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NSW Beaches off the Beaten Track

Byron Bay, New South Wales Australia Mike Leonard; Tourism NSW
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NSW Beaches off the Beaten Track

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Australia has long had a reputation for glorious beaches, sparkling oceans and a sky so blue it could be mistaken for a painting.  But if you have ever tried to force your way into a spot on Bondi beach over the summer then you’ll realise that these paradise type beaches are often so crowded you might think you are on the London tube!
Never fear, for just a short journey away, you’ll find the same style of stunning sandy beaches, with nary a soul to be seen.

Here is our quick reference to some of the best ‘non popular’ beaches in New South Wales – check them out and marvel at being the only person on these lovely stretches of sand!  Make sure you speak to a House of Travel specialist about building a package that best suits you – some of these beaches will need a rental car to get to!

Narrabeen – NSW
This is the third longest beach in NSW and has stunning golden orange sand.  Located on the Northern Beaches area of Sydney, Narabeen is a great surf, swim or sunbathe area.  In reality there are four beaches along this stretch - Narrabeen, South Narrabeen and Collaroy beach. Although Collaroy is a separate suburb, its beach lies along the same stretch. All beaches have their own Surf Life Saving Club. There is also a lagoon at Narrabeen. Narrabeen’s big claim to fame is that the beach is mentioned in the Beach Boys song ‘Surfing USA’.

Batemans Bay – NSW
Batemans Bay is more than just a daytrip – it’s a few hours from Sydney, but well and truly worth the visit. Batemans Bay and its neighbouring area boast some of the most spectacular and unspoiled coastline in New South Wales. If you get lucky enough to visit, you'll also have the chance to savour fresh and succulent seafood caught locally in some of the planet's cleanest waters. The local Clyde River oysters are often hailed by connoisseurs as the best in the world.

With regards to the beaches, there are dozens of clean beaches, some with gentle shallow waters perfect for young children and others to challenge the more discerning of surfers. Batemans Bay has seen several world and Australian records for the game fish caught locally and local charter boat companies can take you out for a great day's reef fishing or to chase a ‘big one’. Combine this with the beautiful lakes and other waterways which offer peaceful bush walks, the company of many species of coastal frequenting birds, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, bandicoots, sea eagles and even a platypus you can see why this area is so popular with locals.

Coogee Beach – Sydney, NSW
The less well known cousin of Bondi – Coogee Beach is further away from the city than Bondi, but there is a cliff top walking track that links them.  The train doesn’t go as far as the beach and therefore it is often less crowded than its neighbour.  Normally filled with locals, the street scene is a great one for visiting and wandering, along with a bbq on the beach.  Technically part of the Randwick ‘Eastern Suburbs”, this is more a swimming beach than surf.

Spooky’s Beach – NSW
At 20 minute drive south outside of Yamba to the North, Spooky’s beach is sometimes missed out as people drive from Yamba to Angourie.  If you are not a surfer you’ve probably not heard of Spooky’s but it’s  definitely worth the time to stop and walk down the short incline to the beach, which has several key surf breaks on either end of the long beach. It's rare to find more than a handful of people on the beach and most of the time the only company you might have are the dedicated surfers out on the breaks.

Merimbula – NSW
Situated on what is referred to as the Sapphire Coast, Merimbula isn't a big secret but it should be on more people's list of beach experiences to have. It’s actually a series of beaches that link down the coast. Merimbula is especially suited to those looking for a family getaway, not just for the beach, but for the neighbouring theme park - Magic Mountain, which features a roller-coaster, mountain slide, waterslide, mini-golf course and mini-grand prix track.

The area itself has several lagoons, lakes and ocean beaches including Short Point, Spencer Park and Bar Beach, separated by white sand, and fringed by bush land stretching up into the mountains.

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