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South Coast Beaches


South Coast Beaches

Surfing along the South Coast of NSW brings you close to nature at every turn. There are small towns and villages surrounded by bushland and national parks, birds and wildlife abound and deserted beaches are easy to discover.

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Beaches on the South Coast

There are plenty of great beaches where you can learn to surf at an accredited surf school. It's also where you might find your surf lesson incorporates a little yoga.

An hour south of Sydney, the beaches around Wollongong offer ideal learn-to-surf conditions. North Wollongong is another family favourite with rock pools, shaded grass, picnic booths and kids' playground. Further south is Broulee Beach, ideal for long-boarders and beginners with easy-breaking waves on most tides.

Narrawallee Beach near Mollymook is a long, flat expanse of sand much loved by joggers and beach-combers. The river inlet at the south end is a beautiful spot for day picnics and swimming with the family.

"The Farm" and €œ"Mystics" beaches at Killalea near Shellharbour are a classified National Surfing Reserve, the seventh site in Australia to be recognised for its significance to recreational surfing.

Further south on the aptly named "Sapphire Coast" renowned for it's beautiful clean and clear water, you'll find gems in Merimbula and Pambula

Enjoy NSW’s 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