Being an island nation you would expect Australia to have fabulous beaches, and it doesn’t disappoint. People enjoy swimming, surfing, sailing, fishing and a whole range of water sports off Australia’s shores. Many families spend their summer holidays at the beach, often returning to the same place year after year. Whether people stay in luxury hotels or camp on the foreshore, a beach holiday is an Australian way of life.
In the far northwest of Australia is Cable Beach, located at Broome in Western Australia. With perfect white sand it stretches for twenty two kilometres along the edge of the Indian Ocean. A beautiful remote location, Broome is a popular tourist destination. A pearl fishing harbour, there are plenty of things to do, including horse riding along the beach, going site-seeing or shopping. See a movie at the Sun Picture Theatre, the oldest outdoor movie theatre in the world. Stay in the luxurious Cable Beach Resort or choose more budget accommodation.
Torquay in Victoria is home to Bells Beach, the best surf beach in Australia. Every Easter it becomes the world’s focus during the Easter Classic, a championship surfing carnival. The Great Ocean Road begins here in Torquay, and follows the impressive coast line right through to Portland, near the border of Victoria and South Australia. Torquay itself is the surfing capital of Australia, with a museum and hall of fame dedicated to the sport. Camping is popular, and there are also motels, hotels and serviced apartments.
Four Mile Beach
In Queensland’s far north is Port Douglas and the beautiful Four Mile Beach. Once a port for a thriving gold industry, it is now a popular tourist destination. Port Douglas is a good central point to the Daintree Rainforest, as well as having the Great Barrier Reef just off the coast. The town has great shops and world class restaurants and the choice of fantastic accommodation. The beach is perfect for swimming, and some of the hotels back on to the beach.
Byron Bay is situated on the northern New South Wales coast and is a classic Australian holiday destination. Once more of a location for those wanting an alternative lifestyle, it has now become a popular tourist spot, while still keeping the relaxed atmosphere. It is a great destination for families and the younger set, and there are plenty of things to do. Swimming, surfing, walking through the rainforest and visiting the most easterly point in Australia should all be on your list of things to do. There are great restaurants and markets, plenty of shops and to really relax, there is no shortage of day spas and massage therapists.
The island is located off Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and is the world’s largest sand island. Take the trip to the island by ferry, but once there you will only be able to get around by four-wheel drive or on foot. Fraser Island is a beautiful nature based holiday, with sand dunes, fresh water creeks, lakes, coloured cliffs and incredible white sandy beaches. Stay in accommodation varying from five-star resorts through to camping in a tent.