This northern beach is popular with surfers and swimmers alike. In the early part of the 20th century, a Hawaiian world champion surfer brought his board to this beach and started teaching Australians to surf for the first time. Waves here have been recorded as high as 1.6 meters.
Lodged between two headlands, parts of the water are particularly sheltered, while others provide good waves. There is a rock pool to the north side of the beach. Freshwater beach is patrolled some days, and while the beach itself is only 350 meters long, it can at times dangerous for swimmers, so be sure to swim between the flags. There is also an eight lane 50 meter pool nearby which is popular with lap swimmers.
A popular spot for families, you will often spot children riding their first waves on bodyboards or adults having surfing lessons. Freshwater beach is easily accessed by car as there is parking available. The beach adjoins Freshwater Reserve which has picnic and BBQ facilities. Address: Freshwater Reserve, Freshwater, NSW, 2096.