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Best family beaches and bays around Australia

Lakes

Myall Lakes, NSW. “The lakes are calm and a great place for a canoe ride. There are always plenty of boats for hire and kids will adore the local wilderness.” Kylie Carter

Lake Macquarie, NSW. “A true water-lovers paradise. We like to hire bikes and cycle around parts of the foreshore before a spot of swimming (or wakeboarding).” Georgina Tarling

Gippsland Lakes, VIC. “We love visiting the Gippsland Lakes, with its vast array of waterways. Made up of three lakes, there is so much to see and do – especially heading out in a boat, or trying a spot of fishing.” Ryan Hope

Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island, QLD. “Swimming in this huge freshwater lake feels like your paddling through a giant bath of mineral water. But wear a rashie – suncream can damage the super pure water.” Colin Turtletaub

Waterparks and pools

Ocean baths, NSW. “I love the old-fashioned appeal of NSW’s ocean baths. Try Merewether Ocean Baths in Newcastle, Norah Head rock pool – a classic ring of rocks pool near Gosford or the heritage-listed Wylies Baths in Coogee.” Jude Macintyre

Jamberoo, NSW. “We’ve been taking the kids here for years. Great water-filled fun just an hour from Sydney.” Mick Taylor

Greenwich Baths, Sydney NSW. “Greenwich Baths gets my vote… it’s a great safe harbour beach with lots of sand, shade and plenty of toys supplied. Best of all there is a cafe right on the sand for emergency caffeine fixes.” Ben Davoren

Wet’n’Wild, Gold Coast, QLD. “No trip to the Gold Coast is complete without a visit here. A great way to beat the heat and have heaps of fun at the same time. We can’t wait to check out the new AquaLoop ride.” Martin Harris

Jabiru Swimming Pool, NT. “The Olympic-size swimming pool is the perfect croc-free spot to cool down in the Top End. Sit in the shade beneath palms festooned with fruit bats.” Helen Davis

Springs and falls

Mataranka Springs, Katherine, NT. “Our favourite swimming spot. This is a beautiful thermal pool in the outback.” Karen Jack

Edith Falls, Katherine Gorge, NT. “Leliyn (also called Edith Falls) is a beautiful spot. You can swim to the falls, snorkel with the fish or laze under a tree and marvel at the amazing sights and sounds.” Claire Nally

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