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Best family beaches and bays around Australia

From beaches and bays to lakes and lagoons, we’re spoiled for choice here in Australia when it comes to cooling off in summer. We asked Out & About with Kids readers to share their favourite spots around the country to get wet, chill out and beat the heat.

Beaches and bays

Central Coast, NSW. “Our favourite spots on the Central Coast are Pearl Beach’s rock pools, Umina Beach with its new playground, skate park and BMX track and Wamberal Beach’s toddler-friendly lagoon.” Susannah Haigh

Mothers Beach, Mornington Peninsula, VIC. “Love the name, love the beach! This secluded swimming beach, with picnic area, overlooks Mornington Harbour, and is great for families.” Win Brown

Ocean Grove Beach, Geelong, VIC. “We love to go there after dinner and relax on the beach with a game of cricket or kite flying.” Elaine Onekawa

Wineglass Bay, TAS. “Gorgeous white sand, stunning views and secluded – you have to walk in.” Rachael Ashman

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, QLD. “Beautiful beaches and plenty of shade perfect for splashing and building sandcastles. Plus, Underwater World and Australia Zoo Whale Encounters departing from the wharf.” Becky Downey

Sutton’s Beach, Redcliffe, QLD. “A hidden gem – this calm beach has a man-made lagoon with mushrooms and caterpillars that rain! There’s also a path for bikes and scooters and two fenced playgrounds.” Kelly Walker

Deception Bay, Caboolture Shire, QLD. “This is a great spot in the morning and a great place for boating and fishing. At low tide, explore the mudflats. The name comes from Lieutenant John Oxley who discovered it and thought the bay was a river.” Lesley Ann Walker

Busselton, WA. “This is the best beach for families. The sand is lovely, the water is calm and of course there is the Busselton Jetty which extends out almost two kilometres over the Bay.” Jo Whittington

Rivers, creeks and lagoons

Hawkesbury River, NSW. “Spend the afternoon at Brooklyn for great fish and chips, a dip in the river pool and ferry trip over to Dangar Island or hire a houseboat and enjoy a few days floating up this magical river.” Hollie Smith

Patonga, NSW. “I’ll never forget canoeing through the mangroves at in this peaceful, magical place.” Don DeSouza

Currumbin Creek, Gold Coast, QLD. “Waves for the older kids and calm pools for the little ones. There is endless sand with some handy shade. Also nearby are the Currumbin rock pools and Elephant Rock, with views to Surfers Paradise.” Merill Versteegen

Settlement Cove Lagoon, Redcliffe, QLD. “On the northern outskirts of Brisbane, this lagoon is safe for the littlies and there is a nice shady park for them to play in when it gets too hot in the sun.” Natalie Verrall

Rottnest Island, WA. “There are over 60 beaches on Rottnest Island! We love the rock pools. The kids can enjoy the water and play and just be kids.” Trienese Brook

Swan Reach, Murray River, SA. “A gorgeous location for watersports. Spectacular scenery can be found at Big Bend; which boasts the tallest cliffs anywhere along the length of the Murray River.” Briony Winter


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