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 bursting with exciting places to explore. Whether you are after pristine, white-sand beaches or rugged coastal walks, you will find it 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.
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. It is just one of many popular beaches in the Jervis Bay. Hyams Beach is a popular snorkelling spot. The region has fast become one of the most popular coastal destinations on the south coast. When you walk along the perfect, white sands, it will be easy to see why.
You are spoilt for choice with the incredible coastal scenery of Sydney. If you've visited tourist hotspots like Bondi Beach and you 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. The area has a fascinating history, which is particularly evident if you visit Bare Island Fort, built in the 1880s. La Perouse is 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 waterfont 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 have been coming to the shoreline after food. The Pelican Feed is a great way to get up close to the birds in the “Pelican Capital of Australia”.
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. The lighthouse overlooks the impressive Seal Rocks coastline. Visitors will find the wilderness of the region a breath of fresh air and an escape from busy city life. The region has been dubbed 'the last frontier'. 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.
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 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.
Lennox Head's tea tree 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. It is popular amoung 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.
"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.
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