What is the best Gay beach in Sydney?

What is a gay-friendly stretch of sand perfect for a bake, a perv and maybe even a pick-up?

The best gay beach in Sydney. Any suggestions? Whether you’re looking to meet a new friend or want to hang out with like-minded people, these are the best LGBTQI + and gay-friendly beaches in Sydney. Please feel free to let me know what you think. Some of these beaches are great for some community members but not others. I hope this helps you make your choice. You should visit them all and make your list.

Lady Jane Gay Beach

Also known as Lady Bay Beach, this pioneering nude beach is found right on Sydney Harbour

This little stretch of sand at the end of the South Head peninsula is a clothing-frowned-upon beach. Technically, it’s been clothing-optional since Neville Wran made it so in 1976. It can be a bit of a boy’s club if you’re gay and looking to cruise. You can expect stink-eye if you wear clothing, but this is primarily a welcoming beach. Nude straights frequent the sand too. Note, this is one for the exhibitionists – many gay blogs and gay travel sites note that tourists often come here to gawp.

Gay beach Sydney - Lady Jane Beach or Lady Bay Beach - Queer Travel Portal
Gay beach Sydney Lady Jane Beach or Lady Bay Beach

Little Congwong Beach

A secluded and laidback spot with plenty of places for sun or shade

Head past the families and children who tend to dot Congwong Beach out at La Perouse and onto the paved walk that meanders through the brambles behind the stretch of sand – or across a more treacherous mound of rocks that abut the water – to reach this secluded, unofficially clothing-optional beach. National parklands surround it.

There is an easygoing vibe miles away from the prance-and-preen contests that always seem to be happening at North Bondi. The water here is calm and perfect for a skinny dip. Plus: the Streets ice cream boat occasionally pulls up with treats to help you cool off.

Gay beaches of Sydney - Little Congwong beach
Gay friendly beach Little Congwong Beach photo by Lonely Planet

Obelisk Gay Beach

Obelisk Beach is one of Sydney’s few legal nude beaches. If you feel the natural vibe, get stripping! You must park up the hill and walk a fair way to get here. It is at the bottom of a long series of steps, and as far as beaches go, it is small. But it’s worth it for the gorgeous views of Camp Cove and Parsley, Watsons and Vaucluse Bays in the distance.

    Gay friendly Beach Obelisk Beach Sydney

    There is a lot of great information about Sydney for locals and visitors (including LGBTQ) at the Time Out Sydney site

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