Whether you’re looking for somewhere to swim, surf, fish or take a stroll along a calm stretch of sand with your dog, then look no further than the South Coast. The region’s 400km coastline is peppered with hundreds of beautiful beaches, secluded coves and crystal-clear waterways for your next getaway, but have you ever wondered where the locals go? Blackshaw Coastal Sales Consultant, Jessica Williams, is lucky enough to call the South Coast home. Here are her picks for the best beaches to visit this summer.
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When it comes to beaches that offer excellent surfing, swimming, fishing and fun for the whole family, then Broulee is hard to pass up. Also known as the “Village by the Sea”, Broulee is home to three beautiful beaches – North Broulee Beach, Shark Bay and South Broulee Beach, as they are all within walking distance of each other and are protected by the landmark of Broulee Island Nature Reserve. There are some great walks around the reserve, which also offers panoramic views and is brimming with native plants and birdlife, including the superb fairy wren and white-bellied sea eagle. “My pick of the bunch is South Broulee Beach. It’s known for its great surf breaks, a viewing platform that’s ideal for checking out the surf, and good facilities such as hot showers, toilets and wheelchair access” - Jessica Williams. The newly renovated Broulee Surf Club is close by, which is a lovely spot for a drink or bite to eat. South Broulee also offers anglers easy access to rock and beach fishing all the way down to Bengello Beach. If you’re lucky, you might even see Bottlenose dolphins, Australian sea lions or sea turtles from the shores.
Shelly Beach is located at the entrance of the Moruya River and is one of the South Coast’s most popular family beaches. Set within the Eurobodalla National Park, this north-facing beach is protected by the Moruya breakwall making for calm, safe waves and the ideal spot for children to swim and play. A well-built walkway provides easy access to the beach and the facilities include picnic benches, barbeques and toilets. If you like a spot of fishing, then head to the south wall for the best conditions. “What I love most about this beach is that it is surrounded by pristine native bushland and is located just west of Toragy Point, which boasts stunning views across the ocean. There’s also an old cemetery on the headland with headstones dating back to the 1800s” - Jessica Williams.
"Before you go, be sure to check dog access times as they change throughout the year"
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If you’ve got a beloved furry friend, then a visit to Wimbie Beach should be at the top of your list. This quiet crescent beach just south of Surf Beach is one of the best places to let your dog off leash. You’ll not only find plenty of space for your pet to run and roam, but lots of rocky areas for exploring and a shady grassy knoll that’s perfect for a family picnic or to sit back, relax and catch up on some reading or meditation. Being located in a naturally protected cove between two headlands makes the soft rolling waves ideal for families and young swimmers. Before you go, be sure to check dog access times as they change throughout the year.
Just 10 minutes off the Princes Highway you’ll find yourself at the picturesque Cookies Beach in South Durras. This beach is well known for its crystal-clear waters, serene picnic area dotted with eastern grey kangaroos, and easy access boating ramp, making it a good choice for swimmers, families and boaters alike. “One of my favourite things about Cookies Beach is how remote it feels – there’s rarely a soul in sight, so you’ll feel like you are miles from anywhere” - Jessica Williams. While you’re there, venture to the southern end where you’ll find the sculpted sandstone cliffs of the Wasps Head geological site dating back 280 million years.
The Tomaga River connects the quiet haven ofMossy Point and Tomakin, an area surroundedby crystal-clear waters, beautiful beaches,wetlands and the picturesque Candlagan Creek.“I love to go swimming here off the public jetty –the pristine waters are always inviting” - JessicaWilliams. It’s also a great surfing area lovedby the locals. The Mossy Point boat ramp is apopular spot to launch a boat, kayak, paddleboard or jet ski and explore the rivermouth’s surfbreak or do the 22km return trip to Mogo Creek.The nearby estuary offers great fishing withseagrass beds and shallow sandbanks perfectfor lure and bait.