The best thing about Australia is definitely our beaches. Pristine water paired with clean sands and surrounded by nature – I think we have some of the best in the world. In my home state of New South Wales, I feel we are particularly blessed. Not only are the beaches magnificent but they are also situated in some amazing towns. This list of the top five NSW coastal places is filled with towns where you will be graced with a great surf and an all-round pleasant time.
At the South Coast, Mollymook is located just next to Ulladulla. The highlight of Mollymook is definitely it’s amazing beach which spans the entirety of the town – it’s a great place for a morning walk. Not only does Mollymook have an amazing beach but there are also a number of nice bush walks and really fantastic places to eat.
- Visit Milton
- Tallwood is the best place to eat in town
- Have a drink on the rooftop bar at Bannisters Pavilion
Hyams Beach is in the Guinness Book of Records for having the whitest sand in the world. It is so white one could almost mistake it for being snow. With the backdrop of the deep blue water it is a sight to truly behold.
Located in the midst of a national park, Hyams Beach is somewhere to go and forget all about the outside world. Leave your phones at home (or turn them on airplane mode), plan to do some hiking and take some cheese, wine and board games to enjoy at night.
- Visit the Hyams Beach Store and Cafe
- Go and visit Green Patch Beach – particularly at sunset
- Spend half a day wandering the streets of Huskisson
No list of NSW coastal places could be complete without the addition of Byron Bay. This happening seaside city is frequented by backpackers and celebrities alike. Whilst you will be met with green juices in every second store it has an amazing vibe, with music and dancers bound to be somewhere around – any time of the day.
- A Stone and Wood at The Beach Hotel around 5pm is one of the best experiences
- Have a picnic on the beach one night – there are many backpackers and buskers doing the same thing
- Visit Watego’s beach
- Watch the sunset at the lighthouse
Not far from Byron Bay, Yamba is a smaller town that still attracts thousands of tourists during peak season. The town itself has a number of great beaches and eateries. There is also a number of little boutiques where you are bound to find something unique.
Just a short ten minute drive from Yamba is Angourie. Angourie beach has world-renowned waves and is perfect for surfers. However, for those of us less inclined to surf the Angourie Pools are a must-see and also a nice place to spend the afternoon.
- You will find the best breakfast and lunch in town at Beachwood Cafe
- The Pacific Hotel has some truly amazing views but go in a quieter period (not lunch or dinner) to ensure you get a window table
- If you don’t enjoy waves – Whiting beach is the perfect place to go
Narooma is a town which has some amazing beaches and awesome little cafes and restaurants. Everything is in walking distance, however, the main street of the town is located on a hill so walking up may be tough. It’s a great place for a week away.
- Visit the village of Tilba
- Walk to Dalmeny – it’s about seven kilometres but totally worth it
- Kayak in the inlet
- Visit Mystery Bay
Tell me – What are your favourite beaches in Australia? Or the world for that matter?