North Beach

South Coast NSW

Stretching north from the harbour, North Beach is an excellent all-rounder: shallows for kids to splash in, breaks suitable for various levels and conveniently close to the city centre. North Beach has lifesavers all year round at its southern end; pay close attention to the ocean conditions.

For more challenging waves, head to the Acids Reef break near the rocks opposite Stuart Park.

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