Beaches and Surfing in NSW

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Along the beautiful NSW coast are some of the world's best surf beaches. With the most accessible beaches and best surf conditions in Australia, NSW is perfect for a boardriding holiday. And learning to surf is easy with accredited surf schools found at popular destinations.

  • Killcare Beach
  • Crescent Head, Macleay Valley Coast. Image courtesy of Kempsey Shire Council

Great beaches and surfing in NSW

Stretching more than 2,000km, the NSW coastline is home to hundreds of beautiful beaches, including some of the world's best beaches for surfing. A register of Australia's iconic surf beaches is kept by the National Surfing Reserves and the following NSW beaches are on the list:

The North Coast features some of the best surfing beaches in Australia. White, long sandy stretches emphasised by the bluest of waters highlight the naturally beautiful coast and the many awesome breaks within it. Start off in Byron Bay, a laid-back town with plenty of outdoor adventures.

Things to do include kayaking with Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay and Cape Byron Kayaks to see bottlenose dolphins and whales. You’ll find a huge range of places to stay at busy Byron.

Tallow Beach, Byron Bay

The beaches of the Central Coast of NSW are spread out from just north of Sydney to Newcastle, where you'll find Merewether Beach. Some of the best surfing in the Central Coast can be found at North Avoca, and the consistent waves of Terrigal are a good place to take a surfing lesson.

Fishing, surfing, boating and kayaking are all available, with equipment available to rent at Avoca and other beachside towns.

South of Sydney, from Stanwell Park to Wollongong to Shellharbour to Eden, there are many excellent surf beaches. The South Coast offers unmatched beauty with ideal surf breaks for beginners and powerful waves for the more advanced surfer. Surf Camp Australia is based at Gerroa.

South Smoky Beach, Hat Head. Image courtesy of Kempsey Shire Council

Rent a car or a campervan in Sydney from companies such as Mighty Cars and Campers and Camperman Australia, and drive to secluded surfing spots like Mystics and The Farm at Shellharbour. Werri Beach at Gerringong, south of Kiama, has point breaks at both ends of the beach plus a beachside campground and a youth hostel.

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