North Coast Beaches

Before heading to the beach this summer, check Beachsafe for the latest updates.

rom deserted coves of white sand perfect for sunbaking to bustling villages set metres from the sea and some of the world’s top surf breaks, the North Coast of NSW offers visitors every type of beach holiday. Try fishing, kayaking and snorkelling, or follow walking trails along empty beaches where national parks meet the ocean.

Seal Rocks, Number One Beach in North Coast

Swimming and surfing

All along the coast you’ll find beaches you can have to yourself – just roll out your towel and relax for hours. Stay for lunch too. There are barbecue facilities in reserves by many beaches, like Fingal Bay Beach in Port Stephens, Flynns Beach in Port Macquarie, Jetty Beach in Coffs Harbour and Wategos Beach in Byron Bay.

World-class surf beaches dot the coast, with the perfect wave for every surfer. The famous National Surfing Reserves can be found in Newcastle, Crescent Head, Lennox Head and Angourie, which is south of Yamba. There are plenty of surf schools and surf tours to get beginners out on their board.

Friends enjoying a day at Whites Beach, Byron Bay

Coastal walks

On coastal walks, you’ll traverse kilometres of spectacular beaches and hike through littoral rainforest to headlands for jaw-dropping views. There’s everything from short walks to multi-day hikes where you can sleep at campgrounds along the way, such as in the Yuraygir National Park.

The best coastal walks on the NSW North Coast include:

Family enjoying a guided experience with Port Macquarie Camel Safaris

Wildlife and whales

Then there’s the creatures you’ll see: from kangaroos leaping along the beach, to whales breaching just offshore – there are plenty of humpback whales swimming past between May and November. In some beachside national parks, such as Tomaree in Port Stephens or Bongil Bongil on the Coffs Coast, you might even glimpse a koala.


NSW Beach Safety

Enjoy NSW beaches by following these 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.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. 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. You can also find patrolled beach by visiting

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