South Coast Beaches

With calm bays, secret coves and famous surf breaks, the unspoilt NSW South Coast is blessed with incredible beaches, stretching from Stanwell Park in the north to Bittangabee Bay in the south. Enjoy a range of water sports, swim in the glittering ocean and discover some of the whitest sands in the world.

On the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive, you’ll pass by lovely beaches around Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama. The route is part of the iconic Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive, winding past the white sands and dolphins of Jervis Bay, the gorgeous Eurobodalla region and the sparkling Sapphire Coast.

Couple enjoying a morning walk along the beach near Camel Rock, Bermagui

There are surf schools all along the coast, with Australian Surf Tours and Pines Surfing Academy offering trips to The Farm and Mystics, two surf beaches in Killalea State Park, a National Surfing Reserve. At Pebbly Beach in Murramarang National Park you can also meet friendly kangaroos by the sand.

Other stunning beaches in NSW South Coast national parks include: 

Surfers at Killalea Beach ('The Farm'), Shell Cove

For more beach-based adventures, try kiteboarding with Jervis Bay Kite Connections in Vincentia, where the picturesque White Sands Walk begins. The crystal clear waters of Jervis Bay Marine Park are a haven for dolphins, fur seals, little penguins and whales, with many wildlife experiences available.

Join kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding tours along the coast. The NSW South Coast is perfect for snorkelling and diving, or 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 area’s wonderful cycle ways.

There are accommodation options for various budgets, including campgrounds and caravan parks, holiday parks, motels, beach houses and luxury retreats. Check out the events calendar for exciting festivals, markets and shows in seaside towns, including the lively Gerringong Surf Music Festival in May. 

Great Beach Experiences in the South Coast