Beautiful North Coast beaches

With a magnificent coastline, the North Coast of NSW enjoys gorgeous beaches and world-famous surf breaks. You'll relish uncrowded stretches of soft white sand, perfect for relaxing. At Wategos Beach, in Byron Bay, spot the resident dolphins riding the waves.

  • Swimming at the Beach, Macleay Valley Coast
  • Port Stephens Beach, NSW North Coast

Beach holiday fun on the North Coast

Enjoy the delights of beautiful beaches along the NSW North Coast.  You'll find plenty of things to do, from swimming and surfing to kayaking and snorkelling. Or simply roll out your towel and relax. Beach fishing is popular too, with bait-and-tackle shops offering tips on where the fish are biting.

World-class surf beaches dot the marvellous coast, which is easily accessible along the Legendary Pacific Coast driving route. You'll find plenty of accredited learn to surf schools, such as Surfest Surf School in Newcastle, Endless Summer Surf School in Port Macquarie and Surfaris in Crescent Head.

Surfing on Bennetts Beach

Accommodation options to suit a range of budgets are available near many beaches. In some national parks, camping grounds are next to beaches. For an off-road adventure, traverse a beach and an estuary at low tide to get to Pebbly Beach campground, in Yuraygir National Park.

At towns and popular beaches along the coast you can hire equipment, including surfboards, bodyboards and even beach umbrellas. For snorkelling and diving, take a tour to excellent sites in Solitary Islands Marine Park, Fish Rock Cave at South West Rocks and Cape Byron Marine Park

Enjoy NSW beaches by following these safety tips

Surf Life Saving

Always swim between the red and yellow flag; surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It's also a good idea to always swim with a friend.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. You are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.

Check conditions before you go. You can also find patrolled beaches by visiting

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    Experience your very first lesson stand up paddle boarding with Newcastle's highest certified and qualified SUP instructors. Or perhaps you wish to enjoy a beautiful Newcastle Harbour Tour with photos provided as you...

  2. Airforce Beach

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  3. Angourie Bay Picnic Area

    After surfing or swimming at the Clarence Coast’s famous Angourie Headland, stop off at the scenic Angourie Bay picnic area for a tasty picnic lunch with the family. Located adjacent to Angourie Headland,...

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