‘Secret Spot’ of Sydney’s Northern beaches (NSW)

Highlights:

  • Rockpools
  • Old Military Bunkers
  • Cliffs
  • Whale Watching

Looking for an adventure, something close to home one weekend, a friend and myself decided to check out a hidden local gem, hidden away underneath rock cliffs just right around the corner from Shelley Beach, Manly and only accessible at low tide.

This spot is definitely unique in many ways, with its tight access and its location, it makes for a good adventure, especially coming into summer, this spot will be frequently used for its privacy and its private feel.

Essential Gear

  • Drinking water
  • Food/Snacks
  • Swimmers
  • Decent shoes to go through bush and down the cliff
  • Speakers
  • Cameras

How to get there:

(ONLY accessible at low tide)

Check when it is low tide, as this is the only time you can get down there.

If you don’t have access to a car and/ or live in the city my suggestion would be to make your to Manly Wharf, by one of the many ferry services that operate to and from Manly. But be prepared to walk about 30min or 3km up the hill to North Head, or take one of the local buses to North Head.

If your driving up to North Head, Manly, be sure to take the left entry point to North Head, following the signs saying ‘Blue Fish Point’, and following Blue Fish Drive on your GPS. Keep following it around till you get to a dead end with fences all around, this will be the Water Treatment Plant. Park in the spots surrounding, or on the side of the road, just be sure not to block anyone else from coming in or out.

If your looking at the fence gate, walk to the right of the fence and follow it all the way around, you’ll get to the end of the fence where it turns left, keep following this, your heading in the right direction. Next will be a set of timber stairs, follow them down, and keep following the fence with it being on the left hand side of you.

You should reach a point where there is a sign saying ‘Careful dangerous high cliff’ head to your right, in the direction of the bush, there will be signs of a track of frequent traffic from people. Follow this till you get to a tower of some sort, that is fenced around, right on the edge of the cliff.

Standing on the cliffs edge, look to the right, that is the location of ‘Bluefish Point’, you’ll be able to tell by the rock pools that have remained full when the tide has gone low.

If you look down to your left, you’ll see an old army bunker, covered in graffiti. Head down in that direction, making your way through bush. Once you have reached the bunker, be sure to take in the surroundings, and look out for the odd whale to come past.

Looking out to the ocean, head to the left along the cliff edge, you’ll see rocks below, make you way down these, but then heading to in front of the bunker that was just above you, you’ll find a chain that has been put there for people to access below. Be careful when climbing down this chain.

Following along the cliffs edge, heading to the direction of the tower that was on the very top of the cliff you came down from, you’ll end up at the rock pools, you have now reached the secret spot, and its your turn to enjoy this little hidden gem.

Activities

Once reaching ‘Blue Fish Point’ there are several activities that you can do, including:

  • Rock fishing
  • Swimming
  • Photography
  • Whale watching

Skill Level

Intermediate, must have great footwork as you’ll be walking through bush and down rocky parts. You must be also capable of climbing down a 7m metal chain to the ground below, so good upper body strength will be needed.