Beach & Water Safety

If you love the beach and the water, you’ll be in heaven on the beautiful Coffs Coast. We’re lucky to have a great selection of seasonally patrolled beaches, with Park Beach in Coffs Harbour patrolled 365 days a year by Council Lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers.

To ensure you enjoy your visit to the beach and stay safe, swim between the red and yellow flags. Then you know the lifeguards will be watching out for you. If you’re not sure about the beach conditions check with a lifeguard – they will point you to a safe swimming spot.

Many of the Coffs Coast creeks and estuaries are tidal, so be careful when swimming in any of our waterways, particularly when there is an outgoing tide. Most importantly, have fun and never swim alone.

Patrolled Beaches Guide

Year-Round Patrol
Park Beach

Seasonal Patrol Only
Jetty Beach (Wheelchair accessible)
Sawtell Beach
Woolgoolga Beach
Diggers Beach
Emerald Beach
Darlington (Lorikeet Holiday Parks)
Red Rock


1. Always swim between the red and yellow flags
2. Read the safety signs
3. Ask a Lifeguard for safety advice
4. Swim with a friend
5. Avoid swimming at the mouth of estuaries especially on an outgoing tide
6. If you need help float, stay calm and raise one arm to attract attention


To book a beach wheelchair at Park Beach or find more info about the accessible beach mat at Jetty Beach, click here.

Visit the Coffs Harbour Lifeguard Team’s Facebook page for the latest updates on beach conditions and tips for keeping safe around the water.