When it comes to a seaside holiday, we Aussies are somewhat spoiled for choice. I mean, one of the great advantages of being a large island country and continent is that we have one of the largest expanses of coastline and some of the most beautiful beaches in not just the Southern Hemisphere, but also probably, the world.
While there is enough sand for you to visit a different patch every day, you still wouldn’t get them all done in a year. In truth, it would take you over 2 and a half decades to do them all – 27 and a half years to be exact.
Nevertheless, while our coastline is indeed splendid, I would like to point out a few iconic gems that every Aussie should encounter, not just the tourists.
So let me guide you around this gorgeous land and remind you of all the beauty that so many of our tourists see.
The Whitsunday Islands
If you’re looking for some of the best sand and sun in Australia, there is nothing more iconic than the Whitsundays for the holidays or a romantic getaway.
Your most opportune time, to avoid crowds and the major heat, is from November to December, when the northerly still provides warm weather, but it’s not stifling, and most of the school holiday levels have died down.
Enjoy some of the most pristine sandy beaches, from Airlie Beach to Daydream and Hamilton Island, which are popular with many; from families to even if you’re a couple on their honeymoon, and you’re looking to relax on the beach and laze the days away.
Now, if you’re a person who’s a fanatic for the world of surfing, particularly professional, you can’t go past this natural landmark.
Located near Torquay, upon another of Australia’s majestic watersheds – the Great Ocean Road – Bells Beach is just 100km South-West of Melbourne.
It is here where you can soak in some of the beauty of the northern part of Australia’s western and largest state in some unique ways.
Not only can you experience a gorgeous top-end sunset, but you can also swim in warm waters after taking a camel ride.
There are also opportunities for snorkelling and paddling your feet, just be mindful of your time of visit, as, during the wet season of November to April, dangerous jellyfish often swim in the waters.
While it has become a major tourist hotspot on one’s trip to Queensland, it is fair to say that I can’t round off a list of iconic Australian beaches without mentioning this major stretch of sand.
Located on Queensland’s Gold Coast and commonly known as “Surfer’s” to the locals and many Aussies, it is a main attraction for its title crowd as well as families.
With a central location for shopping, cafes and all other amenities one may need, you have the best of both worlds in the sun, surf and street.
So, when you are looking for a sandy landmark on this wide coastline of ours, don’t just leave it to international tourists to explore, get out there and soak up our great Southern land and enjoy the sun, sand and sea.