South Coast Beaches

Highlights

Relax on some of the whitest sands in the world, swim in crystal-blue waters, surf amazing waves, spot dolphins and whales, and enjoy spectacular views at NSW South Coast beaches. Two of Australia’s best surfing beaches, The Farm and Mystics, are less than two hours’ drive from Sydney.

  • Beach fun, Booderee National Park
  • Blenheim Beach, Vincentia

Enjoy beautiful beaches

From Stanwell Park to Bittanagbee Bay, the unspoilt NSW South Coast is the perfect escape for a beach holiday. Unwind and relax on beautiful beaches, enjoy a range of water sports and swim in the sparkling ocean. You can even pat kangaroos on Pebbly Beach in Murramarang National Park.

On the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive are the lovely beaches of WollongongShellharbour and Kiama. The route is part of the marvellous Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive, winding to the white sands and dolphins of Jervis Bay, the gorgeous Eurobodalla and the sparkling Sapphire Coast.

Chinamans Beach, Jervis Bay

Surf schools are dotted along the coast, with Australian Surf Tours and the Pines Surfing Academy offering trips to National Surfing Reserves the Farm and Mystics at Killalea, near Shellharbour and Kiama. You’ll discover many more great surf breaks and sandy beaches along the magnificent coast.

Gorgeous beaches in South Coast national parks include:

For more beach adventures, try kiteboarding with Jervis Bay Kite Connections in Vincentia, where the White Sands Walk begins on some of the whitest sands in the world. The gleaming blue waters of the bay are a haven for dolphins, fur seals, little penguins, and whales on their annual migration.

Honeysuckle Point, South Coast

Join kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding tours along the coast. Snorkelling and diving are popular, too. And cast a line at great beach fishing locations. You can hire a range of equipment, from fishing rods and kayaks to surfboards, boogie boards, wetsuits, and bicycles for the wonderful cycle ways.

You’ll find accommodation options to suit various budgets, including camping and caravanning sites, holiday parks, motels, beach houses and luxury retreats. Check out the exciting events calendar for festivals, markets and shows in seaside towns. The lively Gerringong Surf Music Festival is in May.

Enjoy NSW beaches by following these safety tips

Surf Life Saving

Always swim between the red and yellow flag; 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 beaches by visiting beachsafe.org.au.

  1. Abrahams Bosom Reserve

    One of the favourites for the adventurer within, this walk takes you to some of the most remote beaches and provides unrivalled access to the famous sea cliffs through the spectacular GosangsTunnel. There’s...

  2. Armands Beach

    If swimming and sunbathing in the nude is your preference, Armands Beach was declared legally clothes optional by Bega Valley Shire Council in November 1993.From Bermagui, drive south 9.5 kilometres along...

  3. Aslings Beach

    Asling’s Beach is in the heart of the fishing village Eden, on the northern shores of Twofold Bay. The beach offers both surf and safe swimming, and is patrolled in summer. Conditions change regularly and...

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