Inside the Cellito Beach: NSW’s stunning new beach, better than Byron

It’s the ultimate bush meets beach hangout, and if you’re one to avoid the crowds (and in a time of Covid chaos, who isn’t) this slice of paradise will tick all the boxes.

Surrounded by national parks and a rainforest boardwalk from the carpark to the coast, this slice of NSW is bursting with stretches of pristine beaches, hidden campsites, and scenic hiking trails.

Cellito Beach in NSW is perfect to avpid the crowds
The crystal clear water is perfect for a dip

But one beach in particular along the Barrington Coast – which is best explored if you have access to a 4WD – has become a clear highlight, given the stretch of white sand, turquoise blue waters and nearby campsites sitting along Smiths Lake.

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Sandbar beaches stretch up towards Cellito.
The region is filled with great offroad trails both on the coast and further inland
If you’ve got a 4WD (like the Ford Ranger which I took for a spin over the festive season) head to the southern end for some beach drives

The breathtaking beach known as Cellito and surrounding coastline has been dubbed ‘paradise on earth’ on social media and sitting just three hours north of Sydney, the region is a little more convenient and untouched than popular rival regions Byron Bay or Jervis Bay.

The road into Cellito is best tackled in a 4WD
The road into Cellito is best tackled in a 4WD
If you've got a 4WD, drive to the southern end for some beach drives
It’s a perfect Aussie road trip

While most access the white sand and turquoise blue water by following the hidden rainforest boardwalk, others jump in their car and hit the dirt road until the southern beach entry point is reached.

Cellito Beach in NSW is perfect to avpid the crowds
Cellito Beach has crystal clear water

4WDs can head onto the sand at the southern end of the beach next to Smiths Lake, which is a perfect spot for fishing or to enjoy some calmer water with the kids.

While the region has long been popular with Sydneysiders keen to catch some waves at Boomerang Beach or take a nude dip at Shellys, the unspoiled environment cuffed by sandy streets and palms as far as the eye can see sets the region up as the perfect holiday locale.

With three national parks in the region – Booti Booti, Wallingat, and Myall Lakes – if the beach isn’t your calling, the hikes will be sure to impress.

Cellito beach is surrounded by bushland
Cellito Beach is surrounded by bushland for those who love to hike

On TripAdvisor, Cellito alone boasts dozens of five-star reviews, with some even describing it as one of the most amazing beaches on Australia’s east coast.

However that crown, according to Instagram still belongs to Bondi Beach.

In a new study released this month, analyzed Instagram hashtag data and the length of the world’s most popular beaches, to find the 10 beaches with the highest ‘posts per meter’.

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Before joining Australia Exploring, I was a writer at Tripadvisor.

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