CABARITA BEACH IN NORTHERN NSW – A COMPLETE GUIDE

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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 to reach Cabarita Beach.

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 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.

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CABARITA BEACH AMENITIES

Like most beaches in the area, Cabarita Beach has toilets, freshwater showers and cooking amenities such as electric BBQs for public use.

I can’t stress enough to take only photos and leave only footprints when visiting Cabarita Beach and all other beaches in Australia and globally I might add. Please dispose of your rubbish in the bins provided or take it home with you if you can’t find any rubbish bins.

 

CABARITA ACCOMMODATION

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, luxury travelers and everyone in between.

See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

 

LUXURY: DIAMOND BEACH RESORT

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Mid Range: THE HIDEAWAY CABARITA BEACH

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Budget: Kommune Beach Resort

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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.

 

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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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CABARITA BEACH MAP

 

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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AIRBNB CABARITA BEACH

Another option for accommodation at Cabarita Beach is to stay in an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!

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MORE AUSTRALIA TRAVEL GUIDES

• Gold Coast: 3 Day Gold Coast Itinerary

• Gold Coast: 11 Best Gold Coast Beaches

• Springbrook: Springbrook Waterfalls

• Currumbin: Currumbin Rock Pools

• Brisbane: Things To Do In Brisbane

• Byron Bay: Things To Do In Byron Bay

• Sydney: Things To Do In Sydney

• Melbourne: Things To Do In Melbourne

• Fraser Island: Fraser Island Day Trip

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR CABARITA BEACH

 

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Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables,  drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.

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Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.

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Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!

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Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.

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Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.

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Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.

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Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.

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Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions. 

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Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.

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Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.

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MY CAMERA GEAR

 

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Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included. 

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Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.

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GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!

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Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket. 

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Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!

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Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.

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GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!

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Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.

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External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.

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FINAL THOUGHTS OF CABARITA BEACH

Thanks for reading this article and I hope you find this Cabarita Beach guide useful. If you have any questions at all about visiting Cabarita Beach, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy Adventuring!

Jonny Melon
Jonny Melon

Hey, I’m Jonny – surfer, skater, photographer, and coffee-lover from Australia!

With a burning passion for travel and the outdoors, I launched this Adventure Travel Blog in 2017, and I’ve been exploring the world ever since!

My little corner of the interwebs is a space where I love to share all of my epic adventures, cultural experiences, and captivating photos from around the globe with the ultimate goal to inspire and motivate other like-minded travelers to explore this wonderful earth too!

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