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The Thirroul Beach Guide – Sun, Surf, Shops…and lots more

Thirroul Beach sits within a pleasure playground for young and old.  With shops, cafes, boutiques on one side, a kids playground and Art Deco Ocean pool in the middle the long expanse of beach tops of what is a heavenly holiday spot.

I have collected my most frequently asked questions about Thirroul Beach and answered them below;

Thirroul Beach Path

1. How do I get to Thirroul Beach?

Best to take the M1 and then turn off at Bulli Pass, after it winds down just turn left and head into Thirroul on Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Turn right onto the McCauley Street and then left into Bath Street. Follow this all the way down and you will see the kids park – the beach is just behind it.

By Car to Thirroul Beach
Sydney to Thirroul is 1 hour and 43 minutes
Parramatta to Thirroul is 1 hour and 21 minutes
Campbelltown to Thirroul is 39 minutes
North Sydney to Thirroul is 1 hours and 49 minutes

2. Is there parking and how much does it cost?

There is a small car park behind the kids playground, otherwise the parking is entirely street parking which is un-timed. There is also a larger car park to the right hand side of the playground.  It can get very busy on the weekends so be patient. None of the car parks have fees.

3. Is Thirroul Beach patrolled?

Thirroul beach is patrolled daily from 9am – 6pm during the peak times (November-March). In the shoulder periods (late September-November & March-late April) the beach is patrolled from 9am-5pm. There are no life guards from late April through the winter to late September.

4. Are there public toilets, showers and a bubbler at Thirroul Beach?

The original pool Art Deco bathrooms and showers have been restored and offer toilets, showers and a change room. There is a bubbler in the kids playground.

5. Is there shade or under cover picnic tables at Thirroul Beach?

The park is surround by beautiful Norfolk pine trees and offers lots of grass and some shaded tables in front of the pool. But your best bet is to bring a picnic blanket and take advantage of the park and spots under the trees.

Thirroul Beach

6. Is Thirroul Beach good for surfing?

Thirroul is a popular surfers beach – best to check out Surf-forcast.com for accurate and up to date information.

7. Is there an ocean pool at Thirroul Beach?

There is an ocean fed pool at Thirroul that is free and open to the public. It has marked lanes, life guards, showers and change rooms. The pool gets cleaned very regularly but be warned the water can a bit nippy as a result.  There is also an undercover toddler pool.

Thirroul Beach

8. Is Thirroul Beach a good place for kids?

Thirroul Beach offers a safe and undercover toddlers pool, a fantastic playground, showers, change rooms, bubblers and lots of shade and space to play in the park and a expanse of beach to build sand castles and dip their toes in the waves. It is a fantastic beach for kids that also caters well for their parents with shops, coffee and great food nearby.

9. Is there good coffee nearby?

You can grab a coffee without having to get into the car at the Thirroul Beach Pavilion which is off the beach.  If you feel like wandering a bit further then Finbox, Honest Dons and Buck Hamlin offer great coffee.

10. Is Thirroul Beach dog friendly?

Thirroul Beach has timed access Via Jones St, Henley Road , Mary Street and Cliff Parade. However further south McCauley’s Beach offers Off-leash access via Corbett Avenue.

 

11. Are there public BBQ’s at Thirroul Beach?

There are public BBQ’s in the park off Thirroul Beach. These can get very busy in Summertime but are generally clean and in good working order.

12. Can you recommend a place for lunch nearby?

You can’t beat the Thirroul Beach Pavilion for convenience and the fish and chips are fantastic.  Or Bergies Fish Shop is a few minutes away and boasts having the best fish and chips in town.  Walk down Bath Street and you will see Honest Don’s if you are after something a little less deep fried or go to Saffron’s Milk Bar for a decently priced sandwich and a milkshake.

13. Does Thirroul host any events?

Thirroul’s main streets, beach and parks host the annual Thirroul Seaside Arts Festival every year in March or April. It is a community event that is run by the Lions Club and features art, music, market stalls and lots of food.

Thirroul beach and village are one of the most vibrant on the South Coast and offer so much more than just sand and surf so be sure to pack a picnic, bring some ball games, have an appetite and be prepared for a whole day or weekends worth of fun.

Austinmer Pool Rock Pool
Austinmer Kids Play

The Austinmer Beach Guide – Everything you need to know to have a perfect beach day

Austinmer Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the coast attracting locals and many Sydney-siders. However, this small piece of paradise can be very busy so planning head, knowing where everything is, what to bring and do when you get there is essential to a blissful beach day.

I have collected my most frequently asked questions about Austinmer Beach and answered them below;

Austinmer Beach Rock Pool

1. How do I get to Austinmer Beach?

If you are coming directly from Sydney the best way to get to the beach is via the coast road.  Turn off into the Royal National Park and take a scenic drive through the park until you cross Otford and get onto Lawrence Hargrave Drive this will take you on the breathtaking coast road and over the Sea Cliff Bridge. If you are coming from the South you will access Austinmer Beach from Lawrence Hargrave Drive either off Bulli Pass or accessed from the Princes Highway or Memorial Drive. If you are catching a train just walk down Moore Street cross over Lawrence Hargrave Drive and you will see the beach.

By Car to Austinmer Beach
Sydney to Austinmer is 1 hour and 20 minutes
Parramatta to Austinmer is 1 hour and 22 minutes
Campbelltown to Austinmer is 40 minutes
North Sydney to Austinmer is 1 hours and 30 minutes

2. Is there parking and how much does it cost?

The large car park at the beach can cater to crowds but get in early to ensure you get a spot.  The car park offers free and un-timed parking. If you are there on a particularly busy day then try Moore Street for parking but be aware that some spots on Moore Street have a time restrictions.

3. Is Austinmer Beach patrolled?

Austinmer beach is patrolled daily from 9am – 6pm during the peak times (November-March). In the shoulder periods (Late September-November & March-Late April) the beach is patrolled from 9am-5pm. There are no life guards from late April through the winter to late September.

4. Are there public toilets, showers and a bubbler at Austinmer Beach?

Public toilets are at the southern end of the beach. There are fresh water showers outside the surf club. There is a blubber also on the southern end.

5. Is there shade or under cover picnic tables at Austinmer Beach?

The beach is surrounded by majestic Norfolk Pines which makes it not only stunning but provides shade over patches of grass and over a few picnic tables.

Austinmer Beach

6. Is Austinmer Beach good for surfing?

Austinmer is a reasonable surfers beach – best to check out Surf-forcast.com for accurate and up to date information.

7. Is there an ocean pool at Austinmer Beach?

If you are nervous about rips or have little ones, the ocean pool is a great place to have a splash and a cool down. Austinmer Beach has two ocean pools which are fed by the waves that crash over them although they are also regularly cleaned and refilled.  The pool on the left is more shallow and suitable for kids but please note life guards do not patrol the pool. So if you want to be safe while swimming stay between the flags in the ocean.

8. Is Austinmer Beach a good place for kids?

Austinmer Beach would have to be one of the best beaches on the coast for kids. It offers a fenced off playground which was newly installed in 2016, the beach is only a few steps away so sand castles and swings can be combined. There is a shallow ocean pool for splashing and cooling off. There are easily accessible toilets and showers.  It has plenty of shade so you can keep little ones from burning. There is a choice of Gelato or Streets ice cream at either the cafe or the corner shop across the road.  What more could a kid need?

‘Little Austi’ the next beach further north is where the locals head. The beach is quiet and a little more protected which is perfect for babies and toddlers.  You can access it from Yuruga Street, Austinmer. Be aware that this is a dog friendly beach which offers off-leash use at any time.

9. Is there good coffee nearby?

If you need an immediate coffee hit then you can simply cross the road to the Austi Beach Cafe however if you are prepared to wander a little further and explore – walk down Moore Street to Fireworks which also offers excellent coffee.

10. Is Austinmer Beach dog friendly?

Austinmer Beach does not allow pets at any time.  ‘Little Austi’ the beach further north allows dogs off-leash at any time.

Austinmer Beach

11. Are there public BBQ’s at Austinmer Beach?

There are no public BBQ’s at the beach. The closest public BBQ is at Thirroul Beach Reserve. So you could spend the morning at Austinmer and then move to Thirroul Beach, however be aware parking at Thirroul can be problematic as it gets very busy.

12. Can you recommend a place for lunch nearby?

You can cross the road and eat at Shell’s Diner which offers fish and chips, hamburgers as well as salads and sandwiches.  If you are looking for something more fancy then the Austi Beach Cafe does both dine in and take-away meals and snacks.  If you would like a glass of wine and to get off the sand for a bit The Headlands Hotel  has a dining area and bar however prices can be considerably more than on the beach.

13. How much would a house cost around here?

Funnily enough I get this one all the time!  Austinmer is a hotly sought after suburb and thus not the place to pickup a bargain. A property with ocean views will set you back anything from 1.5 million to 2 million. Further back off Austinmer Beach towards the escarpment will still set you back well over a million dollars. So save yourself the stress and book a Austinmer holiday home instead.

14. Are there any events held at Austinmer Beach?

Nippers are held every second Sunday on the beach from 9am so be prepared for hoards of cars, parents and kids running around.