance of beaches and waterholes – some easily reached and always busy, and some challenging to reach where you’ve got a good chance of being on your own. My list of the best wild swimming spots around Sydney is of course subjective, and while I’ve included many places that are well known, I’ve also included some that are a bit “off the beaten track”. While some of the more remote swimming holes or beaches may not be quite as spectacular as the popular “Instagam spots”, this is compensated by the pleasure of being able to enjoy the solitude and quiet of the bush.

For more ideas, or to find the perfect wild swimming spot around Sydney, try the Wild Swimming Search – you can search by location, national park, seclusion or distance / ease of access. I’d also recommend the Wild Swimming book by Sally Tertini and Steve Pollard – it’s about as close as you can get to an encyclopedia on wild swimming spots.

Top Swimming Spots in Sydney’s North


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