Caves Beach is well known for its namesake - a network of sea caves at the southern end of the beach, which can be explored at low tide. Caves Beach has well maintained barbecue facilities and a picn...
North Coast surf beaches
North Coast iconic beaches
There are some nsw beaches along the North Coast that stand out as having iconic status. Byron Bay, Ballina, Lennox Head and Yamba-Angourie in northern NSW are a few where the 1960s surfing counter-culture took hold, and where it's lived and breathed ever since.
Best North Coast beaches
Whether it's the vibe you're after, great coffee and food, stunning coastal scenery or a beach that's perfect for a surf lesson, you're bound to find it at one of the many beaches along the North Coast of NSW.
Highlights of a surfing holiday here could include a visit to Byron Bay to get a taste of its famous beach culture and top surfing conditions or Lennox Head to see one of Australia's iconic waves, consistently ranked among the country's top 10. Beaches from Lennox to Ballina are known as the 'Magic Miles' while the coast between Newcastle's Merewether and Bar Beach is known as âthe Stretchâ with a variety of consistent waves.
There is an amazing 43 km of coast between Seal Rocks and Forster for intrepid surfers to explore with pretty Boomerang Beach and Bluey's Beach at Pacific Palms well worth a detour.
Along this magical coast north, Newcastle, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour are major centres with easy access to surf lessons, good accommodation and plenty of fun. Like most things about World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, its beaches are in a class of their own - and it's just off the North Coast of NSW. Don't miss Neds Beach, Lagoon Beach and Old Settlement Beach.
Enjoy NSW 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 www.beachsafe.org.au.
If you love walking along wild and untamed beaches, then Bongil Beach in Bongil Bongil National Park is the place to be. Nestled between Bongil picnic area in the north and Bundagen Headland to the so...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/bongil-bongil-national-park/bongil-beach/swim-surf
Made up of an 8km peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and stunning Wallis Lake, Booti Booti National Park was created in 1992 and covers 1,566ha of scenic headlands, beautiful beaches, refreshing rain...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/booti-booti-national-park
With its distinctive and architecturally significant Art Deco pavilion, Newcastle Ocean Baths is one of the city's outstanding historic landmarks and is a popular informal open air studio for amateur ...www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/recreation/beaches_and_pools
For over a century, the elegant Cape Byron Lighthouse has graced Australia's most easterly point. Its powerful lamp still burns brightly across the bay and you can take a guided tour to the top or eve...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/cape-byron-state-conservation-area
Pack a picnic and gather the kids together for a fabulous day by the beach at Angourie Bay picnic area. Located adjacent to Angourie Headland, this lovely park-like setting is ideal for a family get-t...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/yuraygir-national-park/angourie-bay-picnic-area/picnic-bbq