Summer Swim Guide: NSW tops the list of Australia’s best beaches for 2020

Play, Summer Guide, Sydney / December 16, 2019

Wondering where to swim this summer? Check out the six NSW beaches that have topped the list of Australia’s top 20 beaches for 2020.

The season of salty toes, beachside BBQs and late arvo swims has arrived. With the Christmas break nearly upon us, we’re all getting ready for two weeks of leisurely days spent by the water. And if you’re scouting out the best places to swim this summer, we’ve found just the list you need to consult.

In news just announced earlier this month,┬áTourism Australia beach ambassador and author Brad Farmer has announced his Top 20 Australian Beaches for 2020. The list covers the top destinations to take a dip across the country, with NSW taking out six of the top 20 spots. In fact, the winner of the coveted title of Best Australian beach for 2020 was taken out by the laid-back surf town of Cabarita on the NSW North Coast, followed by Shellharbour’s Minnamurra Beach at number 3 and Wagga Beach listed at number 9.

With over 2,000 kilometres and over 850 stunning beaches to explore across NSW’s coastline, there’s plenty of reason to swim, surf and snorkel this summer. So, here are some of the best spots to visit for a swim this summer break.

Cabarita Best Beaches 2020

For coastal walks: Cabarita Beach, NSW

Home to just 3,000 residents, Cabarita Beach is set to be Australia’s top beach to visit in 2020. Nestled between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, Cabarita offers unspoiled coastal bliss with endless surfing spots, pristine coastal walking tracks and plenty of spots to wine and dine. Located just a 50-minute drive from the Gold Coast, this is one to add to your weekend away list in 2020.

Best Beaches 2020

For surf lovers: Minnamurra Beach, NSW

Head south this summer and you’ll stumble upon Minnamurra Beach (a.k.a. ‘Mystics’), a favourite among the local surfing community. With a coastline stretching from the rocky headland to Stack Island, this beach is part of the National Surfing Reserve at Killalea State Park, making it a perfect spot for avid surfers. Jump in the car and visit Minnamurra Beach this summer, just a 2-hour drive from the city.

Best Beaches 2020 Diamond Head
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For a road trip: Diamond Head, NSW

Want to hit the road for a trip away this summer? Grab your camping gear and flock to Diamond Head Beach on NSW’s North Coast. Boasting six kilometres of stunning coastline, this beach is perfect for those looking to surf, fish or take a leisurely afternoon stroll. For those looking to pitch a tent, head to the Diamond Head campground, one of the most popular places to stay in the Crowdy Bay National Park.

Best Beaches 2020 Neds Beach
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For a luxe getaway: Ned’s Beach, Lord Howe Island

Jet off to the World Heritage-listed paradise that is Lord Howe Island (just a 2-hour flight from Sydney) and make a bee-line for Ned’s Beach. Renowned as a home to a colourful array of fish and even the occasional turtle, lap up the beaches’ crystal clear waters as you hand-feed fish or snorkel the shallow reef. Plus, make sure to hike the island’s world-class mountains and try the famous Fish Fry Buffet at Beach House.

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