South Coast Beaches


South Coast beaches

Two of Australia’s best surfing beaches are less than two hours’ drive south of Sydney at Killalea State Park, near Shellharbour. The Farm and Mystics are recognised on the National Surfing Reserves. Begin your discovery of NSW South Coast beaches on the Grand Pacific Drive, a road trip south of Sydney that winds along the coast dotted with sandy beaches.

The 138 km route is part of the Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive, which weaves its way farther south to delightful destinations such as Jervis Bay and the powdery white sands at Hyams Beach. In Narooma, snorkel with seals at Montague Island. Enjoy seaside villages surrounded by bushland and national parks. Beach fishing and boating are popular things to do.

  • Broulee Beach, Batemans Bay
  • Kayaking South Coast
  • Sapphire Coast

    Sapphire Coast

    The Sapphire Coast is renowned for its sparkling beaches, bays, lakes, national parks, walking tracks and meandering coastal drives. The main towns that dot the region include Bermagui, Tathra, Merimbula and Eden. Swim and surf in the clear waters of the Tathra, Merimbula and Pambula beaches or explore the cliffs, caves and rock stacks at Mimosa Rocks National Park.

  • Skydiving in Wollongong


    The natural beauty of Wollongong makes it the perfect location for outdoor adventures including hand-gliding and skydiving. Uncrowded beaches such as Austinmer, Stanwell Park and Thirroul dot the coastline. Here, you’ll find plenty of swimming, surfing, fishing and sailing opportunities. Enjoy a walk across Sea Cliff Bridge, cool off in the popular ocean pool at Austinmer or pump up your adrenaline parachuting with Skydive the Beach.

  • Kiama blowhole, Kiama


    Surrounded by farmland and rolling hills, Kiama is 90 minutes’ drive from Sydney. The pretty seaside town is home to the famous Kiama Blowhole, which spouts water more than 20 metres into the air. Surf at Kiama’s popular surf beach and explore the exhilarating Kiama Coastal Walk. The 22 km track zigzags through headlands and beaches and past rivers.

Enjoy Sydney's beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips

Surf Life Saving

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 read 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

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