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.
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 is 30 minutes drive north. Exploring the beaches between Coolangatta on the Gold Coast and as far south as Byron Bay is best done in a car. You can check rates and availability over at Budget Car Rentals for some cheap deals.
BEST TIME TO VISIT CABARITA NSW
The best time to visit Cabarita Beach is in the summer months which is December-February. However, this is also peak season nation wide for most locations like this so do take this in to account when booking accommodation etc. If you want to avoid the crowds you can visit after the summer anywhere between March-June and you will be surprised how much sunshine this region of Australia receives, almost year round in fact.
CABARITA BEACH THINGS TO DO
Cabarita Cove 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 lines up for a long right-hand point break through the cove and in towards the beach. There is a lot of localism at this 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.
CABARITA BEACH AMENITIES
Like most beaches in the area, Cabarita 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 foot prints 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 accommodation options available for budget backpackers to luxury travellers. CLICK HERE to see what is available in the area and to find what best suits you.
Camping in tents on the beach is not permitted and can be dangerous with the changing tides. Cabarita Beach Caravan Park have powered and unpowered sites available so it is best to book a night or two there. 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 travelling 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 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.
CABARITA BEACH MAP
OTHER THINGS TO DO AROUND CABARITA
Exploring the many beaches and points of interest around the Northern Rivers New South Wales region is one of my favourite things to do.
The township of Cabarita has many cafes, a local pub and a shopping centre all of which are located on the main street through the town.
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