Top 10 Beaches in NSW

Australia is well known for it's beaches. If you were to visit one a day, it'd take over 27 years to see them all! So if you want to narrow down some of the best ones to see in New South Wales check out our guide to 10 of our favourites.

1. Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay

Yes it's popular and yes you may have to share it if you go in the afternoon but this beach is sensational. It has the whitest sand in the world, fact. It's in the Guinness book of records! It's also a great sunrise spot and then you really won't have to share!

Getting there: The only way to get to Jervis Bay easily is to drive. It's 200 km from Sydney and takes approximately 3 hours if you get very lucky with the traffic (a normal drive is about 3.5 hours) Alternatively, it's 200 km from Canberra.

Where to stay: The majority of towns in Jervis Bay are connected by the inland highway, so staying in the right place can save you hours in driving each day. It's best to base yourself in Huskisson or Vicentia if you can.

 

 

2. Murray Beach, Jervis Bay

Not far from hyams, in Booderee National Park, you'll find another beauty. White sand, turquoise water and less people seem to know about this one. You do have to pay the ACT national park fee, but it's all for a good cause. 

Getting there: The only way to get to Jervis Bay is to drive. It's 200 km from Sydney and takes approximately 3 hours if you get very lucky with the traffic (a normal drive is about 3.5 hours) Alternatively, it's 200 km from Canberra

Where to stay: The majority of towns in Jervis Bay are connected by the inland highway, so staying in the right place can save you hours in driving each day. It's best to base yourself in Huskisson or Vicentia if you can.

 


 

3. Wategos Beach, Byron Bay

A short walk from the incredibly famous Byron Bay, this beach is a little quieter but equally as beautiful. The turquoise water is perfect for swimming and it's just a short stroll up to the top of the lighthouse for sunset when you're done lazing around. 

Getting there: The quickest way to Byron Bay is by plane. You can fly to either Gold Coast or Ballina Airports (although Ballina has fewer flights and only from Sydney). It's approximately 30 mins from Ballina and 45 minutes from Coolangatta airport in the Gold Coast.

Alternatively you could stop whilst driving up the East Coast. It's approximately 800km (9 hours) from Sydney.

Where to stay: Finding accomodation in Byron Bay can be tricky as it often sells out. You can find much cheaper accomodation in Ballina, but you will be adding at least an hour (return trip) in driving every day and miss out on being in the thick of things.

 



4. Mollymook, South Coast

This beach has a real family vibe. It's a great place to relax and soak up the atmosphere. It's a fair drive from Sydney, around 4 hours, but why not combine it with a trip to one of our favourite regional seafood restaurants, Bannisters. 

Getting there: The best way to get to Mollymook is to drive. It's approximately 240km from Sydney (3 hours) or 200 km from Canberra (2 hours 35).

Where to stay: We only ate at Bannisters but we did take a peek at the accommodation and it looked amazing!

 


5. Burning Palms, Royal National Park

This beach located in Royal National Park requires a little bit of a walk. It probably takes around 30 minutes to get down to it (and yep it's all uphill on the way back) but it's more than worth the effort. We've never seen it very busy and the back drop of green hills really adds to the charm. If the tide is low you can also walk round to the famous figure of 8 pools. 
 

Getting there: Burning Palms can be accessed via the walking track from Garawarra Farm Car Park (GPS Coordinates: S.34.1801, E.151.0393) which is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Sydney.

Where to stay: Why not consider the coast track? It's a 27km hike all along the coast and you can camp at Garie Beach halfway.

 

 

6. Red Rock, Yuraygir National Park

This beach is located in Yuraygir National Park and seems to stretch for miles. It was very quiet when we visited, even during the busy Easter period. It'd be hard to imagine it ever getting too busy, but the beach is easily big enough that a short stroll from the car park would take you to blissful solitude anyway. If you are really lucky you might even catch sight of the rare coastal emu.

Getting there: Red Rock is 30 minutes north of Coffs Harbour. The most fun way to get to Coffs is by road tripping (6 hours) or if you are looking for easy, taking a flight from Sydney (45 minutes).

 

 

7. Anna Bay, Port Stephens

This beach is famous for the huge Worimi sand dunes conservation area which you could easily spend a day exploring in itself. If you have a permit and a 4wd you can actually drive amongst the dunes or rent a board and try your hand at dune surfing. The beach itself is large and sweeping and no matter how many cars you see in the car park you won't have a problem as soon as you walk a few minutes along the beach. If you're not going to make it to the famous cable beach in WA this is also a good opportunity to take a camel ride along the beach. 

Getting there: Anna Bay is in Port Stephens which is a 2.5 hour drive away from Sydney or 45 minutes from Newcastle. The easiest way to get there is by car.

 


8. Palm Beach, Sydney

Sydney is well known for its beautiful beaches, over a 100 of them in fact, and some are more famous than others. It can get busy on the weekends but there's a reason it's famous, it's very beautiful and great for surfing. We love going early and catching the sunrise before stocking up on breakfast at the Boat House.

Getting there: Palm Beach is a 50 minute drive north of Sydney CBD. Alternatively you can get a bus from the QVB Building in Central Sydney.

 

 

9. Pebbly Beach, South Coast

This one gets a mention not because it is the most beautiful on the list, though it is very pretty but because it is frequented by gorgeous eastern grey kangaroos. Who doesn't want to see one of Australia's most iconic animals enjoying a little beach time r&r? Make sure you visit late afternoon to catch the roos on the beach itself, if you visit in the day you can find the roos on the grassy patch by the caravan park behind the beach.

Getting there: The easiest way to get there is a 3.5 hour drive South from Sydney.

 



10. Tamarama Beach, Sydney

A beach this good in Sydney city centre had to make the list. You'll probably have picked up from our other entries that we prefer quiet secluded spots and that's definitely not Tamarama in the middle of the day. We recommend visiting early morning or early evening if you want to experience it at it's best or grab a towel and join the throngs!

Getting there: The most convenient way to get to Tamarama is by bus from either Central train station or Circular Quay. We like to take the bus to Bondi and walk along the cliff tops to Tamarama, don't miss this walk if you have the time.