Merewether Beach. Credit: The Legendary Pacific Coast
Beach fun, Booderee NP, Shoalhaven. Credit: James Pipino;Destination NSW
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
The NSW North Coast is famous for its quality beaches and iconic Aussie surf culture. Experienced surfers cut it up amongst novices looking to improve their skills at one of the area’s many surf schools.
Highlights of a surfing holiday here include a visit to Byron Bay to experience a taste of its famous beach culture and top surfing conditions. There’s also the iconic waves at Lennox Head, which are consistently ranked amongst the country’s best. Beaches from Lennox to Ballina are known as the ‘Magic Miles’, while the coast between Newcastle’s Merewether and Bar beaches offer a consistent variety of waves to suit all abilities.
The North Coast boasts more accessible surf beaches than any other stretch of coast in Australia, making it the perfect place for surf lessons. Visitors looking to develop their skills will find a range of accredited surf schools in Newcastle, Sawtell, Coffs Harbour, Scotts Head, Ballina and along the quieter beaches at Byron Bay.
Intrepid surfers will enjoy the spectacular 43km stretch of coast between Seal Rocks and Forster. Nearby Boomerang Beach and Bluey’s Beach at Pacific Palms are worth a detour from this area.
Holidaymakers looking for a complete deal will find easy access to surf, good accommodation and plenty of great cafes and restaurants in major beach towns like Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Byron Bay and Coffs Harbour.
Enjoy Sydneys 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 read 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 beachsafe.org.au.