Off the NSW north coast and down a dirt road that winds past the craggy shoreline is the sleepy town of Seal Rocks. Its dramatic scenery, together with its isolation, make it perfect for our Top 100, as well as one of NSW’s best-kept secrets. So named for the grey rocks sticking out of the ocean that are home to sunbathing fur seals in summer, Seal Rocks has unspoiled, private beaches and a well-known lighthouse.

Officially known as the Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, it was built in 1875 and stands over tall, rough cliffs, protecting passing ships from the dangerous rocks that jut out from the water. However, about 20 wrecks have occurred since the lighthouse was established, the last one in 1985.

These wrecks can be seen from the cliffs and beaches and some are popular diving spots. Near the lighthouse is a spectacular natural tunnel that was created by the surging ocean forcing its way into the rock wall. Below the lighthouse are some of the huge grey rocks where a few seals are known to bask. Seals aren’t the only sea life at Seal Rock; the area is famous for shark diving and grey nurse sharks can be seen year round.

Where? // 310km (3hrs) north of Sydney.

Did you know? // The cliffs here are full of submerged caves where marine life congregates, including sharks and giant lobsters. One spot, Jimmy’s Cave, houses one of the most spectacular Black Coral trees in Australia.


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