The north and north-west of Sydney features beautiful beaches, lagoons and waterholes – some easily accessible, and others reached via  bushwalking tracks. Unfortunately, the population growth of Sydney means some swimming spots can be too polluted to swim (I haven’t included these) and some are best avoided for a few days after rain.

See also wild swimming spots in Sydney’s south / Blue Mountains / Central Coast. The book Wild Swimming (by Sally Tertini and Steve Pollard) is also a great resource, with over 250 wild swimming spots around Sydney.

Refuge Bay has both a sheltered and protected beach, and a stunning cliff-top waterhole above the beach. It's most easily reached by boat, but can also be accessed on foot via an informal bushwalking track.

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