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.

Waves rolling onto the beach near Imeson Cottage, Byron Bay

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:

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.

Two surfers holding their longboards survey Wategos Beach, Byron Bay

For more beach adventures, try thrilling kiteboarding with Jervis Bay Kite Connections. There are kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding tours sprinkled along the coast. Snorkelling and diving are popular too in marine sanctuaries in Batemans Bay, Jervis Bay, Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay.

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.





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

North and South Coast Beaches

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