Beach Towns to hit along the NSW Coast

The New South Wales coast is one of the most beautifully unspoilt coastlines Australia has to offer. Home to some of the most famous beaches in Australia, the New South Wales Coast is full of stunning natural landscapes, incredible surf beaches, adventurous bushlands filled with native wildlife and scenic and relaxing beaches. 

Here are some of the best beach towns to explore along the New South Wales coast.

NSW Beaches

Port Macquarie 

Located on the North Coast of New South Wales at the mouth of the Hastings River, resides Port Macquarie. A laid-back beach town known for its abundant Australian wildlife and the iconic Breakwall. Port Macquarie has some awesome beaches, perfect for surfing, these include Town Beach, located within walking distance from the CBD.

For a relaxing escape, head to Shelly Beach where you can enjoy a natural tidal lagoon amidst the backdrop of a lush rainforest. When visiting Port Macquarie it is essential to drop in and say g’day to the locals at the Koala Hospital. The Koala Preservation Society hosts daily tours where you can feed the recovering koalas.

Furthermore, backing onto the Hastings River is the glorious Hastings River Wine Region, where delicious chambourcin, chardonnay, verdelho, semillon and merlot varieties are grown.Port Macquarie’s Breakwall is located along the Hastings River and is one of the most popular attractions in the town. The Breakwall is made up of large rocks which have been hand-painted by the locals of Port Macquarie, creating a sentimental and colourful destination to visit.

Port Macquarie Breakwall | Source: flickr
Miners Beach – Port Macquarie Coastal Walk | Source: flickr

Coffs Harbour

Home to the Big Banana, Coffs Harbour is famous for incredible surf and natural attractions along the stunning Orara escarpment. Coffs Harbour is the NSW coast adventure playground with daily charters for scuba diving in the Solitary Islands Marine Park, regular shows at Dolphin Marine Magic, and skydiving over the spectacular coastline.

Head inland to the Dorrigo National Park and check out the Skywalk, a forest canopy boardwalk exploring the depths of an ancient Gondwana rainforest.

Coffs Harbour is also home to one of the most architecturally intricate and beautiful golf courses in the world, the Bonville Golf Resort. Head out for a round with the wallabies and the stunning native Australian fauna. And of course, enjoy the pristine beaches and relaxed beach cafe culture.

Coffs Harbour
The Beach at Coffs Harbour | Source: flickr

Bondi

Bondi is without fail, Australia’s most famous beach. The gorgeous ever-rolling waves over yellow sands with the colourful backdrop of houses attracts millions of tourists every year. But there’s much more to Bondi than hitting the beach.

Check out the cafe culture catering to Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs health and wellbeing vibe or enjoy a stroll along the captivating Coogee to Bondi coastal walk. Bondi is also home to many markets and stalls including the Bondi Farmers Markets held at Bondi Public School every Saturday, which offers plenty of local produce and arts & crafts.

Another redeeming feature of the Bondi area is the nightlife. Head out for a dance at the Beach Hotel or enjoy a cocktail beachside at Hotel Ravesis. 

Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a peaceful seaside town offering its visitors an exclusive insight into Australian beach culture. Byron Bay’s unique and deep rooted culture, culminated in the 1960’s during a time of great surf and relaxed vibes. Since then, Byron Bay has become one of the most stylish destinations to frequent with an array of fine dining and luxury accommodation alongside beautiful turquoise waters and white sands.

The iconic Main Beach is your best opportunity to ride clean and reliable left and right hand breaks. But if you feel like a greater challenge, head to “The Wreck” at Belongil Beach which offers a powerful, hollow right-hander.For those who prefer to stay on land, enjoy a gorgeous stroll to the Cape Byron Lighthouse, located on the easternmost point of mainland Australia.

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