Number One Beach – Seal Rocks

Number One Beach - Seal Rocks

New South Wales, Mid North Coast

A long time popular spot for weekend escapes, the natural environment in and around Seal Rocks is amazing. The first beach you see as you drive into Seal Rocks is normally the safest for surfing with some fun peaks for beginners. Called Number One Beach, this is a great spot to check during south winds and is a good option to seek some shelter from moderate south swells.

Wave Type
Soft waves often break at the south end of the beach with small waves for kids and beginners in the corner and bigger peaks for turning along the wave face for more experienced surfers towards the middle of the beach and on the reef. The waves can offer lefts and rights, although close outs are common. Morning fun can be had on small north east wind swells in summer before the wind picks up.

The more exposed back beaches to the south of here can be fun for beginners and kids on small north swells and north wind conditions. At other times, these beaches are normally too challenging for all but experienced surfers due to the high wave energy, uneven sandbars and strong rip currents that are present.

Head further up the beach to the north for bigger waves if it is small. If the surf is big here, check out Elizabeth Beach to the north or drive up to Crowdy Head. Between here and Crowdy Head other fun places for beginner and progressing surfers can include the southern end of One Mile Beach (Forster), the southern ends of Black Head and Diamond Beaches and Saltwater Beach (south of Old Bar).
Good Wind Direction
Best on South to West winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Small North East to Moderate East to Big South swells.

- Rocks and Rip Currents
- Marine life

Have fun surfing Seal Rocks by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

The car park is located at the southern end of the beach.

Lifeguard Patrolled
The beaches around Seal Rocks are not patrolled. The closest patrolled beach is Elizabeth Beach to the north that is patrolled on weekends and public holidays from September to April - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

Located behind the car park above the southern corner of the beach.

Closest Shops
There's a general store in Seal Rocks, or head north to Blueys Beach where there is food, coffee, supplies and Boomerang Beach Surf Co.

Photos of Number One Beach

Number One Beach Seal Rocks

Number One Beach Seal Rocks
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Pacific Palms Coastline

The Pacific Palms coastline between Seal Rocks and Forster is blessed with pristine beaches, tranquil lakes and stunning scenery.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Number One Beach puss point

On strong south winds and swells, shelter can be found in the southern corner when the sandbar is attached to the beach.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Up the coast from Seal Rocks is Elizabeth Beach which also offers shelter from south winds and swells. The steeper, dumping waves that break close to shore here will lead to plenty of nosedives for beginners who will have more success at catching green waves here on higher tides.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Elizabeth Beach looking west

Elizabeth Beach
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Pacific Palms Secluded Beach

Yet another pristine beach along this magic coastline.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe