The best Aussie beach destinations for summer

Beaches, Destination Inspiration
A stunning landscape of Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires, East Coast in Tasmania, Australia

 

Kingscliff

Glistening crescents of golden sands skirt the shoreline of this vastly underrated beach town. With great beaches suitable for everyone from families to wave-riding beachgoers, award winning dining options, and a plethora of beachside accommodation options, Kingscliff ticks all the right boxes for an epic summer beach holiday destination.

Not to be missed:

Snorkelling with green turtles at the Cook Island Aquatic Reserve.

Where to stay:

The balinese inspired digs of Santai Retreat will have you in relaxation mode before you even have time to don your cozzie. The retreat is all about luxurious relaxation, and with a setting akin to an exotic haven, relaxing poolside amidst the lush gardens will have you floating away to serene relaxation in no time.

Best bet dining:

The award winning Fins Restaurant serves up delicious seafood – and other delectable fare – from their gorgeous beachside location.

 

Noosa

A sure favourite with many beach-loving holiday makers, Noosa has a lot to offer. From fantastic dining options, boutique shopping, beautiful beaches of every variety, and a multitude of coastal walks to drink it all in, Noosa may just be the perfect beach holiday destination.

Not to be missed:

Exploring the hidden coves of Noosa National Park for a dip in the ocean that’s well away from the crowds.

Where to stay:

Hidden in the tranquil surrounds of Noosa National Park, Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas is a superb luxury option when visiting the area. Though it’s not beachfront, you’ll hardly notice once you’re inside the indulgent confines of the resort. Plus, the beach is really only a short stroll away anyway.

Best bet dining:

You can’t go past Noosa Boat House Bistro & Bar. The floating restaurant boasts prime Noosa River real estate with an incredible view of the sunset to boot. Come early and soak it all up from the rooftop bar before you descend to the restaurant for an evening of satisfying food and brilliant moonlit views over the river.

 

Port Stephens

Home to stunning bays, lush national parklands, and more than 20 beaches to choose from, Port Stephens is THE beach holiday destination. If stunning natural settings are your  style then this is the the beach town for you.

Not to be missed:

Pretty much anything in nature here is a sure bet. Take your pick from swimming, surfing, kayaking, snorkelling, sand boarding, and sailing to horse riding on spectacular stretches of sand.

Where to stay:

With spacious, well-appointed rooms and a beautifully landscaped garden setting, Oaks Pacific Blue Resort is a fantastic, well-rounded option. 

Best bet dining:

Seafood is THE food in this neck of the woods, and Sandpipers Restaurant prepares some of the best seafood around. Try the soft shelled crab for out-of-this-world deliciousness.  

 

North Stradbroke Island

So close yet so far from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane, North Stradbroke is a world away from the chaos of ‘mainland’ life. This is where you come to slow things down a bit, to recharge, and to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this spectacular island.

Not to be missed:

Get out on the ocean, whether it’s surfing, stand up paddling, fishing, diving, or snorkelling, it would be a crime to come to Straddie and not partake in the ocean-loving activities the island is best known for. 

Where to stay:

The beyond-cute self contained cabins at Sea Shanties are beachside perfection. Set on a grassy patch ocean-side at Amity Point, you’ll drift off to the sounds of the ocean by night and enjoy the uninterrupted ocean views by day.

Best bet dining:

Grab a spread of fish and chips from one of the many fish and chip shops on the island and  head to the beach for a true Straddie dining experience. After all, who doesn’t want to chow down on fresh seafood with sand between your toes and an ocean view?

 

Rottnest Island

This modest Aussie island is arguably one of our very best. With sparkling beaches and turquoise waters gracing nearly every corner of the island, deciding on a beach may well be the hardest part of your day. 

Not to be missed:

Exploring the unique flora and fauna of the island by bike – there are no cars on the island – or foot will reveal many of its natural treasures. And you’ll be sure to come across the island’s cutest resident, the friendly quokka.

Where to stay:

Hotel Rottnest is pure beachfront bliss. The beautifully restored property offers simple yet elegant rooms, each with a private courtyard where you can admire the picture-perfect view of Thomson Bay or simply relax in your own private outdoor area. 

Best bet dining:

No need to stray too far from your room at Hotel Rottnest, the property is also home to the island’s best alfresco restaurant. The open air eatery boasts first class ocean views where you can enjoy everything from pizza to fish and chips, or simply a glass of local Western Australia wine.

 

Bay of Fires

Spanning over 50km from Eddystone Point to Binalong Bay on Tasmania’s east coast, the Bay of Fires is not so much a ‘town’, but an incredibly beautiful stretch of coastline with nearby towns where you can base yourself. The recognisable postcard scenes of azure waters, bone-white sand, and ochre rocks of the Bay of Fires is out of this world beautiful. Expect to spend your days strolling the long stretch of powder soft sand with nary a soul in sight.

Not to be missed:

A tour of the stunning coastline where you can take in the vast beauty of the Bay of Fires from the water, explore hidden coves, beaches, and maybe even spot some wildlife.

Where to stay:

You simply can’t go past the award winning brilliance that is the Bay of Fires Lodge. The accommodation is top notch, the views to die for, and the National Park location pure perfection. 

Best bet dining:

Whether you stay in one of the nearby towns, such as St Helens or Binalong Bay, or decide to splurge with a stay at the Bay of Fires Lodge, you’re sure to find quality fare – particularly of the seafood variety. Moresco Restaurant in Binalong Bay is a quality choice. They pride themselves on utilising fresh, local produce, which they craft into heavenly dishes. The incredible view across the bay isn’t half bad either.

 

 

Did our article ‘The best Aussie beach destinations for summer’ make you want to bask in the sun on a beachside holiday this summer? 

 

Contact our reservations team on 1300 468 268, or via our contact page, for information or to book your summer beach holiday.

 

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