What we might not be so aware of, however, are our country’s lesser-known stretches of sand. You could be forgiven for forgetting that Australia has 25,760km of coastline – especially when the same beaches (as beautiful as they are) are continually touted as ‘must-see’ destinations (yes, Bondi, we’re talking about you).
You’ve told us that your favourite destination in Australia is the coast, and that you want to relax, recharge and escape while staying physically active on a holiday. So, steering clear of the more obvious options, we’ve selected our top choice for a coastal getaway for each state. These places should inspire you to discover more of our country’s stunning landscapes and to stray a bit farther off the well-trodden track.
Alexandria Bay, Qld
If you want to get your kit off, this is the beach for you. Even if you’re not the au naturel bathing type, Alexandria Bay in the Noosa National Park is still not to be missed. Known for its pristine sand and as the area’s unofficial nudist spot, you’ll feel as if you’re miles away from civilisation when you plonk your towel down. It’s a 20-minute walk through the National Park and through some spectacular scenery to Alexandria Bay.
Insider tip: Rent an Airbnb in Sunshine Beach if you want to avoid the masses in Noosa.
Almonta Beach, SA
Almonta Beach is in the Coffin Bay National Park on the Eyre Peninsula – read: it’s very remote. This is the destination for you if you really want to leave the crowds behind. The National Park is also home to a plethora of native wildlife and a great spot for bird watching. The local seafood, particularly Coffin Bay oysters, is unbeatable – buy it fresh, direct from the producers and you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven.
Insider tip: Book a cabin at the Coffin Bay Caravan Park.
Binalong Bay, Tas
Located at the southern end of the Bay of Fires, Binalong Bay is a village with a strong community feel. The crystal-clear sea mightn’t be as warm as our northern waters, but once you see the area’s jaw-dropping beauty, you won’t think twice about the sea temperature. Surrounded by giant orange-hued boulders, Binalong Bay and the surrounding beaches are truly unique.
Insider tip: Camp at the Bay of Fires Conservation Area.
Greens Pool, WA
It’s no coincidence that most of our picks are beaches located within national parks, which means that they’re less spoiled and less developed. Greens Pool is situated in William Bay National Park, on the south coast of Western Australia in between Walpole and Denmark. The beach is essentially a giant rock pool with huge boulders acting as breakwaters to the Great Southern Ocean. Swim, snorkel or just splash about in the turquoise sea at Greens Pool – you’ll never want to leave.
Insider tip: Book a self-contained cottage at William Bay Country Cottages.
Seal Rocks, NSW
A popular choice for those fond of surfing, Seal Rocks is a fishing village with no shortage of idyllic beaches to laze upon or stroll along. There are plenty of other opportunities for walking in the area, too, including Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, which dates back to 1875, and the Treachery Headland walking track located not far from the town. Seal Rocks ticks all the boxes for a beach getaway, with its stunning coast, fascinating history and relaxed vibe.
Insider tip: Splurge and stay at one of the three original Lighthouse Cottages.
Wilsons Promontory, Vic
While not as far from the hordes as we’d like, for a good time by the sea, you can’t go past ‘The Prom’, as Victorians affectionately know it. Wilsons Promontory National Park is the largest coastal wilderness area in Victoria, which means there’s no shortage of places to explore, tracks to wander and bliss to be had. Squeaky Beach is a must-see – you’ll soon discover the reason for its name when you take your first steps on the sand – as are the lesser known and more secluded Darby Beach and Whisky Bay. Make sure you plan ahead, so you don’t miss out on nabbing a place to stay within the park – sites are limited!
Insider tip: Reserve a safari-style Wilderness Retreat tent at Tidal River.