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Beaches - South West Rocks Area


Beach holidays in South West Rocks

South West Rocks is popular as a holiday destination for its variety of beaches and the famous surf breaks to be found nearby. Nearby beaches include Horseshoe Bay, Main Beach, Little Bay, Gap Beach, North Smoky and Smoky Beach.

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South West Rocks holidays

South West Rocks lies at the mouth of the Macleay River, a half-hour drive from Kempsey. Most visitors come here for the beaches in the area that include Horseshoe Bay, Main Beach, Little Bay, Gap Beach and Smoky Beach. Beginners and experienced surfers will both find waves to suit them and there are plenty of surf schools at which to learn.

The area is renowned for fishing, snorkelling and diving. Fish Rock Cave, 2 km offshore from Smoky Cape Lighthouse, offers excellent dive conditions - you'll spot grey nurse sharks, turtles and spotted eagle rays.

Nearby Crescent Head is famous for having one of the best right-hand point breaks in the world thats' been attracting surfers since the 1950s.

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