South Coast Beaches

Highlights

Relax on some of the whitest sands in the world, swim in crystal-blue waters, surf amazing waves, spot dolphins and whales, and enjoy spectacular views at NSW South Coast beaches. Two of Australia’s best surfing beaches, The Farm and Mystics, are less than two hours’ drive from Sydney.

  • Beach fun, Booderee National Park
  • Blenheim Beach, Vincentia

Enjoy beautiful beaches

From Stanwell Park to Bittanagbee Bay, the unspoilt NSW South Coast is the perfect escape for a beach holiday. Unwind and relax on beautiful beaches, enjoy a range of water sports and swim in the sparkling ocean. You can even pat kangaroos on Pebbly Beach in Murramarang National Park.

Begin your discovery on the Grand Pacific Drive, a spectacular road trip south of Sydney dotted with the beaches of Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama. In the Killalea State Recreation Area are two National Surfing Reserve surf breaks – The Farm at Killalea Beach and Mystics at Minnamurra Beach.

Chinamans Beach, Jervis Bay

Surf schools and surf safaris are available along the coast, with Australian Surf Tours and Pines Surfing Academy offering trips to The Farm. You can learn kiteboarding with Jervis Bay Kite Connections in Vincentia, where the White Sands Walk begins on some of the whitest sands in the world.

Other tours include stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and snorkelling. Beach fishing is popular along the coast, too. You can hire a range of equipment, from fishing rods and kayaks to surfboards, boogie boards, stand-up paddleboards, wetsuits and bicycles for the wonderful coastal cycle ways.

Honeysuckle Point, South Coast

You’ll find plenty things to do and see. Places to stay suit various budgets, from luxury retreats and beach houses to motels, holiday parks and camping sites. Check out the exciting events calendar of festivals, markets and shows in seaside towns. The Gerringong Surf Music Festival is in May.

The 138 km Grand Pacific Drive is part of the marvellous Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive that weaves farther south to the white sands and dolphins of Jervis Bay and to the gorgeous beaches of Eurobodalla and the Sapphire Coast. You can watch whales migrate along the coast from headlands.

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Explore the beautiful regions of the NSW South Coast

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 beachsafe.org.au.

  1. 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

    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 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...

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