Sydney is lined with sunny beaches with dramatic coastlines and harbour views, but there’s a type of beach with a different kind of allure especially when the weather gets warmer: white sand beaches. Flanked by lush greenery on one side and aquamarine waters on the other, these tranquil beaches are perfect for a weekend getaway. Spring is currently underway and summer is right around the corner, but if you don’t have a holiday planned this year, rest assured there’s plenty to explore in Sydney and NSW. Cool off by the ocean as the temperatures soar and check out these stunning white sand beaches that are worth the drive out of Sydney.
1. Hyams Beach
Hyams Beach has gained popularity for having some of the whitest sand in the world and it should be high up on your list of places to see if you don’t mind enduring hordes of tourists. The crystal clear turquoise waters form a stark contrast with the striking white sand at the beach which is ideal for swimming, fishing and snorkelling. It also offers picture-perfect views towards Point Perpendicular and Bowen Island. One of the best ways to explore Hyams Beach and its surrounding white sand beaches is on the White Sands Walk from Nelsons Beach in Vincentia. Check out where to eat and stay around Hyams Beach here.
2. Murrays Beach
If you’re not a fan of crowds, which you’re inevitably bound to encounter at the wildly popular Hyams Beach, take a beeline towards the gorgeous Murrays Beach in Booderee National Park. A far more sheltered spot, this beach offers crystal clear waters, jaw-dropping views and sparkling white sand without the hectic crowds. Access it via Jervis Bay Road through Booderee National Park and enjoy water activities like swimming and snorkelling or go on a self-guided walk along the beach. Get more information about it here.
3. Elizabeth Beach
Located in Booti Booti National Park at Pacific Palms, Elizabeth Beach is home to crisp white sand and excellent opportunities for surfing and paddle boarding. Because it is north-facing, the waters are generally calm, making it an ideal spot for families. It’s also one of the few patrolled beaches on this list. Elizabeth Beach is flanked by beautiful views looking towards Cape Hawke and Seven Mile Beach. And if you time your visit well, you can also watch whales migrating around the coast. Head here to learn more.
4. Chinamans Beach
Not to be confused with Sydney’s Chinamans Beach in Mosman (also lovely), this tranquil spot is known for having some of the whitest sand in Jervis Bay. It’s also part of the previously mentioned White Sands Walk and a lot quieter than its popular counterpart. At 3 hours from Sydney in Jervis Bay National Park, this secluded beach is spoilt with picturesque natural views. Get more details about it here.
5. Fingal Bay Beach
A 2 hour, forty-minute drive from Sydney will bring you to a stunning white sand beach in Port Stephens. Fingal Bay Beach is hidden away under Fingal Head and surrounded by lovely coastal beauty. The white sand beach is patrolled all year round and a popular spot for families looking for a summer getaway. Mount your surfboard, enjoy a picnic or enjoy the sunrise and sunset at this scenic spot. Get more information about it here.
6. Soldiers Beach
Only 1 hour 40 minutes north of Sydney is a relatively secluded beach tucked away at Norah Head on the NSW Central Coast. Surrounded by turquoise hues and by the bushland of Wyrrabalong National Park, this beach is perfect for surfing and swimming and a great spot to soak up the sun. The Central Coast is home to a number of beautiful beaches, but this is the one to visit for relatively whiter sand and gorgeous views. Get more information about it here.