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14 NSW Beaches That Are Worth The Drive

Get roadtrippin' son.

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1. Palm Beach, Sydney

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Distance from Sydney CBD: 45km

Not only is Palm Beach an amazing spot for a quick dip, but the hiking trail at Barrenjoey Head will give you access to some stunning scenic views of the beach below.

2. Wategos Beach, Byron Bay

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Distance from Sydney CBD: 778km

Up near Byron Bay is Wategos Beach, a gem protected by headlands making it perfect for swimming, surfing, and even occasionally seeing a dolphin or two.

3. Pebbly Beach in Murramarang Naional Park, Bawley Point

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Distance from Sydney CBD: 268km

The best part of Pebbly Beach is the amount of wild kangaroos who hop along the sand. Plus, you can interact with them as they're used to humans.

4. Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay

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Distance from Sydney CBD: 191km

Nestled in Jervis Bay is arguably one of Australia's best beaches. It's even in the Guinness Book of Records as having the whitest sand in the world.

5. Main Beach, Byron Bay

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Distance from Sydney CBD: 774km

Main Beach is one of Byron Bay's most popular beaches, and is perfect because it's right by a bunch of beachside caf├ęs and restaurants.

6. Green Patch Beach in Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay

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Distance from Sydney CBD: 194km

Not only is Green Patch an amazing beach, but you can also camp at the site for some much needed rest after the long drive.

7. Greenfield Beach, Jervis Bay

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Distance from Sydney CBD: 193km

Also in Jervis Bay is Greenfield Beach, which is known for its soft, white sand and calm, clear blue waters.

8. Red Rock Beach, Coffs Harbour

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Distance from Sydney CBD: 572km

If you're thinking of driving down to Queensland anytime soon, it's a good idea to stop off at Red Rock along the way, with its cooling waters, and well, red rocks.

9. Stanwell Park Beach, Stanwell Park

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Distance from Sydney CBD: 60km

About an hour's drive from Sydney's CBD, Stanwell Beach is a good place to escape to when the summer crowds of Bondi and Manly get a little too much.

10. Merewether Beach, Newcastle

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Distance from Sydney CBD: 155km

Famous for its amazing surf waves, Merewether Beach also has the historic Ladies Rock Pool, but don't worry, men can visit it too.

11. Merimbula Main Beach, Merimbula

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Distance from Sydney CBD: 523km

With a beautiful mix of greenery, sand, water, surf, and sun, the beautiful Merimbula Beach has something for everyone.

12. Lennox Beach, Lennox Head, north of Ballina

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Distance from Sydney CBD: 758km

Just north of Ballina is one of Australia's National Surfing Reserves, Lennox Beach. Beyond the surfing, the soft, golden sand and cool water make Lennox Beach one for everyone to visit.

13. Shoal Bay, Port Stephens

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Distance from Sydney CBD: 215km

Shoal Beach is one of Port Stephens' best beaches, and got its name from the sand shoals dotted along the area. But if lazing in the sun isn't really your style, the local bushwalking is just as good.

14. Seal Rocks Bay, Seal Rocks

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Distance from Sydney CBD: 281km

Seal Rocks Bay is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, paddle boarding, and well, just everything really. After you fall in love with this little beach, you can even pitch up a tent and stay for a night or two.