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Crystal Clear Beaches on the Far South Coast That Are Prettier Than Sydney Beaches

The far south coast of new south wales is home to hundreds of pristine beaches, with stunning coastlines that span from Gerringong all the way down to Eden, if you wanted to see them all it would take a couple of months off work and the road trip of a lifetime but worth every kilometer. 


Picking just ten beaches was extremely difficult so i might need to write another list in the near future but to start here are my all time favorites.

Dalmeny Beach, Dalmeny

  Dalmeny Beach is 6.5 km long, an intermediate trek for those who like a challenge its a stunning beach and a family favourite

It starts at Mummuga Head in Dalmeny and goes as far as Potato Point where you might spot an emu or two. It is a long and interesting beach backed by three saltwater lakes, the perfect place to take a long walk or splash around in the lake with young children.

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And To Top Off The Day You Can Always Stop In At Glennies Fish and Chips To Feed The Family For Lunch

Glennies Dalmeny

Mystery Bay Beach NSW 

MYSTERY BAY is named after a mystery that few know the details of. The discovery of a holed fishing boat on rocks at Mutton Fish Point (also called Corunna Point) on Sunday, 10 October 1880, alerted the world to one of the south coast’s most curious mysteries. Before then, Mystery Bay was called Mutton Fish Bay because of its plentiful abalone (mutton fish). It became known as Mystery Bay after the fateful day when a boat was discovered.


Mystery Bay features a camping area in the Eurobodalla National Park. A sizeable campground that fronts the ocean and is one of the few natural camping areas remaining on NSW’s south coast. It deserves a place on our list.

Honey and Paws

 Jervis Bay NSW

From the sublime coastline to the emerald hinterland, the Shoalhaven region of NSW is a lovely holiday destination. Enjoy magnificent beaches, spectacular national parks and memorable animal encounters, from kangaroos on the beach to dolphins and whales in the crystal blue of Jervis Bay.

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Relax on incredible white sands in Jervis Bay, home to bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, little penguins and sea dragons. Shoalhaven is known for its fun and relaxed surf culture, and you can catch a wave all-year round at beaches like Mollymook and Culburra Or explore the calm waters at sunset on a stand-up paddleboard adventure.

Guerilla Bay NSW

The water at Guerilla Bay is clear and inviting and provides different experiences for different levels of snorkellers. A prominent small rocky island is a feature of the bay and divides the safer more comfortable snorkelling waters to the south of the gravel spit and the more adventurous and dangerous waters to the north of the spit. On this northern side is the pot. Depending on the tide this can be difficult to access as some jagged rocks need to be negotiated to get to the water - but for more experienced snorkellers, in the right conditions, it is worth the effort.

Tomakin NSW

At the bottom of the lookout to the south is Tomakin Cove, one of the prettiest little beaches anywhere. Sheltered on both sides, the water here is calm and almost always crystal clear. It’s a fantastic spot to swim and snorkel. The cove leads on to the larger Tomaga River Beach, which runs to the mouth of the Tomaga River. The entire area is flanked by stunning rocky outcrops which change colour as the sun moves across the sky, and sit in deep contrast to the clear blues of the surrounding water. The wooden jetties of Mossy Point project temptingly across the river, and often call the more adventurous for a quick swim across.

Tomaga River itself is sandy-banked, clean and inviting. Towards its mouth the running tide carves small drop-offs, ideal for jumping from the banks into the water (check the depth first). At low tide, thousands of soldier crabs can be found feeding along the wide sandy flats. From its opening into the sea, the river curls back behind the beaches making an interesting and scenic walk. Pelicans and large stingrays are often around the ramp, and the river shore in this area is a popular place to swim and fish.

 Aslings Beach, Eden 

Asling’s Beach is in the heart of the fishing village Eden, on the northern shores of Twofold Bay.The northern end of the beach ends with Lake Curalo, an intermittently closing estuary. to the north and a natural rock pool to the south. A rockpool can be found at the southern end of the beach. Access requires a rocky scramble.

Take in the views from the 6km Lake Curalo Boardwalk, which is level and accessible.

Blue Pools Bermagui 

Not a beach but deserves a place on own list because of its unique beauty

Bermagui's famous Blue Pool is a 'must see' Sapphire Coast attraction. It is located off Pacific Drive at the base of a dramatic rocky cliff face. Rated sixth of eight of the best ocean rock pools in the world, it is washed with clean clear ocean water and is a wonderful swimming and snorkelling spot.

Pebbly Beach Shoalhaven

Pebbly Beach to Pretty Beach walking track is a great walk to exercise the body and refresh the mind. This long bush walk leads the forest hinterland of the central region of Murramarang National Park. It combines the beauty of the beaches and forests of this unspoilt South Coast region.

The grasslands near Pretty Beach are popular with kangaroos so make sure you bring a camera. You’ll soon be climbing steeply up Durras Mountain where forests of spotted gum mingle with coachwood and lillypilly. There’s ocean glimpses through the trees and perhaps even the cooing of the wonga pigeon.

You may arrive at Pebbly Beach to a welcoming party of kangaroos. Either way, the panoramic coastal views, with its turquoise waters, will be worth the effort. Cool off with a swim in the crystal clear ocean before tucking into a beachside picnic. If you’re feeling adventurous, make your way back via the picturesque Snake Bay and Clear Point.

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  • Give Robert G Barretts book, Mystery Bay Blues a read if you are holidaying around there. Highly Recommended…

    • Mike Galvin
  • My childhood days. Want to come back soon.

    • Janet Mills
  • Do you know if Pebbly Beach was burnt in the fires? It is one of our favourite beaches.

    • Susan