A hidden gem is something many people don't know about, but should. NSW's 'hidden beaches' are certain to make those who discover them feel as though they have been let in on a fabulous find. The following beaches are all accessible, but for a variety of reasons mainly the fact the locals probably want to keep them to themselves many of them are not as well-known as other icon beaches such as Bondi, Cable Beach and Airlie Beach.
These are the beaches you should be visiting, the quiet achievers that you have so far not had a chance to experience, but really should!
If you're a surfer, you probably know about Spooky's Beach, but for others it might draw a blank. A 20 minute drive south outside of Yamba on the north coast of NSW, the beach is sometimes overlooked as people head from Yamba to Angourie. It's definitely worth the time though to stop and walk down the short incline to the beach, which has several key surf breaks (yes, left-handers and right-handers) on either end of the long crescent-shaped beach.
It's rare to find more then a handful of people on the beach and most of the time, the only company you might have are the sand crabs that make themselves at home in the sands.
Jervis Bay is well-known for having the whitest sand in the world on its beaches, but have you heard about Currarong? A sleepy inlet town nearby to the more well-known Jervis bay, Currarong offers up a world-class beach in a small town setting. The beach houses are built close to the water, so if you are lucky you will be able to be lulled to sleep with the waves rolling in to shore at night.
This is the original beach town, with one main road, a few general stores and a very relaxed vibe. Whales, dolphins and seals can often be spotted from the top of the cliffs. Those looking for busy pubs, cinemas and a rowdy night life shouldn't come here.
Seven Mile Beach
Along Geroa Road towards Nowra you will find the secluded Seven Mile Beach. The beach is located within its own national park and surrounded by sand dunes and a variety of coastal sand forests, some of which are listed as endangered ecological communities.
Due to its isolation and the ideal surroundings, Seven Mile Beach was once used as a runway by Sir Charles Kingsford Smith as he set off on his first commercial flight from Australia to New Zealand in 1933.
Airplanes don't take-off or land here anymore, but keen windsurfers find the secluded spot ideal for practicing their tricks. The beach has basic barbecue and picnic facilities.
One of the biggest drawcards about this beach though would have to be the fishing potential. Keen anglers will find whiting in the summer months as well as flathead, mulloway, salmon and tailor.
The name doesn't necessarily say it all this beach is far from treacherous, but, it is isolated. Situated near the popular Seal Rocks beach area, the beach is a little "off the beaten track".
A drive through the heavy bushland will get you to the best spot to access the beach, Treachery Camp grounds. 'Free form' camping rules here (that is, no set camp sites), though for those not into "roughing" it too much, there are also basic holiday cabins available. A general store one kilometre away supplies the necessities.
A short walk over a sandy hill at the fringe of the camp area will see you standing above the white sands of Treachery Beach, and from this viewpoint, it feels as though the beach goes on forever, with nothing (nary a beach umbrella to be found) in sight but sand, waves and blue sky.
There is excellent beach and rock fishing, with the months of March, April, May and June being the best. On some days, pods of dolphins can be seen frolicking off the coast. Pitch your tent, hang up the hammock and slap on the sunscreen for some uninterrupted and unspoilt swimming and surfing.
Situated on the Sapphire Coast, Merimbula isn't necessarily a big secret nor is it necessarily only 'one' beach, but it should be on more people's list of beach experiences to have. It's especially suited to those looking for a family getaway, and possibly the only beach with its own theme park Magic Mountain, featuring 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 bushland stretching up into the mountains.
Keen walkers will find the Rotary Walk to Fishpen, or the northern walk to Bournda National Park a fun challenge, as Merimbula provides an intricate chain of walking trails which weave their way around the coast and the bush. The annual Merimbula Jazz Festival amps up the fun-loving vibe this laidback beachside community provides.
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