Australias Best BeachesEveryone has heard of Bondi Beach, Coogee Bay and Byron Bay. Australia has an abundance of beautiful beaches but not all of them are well known. Here are the 4 best beaches only the locals know about
The Bay of FiresThe bay was given its name in 1773 by Captain Tobias Furneaux in Adventure, who saw the fires of Aboriginal people on the beaches. (Sprod, 2005)Located on the North East Coast of the Tasmanian, this area of pristine white beaches, gorgeous blue waters and untouched wilderness make it the perfect location for everybody wanting to getaway . Whether wanting a quiet weekend of relaxing or an outdoor adventure The Bay of Fires can meet your tastes.
The Bay of Fires is a popular Surfing area, offering various swells depending on which of the Beaches you Surf. For most Surfers Binalong Bay to the South offers nice waves, while Beer Barrel Beach, Perons Beach and Dark Hollow all offer some nice left and right beach breaks.
Scamander Rivermouth is only for "Experienced surfers" (St Helens and Bay of Fires surfing," 2014), the Reef in the Rivermouth creates nasty rips and Sharks are a real and present danger. This Beach is unpatrolled by Surf Lifesaving Australia, as "this is one of the higher energy east coast beaches (Bay of Fires," 2014) and a well formed sandbar creates dangerous rips.
The Bay of Fires has been luring holiday makers for decades. Named by Lonely Planet in 2009 as the worlds hottest travel destination, the Bay of Fires has to be included on your Tasmanian holiday itinerary. (The Bay of Fires & Binalong Bay, 2014)
Whether you go on a guided walk, scuba diving, fishing, camping, bird watching, kayaking or just soak up the sun. There is so much to see on any of the Beaches or in the Woodlands.
The adventures are as endless as the views, this one destination you will want to visit many times over.
BargaraBargara is a relaxed and friendly coastal town just 15 minutes from the heart of Bundaberg famous for it's climate that is equal to Hawaii, beautiful beaches, stunning coastline and friendly locals.This area is fast becoming a favourite holiday destination for visitors the world over with its family-friendly facilities and close proximity to many of the region's main attractions.
The Esplanade boasts a six kilometre waterfront walk from Kelly's Beach through to Neilson's Beach which boasts an attractive public area for barbecues, picnics or take away from one of the local shops
Bargaras main beach is patrolled during September through to March however risk on this beach is minimal with the beach rarely producing dangerous rips, these usually only occur when there is tropical lows or cyclone activity.
The beach is stunning and is lined with million dollar units and homes, it is a reasonably shallow beach, at the northern end there is a rock pool where elderly and toddlers swim and you can feed over sized bream and diamond scale mullet, the southern end is patrolled.
Image: "Bargara from the Hummock" by ann jenner
You can also dine waterside at the cafes and eateries which all boast an alfresco atmosphere.The many parks and recreational areas dotted from Kelly's to Neilson's means you often find the town brimming with locals and visitors alike and there is a huge range of accommodation options from beach houses, apartments, hotels, motels and caravan parks to luxury waterfront accommodation.Fishing enthusiasts are well catered for at Bargara with an artificial reef guaranteeing good fishing all year round. The Woongarra Marine Park preserves the coastline and offers fishing and snorkelling right on the shore. A first class golf course is located just behind the beach and a bowling green offers outdoor entertainment for people of all ages.
Cottesloe BeachLocated in Perths western suburbs just 11kms south west of the CBD, is a stretch of golden sand over one and a half kilometers long and is one of the more popular beaches. Crystal clear waters and consistent waves make it a top spot for swimming, snorkeling, surfing and glimpsing a picturesque sunset over the Indian Ocean. In 2009, The Lonely Planet named Cottesloe Beach the worlds second best beach for families. (Miral, 2009) In 1909 it became the birthplace of surfing and surf lifesaving in Weatern Australia with the establishment of the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club
The summer is the time to go to Cottesloe. Averaging 29 degrees and reaching highs of 38. Winter on the other hand is not very enjoyable. Temperatures average around 18 degrees so be sure to pack your wetsuit. Sea temperatures peak around 23 degrees around early March and are at their minimum on around September, at 17 degrees. The beach itself is fairly exposed and has a reliable surf break all year round. However, for those chasing the perfect wave, the swell is generally better in an offshore wind from the east to southeast. The waves closer to shore tend to break both ways. For the average swimmer it is usually crowded, with the ever-present danger of rips and of course sharks
Activities and family outings are the thing to do at Cottesloe. Picnics, beach cricket, outdoor music festivals and cycling along the ocean way are just a few. If that isnt your thing then there is a boulevard filled with restaurants, bars and cafes along Marine Parade just behind the beach. There is a fantastic nine-hole golf course nearby and if you are lucky enough to time it right, the beach itself is transformed once a year by the free public exhibition of Sculptures by the Sea
Kirra BeachLocated on the South East of Queensland on The Gold Coast, its a fast paced, active and peaceful area.
Kirra beach is the perfect example of what the Gold Coast has to offer. There are some fantastic views over the beach and the surrounding area. The environment is very friendly and tourist can take a walk in the warm sand. Very quiet, relaxing and is family friendly. Some many great things to see and do.
Autumn and winter are more preferred time of the year for waves. Wind direction is from the south, wave just as likely from local wind swells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south east . Must watch out for any rips, sharks and rocks.Kirra is one of the best beaches in Queensland and is well known for producing the perfect wave and has played host to the Billabong pro surfing competition.
Kirra beach is known as a great location for fishing, diving, and boating. It contains a sophisticated dining precinct on the main beach abroad. Accommodation is affordable and you wont be disappointed.
There are more reasons to choose this destination, it offers fascinating places such as the Golf courses, Market & Shopping, Theatre restaurants, Conrad Jupiters casino, Hinterland, Nightlife, Cavill Avenue and so much more. The Gold Coast by-pass road provides easy access to the major theme parks including the Currumbin Wildlife sanctuary which is also close by.
The Australian Coastline harbours some of the best Beaches in the world, regularly being mentioned in The Lonely Planet list of must see and hottest destinations. With new Beaches being discovered each and every year.
Do yourself a favour, get out there and see them.
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