Is there a better feeling than the hot sun kissing your back, the gentle burn of warm white sand beneath your feet, endless crystal clear summer skies without a cloud in sight and a world-class travel itinerary laid out in front of you just waiting to be explored?
Maybe you’re looking down the barrel of another long, cold Northern Hemisphere winter or maybe you just don’t want to waste another Aussie summer of balmy 30+ degree days and endless hours of golden sunshine. Either way there’s no better time of the year to explore Australia than in Summer and with the warmer months just weeks away, now is the time to stop dreaming and to start planning your next great Aussie adventure.
Australia is surrounded by water on all sides and with that comes miles of beaches – some, packed to the brim with barely enough room to lay out your towel and others, completely untouched, with not so much as a footprint marking their surface.
In this blog we will take a look at some of the best Aussie beaches you need to explore this summer.
If heaven has a beach it still wouldn’t be as impressive as Whitehaven. Regularly ranked among the best in the world and set over seven kilometres of the most pristine white silica sand you’re ever likely to see. The sand on Whitehaven is so pure it’ll squeak beneath your feet as you walk in absolute awe towards the warm, crystal clear, turquoise water begging you to take a dip. It’s not hard to see why people are drawn to Whitehaven Beach from right around the world and with kilometres of beach just waiting to be explored, you will easily find a patch all to yourself.
Hands down one of the most iconic beaches in Australia, so iconic they even made a TV show about the lifeguards who patrol it! Divided into two main sections North Bondi and South Bondi and nestled just minutes from Sydney city, Bondi draws crowds of locals and tourists from the concrete jungle of the CBD looking to catch some summer sun. It’s almost impossible to take a bad photo of Bondi with lush, grassy parklands rolling down the hill to meet the crisp white sand of the beach. And if you’ve indulged a little too much on lunch in the city, take a walk along the beautifully scenic Bondi to Bronte Coastal Walk.
The beaches in and around Byron Bay have long been the haunt of travelling surfers with long, clean rides on offer at The Pass and Wategos and fun beach breaks along Main Beach and The Wreck. But land-lovers have not been forgotten with plenty of untouched, natural beaches in and around Byron and despite its ever-growing popularity there is still plenty of sand to go around. For those who prefer to get below the surface and meet the real locals, Byron is also famous for snorkelling and scuba diving. Top spots like Julian Rocks is home to sea turtles, sharks, hundreds of species of fish and even manta rays. As if Byron Bay wasn’t already impressive enough above the surface, for those who are willing there’s a whole other world just waiting to be explored just a few metres below.
You roll out your towel, you sit down with a cold drink in hand and you wait for one of the most spectacular sunsets on offer in Australia. For many Australians seeing the sun set over the ocean is a truly unique, breathtaking experience and there’s no better seat in the house than Broome’s Cable Beach. More than 22kms of white sand stretches along Western Australia’s north coast working as the perfect barrier between the red desert dirt of the outback and the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean. Cable Beach is hands down one of the country’s most remote beaches on offer but it’s well worth the trip with everything from camel rides across the beach, dinosaur footprints and pearl diving in the region.
How does waking up in a tent to the sound of waves crashing on the shore, a smouldering camp fire from the night before and enough space to make you feel like you’re the last people left on earth sound? Fraser Island’s 75 Mile Beach stretches almost the full length of the island and is a mecca for travellers, backpackers and four-wheel drivers. Spend your days diving through the warm waves as they crash against the shore, hiking through World Heritage Listed ancient forests to uncover hidden freshwater lakes, climbing mountainous sand dunes and then racing to the bottom or surfing off Indian Head and then your nights huddled around a campfire singing Kumbaya. Does it get any better than that?
While the big name beaches make the travel brochures there’s plenty more that don’t attract the crowds and some you might even stumble across by accident. Secret spots that get our pick are the rocky shores and pristine waters of Granite Bay on the Sunshine Coast, calm Middle Harbour waters of Chinamans Beach in Sydney and the picturesque lagoon off Killarney Beach along the Great Ocean Road to name just a few.
From tropical North Queensland and Darwin to popular southern hotspots like Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, the Australian climate varies almost as much as the people themselves, but we all have a few things in common: We’ve kicked the scarves for sunscreen and the big woollen jumpers for board shorts with temperatures sitting on average around 25-30 degrees Celsius in December. Compare that to the single digit temperatures London locals will be waking up to on those bleak icy winter mornings.
So whether you’re looking at 3-4 months of drizzle-filled sadness or just can’t stand the thought of wasting this spectacular time of the year, there’s never been a better time to start planning your next great Australian summer adventure! Check out our range of travel packages and destinations just waiting to be explored.