Hey beach bums! Soak up the sun this summer and splash around at the best beaches on the South Coast!

If swimming in crystal clear waters, lounging on white sand and quiet beaches are for you, read on through as our travel guide will transport you to the best beaches along the South Coast.

Bustling with tropical marine, despite the convenient location, thankfully these best beaches along Australia’s South Coast aren’t packed with people. Feeling as if it is your own private sanctuary, whether you’re looking for a summer escape or you’re wanting a relaxing day by the water, we have you covered with our list of the best NSW South Coast beaches of 2023:

<strong>Bombo Beach</strong>
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Bombo Beach

Located in Kiama, Bombo Beach is one of the best South Coast beach towns! A beautiful oasis renowned for its excellent swell, Bombo Beach is the perfect spot for surfing enthusiasts. Prone to strong currents, we recommend to take extra care in the water if you’re not a confident swimmer. However, if large waves and strong currents don’t appeal to you, Bombo Beach is also dog-friendly and remains the perfect place to take your four-legged friend out for a bit of fun in the sun. Or, you can take a walk towards the northern end of Bombo Beach and see the mystical basalt columns.

Princes Highway, Bombo, NSW 2533
<strong>Hyams Beach</strong>
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Hyams Beach

Situated approximately 200 kilometres south of Sydney lies the picturesque Hyams Beach. One of the most popular beaches in the Jarvis Bay area, Hyams Beach is one of the South Coast’s whitest sanded beaches, but also in the world. Renowned also for its extremely clear and calm waters, Hyams Beach is the perfect swimming and snorkelling destination. Also making our list of the Most Beautiful Beaches in Australia, Hyams Beach has plenty of parking and changeroom facilities. Please note: Hyams Beach is unpatrolled so visitors must remain vigilant in and around the water.

Cyrus St, Hyams Beach, NSW 2540
<strong>Mollymook Beach</strong>
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Mollymook Beach

Found just before the popular seaside town of Ulladulla, after one visit to Mollymook Beach you’ll soon realise why it is considered as one of the greatest beaches on New South Wales South Coast. This two-kilometre-long patrolled beach is popular for surfing, diving, dolphin watching and even snorkelling around the rocky headlands. A quiet beach to visit on the weekends, Mollymook Beach also hosts regular surfing events which can be viewed from the shore or from one of the many restaurants, cafes or resorts that overlook this exquisite location.

2 Mitchell Pde, Mollymook Beach, NSW 2539
<strong>Murrays Beach</strong>
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Murrays Beach

Found in the beautiful Booderee National Park, Murrays Beach is the hidden gem of Jervis Bay. With crystal clear waters and gentle surf conditions, Murrays Beach also harbours an array of rocky alcoves which are perfect for snorkelling. For those who are looking to better explore the waters of the National Park, Murrays Beach also has a boat ramp and plenty of trailer parking. If you are planning on taking the boat out or having a fish, remember that Murrays Beach is situated within the National Park so certain boating and fishing restrictions are enforced. Regardless, it still is one of the best beaches on the South Coast!

Jervis Bay Rd, Jervis Bay, NSW 2540
<strong>North Wollongong Beach</strong>
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North Wollongong Beach

North Wollongong Beach, located right in the heart of Wollongong, boasts an array of rock pools, wading areas as well as a good surf, making it ideal for beach goers of all ages and interests. With free public barbecues, shady seated areas and plenty of cafes nearby it is also the perfect spot for a picnic with family and friends. For a South Coast beach that is prettier Sydney’s beaches, North Wollongong is worth splashing around for.

Cliff Rd, North Wollongong, NSW 2500

Sweating for more? Check out our list of the Top 12 Most Beautiful Beaches in Australia of 2023. Or, if you’re searching for underwater gardens, dive into the Best Snorkelling Spots around Australia.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

Feature image: Mollymook Beach, New South Wales. Photographed by Brayden Stanford Photo. Image via Shutterstock.
This article was first published on January 31 2017. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on February 21 2023.