Secret Sydney: Darook Park Beach

  • Mums & Bubs

Nestled in the Sutherland Shire, just south of Sydney, lies a hidden gem waiting to be discovered: Darook Park Beach. This pristine stretch of coastline is a haven for locals and visitors alike, offering a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

With its calm waters, sandy shores, and abundance of shade, Darook Park Beach is the perfect spot for a relaxing day out. Families flock here to enjoy the safe swimming conditions, while couples come to soak up the stunning ocean views. The beach is also a popular destination for kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders, and snorkelers.

What Makes Darook Park Beach So Special?

Darook Park
Darook Park is in the Sutherland Shire and is, in our totally biased opinion, one of the best beach spots in Sydney!


There are many reasons why Darook Park Beach is considered one of Sydney's best-kept secrets. Here are just a few:

  • Calm waters: The waters at Darook Park are notoriously calm, making it an ideal spot for families with young children.
  • Plenty of shade: There is an abundance of shade along the beach, thanks to the towering gum trees that line the foreshore.
  • Stunning sunsets: Darook Park Beach is one of the few west-facing beaches in Sydney, so you can enjoy breathtaking sunsets over the water.
  • Dog-friendly (unofficially): While dogs are not officially permitted on the beach, many locals bring their furry friends along for a swim.

Planning Your Visit to Darook Park Beach

Here are a few tips for planning your visit to Darook Park Beach:

  • Pack a picnic: There are no cafes or restaurants on-site, so pack a picnic lunch or snacks.
  • Bring plenty of sunscreen and hats: The Australian sun can be harsh, so make sure you are protected.
  • Be aware of stingrays: Stingrays are known to frequent the waters at Darook Park Beach, so be sure to shuffle your feet when walking in the shallows.
  • Stay hydrated: It is important to stay hydrated, especially during the summer months.

Coffee Nearby?

We recommend getting takeaway coffee from the nearby Little Parrot cafe, just a 10 minute walk away. 

Warning: locals have pointed out that there are often stingrays about so be careful when going for a dip in the water. 

How to Get to Darook Park Beach

Address: Find it just off Darook Park Road, Cronulla. There is also access via Nicholson Parade.  There is plenty of street parking available near the beach.

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