Broadwater National Park is a great place to visit with friends and family, especially if you enjoy birdwatching. The swamps and marshlands of Broadwater are home to many waders such as ibis, herons a...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/broadwater-national-park
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.
A landscape photographer's dream, Arrawarra Headland and offers incredible views over Solitary Islands Marine Park.
Swimmers and surfers will also love this beach, and it's renowned for its f...
Located on the top of Lennox Point, Pat Morton Lookout has extensive views out to the Pacific Ocean and north stretching up Seven Mile Beach. An ideal whale watching spot (during whale season) and pe...
In 2001, a historic agreement was reached between the NSW State Government and the Byron Bay Arakwal Aboriginal community. Arakwal National Park is the result and has many guises today: it's an import...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/arakwal-national-park
Redhead Beach is at the northern end of a nine-mile stretch of coastline and is known for its stunning cliffs, rocky outcrops and shark tower. Redhead is patrolled in the warmer months, is home to th...
"Broughton Island is a scuba diver's paradise - on our last camping trip we saw hundreds of fish and even some grey nurse sharks."
Camping at Little Poverty Beach is a truly special expe...
Dixon Park Beach has Council Lifeguard Services provided Monday to Saturday during swimming season and volunteer members of Dixon Park Surf Lifesaving Club providing beach patrols on Sundays during th...www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/recreation/beaches_and_pools