Cabarita Beach is a must-see location on the Northern Rivers coastline in New South Wales. I have visited this little pocket of paradise over 100 times and it never fails to disappoint.
Cabarita is almost completely encircled by a nature reserve and its stretch of white sand beach and turquoise waters is hard to beat among others along the Tweed Coast.
I have put together this complete guide of Cabarita Beach including how to get there, where to stay and what to expect when you’re there!
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WHERE TO FIND CABARITA BEACH NSW
Cabarita is located in the Northern Rivers region which is bounded by the Pacific Ocean and on the edge of remnant coastal rainforests.
Cabarita Beach is a 45-minute drive south from the iconic Gold Coast and from Byron Bay, it’s a 30-minute drive to the north
Exploring the beaches between Coolangatta on the Gold Coast and as far south as Byron Bay is best done in a car.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT CABARITA NSW
The best time to visit Cabarita Beach is in the summer months which is December to February. However, this is also peak season nationwide for most locations like this so do take this in to account when booking accommodation.
If you want to avoid the crowds at Cabarita Beach you can visit after the summer anywhere between March to June and you will be surprised how much sunshine this region of Australia receives, almost year-round in fact.
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CABARITA BEACH THINGS TO DO
Cabarita Beach is one of the most popular surf spots on the east coast of Australia. In a big swell, the waves wrap in around Norries Headland and line up for a long right-hand point break through the cove and in towards Cabarita Beach.
There is a lot of localism at Cabarita Beach surf break so respect the local surfers and don’t drop in on a wave if someone is on the inside of you otherwise you will know about it.
For the nature enthusiasts, you can explore the cliffs and grassy headland at the southern end of Cabarita Beach. There is a wooden boardwalk that leads you right to the top of Norries Headland and offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the amazing coastline right the way down to Byron Bay.
Epic views of Cabarita Beach
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CABARITA BEACH AMENITIES
Like most beaches in the area, Cabarita Beach has toilets, fresh water showers and cooking amenities such as electric BBQ’s for public use.
I can’t stress enough to take only photos and leave only footprints when visiting the beaches in Australia and globally I might add. Dispose of your rubbish in the bins provided or take it home with you if you can’t find any rubbish bins.
Cabarita Beach has many accommodation options available so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Cabarita to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: DIAMOND BEACH RESORT
Mid Range: THE HIDEAWAY CABARITA BEACH
Budget: Kommune Beach Resort
CAMPING AT CABARITA BEACH
Camping in tents on the beach is not permitted and can be dangerous with the changing tides. The best option for camping is to book a night or two at Cabarita Beach Caravan Park which has powered and unpowered sites available.
A park ranger frequently does the rounds of the nature reserves and car parks looking for people illegally camping, so do take note of this or you will be fined.
If you are traveling in a small campervan like most backpackers do when visiting Australia, read the signs carefully in the car parks if you plan to park your van for the night. Some signs will read ‘no overnight camping in vehicles’ or a sign that shows an ‘S’ with a red line through it which means no standing/parking.
When you come across these signs I recommend you obey them or you may be slapped with a hefty fine from the park ranger which can be up to $100 AUD or more.
I myself have camped in a van at many beaches along the east coast of Australia but I make sure to leave my spot cleaner than when I arrived. Respect the land and the locals.
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Exploring Cabarita Beach
Idyllic scenes at Cabarita Beach NSW
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OTHER SPOTS NEAR CABARITA BEACH
Exploring the many beaches and points of interest around the Northern Rivers New South Wales region is one of my favorite things to do.
The township of Cabarita has many cafes, a local pub and a shopping center, all of which are located on the main street through the town.
You may want to see my other related posts of the surrounding region:
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Another option for accommodation in Cabarita is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Cabarita.
MY CAMERA GEAR
• DSLR Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7ii
• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2
• GoPro: GoPro Hero 7 Black
• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm
• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L
• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m
• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod
• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome
• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank
• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB
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• Waterproof Phone Case: Universal Waterproof Case
• Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle
• Rain Jacket: North Face Rain Jacket
• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes
• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag
• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter
• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes
• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel
• Travel Insurance: World Nomads Travel Insurance
• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt
Thanks for reading this article and I hope you find this Cabarita Beach guide useful!