The south coast region of NSW, which stretches from Kiama down to Narooma, has some of the most incredible scenery in the country. The beaches, in particular, are something else – pristine and scenic. If you’re looking to spend some time with your partner at the beach then you can’t really go wrong with any of them, but some locations here stand out as romantic venues. So, if you’re looking to spend a day or perhaps a weekend away with your other half, here are five picks for the most romantic beaches in South Coast NSW!
One of the great unsung beaches of the south coast, Depot is located at the fount of Mount Durras, a large hill covered in spotted gum trees that come all the way down to the water. There’s a lot of space here, the scenery is amazing and the water is perfect for simply floating around in, snorkeling or stand-up paddling.
To visit Depot you’ll need to pay a small NSW Parks fee (there’s a machine at the top of the hill) and you can then park in the car park or along the beach-front track. There’s also a campground if you’d like to stay overnight. Bring your own supplies because there aren’t any cafes or shops nearby.
Over on the quieter northern side of Jervis Bay, well away from the crowds that continue to ruin places like Hyams Beach, you’ll find Hare Bay. This pocket of white sand in the top left corner of the bay is sheltered from the wind when the inevitable summer north-easterly wind picks up. It’s a quiet beach, to the north of the Red Point headland and is a favoured location for boaty types to moor their yachts.
You can park at the Red Point Picnic area which is on your right as you head up the Currarong Road and then it’s short walk on to the beach. If it’s summer and there are some people about, just head north up the beach, away from the bush track and you’ll undoubtedly have the place to yourself.
Mollymook has been a popular tourist destination for many years and is consequently very busy, but the nearby village of Narrawallee is usually a bit quieter. If you want a romantic weekend away and a bit of luxury, then you can stay at Bannisters by the Sea, situated up on the rocky headland overlooking the beach. After you’ve enjoyed the hotel and its infinity pool, grab a towel and drive five minutes down the road to Narrawallee Beach.
There is plentiful parking along the back of Narrawallee Beach and a large car park at the inlet end. The beach is great for relaxing on, but it’s also good for surfing and has consistent waves in most conditions.
Don’t let the name put you off, Pebbly is not a rocky beach at all – it’s actually a gorgeous and dramatic sandy beach in the Murramurang National Park, about 15 km up the coast from Depot. There are cabins here, managed by NSW National Parks which you can hire out and stay right on the beach and in close proximity to its large population of friendly kangaroos.
If you’re visiting Pebbly for the day then there’s a good size car park at the base of the winding road that leads down to the beach. There aren’t any on-site cafes or shops, so bring your supplies with you. It can get busy here in the summer, but if you want to escape, there is an excellent bush track heading north that takes you to a series of secluded and very scenic bays, headlands and beaches.
Murrays has to rank as one of the most romantic spots on the whole east coast. It’s a perfect crescent of white sand that looks like something out of a James Bond movie set in the Caribbean. It’s located in the Booderee National Park (which has park fees) and is never as busy as nearby Green Patch. There’s a massive car park here and a boat ramp if you want to put in and go fishing.
If you walk to the northern end of Murrays there are some awesome little sea caves that you can explore. The ocean here is nearly always calm and sheltered and it’s perfect for chilling out on a hot summer’s day.
So there you have it, my pick for the five most romantic beaches in NSW – which one’s your favourite?