North Coast Beaches

From the beautiful beaches to the world-class surf, the North Coast is perfect for a relaxing beach holiday. You'll find plenty of things to do, including swimming, surfing, kayaking, snorkelling and fishing. There are lovely walking trails along secluded beaches in magnificent national parks.

The wildlife is incredible, from kangaroos bouncing along the sand to dolphins riding the waves. You can even spot humpback whales between May and November. In some beachside national parks, such as Tomaree in Port Stephens or Bongil Bongil on the Coffs Coast, koalas doze in the treetops.

A woman strolling barefoot on pretty Shelly Beach, Port Macquarie

On marvellous coastal walks you’ll stroll over sandy beaches and through littoral rainforest up to headlands for spectacular views and whale watching during the annual migration. There are short walks and multiday hikes with campgrounds along the way, such as in the Yuraygir National Park.

The best coastal walks on the NSW North Coast include:

People enjoying a sunny day on Main Beach, Byron Bay

All along the coast are stunning, uncrowded beaches - simply roll out your towel and relax. There are barbecue facilities in pretty reserves by some beaches, such as 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 magnificent coast, which is easily accessible on the Legendary Pacific Coast driving route. The iconic National Surfing Reserves are in Newcastle, Crescent Head, Lennox Head and Angourie, which is south of the Yamba. There are surf schools and surf tours, too.

You’ll find accommodation to suit various budgets near lovely beaches, from caravanning and camping in holiday parks or national parks to luxury spa resorts. How about an off-road adventure? Then traverse a beach and estuary at low tide to get to the Pebbly Beach campground in Yuraygir.

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 beachsafe.org.au.

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