Seal Rocks is a small, lesser known surf town on the New South Wales coastline, and it’s one of the best kept secrets in the state.

With a spectacular curved and golden beach, with unspoilt surfing spots and postcard-worthy views, Seal Rocks is similar in many ways to Byron Bay – only without the crowds and countless Instagram influencers.

Why visit Seal Rocks, NSW?

Seal Rocks is a glimpse of Australia without the huge crowds or endless Starbucks on every corner.

It is truly a small holiday village, with nothing but a collection of cottages dotted around the area, and the picturesque Seal Rocks Lighthouse on the point.

It’s the place to go to not just escape your inbox, but forget about it completely. Days at Seal Rocks are spent chasing the best waves, exploring new walking tracks, and relaxing on the flawless sands of the beach.

Seal Rocks accommodation

As Seal Rocks is as yet largely undeveloped, there isn’t much in the way of official accommodation.

Seal Rocks camping is your best bet for affordable accommodation near the beach. There is a Seal Rocks campground called Treachery Camp Seal Rocks, and another called Reflections Holiday Parks Seal Rocks. Slightly farther away is the Yagon Campground.

There are also a number of cottages by the lighthouse that offer a more modern accommodation option. These cottages offer a spectacular view over the beach, and a comfortable living environment, although they do cost a lot more than a camping spot.

Otherwise, motels, Airbnbs, and campsites are available roughly 20 minutes away at Smiths Lake, or 30 minutes away at Blueys Beach.

Seal Rocks surfing

The majority of visitors to Seal Rocks make the trip purely for the surfing.

Surfing at Seal Rocks is suited for riders of all levels. With a sandy bottom, right and left waves, and a regular frequency, it’s something of a sure thing any day of the week. It can get a little more crowded over the weekend, and weekdays are typically quite empty.

For beginners, the Waves Surf Camp just down the road is the perfect introduction to surfing, and making the most of the local area.

Just be sure to check the Seal Rocks surf report before heading out so you’re aware of the conditions.

Getting to Seal Rocks

Seal Rocks is roughly 3.5 hours north of Sydney, making it an ideal getaway for a long weekend. It’s a simple route following the M1 and A1 north before turning off to the right at Myall Lakes National Park.

It’s only 2.5 hours from the Central Coast, and close enough for day trips from Newcastle at less than two hours away. Port Macquarie is equally close, at just two hours north of Seal Rocks.

Thinking of planning your escape to Seal Rocks? Book your car rental with Thrifty, pack a tent and a surfboard and get ready to hit the waves and relax on the beach at one of the last untouched places on the New South Wales coastline.