Where the bush meets the beach on the mid-north coast, just three hours from Sydney, Blueys Beach could be one of Australia’s best-kept secrets. The ideal weekend destination for those with a love of the outdoors, Blueys Beach offers unspoiled stretches of sand, swimming with dolphins, world-class diving and fishing sites, and plenty of space for everyone from couples to large families to unwind, well away from the chaos of the city.
I had forgotten just how magical Blueys Beach is. I breathed more gently as the road narrowed, enveloped with trees as we wound our way through the curves of the countryside.
Driving the Lakes Way, huge stretches of water opened up on either side of the road the trees swaying in the breeze. When we strolled the beach, we barely saw another soul, the only sound was the sets crashing onshore. Despite the many years between visits, Blueys felt the same.
It’s a place you instantly feel at ease; where you want to kick off your shoes, switch off your phone and enjoy the stunning local landscape with friends and family.
Where is Blueys Beach and How to Get There
- The drive from Sydney to Blueys Beach takes about 3.5 hours.
- Blueys Beach is located on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, making it a popular weekend destination from Sydney.
- The easiest and most comfortable way to get to Bluey Beach NSW is by car.
- The drive is relatively easy, mostly on highways north, with a turn-off to a windy road delivering you to the coast for the final 30 minutes.
- You will need a car once you arrive to explore the local area so I highly recommend you hire one for your entire stay.
- Greyhound and Port Stephens Coaches do operate in the area but expect the journey to take longer, you may also have to change buses and you will still need a way of getting around the area once you arrive.
- Check Blueys Beach weather here.
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Blueys Beach Accommodation
Accommodation at Blueys Beach ranges from caravan parks to high-end holiday home rentals.
Generally, though, this is not a luxury destination, so you won’t find a huge Blueys Beach resort anywhere in the area – something which no doubt is appealing to many visitors.
Search all Blueys Beach accommodations here.
Moby’s Beachside Retreat
The 4-star Moby’s Beachside Retreat at Pacific Palms offers one, two, and three-bedroom self-contained beach houses with resort-style amenities on-site such as a lagoon pool, gym, day spa, and tennis court, footsteps from Boomerang Beach.
Blueys Beach Caravan Parks
For those on a budget or visiting Blueys Beach with kids, there are a number of caravan parks near Blueys Beach.
There is Pacific Palms Caravan Park, Ingenia Holidays, and Palms Oasis Caravan Park to name a few. There is also a Reflections Holiday Park down near Seal Rocks.
Blueys Beach Restaurants
When it comes to restaurants Blueys Beach doesn’t have a large range. However, there are a few Blueys Beach restaurants and cafes we enjoyed during our visit.
Pacific Palms Recreation Club
Drift Cafe Blueys Beach serves up some healthy favourites and indulgent comfort food.
Stop in for breakfast or pop in after a morning at the beach for one of their burgers.
Hueys at Blueys
Where to Buy Food in Blueys Beach
Stockland Forster Shopping Centre
Stockland Shopping Centre in Forster is a short 20-minute drive from Blueys Beach.
You will find a large supermarket, pharmacy, fast food outlets, and the like, should you need to shop for the weekend or longer.
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Things to do in Blueys Beach
Great Lakes Food Trail
Fishing in Blueys Beach
The Great Lakes region is a fisherman’s paradise. Charter a boat for a day of deep-sea fishing, sports fishing, or estuary fishing.
Flathead, bream, jewfish, bonito, bluefin tuna, and many other catches can be found in the local waterways.
Blueys Beach Whale Watching
Whether you opt for a Blueys boat hire day and stay on the lookout for local options, or you join an organized whale-watching tour in Blueys, this is a beautiful spot to be out on the water.
Spend a morning swimming with a pod of wild Common dolphins or Bottlenose dolphins during a dolphin cruise (October to June).
Get up close and personal with the largest popular grey nurse sharks on the East Coast with a dive in the world-class diving sites off Seal Rocks.
Blueys Beach Bushwalking
Great Lakes Paddocks
Hit Blueys Beach
Pacific Palms Markets
The Pacific Palms Market is held every 4th Sunday of the month at Elizabeth Beach.
The community markets open at about 9 am. Wander around and grab a snack and pick up some locally-made wares to take home.
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