As the name suggests, Seven Mile Beach is one very long beach – one of the longest beaches on the South Coast of New South Wales. Stretching from Gerroa in the north to Shoalhaven Heads in the south, Seven Mile Beach features a glorious stretch of fine white sand backed by coastal bushland. Seven Mile Beach National Park occupies the central part of the beach and the surrounding natural landscape. This is where you’ll find excellent facilities, including walking and cycling trails as well as picnic areas. On top of that, there are loads of excellent places to stay along the beach, including Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park in Gerroa.
In this article, we’re going to talk about the best things to do during a visit to Seven Mile Beach in Gerroa. We’ll talk about things to do at the beach itself as well as what to do in the Seven Mile Beach National Park area. In addition, we’ll cover all of the practical tips for visiting, looking at how to get there and where to stay. This will include details about Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park as well as other holiday parks and accommodation options in the area.
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Seven Mile Beach, Gerroa: Overview
Seven Mile Beach (7 Mile Beach), in Gerroa, is one of the most spectacular beaches in New South Wales. As you may have guessed, the beach is around seven miles (12km) long, spanning a healthy chunk of the South Coast between Kiama and Jervis Bay. Given its length, the beach has an endearing endless feel to it, with so much stunning coastal landscape to see and explore on the one stretch of sand.
Seven Mile Beach, in Gerroa, is also the northernmost beach of the Shoalhaven 100 Beach Challenge. The challenge involves visiting all of the breathtaking beaches from Seven Mile Beach in the north to Depot Beach in the Murramurrang National Park in the south.
For sure, Seven Mile Beach is one of the best beaches in the Shoalhaven area. So, if you don’t have time to see all 100 beaches, you can feel satisfied knowing that visiting Seven Mile Beach in Gerroa means visiting one of the best beaches listed in the challenge.
FYI – there are many beaches called ‘Seven Mile Beach’ in Australia. Hopefully, you’ve landed on the right page for information about visiting Seven Mile Beach in Gerroa!
Where Is Seven Mile Beach?
Seven Mile Beach is located between Gerroa and Shoalhaven Heads on the South Coast of New South Wales. It’s located south of the well-known Kiama Coast.
The beach occupies most of the coastline surrounding the town of Gerroa. In fact, the northern end of Seven Mile Beach, in Gerroa, is also known as Gerroa Beach.
Best Things to Do at Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach isn’t your average beach. Given its incredible length, the beach occupies a national park and dominates the coastline of two prominent coastal towns. With this in mind, there are plenty of things to do during a visit. Perhaps, there are even more things to do at this beach compared with visiting a run-of-the-mill beach.
Of course, you can’t skip the basics – swimming, surfing and fishing. Indeed, this beach is a great place for all of these typical coastal activities.
1. Activities at Seven Mile Beach
When it comes to swimming at Seven Mile Beach, for most of the year, the beach isn’t patrolled. There tend to be gentler waves at the northern end of the beach at Gerroa compared with Shoalhaven Heads. But, both ends of the beach, and the entire beach for that matter, are exposed to rips and currents. So, if you’re not a strong swimmer, it may be best to stay out of the water. This is especially true for the little ones.
Thankfully, the beach is usually patrolled during the summer holidays. The Shoalhaven Heads Surf Club will patrol the southern end of the beach and the Kiama Municipal Council Lifeguard Service will patrol the northern end of the beach. For more information about patrol dates and times, head to the lifeguard service providers’ official websites.
Surfing is another great thing to do at the beach. If you want to learn how to surf at Seven Mile Beach, you can have lessons with the friendly instructors at the Gerroa Surf School.
Fishing at Seven Mile Beach in Gerroa is also a popular thing to do. Located in Gerroa, near the northern end of Seven Mile Beach, Back Head Reserve is a famed fishing spot. At the other end of the beach, the Shoalhaven River and Shoalhaven Heads Inlet (the mouth of the river) is another well-known fishing area. In addition, the mid-sections of the beach itself provide long deep troughs, which are popular for fishing in summer.
Of course, you don’t need us to tell you what to do at the beach! Beck and I enjoyed unwinding on our towels and splashing along the shore.
2. Explore Seven Mile Beach National Park
As mentioned, Seven Mile Beach National Park occupies the central portion of the beach and its surrounds. By accessing the middle of the beach, via Beach Road, you can access all of the main facilities, amenities and activities in the national park.
3. Walking and Cycling
Other than aimlessly gallivanting on the beach, there are two official tracks that you can explore. These include the Sand Tracks – North and South. Rest assured, these tracks don’t cover the entire length of the beach, but rather small sections of it.
Both tracks involve following a coastal bushland trail before returning via the beach, which creates a loop walk. Admittedly, both walks have similar vibes – one track isn’t really better than the other. These tracks can be walked or cycled. Of course, we figure cycling on the beach is hard yakka. So, in this case, you may just want to do a return cycle along the bush trail.
Below, we’ll cover some more details about these tracks.
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Sand Track Walk (North)
Sand Track Walk (South)
The Sand Track Walk (South) stretches from the Beach Picnic Area in the north to the Sand Track to the south. It’s also another easy walk and a great way to stretch your legs. All in all, the walk is around 3.6km and shouldn’t take much longer than an hour.
For a longer walk, you could combine both the South and North Tracks.
4. Picnic at Seven Mile Beach
After swimming, surfing, fishing, walking or cycling, you’ll probably work up an appetite. So, it’s time for a picnic! Seven Mile Beach National Park has two nice picnic areas – Beach Road Picnic Area and Gerroa Picnic Area.
Beach Road Picnic Area
The Beach Road Picnic Area is a large open and grassy space with sheltered picnic tables and BBQs. There is also a toilet block and a large car park at the site, so it’s a super convenient place to enjoy a picnic. Beck and I really enjoyed having a bite to eat here.
Gerroa Picnic Area
There is another picnic area, located north of the Beach Road Picnic Area, called the Gerroa Picnic Area. The facilities at the Gerroa Picnic Area are more basic with just a few picnic tables in a grassy clearing. Given there are fewer facilities, the Gerroa Picnic Area doesn’t see as many visitors as the Beach Road Picnic Area. But, that means the Georra Picnic Area is usually much quieter.
5. Stay at Seven Mile Beach Gerroa Accommodation
Last but not least, staying at Seven Mile Beach in Gerroa is one of the best ways to enjoy and maximise your time at the beach. When it comes to accommodation in the area, it’s hard to beat the Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park, which is the only beachfront holiday park in Gerroa. Below, we’ll talk about the accommodation options and fun activities on offer at Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park.
But, before we do that, it’s worth mentioning that Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park is a very popular place to stay. Just in case this holiday park is booked out, you may want to consider staying at Discovery Parks – Gerroa. No, it’s not on the beachfront, but it’s still a fantastic holiday park in Gerroa near Seven Mile Beach.
Otherwise, if Gerroa is all booked out, there are plenty of nice places to stay in Shoalhaven Heads, at the southern end of Seven Mile Beach.
Is Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park Booked Out?
Don’t worry, there are plenty of other places to stay nearby in Gerroa and Shoalhaven Heads.
Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park
Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park (AKA Seven Mile Beach Tourist Park) is the standout option for accommodation at Seven Mile Beach. Enjoying a superb location on the beach, the Gerroa-based holiday park offers varied accommodation types ranging from luxury cabins to camping sites to suit all budgets and needs.
Head to Camping for more details about the ensuite, powered and unpowered caravan and camping sites. For now, let’s talk about the dreamy cabins!
Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park offers three main types of cabins – luxury, surf shacks and safari tents. All accommodation types include air conditioning, a TV and tea/coffee-making facilities. Most cabins are family-friendly cabins housing five or six guests, but most of these cabins are still appropriate for couples.
Regardless of whether you’re lodging or camping, you’ll have access to excellent outdoor activities. These include two resort-style swimming pools, BBQs, a camp kitchen as well as peddle kart, surfboard and kayak hire. Indeed, a stay at Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park means being able to explore and enjoy even more of Seven Mile Beach.
If you want to find out more details, read some reviews, look at more photos, or check out availability, head straight to Booking.com.
Address: 200 Crooked River Road, Gerroa, NSW, 2534
Stay at Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park
Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park Camping
When it comes to camping at Seven Mile Beach in Gerroa, your best option is to book a site at Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park. They offer beachside ensuite and powered sites as well as riverside powered and unpowered sites for those with caravans and campers wanting to pitch a tent.
Bear in mind, that you can’t book these sites online. To make a booking, you’ll have to contact the holiday park directly at (02) 02 42341340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nearby Beaches to Visit
There are loads of great beaches along the South Coast of New South Wales. As mentioned, the Shoalhaven 100 Beach Challenge showcases the best beaches south of Seven Mile Beach. But, there are also many excellent beaches north of Seven Mile Beach in Gerringong, Kiama and the Killalea Regional Park. Beck and I visited many of the beaches in these areas and can’t speak highly enough of them.
Below, we’ve listed our favourite beaches north of Seven Mile Beach that we recommend visiting.
- Killalea Beach (AKA The Farm)
- Minnamurra Beach (AKA Mystics)
- Jones Beach
- Bombo Beach
- Kiama Surf Beach
- Kendalls Beach
- Easts Beach
- Werri Beach
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How to Get to Seven Mile Beach in Gerroa
The easiest and quickest way to get to the beach is to drive there. If you don’t have a car, we recommend hiring one for your trip to the South Coast of New South Wales. After all, having a car is much easier if you want to explore each end of the beach and the national park.
It’s possible to use public transport but we don’t recommend it as services are limited, which can make for a slow and tedious journey. And, your ability to explore the beach in its entirety will also be restricted. But, if you have no choice, from Sydney, it’s best to catch a train to Kiama Station or Gerringong Station. From either of those stations, you can catch a bus to Gerroa, where you won’t be too far from the northern end of Seven Mile Beach.
If you don’t have your own car, you should hire one using Discover Cars. Personally, we use Discover Cars and highly recommend them for finding your ideal car hire at an affordable price. Booking online is super easy and the free cancellation policy is great.
Seven Mile Beach Parking
There are three main car parks for accessing the beach.
- Gerroa access: Small parking area off Crooked River Road and Burke Parade.
- Seven Mile Beach National Park access: Beach Road Picnic Area on Beach Road.
- Shoalhaven Heads access: Shoalhaven Heads Surf Life Saving Club Car Park on McIntosh Street.
There are plenty of facilities at Seven Mile Beach, especially in the national park area. At the Beach Road Picnic Area, you’ll find a large car park, accessible toilets as well as sheltered picnic tables and BBQs. At either end of the beach, you’ll also find parking and accessible toilets.
Despite Seven Mile Beach having some remote stretches, both the towns of Gerroa and Shoalhaven Heads are located at either end. Each town has plenty in the way of amenities and shops.
There are wheelchair-accessible toilets at either end of the beach as well as at the Beach Road Picnic Area. At this picnic area, there is also a wheelchair-friendly paved walkway to a lookout overlooking the beach and national park.
Beach wheelchair hire is also possible from the Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park office during summer patrol hours. This is usually between 18 December to 30 January, 10am to 5:30pm.
Seven Mile Beach Gerroa FAQs
Below, you’ll find the most frequently asked questions about the beach.
How Long Is Seven Mile Beach at Gerroa?
Did the name give it away? It’s approx. seven miles, which is 12km.
Are Dogs Allowed on Seven Mile Beach Gerroa?
Dogs aren’t allowed on the beach. But, there is an off-leash area at Black Head Reserve, just north of the beach. Otherwise, Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park has dog-friendly accomodation but only on selected cabins and sites outside of peak season. The park even has a dog wash bay! To book accommodation at the park that’s dog-friendly, you’ll have to call or email them directly.
Can You Drive on Seven Mile Beach Gerroa?
Yes, there is a 4×4 access boat ramp accessible from Burke Parade – 4×4 access is limited to the far northern end of the beach.
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