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Front Beach

Arakoon National Park

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Front Beach.

Getting there and parking

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    Front Beach is in the Trial Bay Gaol precinct of Arakoon National Park.

    From South West Rocks:

    • Follow Phillip Drive
    • Turn left onto Cardwell Street

    After turning left onto Cardwell Street, you can continue along Trial Bay Gaol Access Road until you reach Trial Bay Gaol.

    Or you can:

    • Turn left at the beach access road, and then drive past the NPWS depot and Arakoon Nursery
    • Continue until you reach the gravel beach carpark
    • From here, there's a short walk up a sand track to the beach

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather


    Parking is available near the beach in a bitumen carpark at the Main Camp kitchen facility at Trial Bay Gaol. 

    There's also parking in an asphalt carpark at Trial Bay Gaol kiosk, including 4 accessible parking spots. The walk to the beach from this carpark is around 100m and includes around 20 steps.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Arakoon National Park. Here are some of the highlights.


    The wildflowers will be out so it’s a great time to hike the park’s walking tracks. Keep an eye out for the glossy black cockatoos that feed on the seeds of ripe she-oak fruit during spring.


    School's out and it's a great time for a family camping holiday – spend your days swimming, snorkelling, fishing and exploring the park's attractions.


    Catch the whales on their journey north along the coast.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    20°C and 26°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    12°C and 20°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month


    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



    This is a popular spot, so it's a good idea to bring your own gas barbecue.


    There are accessible toilets in the Bayview area of Trial Bay Gaol campground, at the northern end of Front Beach.

    • Flush toilets

    Picnic tables

    There are picnic tables and barbecue shelters at the northern end of Front Beach, just south of Trial Bay Gaol campground.

    Barbecue facilities

    1 electric barbecue

    • Gas/electric barbecues (free)


    Step-free access

    Front Beach is flat and step-free, but there are no pathways. You'll need to cross over the asphalt access road, flat grass and soft sand to reach the facilities and the beach.

    There's a concrete ramp to access the beach at the southern end of Trial Bay Gaol campground (at the northern end of Front Beach) however the ramp is quite steep.

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    Safety messages

    Beach safety

    Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

    Fishing safety

    Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    Paddling safety

    To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.


    Disability access level - medium

    Front Beach is flat and step-free, but there are no pathways. You'll need to cross over the asphalt access road, flat grass and soft sand to reach the facilities and the beach.

    • There are 4 accessible parking spots at the Trial Bay Gaol kiosk carpark around 100m from the beach, but the walk to the beach from there has roughly 20 steps.
    • There are accessible flush toilets at the northern end of Front Beach in Trial Bay Gaol campground.



    A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.



    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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