Whether you’re on the hunt for some epic swell or a place to paddle with the kids, there’s a beach for everyone in our own backyard. Australia is home to more than 10,000 beaches, each with its own unique features that are bound to please anyone with an appreciation for the ocean.
Gordons Bay, New South Wales
You’d be forgiven for overlooking Gordons Bay, which sits between two of Sydney’s favourite eastern beaches, Clovelly and Coogee. Sheltered by rocks and only accessible by a small staircase off the famous Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spot is one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets. Perfect for those who aren’t fans of sand between their toes, Gordons Bay’s rocky surrounds offer a sand-free perch to bask in the sun and enjoy the stunning views. Although unpatrolled, Gordons Bay enjoys relatively calm conditions.
Chain of Lagoons, Tasmania
For something off the beaten track, look no further than Tasmania’s Chain of Lagoons. Located in the picturesque Break O’Day region, about 140 kilometres south-east of Launceston, this secluded spot feels like your own private piece of paradise. Although Chain of Lagoons is technically an area rather than a singular beach, there are many popular swimming spots to choose from. The beach is unpatrolled; however, along the way there are plenty of creeks and waterholes to cool off in.
Coolum Beach, Queensland
It’s hard to pick a favourite in the Sunshine State, which is home to over 1000 beautiful beaches, but if you’re wanting a Sunshine Coast holiday without the crowds, head to Coolum Beach. Coolum Beach is quintessential Queensland, with stunning turquoise waters and white sand. Renowned for having some of the best surf conditions on the Sunshine Coast, Coolum won’t disappoint, whether you’re a grom or a pro. The beach is well patrolled, making it popular among swimmers and little ones, and its rock pools are perfect for splashing about in.
Gnarabup Beach, Western Australia
Not to be forgotten, Australia’s striking west coast is home to some of the country’s most magnificent beaches. Three hours south of Perth – the world’s most isolated capital city – lies Western Australia’s Margaret River Region, which is famous for its prestigious wineries and rugged coastline. It is here that you’ll find Gnarabup Beach. Just a 10-minute drive from the Margaret River township, this Indian Ocean beauty will take your breath away. Protected by an offshore reef, Gnarabup is swimmer-friendly; however, surfers can also take advantage of large waves off the breaks at both the north and south ends of the beach. During summer, a pontoon bobs in the gentle breeze about 40 metres from shore, and is lots of fun to jump off! The beach also has a small boat ramp perfect for launching smaller fishing boats.
To read more about Australia’s best beaches, read the Summer 2021–2022 edition of Caravanning Australia!