Explore NSW beaches and waterways

NSW offers spectacular beaches and world-class surf breaks. Boating and fishing are popular activities along the coast and on our lakes and rivers.

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Regional NSW beaches and waterways

Surfing in NSW

The NSW coastline is home to some of the world's best surf beaches. Stretching over more than 2,000km, you’ll find perfect beginner breaks, great long boarding spots and epic swell loved by the professionals.

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Sydney beaches and waterways

Penrith Beach

A new place to swim in Western Sydney

Penrith Beach is a sun-kissed shore, where the sand meets crystal clear waters, offering a refreshing escape from the heat. The beach offers a natural waterside experience in the heart of Western Sydney where people of all ages and backgrounds can get in, on and around the water.  

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Water safety

How to stay safe at the beach

The beach is for everyone to enjoy. Knowing how to stay safe while at the beach will make sure that you and your family have the best day possible. 

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Related apps


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Access the latest information about every Australian beach on the go. Offering unrivalled coverage of the Australian coastline, the Beachsafe app provides detailed information from patrol status, facilities and hazards to weather, swell and tide.

Surf Life Saving Australia recommends swimming at patrolled beaches, between the red and yellow flags.


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Marine Rescue NSW

Marine Rescue NSW is the state’s official volunteer marine rescue service. The MarineRescue App allows you to register details of your next boating trip.


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FishSmart NSW

The official app from NSW Department of Primary Industries provides you with the essential information you need to fish recreationally in NSW. 

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