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Best Beach Destinations in NSW

New South Wales is home to the best beach destinations in Australia – there, we said it. There’s something for every kind of beach-goer, from the lazy sunbaker through to the adrenaline junky who prefers their surf in barrel form. Read on to see our picks of the New South Wales coastline and book a holiday at the one that tickles your fancy!
 
Kingscliff
This beach-side hamlet is the ideal destination to switch off from the rat race and enjoy quality time with your family. Nestled between the Northern Rivers and North Coast of NSW, Kingscliff is home to world-class surfing beaches, cafes and restaurants, and plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied.
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Yamba
Heralded as the ‘new Byron Bay’, Yamba’s slower pace eases you into holiday mode as soon as you arrive. A 2hr drive from the sunny Gold Coast or a 2hr flight from Sydney, family-friendly holidays are a breeze in this destination located at the mouth of the Clarence River (the biggest on the East Coast of Australia). Yamba offers beach and river settings for the young (and young at heart) to swim, fish or surf in. Disconnect and ease into village life among the cafes, eateries and walkways that make Yamba on of the “best towns in Australia” (as voted by Australian Traveller Magazine 2009). We recommend breakfast at Leche Café to kickstart your holiday.
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The Entrance, Central Coast
If days by the sea-side is what your heart desires, The Entrance on NSW’s Central Coast is the destination for you. With a vibrant events calendar of festivals, weekly markets and the must-do daily pelican feed, The Entrance is the heart of the Central Coast. Hire a bicycle and take a ride along the foreshore to the Long Jetty before settling in for a lunch of fish and chips (local seafood is a specialty!) by the water.
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Coffs Harbour
If you’ve left the city and hit the open road, a night or two in Coffs Harbour, where natural beauty and family-fun attractions await, is a grand idea. Take in the fresh ocean air, dip your toes in adventure sports like sky-diving or take the kids to the Big Banana. Modern cafes like Old John’s are serving fresh and delicious cafe-meals paired with great coffee.
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Byron Bay
From hinterland hikes to beautiful beach days, Byron Bay located in Northern NSW is an idyllic holiday destination.Create a holiday to suit your needs from lazy days by the pool or explore the best local produce from markets in tiny hamlets. Unwind and recharge with new-age health retreats and indulge in live music. Australia’s most eastern town is a quick 2.5 hour drive from Brisbane or just over an hour flight from Sydney. The eating in Byron is spectacular, check out our list of the best places to do breakfast for some inspiration.
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Newcastle
A mix of beach-culture, hipster-heaven and family-friendly activities, Newcastle is not just NSW’s second largest city. Just a short 2-hr drive from Sydney, it is home to stretches of picture-perfect beaches, foreshore bars, cafes and restaurants, boutique shopping and the gateway to the Hunter Valley wine region.

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Pullman Magenta Shores Resort

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