12 of the Best South Coast Beaches Prettier Than Sydney

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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 of the NSW South Coast is a magical destination with (some might argue) even prettier beaches than Sydney! Here are our picks of the best south coast beaches that might just be prettier than Sydney beaches - sorry, not sorry!

12 of the Best South Coast Beaches Prettier Than Sydney 

1. Killalea Beach, Shellharbour

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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.

Location: Killalea Drive, Shell Cove

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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
Minnamurra River - where the river meets the sea.

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. 

Location: Charles Ave, Minnamurra

3. Werri Beach, Gerringong

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

Just over two 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.  

Location: Pacific Avenue, Gerringong

4. Tomakin Cove, Tomakin

Tomakin Cove
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.  

Location: Sunpatch Parade, Tomakin

5. Target Beach

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!

Location: Target Beach Track off Honeymoon Bay Rd, Beecroft Peninsula

6. Murrays Beach

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Murrays Beach is known as the 'Jewel' in the Booderee National Park, and rightfully so. Image via: Andy Hutchinson.

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. 

Location: via Jervis Bay Road through Booderee National Park

7. Myola Sand Spit at Callala Beach

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Myola Sand Spit

Ok, ok, so we seem to be big fans of the beaches in Jervis Bay but, I mean, can you blame us?!

The beaches around Jervis Bay have some of the clearest waters in the world, so it's no wonder Aussies flock to them year after year. Callala Beach in beautiful Callala Bay is one of the best South Coast beaches in the area, but if you venture to the very southern tip of Callala Beach you'll come across the breathtaking Myola Spit. Much like the gorgeous Minnamurra River, the Myola Spit offers both beach and tranquil river waters all in one spot. The crystal-clear waters that flow through the inlet at Currambene Creek at high tide provide a sheltered swimming spot that, trust us, you won't want to leave.

Location: Callala Beach Rd, Callala Bay

8. Mystery Bay Beach

Mystery Bay Beach
Mystery Bay Beach

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.

Location: Mystery Bay Road

9. Mollymook Beach

Mollymook Beach
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. 

Location: 2 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook Beach

10. The Blue Pool, Bermagui

The Blue Pool Bermagui
Bermagui’s famous Blue Pool. Image source: Larissa Dening


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 eight 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. 

Location: Pacific Drive, Bermagui

11. Pebbly Beach

Pebbly Beach
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 is a top contender for the best south coast beaches.

Location: Murramarang National Park

12. Durras North

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Durras North

Also located in the Murramarang National Park and next door to Pebbly Beach, Durras North is somewhat of a hidden gem of South Coast beaches.

A visit to Durras North offers you access to the incredibly serene waters of Durras Lake as well as Durras Beach - take your pick! As you're nestled right in the thick of the Murramarang National Park, and almost guaranteed to spot some friendly local kangaroos, this is a true nature-lover's paradise. 

Location: Flinders Rd, Durras North

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

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