A Local's Guide to Australia's Best Secret Beaches
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AUSTRALIA: As summer approaches, beaches right across Australia are becoming absolutely packed. You’ll be lucky enough to get 1 square metre of sand to place your beach towel. We object and think that’s the worst way to celebrate the beautiful weather. Don’t worry, we’re here to help with a list of the best secret beaches across Australia, meaning you can skip the crowds and enjoy them all to yourself.
Chinamans Beach, New South Wales
Right around the corner from busy Balmoral Beach in Sydney’s Lower North Shore, Chinamans Beach boasts beautiful calm waters and a luscious park to enjoy a picnic. Take a seat on the soft yellow sand and watch as the sail boats and windsurfers drift past.
Top Tip: Park on Hopetoun Avenue and follow the path down to the beach to avoid paying for parking.
Kitty Miller Bay, Victoria
A 90-minute drive south of Melbourne, Kitty Miller Bay is a secluded cove that has great surf. But with the great surf comes the odd shark sighting and strong rips, so surfers are urged to stay cautious. At low tide you might spot shipwreck remains of the SS Speke.
Tallebudgera Creek Park, Queensland
Located just south of Burleigh Head National Park, this beach is the ideal place to take little kids. Tallebudgera Creek Park boasts calm waters and bounds of sand perfect for building sand castles. With BBQs and a playground on site, your kids are bound to have the time of their lives.
Bennion Beach, Western Australia
A short 30-minute drive from Perth’s CBD, Bennion Beach is sheltered beach that not many people know about (and we’d like to keep it that way so shhh). And the best part? You can watch the sunset over the ocean. Visitors from the eastern states will get a kick out of that.
Wagait Beach, Northern Territory
Located across the harbour from Darwin, visitors just need to jump on the Mandorah ferry at Cullen Bay Marina to get to this secluded beach. You’ll enjoy beachcombing for shells, fishing off the jetty and relaxing in the shade of a Casuarina tree. Visit Wagait Beach to live your best life.
Hallett Cove, South Australia
Located a short 30-minute drive from Adelaide’s CBD, Hallett Cove might be a beach that you would drive past and not give a second look. Once you stop your car and get out, you’ll find a magical spot that’s perfect for crabbing and whale-watching. Take a picnic spread with you as there’s a big grassy area and a playground for the kids.
Friendly Beaches, Tasmania
Located on the east coast of Tasmania, just north of Freycinet National Park, Friendly Beach is an 11km stretch of beautiful sandy beaches. Enjoy a beautiful hike up the coast or camp on the beach. There are many ways to appreciate this natural beauty.