Australia is lucky enough to be blessed with some of the most magnificent beaches in the world. And what better way to experience the natural beauty of our coastlines than by planning a beach getaway to some of our most famous, iconic and spectacular beaches?
We've rounded up our top 15 beach destinations from right across Australia, making sure to include beaches that cater for those that enjoy lying by the water all day relaxing, to those that enjoy getting out into the surf, to those that want calm conditions the whole family can enjoy. We've even included our top nearby holiday parks, so that you can plan your beach adventure accordingly. So what are you waiting for? The waves are calling!
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The east coast of Australia is home to some pristine sections of coastline and New South Wales beaches in particular pay homage to this. There are many top beaches in NSW which have camping grounds nearby however the following get our nod of approval. Read on to discover more about the beaches. Then, find nearby holiday parks with camping grounds.
Byron Bay is the total beach package, where visitors can enjoy any holiday activity they want, be it beach fishing, surfing, horse riding, bike riding or a simple dip in the sea.
The Pass is the most popular surf break on the north coast of NSW, while Wategos Beach provides barbecue facilities making it a popular beach spot for families and groups. Belongil Beach is where to head if you are planning to take your dog with you, and Main Beach is the perfect place to grab some fish and chips and enjoy the ocean views.
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For the whitest sand in NSW, head to Jervis Bay. This section of coastline on the south coast of NSW is also amongst the safest waters in the world. Visit between June and November to have the chance to witness southern right whales and humpback whales on their annual migration.
Otherwise simply enjoy the many beaches and lagoons that are perfect for a long sunny day of swimming, surfing and boating. Nearby Booderee National Park offers camping at three locations: Green Patch, Bristol Point and Cave Beach, if you need a break from the sun, surf and sea.
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Kiama is located just 120kms from Sydney, making it perfect for a weekend beach getaway. Kiama’s main attraction is the Kiama Blowhole which can spray water up to 25 metres in the air in the right conditions - and is a definite crowd-pleaser among the kiddies. The town has another blowhole called Little Blowhole which provides equally remarkable sprayings.
Bombo Beach in Northern Kiama is known for its strong currents so it is advised that only proficient surfers and swimmers enter the water. Kiama Surf Beach provides safer surfing conditions and Easts Beach is almost completely protected from head winds and suitable for children to swim. Also popular with families is Kendalls Beach, located south of Kiama.
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- If you are looking for cabin accommodation, try: Kiama Harbour Cabins
Think of beaches in Australia, and the first image conjured up for many is the sparkling beaches of sunny Queensland. The beaches in Queensland are nothing short of world-class, making it a popular destination for holidayers from both Australia and abroad.
Everything about Queensland screams relaxation, with the state moving at a different pace that allows visitors to take their time and soak up every beautiful wonder. And with the world famous Great Barrier Reef, the golden Sunshine Coast, and the lively beachside cities of Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and Cairns at the fingertips of visitors to Queensland, why would anyone want to rush this idyllic experience?
Many visitors make the trip to Hervey Bay in winter to witness the magnificent humpback whales migration from Antarctic to warmer waters for calving, but it's also popular with beach fisherman and those who prefer to cast a line further offshore.
Hervey Bay is known as the gateway to the beautiful Fraser Island, however the Bay itself home to beautifully kept stretches of sand and calm waters, making it perfect for children and those seeking a relaxing beach camping adventure.
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Rainbow Beach is a town located in the Cooloola region of Queensland between Noosa and Fraser Island. The pictureque seaside village is popular with those after a beach camping experience due to the perpetual sunny days and calm clear waters.
The area is one of immense natural beauty; erosion has exposed up to 72 different coloured sands across the sandy cliffs which run alongside the coastline. Rainbow Beach is also perfect for many sea activities including boating, fishing and surfing, so there is sure to be something to suit the beach requirements of the whole family.
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Those seeking that iconic Queensland beach holiday experience can't go passed The Whitsundays. Airlie Beach is the mainland hub to the Whitsundays Islands, and makes a great place to base yourself to explore the region.
The town is home to two beautiful beaches: Airlie Beach and the man-made Boathaven Beach, which has been engineered to be all-tidal meaning there is always a sandy patch for those who want to lay about. Airlie Beach is the perfect spot for those seeking budget accommodation in the area so why not bring your tent and give camping at Airlie Beach a go?
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Rolling hills, unspoilt coastlines and plenty of laid-back vibes, it's not hard to see why hordes of toursits are flocking to South Australia. South Australia moves at a different pace to the east coast, so take your time, soak it up, and be prepared to experience something incredible.
There may be plenty of beaches in SA which have top-notch camping grounds nearby, however the following get our vote. Once you discover more about these beaches you'll be packing your bags and heading to the closest campsite in no time.
Kangaroo Island is located about 112kms south west of Adelaide. The island is one of the biggest in Australia (after Tasmania and Melville Island), and is often noted as an attraction of unparalled natural beauty. The coastlines of Kangaroo Island are diverse, with something to please everyone.
A tour around the coastline will reveal the dramatic contrasts; see ferocious waves crash against the rugged cliffs, or find yourself a calm and secluded cove to take a dip. Vivonne Bay is a popular beach on Kangaroo Island and great for picnics, while Pennington Bay is where to head for the surf. And be sure to check out the playful seals basking on the beach.
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Marion Bay is located on the foot of the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. Visitors head to this neck (or should we say 'foot') of the woods for a selection of beaches perfect for swimming, fishing and surfing. Marion Bay is sheltered from the heavy rainfall often experienced in Adelaide and surrounds, however winters are known to be extremely cold.
This sleepy coastal town is also the gateway to Innes National Park located at the tip of the Yorke Pensinula. Take a walk in the national park to explore the many hectares of coastal vegetation and scrubs, or pack your surfboard and head to the cracking surf breaks.
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Tasmania is often overlooked when it comes to searching for a typical beach holiday destination, with many people not realising Australia's southernmost state is home to sublime, untouched coastlines. While some might be familiar with the stunning Wineglass Bay (which is actually considered one of the top 10 beaches in the world), there's a dazzling array of beaches and accompanying campsites in Tasmania that are just waiting to be discovered.
Located on the east coast of Tasmania is the picture-perfect Coles Bay. It's the place to go for uncrowded beaches, soft yellow sand and clear, still water. From Wineglass Bay and Honeymoon Bay, to Richardsons Beach and the Friendly Beaches area, the Coles Bay region offers a beach to suit any trip.
The calm bay provides great swimming conditions, and it is also a popular area for those wishing to partake in water activities such as snorkelling, kayaking and fishing. Due to the bitterly cold winters Tassie is renowned for, Coles Bay is best visited in summer, especially for those wishing to camp and make the most of the water.
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Binalong Bay is one of Tasmania's best kept secret beaches. The bay, located north of St Helen's, is an endless stretch of white sand dotted with native scrub, while crystal clear water laps at the shore.
Binalong Bay is a popular beach spot with surfers, boaters, fisherman and kite surfers, who make the most of the more-than-ideal conditions. As part of the Bay of Fires coastline the area is attracting more and more visitors - so make sure you check out Binalong Bay before this little coastal hideaway is no longer a secret!
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Victoria offers beach vacationers rugged and unkempt coasts, some of the best surf beaches in the coutntry, and lazy coastal towns that embody the holiday spirit.
While there are many beaches across the state that rate as firm family holiday favourites, the following beaches along the Great Ocean Road are among the best. And what's not to love about checking out some of Victoria's world-class beaches while driving down the Great Ocean Road through some of the state's most diverse and changeable landscapes? The Great Ocean Road ticks all the boxes when it comes to a beach getaway.
Lorne is one of the most popular destinations along the Great Ocean Road and it isn't hard to see why. The beaches at Lorne offer wide sandy stretches for those wanting to lay about, while others will enjoy the chance to surf or even partake in some beach fishing.
The town is extremely popular in the summer months and home to a range of events including Falls Festival, the Mountain to Surf run and the Pier to Pub swim. In the warmer months, Lorne and the surrounding Otways region are also popular beach camping spots.
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About an hour down the road from Lorne is Apollo Bay, home to the iconic Twelve Apostles and an unmissable stop on any Great Ocean Road adventure. From Apollo Bay you can take a drive through the Otways to Australia’s oldest lighthouse, or try spot an elusive platypus at Lake Elizabeth.
There is an assortment of beaches to explore, some often completely deserted while others provide popular surf breaks. With a whole host of outdoor activities, Apollo Bay is perfect for those looking to relax in an oceanside environment.
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Western Australia is home to some of the most pristine and rugged beaches in Australia. The starkness of the white sand against the rich red cliffs makes for spectacular views right across the coastline, and many of WA's beaches are located within national parks, which will ensure the further protection of their natural beauty for years to come. If we had to choose though, these would be our top picks for the best WA beaches.
The Francois Peron National Park is located on the Peron Peninsula, with the closest town being Denham, on the parks southern border. Known for its incomparable beauty, the Peron Peninsula is one those locations guarateed to make your jaw drop with its striking red coastal cliffs contrasting against the bright turquoise waters.
The Peron Peninsula is located in the magnificent Shark Bay Shire where whale shark sightings are common, and the bay also gives visitors the unique chance to interact with dolphins at Monkey Mia. The national park is also popular with 4WDers who love the offroad tracks that zig zag across the peninsula, often leading to remote campsites.
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Yallingup is located in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. The area is renowned for its quality surf breaks, so for those inclined, head to: Smiths, Three Bears, Super Tubes, Injidup and Rabbits beaches.However, if you're in search of calmer waters, Yallingup Beach has a sheltered lagoon that is perfect for a lazy dip in the water.
The area is the gateway to Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, so while you're there be sure to visit the impressive Canal Rocks, which are dramatic rock formations, and the limestone caves. Yallingup is an ocean lover's dream and is our top pick for an unforgettable beach camping adventure.
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Undoubtedly WA's most famous beach, Cable Beach is an iconic location known for its endless stretches of white sand and bright blue waters. The beach stretches for almost 22 kilometres, and when the sun sets over the Indian Ocean it provides a truly spectacular vista of the Broome area.
However be warned, the north end is a popular nudist beach which may not be suitable for children. While WA is brimming with world class beaches, visiting Cable Beach should be on the bucket-list of all sun-worshippers across the country.
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