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The secret beaches on the South Coast the locals don’t tell you about

If you’re one of the many Canberrans that hit the South Coast over summer, then you’ll know how busy the beaches can get. Lucky for you, we’ve got you sorted! Scattered throughout the Eurobodalla and Shoalhaven region, lie several beaches that remain unpopulated. So, pack a bag full of goodies and uncover these beautiful, secluded locations to make your trip the ultimate getaway.

North Broulee Beach

Southern end of North Broulee beach, looking towards Broulee Island.

Broulee is a beautiful town in the Eurobodalla, which has several beaches to explore. The town becomes filled with beach-goers over the chaotic summer period. For a relaxing escape, the southern end of North Broulee beach is the perfect little hideout. On a calm day, the water is so pristine, it’s as if you’re on a tropical island. Entry is via the North Broulee main beach and a walk of the full length of the beach towards Broulee Island. Another entrance is via Shark Bay where you follow the track at the northern end which jumps over to North Broulee beach.

Barlings Beach

Barlings Beach.
The rocks to explore.








Four kilometres north of Broulee, you can find Barlings Beach. The main section of the beach can get crowded, however, the northern end is the perfect little hideaway. To find this spot, follow the dirt road off George Bass Drive after the Barlings Beach Holiday Park turn off. The beach has various exploration opportunities with an abundance of caves and rock pools. With plenty of reef and sea life around, it’s perfect for snorkelling or diving. If you’re hungry after a day at the beach, or would simply enjoy a refreshing drink, the Tomakin Sports & Social Club has got you covered.

Garden Bay

Garden Bay’s perfect picnic spot.
Garden Bay beach.








I’m sure you’ve heard of Malua Bay, as it is a Canberran hot spots. On a sunny day, the main beach can become flooded with crowds. Garden Bay happens to be right around the corner – and lucky for you, it’s not overcrowded. It’s an easy beach to locate by car and is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic and have a peaceful swim. Be sure to check out the Sandy Foot Cafe located around the corner to enjoy a delicious pizza or burger for lunch by the sea.

Circuit Beach

Circuit Beach.
The stunning views from the walking track along the headland.








A scenic walk through the bush will lead you to this gorgeous location. To access this beach, you take the wooden staircase located at the end of Lilli Pilli beach. It takes you on a 1km track that wraps around the headland which eventually leads to Circuit Beach. If you time it right, chances are that the locals won’t be around and you’ll get the whole beach to yourself.

Chain Bay

Chain Bay.
The beginning of the cliff track.








If you’re a keen adventurer, this one is for you! The beach can only be accessed by foot – and it’s not easy. There are two ways to get there. The first is to wait for low tide and climb over the rocks from the far left corner of Maloneys beach. The second is to scale a cliff. It sounds dangerous, but there is a track you can see from the end of Maloneys beach that leads you up the cliff. It’s best to wear shoes with grip as some parts can be a little steep. Once you reach the top, the track will lead you down into Chain Bay. The stunning, isolated beach makes the challenging journey well worth it.

An Ulladulla secret beach

The perfect hidden beach.
The beautiful rainforest walk, and a lizard warning.








Tucked away, around the corner from Warden Head in Ulladulla, lies this nameless beach. A beautiful rainforest walk from the carpark (on the right before you reach Warden Head) leads you to its secluded location. The walk has plenty of opportunities to stop at lookouts along the way, and take in the sea views. It’s likely you’ll get the beach to yourself, although there might be a few of the friendly local surfers taking advantage of the surf break.


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