Australians are spoilt for choice when it comes to sandy bays to explore and salty sea to splash in.
Instead of heading to your usual local spots, why not take a walk on the wild side and try somewhere lesser known this summer?
1. Reef Beach at Middle Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales
This pretty beach at Middle Harbour offers amazing views of Manly and Sydney Harbour's northern section. It’s best to explore at low tide, as you may be able to spot Indigenous carvings in the rocks.
2. Greenwich Baths, Sydney, New South Wales
This gem is a closely guarded secret by the locals. Greenwich Baths is a beautiful harbour beach at the tip of Greenwich Point. Shark-netted and fully enclosed, it is perfect for families, with toys provided for sandcastle building, sun lounges for mum and dad and a café on site.
3. Mudjimba Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Just around the corner from some of the Sunshine Coast’s biggest resorts and busier beaches, is a family-friendly patrolled beach, complete with a playground and fabulous views. This really is one of the best kept secrets on the Sunshine Coast.
4. Pea Soup Beach, Port Fairy, Victoria
Despite the name, this is a fabulous beach. Pea Soup Beach is a 500-metre-long, white sandy beach, just west of historic Port Fairy. Protected by an offshore reef it has a sheltered lagoon which is a great spot for families to swim and snorkel.
Taroona Beach can be found 15-minutes south of Hobart. Families love it because it has plenty of rocks to scramble over, shells to collect and gentle waves.
6. Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Kangaroo Island is spoilt for picturesque beaches, but Vivonne Bay is one of its best. Just imagine white sand and stunning clear blue water. You could stay here for days.
7. Bailey Beach, Perth, Western Australia
This tiny cove near Mettams Pool has a small beach with a reef and is a great snorkelling spot when conditions are calm.
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