South Coast Beaches


Top surf 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 National Surfing Reserves as surfing havens.

  • Beach fun, Booderee National Park
  • Pebbly beach, South Coast

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. Starting at the Royal National Park, it’s a beautiful scenic drive that runs along the coast, finishing at Nowra.

There are some gorgeous beaches to stop at on the way; Thirroul and Austinmer beaches are must-visits, relatively small, patrolled, family-friendly and edged with norfolk pine trees. Just north of Wollongong, Corrimal Beach is a long stretch of sand that is patrolled, dog-friendly, and it also has a small lagoon that’s ideal for kids to have a splash. In Wollongong itself, follow the locals to North Wollongong Beach, with rock pools, plenty of grass and shade, and good surf.

Family holiday, Kendalls Beach, Kiama

South of Kiama, Gerringong’s Werri Beach is a favourite with surfers, and the town also boasts two fantastic ocean baths. Just South of Gerroa you’ll find Seven Mile Beach, a spectacular stretch of sand running all the way to Shoalhaven Heads which is pristine and beautiful.

The 138 km Grand Pacific Drive 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, you can snorkel with fur seals at Montague Island, and head further south to the gorgeous beaches of the Sapphire Coast. The beaches of Tathra and Merimbula are known as the best in the area; the sandbank known as Merimbula Bar creates one of the South Coast's picture-perfect waves.

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Discover pristine beaches and coastal walks, bountiful local food markets, idyllic fishing estuaries and golfing greens, adventures from snorkelling and surfing to beach segway riding and whale watching - or head inland to tour the charming villages and rolling green hills.

Whether you are looking for adventure or leisure, the NSW South Coast offers you an unrivalled getaway.

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Explore the beautiful regions of the NSW South Coast

Enjoy NSW beaches like a local by following these simple beach 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 beach by visiting

  1. Abrahams Bosom Reserve

    Abrahams Bosom Reserve

    Features of the scenic reserve include the beach, a natural rock pool, creek, scenic walking tracks and picnic facilities. Make sure to take detours to the stunning Gosangs Tunnel and Mermaid Inlet from the main...

  2. Armands Beach

    Armands Beach

    If swimming and sunbathing in the nude is your preference, Armands Beach was declared legally clothes optional by Bega Valley Shire Council in November 1993.From Bermagui, drive south 9.5...

  3. Aslings Beach

    Aslings Beach

    Aslings Beach is central to the town of Eden, and flanks the northern part of Twofold Bay. Whales (October-November) and dolphins are often seen right along the shoreline, either feeding or sheltering in the Bay. A...

  4. Austinmer Beach

    Austinmer Beach

    Austinmer Beach is one of Wollongong's most popular beaches, located just 25 minutes north of the central business district. Austinmer is well set up to cater to large summer crowds being patrolled...

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