Beaches and Surf
Enjoy beautiful sandy beaches, great surf breaks, fun aquatic adventures and more on a NSW beach holiday. From the unspoilt South Coast to the picturesque Central Coast to the gorgeous North Coast, you can relax on soft white sand, swim in pristine waters and paddle in tranquil bays.
In beachside parks and reserves at some popular beaches you’ll find picnic tables and barbecue facilities. Or pack a hamper and savour a picnic lunch on a secluded beach in a national park, with the majestic eucalypts, dazzling white sand and sparkling blue sea creating a postcard setting.
Plenty of beachside accommodation options are available to suit a range of budgets, from camping and caravanning to holiday parks, beach houses, motels, apartments, and luxury spa resorts and retreats. In some national parks there are campgrounds next to beaches including:
- Pebbly Beach in Murramarang National Park, near Batemans Bay
- Green Patch in Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay
- Little Beach in Bouddi National Park, on the Central Coast
- Diamond Head in Crowdy Bay National Park, near Port Macquarie
At surf schools dotted along the coast you can learn how to ride a surfboard. There are programs for kids, teenagers and adults. You can also join surf camps and surfing safaris. The NSW coastline is blessed with some of the best surf breaks in the world and some of the longest rides in Australia.
For more beach adventures, try thrilling kiteboarding with tours sprinkled along the coast. Snorkelling and diving are popular too in marine sanctuaries in Batemans Bay, Jervis Bay, Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay.. There are kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding
Getting to the beaches is half the fun, with road trips such as the Grand Pacific Drive from Australia’s oldest national park to the Shoalhaven Coast wine region. The route joins up with the Sydney Melbourne Coastal Drive and winds past more lovely beaches, national parks and seaside towns.
The Legendary Pacific Coast weaves north past UNESCO World Heritage-listed rainforest. Whether you drive north or south, you can spot whales on their annual migration between May and November. Beach headlands are excellent vantage points to spot humpbacks and other whales.