6.1 out of 10

Sandy Beach

Ranked 15th best suburb in Mid-North Coast
-30.1580955736839 153.196551287039
Great for
  • Parking
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Internet Access
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Medical Facilities
  • Shopping Options
  • Eating Out
  • Public Transport
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A lovely, family friendly beachside suburb great for young families."

It is usually a quiet village style suburb with a mixture of young and maturing families along with a dose of retirees. Excellent area for raising up to primary aged children, however not enough variety for teenagers who are not into the beach lifestyle, however its only a short drive to sporting facilities in Woolgoolga (5 mins) and Coffs Harbour (20 mins). Fast and reliable internet access and its possible to run home businesses requiring technology from here. The local primary school has a great reputation and there are several very good child-care centres. The beach is one of the safest around as long as you are careful - this is the Pacific Ocean we're talking about after all. Fishing and surfing is also good. There is only one corner store but it does cover essentials, nice take-away food and great coffee. A decent shopping centre is within a 15 to 20 min drive from here and smaller independent ones are in Woolgoolga.
The main street down the middle sometimes has problems with bored teens on weekends, limited to mailbox damage from what I understand and beach parties can be noisy at times, no worse than most other beachside suburbs though. Public transport is limited, but there is good coverage to get kids to the local schools.
Housing is probably among the cheapest you'll find within walking distance to beaches on the east coast even though it has been climbing slowly over the last few years. $300K or less will get you in a comfortable three bedder as at mid 2011.
Overall, a nice place to live.
Pros
  • great for primary age children
  • excellent beach lifestyle
  • Good entry level housing
  • Close to Shopping Centre
  • good beach
Cons
  • Need to drive to most facilities
  • not much nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"boring town -watch out for louts at night"

It is located close to Coffs harbour and has a nice beach,but there is nothing to do and therefor does have a lout problem.There are no gutters on dangerous and busy roads.
Pros
  • good beach
  • close to towns
  • cheap to buy in
Cons
  • louts and trouble
  • poor resale value on homes
  • messy uncared for suburb
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Beach Lovers
mrmagoo
mrmagoo There's no pleasing some people!
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Beachy holiday feel"

Fantastic place to live. Best northern beaches suburb - has a laid back beach community and village. Something for everyone surfing, swimming, great walks and little kiddies park on the beachfront. Properties range from million dollar mansions to beach cottages. Great new woodfire pizza pasta restaurant!
Pros
  • Beaches
  • Close to Shopping Centre
  • Friendly village atmosphere
Cons
  • Not much nightlife other than restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
mrmagoo
mrmagoo I've visited Sandy Beach many times - I can only agree!
2yrs+
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