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Wollongong City Council

Beaches

All beach visitors must follow NSW Public Health Orders for social distancing.


We have 17 beautiful patrolled beaches from Stanwell Park in the north to Windang in the south.

North Wollongong Beach is patrolled all year. The rest of our beaches are patrolled from the start of the September school holidays until the end of the April school holidays.

Lifeguards or volunteer lifesavers are on duty when red and yellow flags are displayed. No flags = no swim.

Visit our Beach Safety page before you hit the sand.

Our patrolled beaches and current patrol hours are listed below in order from north to south.

Avoid the crowds and stay COVID-safe

We recommend you search for a beach on Google Maps before you visit to see information about popular times and how busy that location is in real time. Please note however that crowd data may not be shown at all times or for all locations.

Use the Google Maps links below to check popular times for a beach.

Stanwell Park Beach
Lower Coast Rd, Stanwell Park

Patrolled 9am to 6pm daily

Coalcliff Beach
Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Coalcliff

Patrolled 10am to 5pm daily

Scarborough Beach
Monash St, Wombarra

Patrolled 10am to 5pm daily

Coledale Beach
Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Coledale

Patrolled 10am to 5pm daily

Austinmer Beach
Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Austinmer

Patrolled 9am to 6pm daily

Sandon Point Beach
Point St, Bulli

Patrolled 10am to 5pm daily

Bulli Beach
Farrell Rd, Bulli

Patrolled 9am to 6pm daily

Woonona Beach
Kurraba Rd, Woonona

Patrolled 10am to 5pm daily

Bellambi Beach
Morgan Pl, Bellambi

Patrolled 10am to 5pm daily

Corrimal Beach
Lake Pde, East Corrimal

Patrolled 9am to 6pm daily

Towradgi Beach
Murranar Rd, Towradgi

Patrolled 10am to 5pm daily

Fairy Meadow Beach
Elliots Rd, Fairy Meadow

Patrolled 9am to 6pm daily

North Wollongong Beach
Cliff Rd, North Wollongong

Patrolled 8am to 6pm daily

Port Kembla Beach
Olympic Blvd, Port Kembla

Patrolled 9am to 6pm daily

Windang Beach
Fern St, Windang

Patrolled 10am to 5pm daily

To meet NSW Health Orders and recommendations for social distancing, we’ve worked out the maximum number of people for each of our patrolled beaches.

The numbers below are a guide only, and are based on the estimated amount of sand space available at mid-tide allowing 4 square metres per person. If beach conditions change (for example due to erosion or large tides), these numbers could change at any time with little or no advanced notice.

Lifeguards will monitor crowd numbers regularly. We ask you to help by keeping a safe distance from other people, and following any instructions from our lifeguards or volunteer lifesavers.

BeachAvailable sand (m²) in patrolled areaMax. people at mid-tide
Stanwell Park7,2001,800
Coalcliff1,428350
Scarborough3,573850
Coledale3,582850
Austinmer6,3011,550
Thirroul6,9791,700
Sandon Point3,514850
Bulli4,1471,000
Woonona6,0311,500
Bellambi3,940950
Corrimal6,6131,650
Towradgi6,6301,650
Fairy Meadow2,000500
North Wollongong7,6711,900
City Beach8,8202,200
Port Kembla7,0011,750
Windang4,0211,000

Avoid the crowds and stay COVID-safe

We recommend you search for a beach on Google Maps before you visit to see information about popular times and how busy that location is in real time. Please note however that crowd data may not be shown at all times or for all locations.

Use the Google Maps links in the 'Beach locations and patrol hours' section above to check popular times for a beach.

As well as the rules below, all beach visitors must follow NSW Public Health Orders for social distancing.


There are rules that apply at all of our beaches. Fines of more than $100 can be issued to people who do not follow these rules:

  • No surfboards between the red and yellow flags (body boards are allowed)
  • No littering
  • No horses
  • No vehicles
  • No alcohol
  • No dogs except in approved dog areas
  • No fires.

no surfboards between the flags

no fires

Beachwatch regularly monitors water quality at local beaches and updates pollution forecasts daily.

Check the forecast for your favourite beach on the Beachwatch website.

Our Beach and Foreshore Access Strategy PDF, 13501.62 KB explains what Council does to support people of all abilities using our coastal areas.

We have beach-friendly wheelchairs available at Stanwell Park, Thirroul and Port Kembla beaches. These wheelchairs can be used during patrol hours.

People using beach wheelchairs must be accompanied by a carer.

To book our beach wheelchairs please call (02) 4227 7268.

We've also rolled out beach matting at Thirroul and Austinmer beaches to help people with disability, limited mobility or prams enjoy the beach.

Austinmer Beach Access Ramp

We're inviting community feedback on plans to install a new access ramp at Austinmer Beach.

To find out more and join the conversation, visit the Our Wollongong website until 14 December 2020.

Camping is not allowed in most of our parks, gardens, and foreshore areas.

Check for signs which will explain any activities that are not permitted. Council Rangers patrol these areas, and can issue fines to people who camp illegally in public spaces.