If you’re looking for a Sydney getaway, Seal Rocks NSW near Forster has it all that you’ll never want to leave.
Seal Rocks and it’s neighbour Bluey’s Beach which are situated in the Great Lakes are two absolutely mind blowing beaches that are easily make our top 5 best beaches in NSW list. Actually, we’re calling it; it has one of the best beaches in Australia!
So why are these two areas so amazing? In this post, we let you in on a huge Aussie locals secret about why you need to see this part of NSW.
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1. Seal Rocks or Bluey’s Beach
Hanging out in Seal Rocks with beautiful views.
If you’re wondering where to base yourself, Seal Rocks and Bluey’s Beach might be neighbours but they offer up totally different vibes and both are great for surfing!
Whilst Bluey’s Beach has more eating options, Seal Rocks has a secluded off the beaten track feeling that you’ll certainly have a great break away. Both have incredible beaches that you won’t want to leave.
2. Seal Rocks Accommodation
There are some incredible places to stay in both Seal Rocks and Bluey’s Beach so we’ve included some of our favourites here below. Be prepared to book your trip because there honestly isn’t anywhere better to get away from it all than right here.
Wouldn’t you want to stay here at Seal Rocks Lighthouse Cottages too?
If you’re looking for a beautiful place to stay in Seal Rocks, find our favourite picks below!
Seal Rocks Lighthouse Cottages: Approx $350 a night. Click here to find the best deal to stay here >
The Shack: Approx $350 a night. Click here to find the best deal to stay here >
Pippis: Approx $180 a night. Click here to find the best deal to stay here >
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Seal Rocks Camping
Image via Reflections Holiday Park
There are a few campsites which have fantastic facilities such as the Seal Rocks caravan park at the Reflections Holiday Park. It sits right on the beach at Seal Rocks. The location honestly doesn’t get much better.
Bluey’s Beach Accommodation
You could stay at the beautiful Moby’s Beachside Retreat!
As we mentioned above, Bluey’s Beach has more accommodation options but here’s some of our favourites to consider below!
Nautilus – 5 bedroom house is approx $320 a night. Click here to find the best deal >
Moby’s Beachside Retreat. Approx $165 per night. Click here to find the best deal >
Bluey’s Beach Airbnb
Stay in your own apartment in this beautiful airbnb right next to the gorgeous Boomerang Beach. 2 night per minimum at approx $170 a night.
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3. Seal Rocks shops
There’s just one local shop in Seal Rocks so if you’ve forgotten to bring anything with you, then you can always get it there.
Seal Rocks is one of those places you’ll probably want to bring everything with you including food and some beers so that you can be cut off from the rest of the world.
4. Visit the Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse
There’s a lighthouse that you must visit in the area. On the way up to it there’s an ocean inlet you could go and have a sim in (depending on the tides of course) which is just beautiful.
5. Seal Rocks beaches
There are a good few beaches to discover but we loved Treachery Beach, SugarLoaf Beach and the Lighthouse Beach (which you can drive onto pictured above) the most.
If you want to hire a 4×4 so you can drive onto the beach during your stay, find the best deal right here.
6. Check out Bluey’s Beach
We absolutely love the area of Bluey’s beach. It’s more built up with housing unlike the rustic vibe of Seal Rocks but there’s cafes in the area and some awesome beaches.
We love Bluey’s Beach itself and Shelly Beach which unbeknown to us at the time is a nudist beach.
Shelly is an incredible secluded beach that if you’re not shy about people getting their kit off, you should go and see it. Half of the beach is nudist and the other side is for people wearing their swimmers. We’ve seen many families down there who didn’t worry too much about the nudists.
It’s about a 5 minute walk down to the beach and it’s absolutely beautiful! There’s even a toilet so you could spend all day there too.
We have to admit, Shelly Beach is without a doubt our favourite beach in NSW. When you look out to the coastline, you’ll think you’re in somewhere like a tropical New Zealand – it’s spectacular!
7. On your way back, you must visit Port Stephens
On your way back home you should stop by Port Stephens as it’s the sort of place you could easily spend a few days in.
Make sure you spend 15 minutes climbing up to the top of Mount Tomaree as it has a spectacular view and of course go on a tour to visit the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere here.
Check out our video of Port Stephens below!
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