South Coast Beaches That Are Prettier Than Sydney Beaches

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Yes, Sydney beaches are pretty spectacular but they can also get pretty crowded during summer and school holidays. Luckily, the NSW coastline is teeming with picturesque pockets of beaches and waterways, particularly if you're heading down south. The beach mecca that is the NSW South Coast is a magical destination that has (some might argue) even prettier beaches than Sydney! Here's our pick of the top 10 south coast beaches that might just be prettier than Sydney beaches.

1. Killalea Beach, Shellharbour

Killalea Beach
Get ready to get your surf on at Killalea Beach aka The Farm.

With 250 hectares of unspoiled coastline and plenty of surfing, swimming, fishing, and camping opportunities, Shellharbour’s Killalea Beach certainly gets our tick of approval. Known as “The Farm” to the locals, Killalea Beach in Shellharbour is part of the National Surfing Reserve and welcomes thousands of visiting families to the south coast year after year.

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2. Minnamurra River

Minnamurra River
Minnamurra River is a popular swimming spot for families.

While you're in the area, stop off at another stunning south coast beach, the Minnamurra River. We know, we know, Minnamurra River is not technically a beach but this long stretch of absolute turquoise waters just has to be included in our list of the best south coast beaches - it's that beautiful! Minnamurra River is also part of the Kiama Coastline and is even better than the pictures. The calm waters are perfect for kids, kayaking, SUPing, and snorkelling. If you're keen to fit in a surf, Boyds Beach and Minnamurra Beach cushion the river and provide plenty of waves. 

3. Werri Beach, Gerringong

Werri Beach, Gerringong
Werri Beach is one of Gerringong's most popular beaches for good reason.

Just over 2 hours south of Sydney, Gerringong, and Werri Beach, in particular, offer major family drawcards thanks to the stunning scenery, beaches, surfing, accommodation options, and family-friendly swimming at the lagoon on the northern end of the beach.  

4. Tomakin Cove, Tomakin

Tomakin Cove, Tomakin
The crystal-clear waters of Tomakin Cove really need to be seen to be believed.

This darling cove in Tomakin is sheltered on two sides, granting families clear and serene waves just about every day of the year. Move further south and you’ll come to the larger Tomakin Beach with stunning views of nearby Mossy Point. Definitely a popular south coast beach to add to your list.  

5. Target Beach, Jervis Bay

Target Beach, Jervis Bay
You can’t ramble off a list of stunning South Coast beaches and not mention Jervis Bay.

As the exquisite gateway to the Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay delivers plenty of spectacular family beaches and is home to the whitest sand in the world – take that world! Target Beach in northern Jervis Bay gets our best south coast beach vote time and time again thanks to its secluded location and the fact that it’s tucked away within an active military weapons range – make sure you only visit on the weekends folks!

6. Mystery Bay Beach

Mystery Bay Beach
Combine your love of South Coast camping with your love of beautiful beaches.

While unpatrolled, Mystery Bay Beach on the north side of Cape Dromedary in Mystery Bay is a relatively quiet south coast beach and perfect for visiting families. The gorgeous turquoise waters and nearby campground makes it an ideal south coast family holiday hotspot.

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7. Mollymook Beach, Shoalhaven

Mollymook Beach, Shoalhaven
Ah, Mollymook – where would family holidays be without you?

Everyone’s favourite south coast family holiday spot, Mollymook Beach is patrolled year-round and offers gorgeous clear waters, surfing lessons, yearly markets, and visiting dolphins to make for the perfect south coast family holiday. 

8. The Blue Pool, Bermagui

The Blue Pool, Bermagui
Bermagui’s famous Blue Pool is a must-see attraction on the picturesque Sapphire Coast.
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While not a south coast beach per se, the rugged freshwater rock pool in Bermagui is so famous in fact, it’s rated number six out of 8 of the best rock pools in the world! Located at the base of a rocky cliff face off Pacific Drive, the Blue Pool is definitely worth a pit-stop when visiting the NSW South Coast. 

9. Murrays Beach, Jervis Bay

Murrays Beach, Jervis Bay
Murrays Beach is known as the ‘Jewel’ in the Booderee National Park and rightfully so.

Another entry from Jervis Bay, this secluded family beach spot is protected by nearby Bowen Island meaning year-round calm and family-friendly waters, not to mention absolutely spectacular views. The area around Murrays Beach is also prime bushwalking territory for adventurous families. 

10. Pebbly Beach, Shoalhaven

Pebbly Beach, Shoalhaven
Say hello to the local Kangaroos at Pebbly Beach!

If you like your beach days to be accompanied by visiting kangaroos, a visit to Pebbly Beach in Shoalhaven is a must. Located in the Murramarang National Park, Pebbly Beach’s friendly local kangaroos aren’t the only drawcard of this family beach favourite. Swimming, bushwalking, camping, and striking hinterland views are offered up in droves in this quaint slice of paradise that completes our top 10 best south coast beaches.

Is your favourite South Coast beach not on the list? Let us know!

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