Secret Sydney: Congwong Beach

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Here at ellaslist, it’s common knowledge that we love ourselves a secret Sydney spot—and we think we’ve found a gem in Congwong Beach, La Perouse. A lesser-known gem of the Botany Bay National Park area, Congwong is small in size but packs the perfect punch for families.

Here’s everything you need to know about Congwong Beach—the perfect Sydney beach for kids.

Things To Do

Congwong is south-facing towards Botany Bay, making the waves super gentle (and virtually non-existent at times), plus it’s pretty shallow until several metres out, which makes it the perfect spot to wade and splash around with kids!

In terms of water sports, there’s no surfing at Congwong because of the lack of waves, but there’s plenty of snorkelling opportunities! Nearby Bare Island is a favourite of the area for scuba divers—while Congwong’s proximity to Cape Banks' protection makes it an ideal place to snorkel and explore the local sea life; for kids and adults alike. We’re talking sea horses, giant cuttlefish, moray eels and sea dragons, to name but a few.

There are some fishing opportunities at Congwong towards the western end of the beach at the small headland that separates Congwong and Little Congwong. There are also a few hiking opportunities within the national park along the coastline for families with older kids—all boasting spectacular views and wildlife sightings.

How Do You Get To Congwong Beach?

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This gem of La Perouse is perfect for a family beach day!
Image credit: Matt Lauder Photography

Located in La Perouse, Congwong is situated close to the Anzac Parade entrance to the Kamay Botany Bay National Park. There is parking at nearby Cann Park and around the Anzac Loop, which is roughly a five-minute walk along Congwong Track to the beach.

There are bus routes that go to Cann Park, and there is ample parking—however, it fills up quickly on weekends and during school holidays so you’ll want to arrive early to secure your spot!

Amenities At Congwong Beach

We know, we know—secret spots are all well and good but can you actually spend a day there? Luckily at Congwong, you can! There are toilets, rubbish bins and a few decent food options—there are several cafes and restaurants situated outside of the national park near the parking loop. And if that weren’t enough, a boat shows up most weekends with cold drinks and ice creams for sale—which always makes a nice treat for the kids (and grown-ups!).

Why We Love It

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The crystal-clear waters make Congwong one of Sydney's best secret beaches.


With easy-to-paddle waters, plenty of things to do and a relatively unknown reputation, it’s not hard to see why Congwong Beach is a new favourite for the ellaslist team. The bounty of local wildlife and excellent vistas of the local area (and not to mention the boat that brings ice cream!), all make for a memorable family day out.

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