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Beaches of New South Wales

Of Australia's states, none come near New South Wales for having safe, accessible sandy beaches for almost the whole length of its coastline. The state's climate is conducive to spending time at the beach, particularly in summer, and these two factors are the main reason for its coastline being a recreational magnet for locals and visitors alike.
While there are plenty of beaches here that are just perfect in their raw state, there are also quite a few that come with extras. If you prefer your beaches served with espresso bars as well as sand bars – and spas, surf lessons, and maybe a dolphin or two - the New South Wales coastline has just what you’re looking for.

Surfing: The Pacific Ocean delivers some of the most consistent waves in the country, which is why serious surfers love the NSW coast as there are famed beach breaks all the way from the north to south coasts. In fact the state has more accessible surf beaches than anywhere else in Australia. NSW has produced most of Australia’s surfing world champions and continues to lead the way with learn-to-surf schools, surf safaris and surfing events. Learning to surf in NSW is easy, with accredited surf schools up and down the coast.

Ocean baths and 'bogey holes': New South Wales has around a hundred ocean baths, or tidal swimming pools where waves break over the sides. Some of the most popular are around Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong. Ocean baths can be a natural pool or a rock platform that's been enhanced by deepening it, adding concrete walls or smoothing its floor. Most of the ocean baths that are now popular as fishing spots are probably at sites that have been popular as fishing spots ever since there have been people along the NSW coast. Some of the NSW ocean baths in fact occupy the sites of earlier Aboriginal fishtraps. The popular term 'bogey hole' used to refer to a bathing place is said to derive from an Aboriginal language from the Sydney area. But the term 'bogey hole' also resonated with certain British traditions, which use the term 'bogey' to refer to a water sprite. Ocean Baths Photosteam | Photo gallery

Related pages on this website: The Beaches of Sydney | The Pacific Coast Road Trip


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