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NSW's 11 Best Coastal Neighbourhoods to Call Home

Seeking a sunnier way of life? Here are 11 of the best beachside suburbs in NSW.

It’s no secret that NSW boasts some of the best beaches in Australia. From sweeping golden stretches to the purist white sands, we’ve scoured the coastline to find the best locations to soak up that seaside lifestyle.


Long favoured among Sydneysiders as a holiday destination, Terrigal has seen rising sales volumes over the past year, particularly with the working-from-home trend. It’s known for its relaxed, beachside lifestyle with a good mix of houses and apartments. The median house price has tipped the million-mark rising 11.3% in the last 12 months.

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Home to some of the whitest sand beaches in the world, it’s no wonder Sydneysiders are choosing to make the move to Jervis Bay. This seaside paradise offers gentle azure waters, walking tracks and a vibrant village atmosphere at Huskisson. Median house prices in Huskisson increased by an astounding 24.7% over the past year, to just over $1 million.

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The aquatic playground of Manly is bound by both harbour and sea and is a major drawcard for locals and tourists alike. It offers abundant cafes, restaurants and bars, stunning foreshore walks and quick ferry access to Circular Quay. Manly has enjoyed capital gains of 8.79% for the past year, with median house prices sitting at an eye-watering $3.2 million.

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Fringed by superb beaches, lush hinterland and a bustling town centre, it’s no wonder Yamba is hot property. In fact, Yamba has recently been named the “Best Tourist Town in Australia”, by Australian Traveller magazine. The suburb has seen prices rise a staggering 22.7% over the past year yet remains comparatively affordable with a median house price of $675,000.


Sun-soaked Warriewood on Sydney’s northern beaches has seen significant growth over the past year. It’s praised for its natural surrounds with two beaches, coastal walks and cycling trails, rockpools and playing fields that are attracting families in droves. Everyday conveniences are taken care of at Warriewood Square with supermarkets and speciality stores. House prices have increased 13% over the past year, fetching more than $1.6 million.

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One of Sydney’s most popular and best-loved beaches, Cronulla lures everyone from busy professionals to young families and day-trippers. This beachside gem boasts spectacular coastal walks, safe swimming and great local cafes – plus it’s an easy commute into the CBD. The in-demand Shire suburb has seen median house prices increase by more than 17% over the past year, with buyers paying roughly $2.3 million for a slice of its coveted lifestyle.

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Bondi Beach

It’s Australia’s most famous beach for a reason. The lifestyle at Bondi Beach simply can’t be beat, with its iconic arc of sand, ocean pool and trendy café culture drawing crows far and wide. But, the highly sought-after suburb comes with the price tag to match, skyrocketing 20% over the past year. Its proximity to the CBD, plenty of schools and abundant green spaces make this market seriously costly.

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Just 5km from the Newcastle CBD, Merewether offers relaxed coastal living with pristine sand, surf and a thriving food scene. Not surprisingly growing families, young professionals, creatives and keen surfers are vying for their piece of the pie, and as a result median house prices have lifted 25% over the past year.

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In Mollymook, buyers are drawn to the pristine beaches and flourishing food scene. Notable restaurants such as Rick Stein’s Bannisters and Cupitt’s Estate have well and truly put Mollymook on the map as a dining destination, while families are moving in for its small-town community atmosphere. You can snap up a house for less than $800,000 and the rental yield is strong due to its status as a holiday hotspot.

Batemans Bay (Photo credit: Visit NSW)

Batemans Bay

Nestled on the NSW south coast, life in Batemans Bay is all about getting back to nature. Flanked by national parks and idyllic waterways, the holiday town is attracting those looking for a sea change away from the hustle of the city. A house in Batemans Bay will set you back roughly $500,000, jumping 10% over the past year.

Bateau Bay (Photo credit: Visit NSW)

Bateau Bay

Offering beachside living without the hefty price tag, buyers can purchase a house in Bateau Bay for less than $800,000. The charming coastal town boasts excellent beaches, leafy reserves and great community facilities. There are cafes, restaurants and shopping boutiques along with the district centre of The Entrance just 30 minutes’ drive away.

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