It’s obvious why beach culture is embedded in Australia’s national identity, with over 10,000 beaches lining the coastline. Aussies will take advantage of any opportunity to spend a day outside, whether it’s surfing, kayaking, snorkelling, or simply bobbing in the gentle ocean waves of their favourite shores. As a result, it’s easy to see why swimming is Australia’s most popular sport, with more than six million Australians swimming frequently or sporadically in the last three months. Swimming is among the few sports in Australia where more females (3.45 million) compete than males (2.58 million). So, kick off your sandals, prepare a picnic, and join the locals by marking the perfect seating spot in the sand in your Australian swimwear. Here are some of the best local beaches for a morning swim, barefoot beach stroll, or a full day of safe swimming in lovely waters.
Moreton Island’s North Point
After exploring Queensland’s mainland, head to Moreton Island’s beaches. You’ll be rewarded with expanses of white sand that run along the edge of sparkling blue waters. Cool off in Honeymoon Bay on the island’s North Point, nestled between spectacular 15-meter-high limestone cliffs. If you’re looking for anything other than swimming, the lovely Moreton Island National Park offers bushwalking, picnicking, and whale watching all in one afternoon. Because Moreton Island’s a sand island, getting to North Point will require a 4WD.
Kangaroo Island, Stokes Bay
On Kangaroo Island’s north shore, Stokes Bay attracts many people with its crystal blue seas. The quiet inlet is ideal for paddlers, as the boulders have been organised to form a large natural pool that protects people from the waves. Wild kangaroos, numerous native bird species, and small penguin colonies can all be seen along the shore. Spend the weekend by renting a seaside cottage or camping at one of Kangaroo Island’s many campgrounds.
Mornington Peninsula, Point King
The two secluded beaches of Point King are tucked beneath the stunning homes of the Mornington Peninsula. To reach quiet, blue seas, use the trail at the foot of Point King Road, which you’ll share with divers and kayakers exploring the reef. Hikers can walk up the cliff-top road, stopping at the white trig station and monuments marking the very first hoisting of the Union Jack, when Britain seized control of what is now Port Phillip Bay.
A relaxed and ultra-casual outfit is essential for traditional beach vacations. What to bring for a beach vacation in Australia depends entirely on the type of beach vacation you’re planning. Here’s a list of beach-appropriate clothing to bring for a standard beach day:
- Bring an extra pair of swimsuits.Bring at least two sets of Australian swimwear if you’re going on a beach vacation. This ensures you always have one dry and ready to go from a morning at the seaside to an evening poolside. Importantly, don’t pass up the opportunity to swim in the ocean or a pool; life is short. Bring rash vests, especially if you’re going to be doing any water sports.
- Take clothes that go with your swimsuits.Cotton skirts and cover-ups, along with shorts and tunic tops, fall under this category. A swimsuit can be used as a bottom part of an outfit, so coordinate everything, and you’ll be able to expand your holiday wardrobe. Ideal for that coveted beach-to-bar experience that seems only to happen while travelling without children.
- Limit yourself to three pairs of shoes.If you can carry three pairs of footwear that can go with almost everything you pack in terms of outfits, you will save a lot of space in your suitcase. The three essentials are a pair of flip-flops, a sandal, and a wedge.
Having a list of the best beaches to visit in Australia at hand, grab your Australian swimwear and have fun with your loved ones!