We've got 5 of NSW Best Hidden Beaches!

Who doesn’t love a long day out at the beach? There’s only one problem, the thousands of people swarming the sand, crowding your space and preventing you from actually relaxing, right?! Do not fear, YHA is here – and we’ve found 5 of the most secluded, quiet and breathtaking beaches for you to enjoy (hopefully all to yourself).

1) Zenith Beach, Shoal Bay

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Despite Port Stephens having 26 golden beaches to offer, Zenith Beach in Shoal Bay is on a whole other level! The perfect quiet spot to spend your morning swimming, surfing or dolphin spotting in the dolphin-watching capitol of Australia. The calm waters and relaxed atmosphere of Port Stephens is perfect for your next weekend getaway.

Where to stay: Port Stephens YHA, NSW – 15 minutes’ drive away

2) Cosy Corner Beach


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You wait. This baby is just as cute and warm as the name ‘Cosy Corner Beach’ implies! At the very end of Tallow Beach, this little spot is protected from northerly winds producing ideal surf conditions. This is a great place to relax on the beach and watch the hang-gliders swooping from overhead.

Where to stay: Cape Byron Bay YHA or Byron Bay YHA, NSW – 4 minutes’ drive away

 3) Angourie Beach


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Angourie Beach in Yamba is simply incredible, offering sand and sunshine! Declared a National Surfing Reserve in 2007, the spot is known for producing quality waves – enjoy the sound of crashing waves whilst sunbaking (hell yeah)! And, if you’re not all that into the beach the area is encircled by Yuraygir National Park so there’s plenty of exploring to be done.

Where to stay: Yamba YHA, NSW – 8 minutes’ drive away

4) Maloneys Beach

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Boasting a relaxed atmosphere Maloneys Beach can be easily accessed from Batemans Bay highway, though it feels miles away. This spot is the definition of family friendly – with soft waves great for the little ones, clear water perfect for snorkelling and its close proximity to Murramarang National Park means kangaroo sightings are guaranteed!

Where to stay: Batemans Bay YHA, NSW – 20 minutes’ drive away

5) Moonee Beach

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Located where Moonee Beach and Moonee Creek meet. This is an absolute dream for parents (and dog parents) offering shallow water and shaded areas to sit with the little ones – AND DOGS ARE ALLOWED! No heavy packing required, the reserve has a playground, picnic areas, and takeaway shop, allowing you and the fam to have a no fuss no muss sorta weekend.

Where to stay: Coffs Harbour, NSW – 15 minutes’ drive away

So what are you waiting for? Get to the beach already!

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