According to the scientists behind the Coastal Studies Unit at the University of Sydney, who defined a beach as “as a stretch of sand longer than 20 metres”, Australians can be proud of 10,685 beaches. Apart from the popular ones, including Bondi Beach, Noosa Main Beach and 75 Mile Beach, there are secluded and untouched areas, where you can enjoy nature in all its glory.
Lord Howe Island
Nestled between Australia and New Zealand in the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island is a close-kept volcanic remnant. If you would like to try fishing for Australian salmon, head straight to Blinky Beach. Neds Beach is for those who would like to try their luck with hand-fishing. Situated at the crossroads of five currents, this crescent-shaped island offers a unique diving experience due to the one of a kind marine ecosystem found nowhere else in the world and the unique underwater topography. Balls Pyramid, the tallest sea stack on earth is for advanced divers only. This UNESCO World Heritage property is a great destination for watersports, such as sailing, windsurfing and kiteboarding.
Seven Mile Beach
Seven Mile Beach, located in the heart of Seven Mile Beach National Park, is one of the best beaches for surfing in this part of NSW. If you are a beginner, choose wisely the body of a paddle board. “Planning hulls are wide, flat, stable making them perfect for newbies”, say the professionals from Natural Necessity. The beach with sand dunes and the forest in the background offers a breathtaking scenery. There are two picnic areas near the beach – Beach Road and Gerroa, secluded and tranquil places ideal for bird watching. With 12.5 km in length, Seven Mile Beach is a great option for beach walks. The Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Memorial Lookout located on Headland Drive provides awe-inspiring views of the beach and the national park.
Ethel Beach, South Australia At the tip of the magnificent Yorke Peninsula, you will find Ethel Beach, one of those unfrequented beaches locals prefer. This orange sand beach is ideal for photographers. Ethel Beach acquired its name from the ship Ethel, which was wrecked in 1906. Fourteen years later, the Ferret met the same destiny. The rusty remains standing the test of time at the northern end of the beach and magnificent outlooks across the beach provide a picturesque backdrop for photos. When it comes to outdoor activities, the beach is pretty hazardous as waves average 1.5 km. It is recommended only for experienced swimmers, fishers and surfers.
Woodgate Beach, Queensland Those seeking a peaceful beach holiday should head to Woodgate Beach, 350 km of Brisbane. In contrast to the previous beach, Woodgate is known for calm waters, where you can enjoy swimming, kayaking, sailing, water skiing and paddle boarding. The 16-km white sand beach is framed by she-oaks providing shade for beach camping. The walking/cycle track along the foreshore is for those who love romantic morning and evening walks. If you happen to be on the beach between July and November, stop by Hervey Bay for whale watching. In the afternoons, go to the Bowling Club to see kangaroos hopping about the ground. Barbeque lovers can find free areas with picnic tables at Walkers Point on Burrum River, Banksia Park and Theodolite Creek.
Lucky Bay Beach, Western Australia With crystal clear turquoise water and white sand, Lucky Bay Beach is the true jewel in the region’s crown. Matthew Flinders was exploring the area in 1802 and while sailing through the Recherche Archipelago, his ship took a shelter from storm on the beach he named Lucky Bay. The beach stretches for 5 km allowing you to enjoy any water activity. Don’t be surprised if you see kangaroos lazing on the sand. Lucky Bay is positioned in Cape le Grand National Park, an excellent retreat for bushwalk enthusiasts. In addition, if you happen to take coastal bushwalks, you may spot some migrating whales.
Wherever you go in Australia, you will come across a ribbon of gorgeous sun-drenched beaches. Keep an eye on the serene getaways brimming with wildlife and boasting natural beauties.
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Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter.