You might think that summer is the best time to head to the beach but our Shoalhaven 100 Beach challenge is a fun family activity, all year-round. During the winter months, the coastline quietens down a lot and you might even find yourself at a beach without another person in sight. Just bear in mind that our beaches aren't patrolled in winter so make sure to keep an eye out for each other so everyone stays safe and happy. It's a great time to pack a picnic, grab the kids and take advantage of the cooler weather and fewer crowd - explore our list of favourite family beaches, kindly curated by the experts at South Coast Kids.
Narrawallee Inlet - Narrawallee
A lovely and protected bay of water is Narrawallee Inlet, where the smaller kids can paddle in the shallows, without having to struggle with waves. Walk through the mangroves at low tide or ride your bike along the bush track that leads to the point of the headland - where the kids can spend hours exploring the rocks and rock pools or just sit back and soak up the winter sun and amazing ocean views. There’s also a great little play park which is close to toilet facilities right next to the carpark at the inlet. Bordering Narrawallee Beach is just footsteps away and might have too many waves for younger children but is excellent for older kids who love to surf. And if you don't feel like heading into the water, just walk along this beautiful stretch of sand or play some family beach cricket.
Abraham’s Bosom Beach - Currarong
Currarong’s main, protected beach, Abrahams Bosom, is an excellent swimming spot for kids of all ages. There’s a natural rock pool plus a lovely reserve with great picnic grounds and barbecue facilities. Abrahams Bosom Reserve also has two interesting walks that are fantastic to venture upon during cooler weather. The Wreck Walk is an easy 2.5 kilometre return that takes a leisurely hour, guiding walkers through the site of the S.S. Merimbula wreck which ran aground in 1928 and also leads to stunning and secluded Wilsons Beach. For the keen adventurers, have a go at slightly harder and longer Coomies Walk (which actually includes the Wreck Walk as part of the journey). The highlight is a stunning panoramic view from Trig Station, a lovely reward for all the climbs along the way! Teenage kids will love the little detour to Gosangs Tunnel, where you crawl through a hole in the rock face that opens up to an incredible view of the ocean. Parents of smaller children should definitely save this part of the walk until the little ones are a bit older! Both Abrahams Bosom walks feature coastal seascape scenery of beaches, estuaries, ocean, rock formations, massive sandstone cliffs and headlands.
Callala Beach – Callala Bay
This hidden gem is tucked away in beautiful Callala Bay. With crystal clear waters, the bay is super calm and protected. This means that there aren’t huge waves here, making this family beach perfect for younger kids who might just be finding their sea legs. The beach also boasts a leafy grassed area that includes play equipment, excellent for families travelling with toddlers. The local store is close by if you need to stock up on some lunch or picnic supplies during your visit and there's also a cute, wooden jetty and boat ramp that are fun to explore. Or be a little adventurous and test those growing bodies by climbing the rock wall! Callala Beach boasts some of the whitest sands along our Shoalhaven coast but is usually very peaceful and quiet, with hardly any crowds in sight, especially in winter.
Seven Mile Beach - Shoalhaven Heads
Welcome to Seven Mile Beach, a beautiful bush to beach location with plenty to offer all year round. At the massive Beach Road picnic area there’s ample parking plus barbeques, picnic tables, clean amenities and beach showers. From here you can explore the surrounding forest along the Sandy Beach Walks and be greeted by the resident rooster, or just take in the serene views from the boardwalk. The beach itself, as you might have already guessed from its name, is very long and has plenty of room for everyone to secure their own little pocket of paradise. Parts of the beach are also dog-friendly so feel free to bring the family pooch along too! It’s a great spot to laze about for the whole day and the surf club has a nice little café serving up delicious lunch options and parent can grab a freshly brewed coffee. A wonderful treat for children who love horses is a riding session along the sand with Regal Riding School, a truly special experience for the little ones to remember.
Tilbury Cove, Culburra Beach
Our last popular family beach destination is Tilbury Cove, located on the eastern end of Culburra Beach. This quiet and sheltered nook usually boasts minimal waves and is a fantastic swimming and wading spot for younger children, often calmer here than the surrounding beaches. The lovely grassy area is a great picnic zone, with amenities and a kid's playground right next to the carpark on Penguins Head Road. We all know how hard it is travelling with little ones but it really is super easy for parents to set up at Tilbury Cove for the day. Come here to soak up the serene ocean views while the kids stay entertained for hours. And if you don't quite feel like packing a hamper for the day, then drive into the main strip of shops at Culburra Beach and feast on the delicious fish and chips at Little Snapper - the perfect accompaniment to a day at the beach!