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The best places to visit on the NSW coast

From the idyllic Sapphire Coast to the bustling beaches at Tweed Heads, the New South Wales coastline is loaded with exciting places to explore. Whether you are after pristine, white-sand beaches or rugged coastal walks, you can find them along the coast. VroomVroomVroom has put together a list of some of our favourite places to stop along this unforgettable coastline.

The Sapphire Coast’s Blue Pool

In the town of Bermagui visitors will happen upon one of the Sapphire Coast’s most popular attractions. Nestled in the rocky coastline is a natural rock pool known as the “Blue Pool.” It has become a popular snorkelling spot and is a great place to enjoy a swim with dramatic views of the ocean. While you are in the area, explore some of Bermagui’s boutique shops, or sample some of the delicious local seafood. The town also has a vibrant arts community and hosts many events throughout the year.

Hyams Beach

With some of the whitest sand in the world and beautifully clear water, Hyams Beach is an unmissable attraction if you are passing through the Shoalhaven area. One of Jervis Bay’s many popular strips of sand, Hyams Beach is also a popular snorkelling spot. The region has fast become one of the most popular coastal destinations on New South Wales’ south coast. When you walk along the perfect, white sands, it is easy to see why.

The beautiful white sands of Hyams Beach.
The beautiful white sands of Hyams Beach.

La Perouse

You are spoilt for choice with the incredible coastal scenery of Sydney City. If you’ve visited tourist hotspots like Bondi Beach and are looking for more, head south of the city to visit La Perouse. This was the initial landing site of the First Fleet in 1788, and its fascinating history is particularly evident if you visit Bare Island Fort, which was built in the 1880s. La Perouse is also popular for its local golf courses and fabulous views. Sunset is a particularly beautiful time to visit.

Pelican feeding at The Entrance

At 3.30pm every day, wander along the lovely waterfront at The Entrance to see one of the most popular events in the Central Coast . For more than 20 years the local population of pelicans has been coming to the shoreline for mealtime. The Pelican Feed is a great way to get up close to the birds in the “Pelican Capital of Australia”.

Did someone say free lunch?
Did someone say free lunch?

Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse

Located in the townships of Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest is some great coastal scenery. You will also find a highlight of the Myall Coast region, the Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, which overlooks the impressive Seal Rocks coastline — a region that has been dubbed “the last frontier.” Visitors will find the wilderness of the region a breath of fresh air and an escape from busy city life. While you are in the area, visit impressive lookouts like Cape Hawke and Whoota Whoota, offering fantastic views over the ocean. The Dark Point Sand Dunes are also worth a visit and are a culturally significant site.

Wallis Lake

Located in Forster, the beautiful Wallis Lake is a popular destination for fishing, swimming, or taking the boat out for a relaxing day on the crystal-clear waters. The lake is fed by four rivers and is one of a few scenic lakes in the region. There is a range of accommodation options around the lake. It is just the beginning of things to see in Forster, with plenty of beautiful beaches on offer as well.

The Forest Sky Pier

The Coffs Coast is one of the most scenic regions in the state, so it makes sense that there would be plenty of amazing lookouts. The 310 metre high Forest Sky Pier lookout offers a fantastic view of Coffs Harbour and the Solitary Islands Marine Park. On your way, stop at the Korora Lookout and follow the Gumgali interpretive walk to learn more about the Aboriginal culture of the area. For other great views of the Coffs Coast, stop by beautiful headlands such as Bonville, Look at Me Now, and Green Bluff.

A clear day by the water at Coffs Harbour.
A clear day by the water at Coffs Harbour.

Lennox Head’s tea tree coloured lake

How does swimming in a beautiful lake the colour of tea sound? Lake Ainsworth is a popular destination in Lennox Head. The tea-tree coloured lake is at the end of Pacific Parade and is in particular popular among paddle boarders and kayakers.

Cape Byron walking track

Byron Bay is a popular stop on any east coast road trip. One of the highlights of the area is the Cape Byron walking track. With almost four kilometres of rainforest, clifftop and ocean views, the walking track is the best way to explore the Byron Bay coast. At the right time of year, you may even be lucky enough to spot whales off the coast.

On the Cape Byron walking track.
On the Cape Byron walking track.

“Walk on water” in Tweed Heads

Before you cross the border into Queensland, explore the Tweed Heads region. Visit the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre and learn more about the area. From the centre, you can embark on an easy boardwalk track through the mangroves. Guided tours are also offered from the cultural centre.