30 Secret Beaches Around Australia You Must Visit This Summer
When it comes to golden sandy shores and crystal clear swimming spots, Australia takes the cake for the most breathtaking and diverse options. Okay, we may be slightly biased, but the following list of lesser-known beaches that showcase our country's incredible natural beauty proves our point perfectly. This summer, forget tourist-filled Bondi or Manly and head off the beaten track to discover a quiet place to splash around where you won't have to fight for a car space.
1. Hyams Beach, NSW
It seems only fair to kick off the list with Hyams Beach, recognised as having the whitest sand in the world. The pristine beach is located in the small town of Shoalhaven on the North Coast of NSW.
2. Garie Beach, NSW
You'll find Garie Beach on the outskirts of southern Sydney in the lower Royal National Park. It's a great spot for a picnic with friends or even to spot a whale if you're lucky.
3. Squeaky Beach, VIC
Named after its fine white sandy shores that squeak while you walk, this secret beach showcases impressive rock formations that create small coves that are just waiting to be explored.
4. Salmon Holes, WA
Salmon Holes on the Torndirrup Peninsula is one of the most pristine sights we've come across. Take the long, winding staircase and you'll be rewarded with aquamarine seas and a place to ponder in peace.
5. Turtle Bay, WA
Dirk Hartog Island is the most western point in the country and has become a national wildlife sanctuary including—you guessed it—loggerhead turtles. It's worth the trip over to the island to spot dugongs, whales and other sea creatures that roam the shores at Turtle Bay.
6. Thirteenth Beach, VIC
West of Barwon Heads, Thirteenth Beach is a 4.5km stretch of coastline that is ideal for surfers, swimmers and sunbathers alike. If you're up for it, stop in at the nearby golf course for a few holes.
7. Mungo Beach, NSW
Mungo Beach and the surrounding area is perfect for those looking to set up camp near the ocean. With tall sand dunes and heaps of smaller coves to explore, this North Coast spot might not stay secret for long.
8. Cape Leveque, WA
Only accessible by four-wheel drive, this absolutely stunning stretch of coast is one for the bucket list. Burnt orange dunes and turquoise waters mix to put on a magical natural show.
9. Milk Beach, NSW
Milk Beach is an isolated area in Sydney Harbour National Park that faces the harbour and offers unmatched views over the city. We suggest you take a swim here before everyone finds out about it.
10. Gove Peninsula, NT
In Arnhem Land at the top of the Northern Territory of Australia lies the Gove Peninsula with some of the clearest swimming spots in the country. Completely untouched, this secret gem is sure to rejuvenate your body and soul.
11. Friendly Beaches, TAS
If you're in Tasmania this summer, make your way to Friendly Beaches in Freycinet National Park to witness one of the freshest beaches our country has to offer. Azure seas and pale white sand combine forces in what is sure to be your new favourite place to swim.
12. Putty Beach, NSW
Putty Beach is largely untouched, making it a calm place to enjoy a relaxing summer day. It's surrounded by the Bouddi National Park, so you'll feel like you're on your very own private island.
13. Store Beach, NSW
The next beach on the list is in Manly but it's not the one you're thinking of. Store Beach is only accessible by boat which means you won't have to share the shore with crowds of tourists.
14. Killarney Beach, VIC
Get back to nature with a trip to Killarney Beach, a hidden gem where those in the know choose to set up camp for a few days. Besides the immaculate beach, there's also a natural lagoon and amazing wildlife to help you unwind.
15. Agnes Water, QLD
6km long and a great place to catch a wave, Agnes Water Beach is flanked by a paperbark forest and often features stunning seashells that wash up from the Great Barrier Reef.
16. Golden Beach, VIC
This long stretch of coastline is the perfect way to unplug from your responsibilities and restore inner peace with a long walk along the sand. Keep your eyes peeled for kangaroos on the nearby golf course.
17. Sunshine Beach, QLD
In the heart of popular Noosa, Sunshine Beach is a tropical paradise complete with swaying palm trees that shade the saturated golden sand. Get your feet wet before retreating to the esplanade for a refreshing beverage.
18. Maslin Beach, SA
One of South Australia's most beautiful natural sights, Maslin Beach is protected by tall cliffs that feature a gradient of tones from centuries of sea mist and the summer sun.
19. Lime Bay, TAS
Within the Lime Bay State Reserve, this beach is worth making an effort to find. With nothing but towering bushland as far as the eye can see, you'll feel like you've stumbled on an undiscovered gem here.
20. Kitty Miller Bay, VIC
This pretty, circular bay is more than meets the eye. At low tide, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the SS Speke Shipwreck that creates a dramatic contrast to the gorgeous coast.
21. Cobourg Peninsula, NT
Traditional owners of the land of the Cobourg Peninsula only allow fifteen vehicles in at any given time, so you're sure to experience the wild beauty of this region without a crowd. There are many rock pools and coral reefs that are visible at low tide where you might spot a turtle, stingray and exotic fish.
22. Memory Cove, SA
Truly breathtaking, the waters at Memory Cove are clear enough to see your feet while the soft sand is a bright white. Deep green sand dunes and wilderness surrounds the beach which keeps you feeling protected.
23. Point Ann, WA
Dramatic rock formations and burnt red cliffs are one of the reasons Point Ann is becoming more popular each year. The other reason is the beautiful ocean where whales are known to frolic.
24. Lucky Bay, WA
If we were putting together a list of Australia's whitest beaches, Lucky Bay would place highly. Not only do locals and travellers enjoy the immense natural beauty of the area, but so do the native kangaroos.
25. Hamersley Gorge, WA
You'll want your phone closeby when you reach Hamersley Gorge in Western Australia. Waterfalls spill over into natural rock pools and provide the ultimate Australian summer experience.
26. South Gorge Beach, QLD
South Gorge Beach is a cosy little cove that's naturally protected from strong winds and proves that size isn't always important.
27. Ocean Beach, TAS
Lowkey Ocean Beach is one of Tasmania's most impressive natural wonders. To one side is there is nothing but blue for as far as the eye can see, and to the other is lush wilderness and prehistoric dunes that present a rugged outlook.
28. Double Island Point, QLD
If you play your cards right, you might meet Double Island Point's resident dolphin on a day trip to this remote and picturesque Queensland beach.
29. Punsand Bay, QLD
For all the campers out there, Punsand Bay is the place to be this summer. You're perfectly positioned to explore the Cape York Peninsula and Torres Strait Islands that are one of the last remaining examples of untouched wilderness.
30. Lake McKenzie, QLD
Lake McKenzie is a special addition to the list and one that we're dying to visit. It's one of the most stunning natural sites on Fraser Island and that's saying something. Warning: once you make it here, you'll never want to leave.