Beaches of South Coast NSW – Five Hidden Gems

The south coast of NSW is an increasingly popular holiday destination for both domestic and international travelers and most of those tourists flock to our amazing beaches when they get here. Some of the region's flagship destinations are well known internationally and you'll find no better proof of that than checking out Hyams Beach on a mid-summer's day. But what if you'd like to go somewhere that the tourists don't, somewhere less well know, somewhere that you might find a bit of peace and quiet even during peak season. Here are five hidden gems.

Lobster Jacks

I know right? Best. Name. Ever. This beach is a real enigma in the south coast because it's tucked away on the harbour side of Warden Head and you'd never know it was there unless someone told you. If you're not staying at the caravan park (from whose steps my photo was taken) then the only way to get to it is by walking around the rock shelf from the harbour at low tide. It's well worth the effort though because it's a seriously pretty little beach that's perfect for lazing away the hours on.


Just to the east of the sleepy coastal holiday village of Currarong you will find a brilliant pocket beach. Wilsons is an achingly beautiful crescent of sand located about 10 minutes walk from town on Coomies Walk. Follow the signs to the shipwreck and then continue further along the coast until you see the beach sign-posted. It's a brilliant place to chill out, to swim or to snorkel.


Located in between Lake Tabourie and Meroo Lake, Sunburnt Beach is a really quiet spot that's perfect for a summertime chillout. You can get to it via the campgrounds at Termeil Point or Sunburnt, but might need a 4WD to get up the bushtrack if the weather's been particularly wet lately. There's loads to explore here and the beach fishing is sensational.


Tucked away on the southern side of the Booderee National Park and only accessible by track from the Cave Beach campground (in the north) or a short bushwalk at Sussex Inlet (in the south), Bherwerre is a big, wild and isolated beach. The fact that the coastline it sits in is called Wreck Bay tells you everything you need to know about how wild the ocean can be here. It's a great place to go for a beach walk and good for confident surfers.

Durras North

Backed by one of those traditional tourist parks that families have probably been returning to for 50 years, Durras North is a beautiful spot and often a lot quieter than the nearby glamour beaches of Pebbly, Depot and Pretty. There's abundant wildlife here with a large population of kangaroos and beautiful coastline to explore north or south.

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