The subtropical climate of South West Rocks makes this holiday destination ideal throughout the year. The quiet town is set right on the North Coast of New South Wales, where ocean breezes and salty air set the tone for a relaxing beachside retreat. With fewer than 5,000 permanent residents, South West Rocks offers uncrowded beaches and plenty of privacy. Upon arriving in South West Rocks, there are myriad options for holiday rentals, such as beach houses, inland apartments and fully equipped rental homes.
With four main beaches to spread out on in South West Rocks, all of which feature white sand and blue water, you never have to fight for space with other holidaymakers. The most easily accessible beach, Horseshoe Bay, is a family-friendly destination that is well patrolled. It is also the surfing hub of choice for the South West Rocks area.
Visitors can also head out to South West Rocks' Main Beach to try out body boarding or body surfing in its calmer waters. This beach is patrolled on weekends and throughout the holiday season. Catch the setting sun over the western-facing waters of Trial Bay, or venture over a little earlier in the day to let the kids splash around in the calm waters. The final of the four main beaches, South Smoky Beach, offers great waves for surfers and plenty of space to spread out on the shore.
South West Rocks offers two enticing shopping districts to explore. The bigger of them is set along Prince of Wales Avenue and includes many fashion boutiques, quirky shops and well-known outlets. The second mall, Rocks Shopping Fair, is located near the entrance of town and harbours a convenient supermarket.
Once you’ve gotten your dose of retail therapy, check out one of the many restaurants that South West Rocks offers. Festivals and events are often held on the streets of this small beachside town, so there is often something going on.
There is so much to see during your holiday in South West Rocks, you will be hard-pressed to fit it all in. Begin by exploring the water surrounding South West Rocks. Fish Rock Cave is commended as one of the best diving sites in all of Australia, and it takes you through the centre of a small island while allowing you to observe gray nurse sharks and other marine life. Back on the shore, Smoky Cape Lighthouse offers the opportunity to take a step back in time. The lighthouse and attached cottage have been fully restored and feature beautiful coastal views. Trial Bay Gaol is another historical site with a museum, ruins and panoramic views over South West Rocks.
Get out in nature, and explore Hat Head National Park. Bring along your tent, and use your visit as an opportunity to sleep under the stars. There are even campsites right along the beach. Walking paths run throughout Hat Head National Park, and they allow you to see some of Australia's native wildlife while taking in the unique features of the bush, rainforest and wetlands. During migration season, the park is a prime location to spot whales, and many species of birds can be seen throughout the year.
There is no bad time to visit South West Rocks, though the summer holidays are significantly more crowded. The weather is comfortable all throughout the year, with even the winter being appropriate for swimming. At just half an hour from the nearest major town, getting to South West Rocks is never a difficult task.