Seeing Kangaroos on the beach in NSW is one of the most unique Australian experiences but you’ll either have to be incredibly lucky or know where to look! Luckily, Emerald Beach in Coffs Harbour is one of those magical places that always seems to have kangaroos around. Pack the car and head out for an epic adventure to the stunning headland where you’ll come across plenty of kangaroos.
Where to find Kangaroos on the beach in NSW
One of the most well-known beaches along the northern coast of NSW to have Kangaroos is Emerald Beach. Emerald Beach is located in Coffs Harbour and is roughly a 5 hour drive from Sydney. Coffs Harbour and Emerald Beach is also the perfect stopover if you plan on doing a road trip to Byron Bay. The Coffs Coast is home to some stunning beaches with plenty of options for both surfers and swimmers.
Best time to find the Kangaroos on Emerald Beach
The best time to see the Kangaroos on the Beach is either at sunrise or sunset. This is when not many people are about and when you’re most likely to see kangaroos . We recommend going at sunrise as that’s when we visited. We managed to see a whole bunch of kangaroos on the beach and headland at Emerald Beach. Plus, there’s nothing quite like starting your morning watching a spectacular sunrise over the ocean.
The kangaroos can sometimes be seen roaming the beach, but most the time you’ll have better luck seeing them on the headland at Emerald Beach. From the beach carpark, you can follow the Dammerel Headland Track which will only take you 5 minutes. The other option is to walk along the beach and up the stairs that leads to the headland.
What to Expect at Emerald Beach
Emerald Beach is a stunning spot along the Coffs Coast that has a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. There’s also a small town where you’ll find cafes behind the beach, making it the perfect place to grab some food or coffee as you enjoy the coastal views. The beach itself is safe for swimming and there’s plenty of room along the sand to enjoy the place to yourself.
After you’re done enjoying the ocean, be sure to check out the headland. It’s a great place to try your luck at whale watching during the winter months or meeting the friendly local kangaroos that are popular in the area.
Where to stay
Sensom Luxury Bed and Breakfast – Luxury: Sensom offers guests the ultimate luxury experience with a large saltwater pools and free breakfast. The property is only a 3 minute drive from Sapphire Beach and 10 minutes from the centre of Coffs Harbour. You’ll also find plenty of cafes, stunning beaches, and National Parks all close by. The rooms are comfortable and modern. They’re also all air-conditioned, have private entrances and decks with table and chairs.
Royal Palms Motor Inn – Midrange: Royal Palms Inn is a great midrange hotel option for your stay in Coffs Harbour. The staff are super friendly and the property is also kept very clean. The location is also in perfect walking distance to the beach and nearby shopping centre.
ibis Budget Coffs Harbour – Budget: Ibis Budget is located in the centre of Coffs Harbour where there are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes all in walking distance. The property features an outdoor swimming pool, free car parking and continental breakfast for only $9 per person. All rooms come with basic facilities and are clean.
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