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 unspoilt 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.
Until a recent visit with family who often spend weekends in the sleepy coastal spot, I hadn’t been to Bluey’s Beach since I was a teenager. 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 were 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.
Getting to Blueys Beach
- The easiest and most comfortable way to get to Blueys Beach is by car. It is a 3+ hour drive north of Sydney on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. 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.
Where to Stay
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.
Where to Eat
Kingfisher Cafe | 47/285 Boomerang Drive, Blueys Beach
Pacific Palms Recreation Club | 3957 The Lakes Way, Elizabeth Beach
Kembali | 2/188 Boomerang Drive, Pacific Palms, Blueys Beach
Twenty By Twelve | 7a/207 Boomerang Dr, Blueys Beach
Hueys at Blueys | 201 Boomerang Drive, Blueys Beach
Stockland Forster Shopping Centre | Breese Parade, Forster
Stockland Shopping Centre in Forster is a short 20 minutes drive from Blueys Beach and it’s there you will find a large supermarket, pharmacy, fast food outlets and the like, should you need to shop up for the weekend or longer.
What to Do and See
Great Lakes Food Trail | Multiple Locations
Fishing | Multiple Locations
The Great Lakes regions is a fisherman’s paradise. Charter a boat for a day of deep-sea fishing, sports fishing or estuary fishing. Flathead, bream, jewfish, bonito, blue fin tuna and many other catches can be found in the local waterways.
Dolphin Swims, Diving + Whale Watching | Multiple Locations
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 of grey nurse sharks on the East Coast with a dive in the world class diving sites off Seal Rocks.
Bushwalking | Multiple Locations
Great Lakes Paddocks | 115 Herivels Rd, Wootton
Hit the Beach | Multiple Locations
A huge thank you to my brother Gus for all of his tips that make this guide a truly local snapshot.