With 877 ocean bays and beaches spanning across 990 kilometers and 10 historic lighthouses from Cape Bryon on the North to Green Cape in South, New South Wales has some of the best beaches and most accessible coastlines in Australia. While Bondi is Australia's best-known beach, there are plenty of other classic stretches of sand around NSW that are perfect spots to relax and unwind. Here are five, as shared by the good folk at Destination New South Wales, you shouldn't miss.
With stunning natural attractions, Byron Bay is a paradise on the North Coast of NSW. Be captivated by gorgeous beaches, breathtaking bushwalks in hinterland rainforest, spectacular coastal trails and amazing marine life including dolphins, turtles and whales. Byron actually has five great beaches to choose from but it is Main Beach that sees most of its visitors walking, swimming and enjoying a beach side BBQ. Whilst at Byron, don't miss the Lighthouse Walk to Australia's most easterly point.
Just a short drive south of Byron Bay, Lennox Head is a perfect seaside escape with spectacular coastal scenery including a gorgeous lake for kayaking and canoeing and the beautiful Seven Mile Beach. At the southern end of the beach is Lennox Point, the world-famous point break that attracts surfers from around the world. The headland is great for watching surfers and spotting whales, and Lake Ainsworth, which is close by, has excellent barbecue facilities.
In the Guinness Book of Records for whitest sand in the world, Hyams Beach is a quiet beach side town in the Jervis Bay region of south coast NSW, just 180km south of Sydney. A charming seaside village with an eponymous stretch of fine white sand, Hyams is a beautiful area for rolling out your towel and relaxing on the soft sand while you listen to the gentle waves from the bay lap onto the beach. The waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling, fishing and stand-up paddleboarding. There's also the wonderful Hyams Beach trail, also known as the bird spotter's walk to explore.
Pebbly Beach, located in the Murramarang National Park, is widely known as the home of the surfing kangaroos (a myth arising from a photograph of a kangaroo in the low surf, probably chased there by a dog). A popular camping area with a good surfing beach and bush walks within the park, here you will find a large resident kangaroo population hopping around on the sand.
Avoca Beach on the Central Coast features rocky headlands at each end of a long, golden beach. Popular as a holiday destination, especially for families, it has a vibrant surf culture and a relaxed and friendly ambience. With a wide array of activities to do, including fishing, beach walking, exploring the nearby parks and headlands, or simply relaxing in a quiet place, it is a perfect spot for both parents and kids alike. Alternatively, you can explore the waterways of Avoca Lake, which lies behind the beach, by kayak or pedal boat which is also a popular spot for bushwalking.