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North Coast beaches

The NSW North Coast is home to classic Aussie surf culture with a sparkling coastline of beautiful beaches and a hinterland that has the world's largest expanse of subtropical rainforest.

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Best beach holiday on the North Coast

The NSW North Coast has a sparkling coastline, most of them accessible by car.

Go surfing at some of Australia's most famous breaks such as Lennox Head, Broken Head and Angourie and the Pass at Byron Bay. If you're keen to learn to surf, you'll find accredited surf schools dotted along the North Coast. Some popular beaches for learn-to-surf lessons include Newcastle, Sawtell, Coffs Harbour, Scotts Head, Ballina and Byron.

More adventurous activities range from 4WD tours on sand dunes, horse-riding, quad bikes and even camel rides at Port Macquarie.

Off the coast there are excellent snorkel and dive sites such as Solitary Islands Marine Reserve, Fish Rock cave off the coast at South West Rocks and Cape Byron Marine Park at Byron Bay.

Enjoy NSW beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips.

Always swim between the red and yellow flags – 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.

Make sure you ready any safety signs at the beach and 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 and find a patrolled beach by visiting

Stay safe at the beach

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Dorrigo National Park by Hamilton Lund; Destination NSW