Top 25+ New South Wales Beaches

  • Byron Bay

    Byron Bay
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    Byron Bay is situated in the far north of New South Wales and on the very eastern tip of Australia - Cape Byron is the easternmost point of mainland Australia. This small beach town was put on the tourism map back in the 1970s when it was on the hippy trail later becoming a popular backpacker destination. It is to a large extent the legacy… read more »

  • Hyams Beach

    Hyams Beach

    Situated on the northern shores of Jervis Bay, Hyams beach is one of a number of stunning beaches. To put things in perspective, Jervis Bay is around 4 times the size of Sydney harbour and much of it is lined with unspoilt beach.

    Here you will find lush forests spilling onto white sand beaches which are gently lapped by the crystal clear azure waters of… read more »

  • Garie Beach

    Garie Beach
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    The Royal National Park, just south of Sydney is home to more than ten beautiful, pristine beaches of which Garie beach is widely recognised as the finest. A one km stretch of golden sand backed by the steeply rising forested vallies of the park this beach has changed little over the centuries.

    Despite its stunning natural beauty Garie Beach is not without its dangers and strong rip… read more »

  • Camp Cove Beach

    Camp Cove Beach
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    Camp Cove sits on the inner coast of South Head, the headland guarding the entrance to Sydney Harbour. As such the beach is not only sheltered but commands spectacular views back over the harbour and towards the city.

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  • Hungry Beach

    Hungry Beach

    Hungry Beach gets its memorable name from a fisherman who took shelter in the cove for three days while waiting for a large shark to leave the area. I guess his overwhelming thought was hunger, hence the name. The area was historically known as a prolific fishing area for shark, turtle and mulloway.

    Hungry Beach is on the north side of Sydney in the Ku-ring-gai Chase… read more »

  • Palm Beach

    Palm Beach
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    Palm beach sits on a narrow spit of land at the far end of Sydney's North Shore, roughly 40km from the city centre. The beach is overlooked by the imposing bulk of Barrenjoey Head to the north. It's well worth a climb to check out the lighthouse and take in the fantasic views back over the sands and beyond.

    "Palmy", as the beach is known locally, is… read more »

  • Bondi Beach

    Bondi Beach

    Bondi is possibly Australia's most famous beach and to many sums up the Australian way of life. This iconic Sydney beach is every bit as cosmopolitan as the city with a beach scene encompassing everything from surfing to cafe society to lively nightlife. As long as you know what to expect Bondi will not disappoint - it's busy, it's bold and it's brash, but most… read more »

  • Balmoral Beach

    Balmoral Beach
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    Balmoral beach isn't just a posh name, this is one of the most upmarket neighbourhoods on the northern side of Sydney Harbour. Beautiful homes nestle in the the leafy streets clinging to the hillside, overlooking any number of fancy yachts moored out in the bay. Located only 8km from sowntown Sydney most can only imagine what the real estate prices are like here.

    Tucked in behind… read more »

  • Bronte Beach

    Bronte Beach
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    Bronte beach is situated in Sydney's eastern suburbs between Bondi and Coogee beaches. From either of beach it is an easy walk of about 2km along the paved clifftop path. However, if you fancy a swim there is an anual swim held every December between Bondi and Bronte.

    For those who feel they aren't quite ready to take on the open ocean Bronte offers a couple… read more »

  • Currawong Beach

    Currawong Beach

    Ideal for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing, Currawong Beach is a sweeping bay with calm sheltered water. This is thanks to its sheltered position, facing southeast into Pittwater. This pretty beach hideaway is located just south of Mackerel Beach and separated from it by Sinclair Point.

    This area of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is popular for hiking and bushwalking and has some significant aboriginal rock… read more »

  • Dreamtime Beach

    Dreamtime Beach
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    Sitting to the south of the little headland of Fingal Head, near the NSW/Queensland border, is the beautiful 5km stretch of golden sand known as Dreamtime Beach. The beach here is a different world to the busier, more developed Fingal beach on the other side of the scrubby headland with Tweed Heads and the Gold Coast beyond.

    The beach's name harks back to a time when… read more »

  • Jimmys Beach

    Jimmys Beach

    Located on the north shore facing Port Stephens, Jimmys Beach is one of three sandy beaches along this 7 kilometre stretch of coastline where the Karuah River meets the ocean.

    The dune-fringed beach is protected from the ocean swell and there is a line of smooth pebbles and stones in places along the water's edge. The sloping seabed is covered in sea grass in the deeper… read more »

  • Lighthouse Beach

    Lighthouse Beach
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    Located in the popular seaside resort of Ballina, Lighthouse Beach is a gorgeous expanse of clean golden sand stretching northeast from North Creek to Ballina Head. The beach takes its name from the Richmond River Lighthouse which overlooks the north end of the beach.

    Lighthouse Beach only came into existence in the early 1900s after the entrance walls to the Richmond River were built. It caused… read more »

  • Malabar Beach

    Malabar Beach
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    Malabar Beach is one of the less well-known beaches in the south of Sydney, not far from the airport. The name comes from one of two shipwrecks that lie in the bay: the MV Malabar, with the other being the the Goolwa.

    Facing southeast, Malabar Beach is enclosed by rocky headlands at either end with cliffs providing shelter from offshore winds. Generally it's ideal for all… read more »

  • Manly Beach

    Manly Beach
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    With a regular ferry running between downtown Sydney to the North Shore suburb of Manly it is no surprise that this long stretch of fine sand is as popular as ever. The town here is very much centred around the beach and this in turn attracts travellers from all over the globe who come here to soak up the sun, party and ride the world-famous… read more »