If you’re holidaying in NSW, it’s not hard to find a beach with over 13,000km of coastline. So how do you find the best beaches for your family to make your trip to the beach one to remember? We’ve taken a look at some of the best.
Palm Beach, Sydney
Featuring beautiful, golden sand, Palm Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia and possibly the world, situated on a narrow peninsula, meaning it is surrounded by clear blue water. At around 40km north of the Sydney CBD, you can reach Palm beach in 90 minutes on public transport or around an hour by car. There’s an easy bushwalk from Barrenjoey Head to the old sandstone lighthouse and the chance to catch a glimpse of migrating humpback whales if you visit at the right time of year (May - Nov). At the southern end of the beach, there is an ocean pool for swimming. Take a packed lunch and enjoy the shade of the large pine trees.
Digger’s Beach, Coffs Harbour
Image Credit: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
If you’re thinking of taking a road trip, Digger’s Beach in Coffs Harbour is worth the trip. Located right across the road from the famous Big Banana the wide beach is sheltered making it a perfect spot for families to swim and play without too much interference from the wind. This beach is also popular for surfers and fishing, so if you’ve got room don’t forget your board and your rod.
Bundeena Beach, Bundeena
Around an hour from Sydney by car, or 90 minutes on the ferry from Cronulla, this beach is perfect for a family day trip - situated alongside a quaint community village on the edge of the Royal National Park. The Bundeena Creek is also a highlight and perfect for small kids to splash around in the shade. There are also plenty of activities to do around Bundeena with fishing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, bushwalking and cultural sites featuring aboriginal rock carvings.
Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay
Once holding the Guinness World Record for the whitest sand, Hyams Beach has had its fair share of attention over the years. It boasts beautiful, clear blue waters and spectacular views. Around 3 hours by car from Sydney, this quiet beach and beachside town would make for a great road trip.
Bronte Beach, Bronte
If you’re looking to stay close to Sydney-town then Bronte Beach is a wonderful, family friendly beach. Although low on shade, there is a shallow, natural rock pool on the south side of the beach that is perfect for kids to play in and splash about. There’s also a seawater swimming pool, best for adults, along with bathroom facilities. You’ll also find a large BBQ area or plenty of cafes to choose from.
Little Manly Cove, Manly
When you’ve got babies or toddlers in tow, finding a safe place for them to play is a must. At Little Manly Cove there is a perfect compact beach that features a swimming enclosure that’s perfect for the smallest of holidaymakers. This spot is away from the busyness of the main part of Manly and also has other great features like a cafe close by and a shaded, grassy reserve that’s perfect for picnics.
Parsley Bay Reserve, Vaucluse
If snorkelling is right up your alley, Parsley Bay is a wonderful, enclosed spot (with shark net in place) to teach the kids - and only 20 minutes drive from the front door of Zara Tower. You’ll also find walking tracks, picnic tables in the shade, a playground and a kiosk - meaning you can really make a day of it.