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Discover the best secret beaches in New South Wales with some of the most breathtaking landscape in Australia. Get beyond Sydney and away from the usual NSW beach hotspots. Cool off at the best beaches in NSW without the crowds, with these 8 lesser-known beach destinations!
Australians really are spoilt. All that space full of stunning scenery, cute and quirky wildlife, warm weather, wineries, trendy cities and, of course, the beautiful beaches.
The state of New South Wales, home to the famous city of Sydney, boasts some of the most accessible and stunning coastlines in all of Australia.
There are daily flights to Sydney, Byron Bay or Newcastle, all great spots to start your visit to this beautiful part of the world.
The Best Secret Beaches In New South Wales, Australia
Aussies love a beach getaway, and so do the millions of international visitors each year who come seeking Australia’s best beaches.
While everyone else is headed to Bondi Beach or hoping to catch a glimpse of their favourite “Home And Away” actors at Palm Beach, why not venture off the beaten track to somewhere more secluded!
So here are some hidden gems for you to enjoy your next trip – in peace.
1. Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay.
Only 180km south of Sydney, the beautiful Hyams Beach (widely believed to have the whitest sands in Australia) is sandwiched between two national parks in the popular Jervis Bay.
With sand so fine it squeaks, crystal clear blue water and breathtaking bushland surrounds, this spot is a must-visit on any coastal road trip.
A great place to escape the bustle of the city. Swim, snorkel, fish or just relax on the soft white sand…there is plenty here to keep everyone occupied!
Perfect for families, this calm little beach can get a little busy through the Summer months. However, the beach stretches almost three kilometres, so there is plenty of space to find your own spot.
Visitors can also enjoy an on-site cafe (as well as bathrooms and changing rooms), a variety of bush and coastal walks with gorgeous views, and plenty of local birdlife.
2. Green Patch Beach
Around three hours south of Sydney, located within the beautiful Boodoree National Park, the calm, turquoise waters of Green Patch beach are perfect for families who want to snorkel or swim.
There are rock platforms that are great for spotting fish, squid and octopus in the rock pools.
Explore one of the easy walking tracks through the nearby bush if you want to meet some land wildlife, such as wallabies or echidnas.
There are plenty of other spectacular beaches only a short walk away. Take a wander to Scottish Rocks, full of marine life and great for snorkeling. Or head to Murrays Beach, where the local fairy-penguin colony live.
There are BBQ and picnic facilities at Green Patch beach, and at several of the other beaches. There are also several campgrounds with public bathroom facilities.
3. Store Beach, Manly
Right in the heart of Sydney, Store Beach is a beautiful hidden gem, only accessible with a boat, kayak or a stand-up paddleboard. These can be hired from nearby Manly Kayak hire, just near the Manly wharf.
Surrounded by bushland, this calm little cove is perfect for a relaxing day in the water.
It’s great for kids if you don’t mind doing most of the paddling yourself! And perfect if you don’t want to venture too far from the city.
If you’re feeling energetic, keep kayaking along to Collins Flat, or even further to Quarantine Beach, where you can grab a coffee and enjoy the views.
Take a Kayak tour to Store Beach, Quarantine Beach and Reef Beach, including picnic lunch, to see even more hidden gems in the area.
4. Anna Bay
Anna Bay, only 15 minutes from the coastal town of Newcastle, is a lovely little beach.
The main attraction here is the fantastic Stockton Bight sand dunes that surround the bay. They are the largest in the Southern Hemisphere!
Explore the dunes on a guided quad bike, camel or horse tour, or bring your own four-wheel drive and check them out for yourself.
If you’re feeling brave, give sand-boarding a try (think boogie-boarding…on sand) and fling yourself down the steep, sandy inclines.
The beach itself is a great surf beach. There is also great fishing year-round, a friendly local dolphin population and plenty of rock pools to explore along the shore.
There is a cafe overlooking the bay, as well as a nearby town for any essentials.
Be sure to check out the local farm gate stalls too, for delicious fresh produce, perfect for a beach picnic!
5. Blue Pool at Bermagui
Although technically not a beach, the breathtaking Bermagui Blue Pool is nestled among soaring cliffs in the sleepy town of Bermagui on New South Wales stunning Sapphire Coast.
Though it looks almost man-made, this naturally formed swimming pool is filled with fresh ocean water and is named for the beautiful reflections of the sky it provides.
Visit at sunset for the best views!
Great for that essential insta-pic, this beautiful little spot is also perfect for swimming, snorkeling and even spotting coastal wildlife, including whales!
There are two pools, one smaller which is perfect for little ones, and the larger one great for grown-ups and swimming laps.
There are also bathrooms and change rooms on site.
6. Wattamolla Beach
Only an hour south of Sydney, near the coastal town of Woolongong, Wattamolla Beach is located within the Royal National Park and is a cove, lagoon and beach all in one.
Offering visitors a range of stunning spots to swim, from the beautiful, tranquil lagoon (great for kids) to the relaxed beach cove. Or venture slightly further to fish or snorkel in the slightly rougher surf.
There is even a waterfall around the back, plenty of shady areas to relax, BBQ and picnic facilities, as well as toilet blocks.
The beach is also part of the Coast Track, which runs up the coast through the National Park, so there are plenty of beautiful trails to explore.
Check out the nearby Wattamolla Dam, which has beautiful views across the bay, and try to spot some whales during Winter.
This beach is accessible via the popular Maitland Bay track, and though it takes about twenty minutes to reach, visitors will wander through gullies and rainforest to get there, making the journey just as exciting as the destination!
Once you reach the beautiful beach, with bright green water surrounded by bushland, have a dip or relax on the sand, before continuing east along the beach to see the remains of the PS Maitland, a shipwreck from the late 1800s, visible at low tide.
The walk down and back up is a little steep, but the bright side is that you can bet this little gem is never too crowded!
Take your time and enjoy the beautiful forest surrounds, or wander some of the other nearby trails for stunning views and the chance to meet some local wildlife.
8. Mungo Beach
Around three hours north of Sydney, Mungo Beach offers explorers the chance to really get away from it all.
One of the longest beaches in NSW, stretching over 16 kilometres, you can be sure to find your own secret spot amongst the dunes.
Known for the swell, this beach is great for surfing, and very popular for fishing too.
It can get a little rough, so swimming isn’t recommended unless you’re a pro, but the crashing waves and views make this beach well worth a visit.
There are also plenty of lakes nearby, as the beach is located within the Myall Lakes National Park if you are keen for a dip.
There are several campsites throughout the area, some with amenities. The beach is fantastic for 4-wheel driving!
You can also explore the nearby mangroves or bushwalks, and kayak through the river systems.
Whether you are a New South Wales local, planning an Aussie getaway or road trip through the state, you will love exploring the best NSW beaches and secret beach locations! And don’t miss a chance to visit the beautiful coastal town of Yamba.