With endless stretches of coastline, and more than 10,000 beaches, Australia has no shortage of stunning places to swim, wander, surf, or simply spread your towel out on.
Some of these sandy stretches have captured the hearts of locals and tourists alike, enamoured with the coastal beauty and more often than not, their proximity to major cities and towns.
If you’d rather go without your swimwear, then head to Maslin Beach, 40 km from Adelaide. Maslin Beach is renowned for being the first beach to achieve legal status as a nudist beach in Australia and continues to hold its naked legacy proud, hosting the Nude Olympics and Best Beach Bum awards every year. Here you’ll be able to take a swimwear-optional swim in the calm, clear waters or go for a walk to the southern end of the beach where you’ll discover a cove formed by ochre-coloured cliffs. There’s plenty of space for a game of cricket and frisbee along this 3km stretch of sand.
Make sure you pack your own supplies as there aren’t any shops near the beach.
Surfers and keen fisherman will be keen to check out this remote bay located on the south coast of Kangaroo Island. Accessible via an unsealed road that runs off Hog Bay Road, Pennington Bay is well worth visiting just for the views alone. The beach is a mecca for photographers looking to capture its off-white sand, intricate rock formations and glassy waters.
The conditions at Pennington Bay are not always suitable for swimming but the surfing is top notch. Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales that can often be spotted swimming in the bay.
With the peaks of Mt Greenly sweeping down to the sand dunes, Greenly Beach on the Eyre Peninsula feels wild and rugged, probably because it is wild and rugged! It’s also quite the photo opp with its white sand and blue blue water. Greenly Beach is good for swimming at the northern end where it’s slightly protected, and when the waves are one metre and under.. But when there is a heavy shorebreak or the waves or big then watch out for rips. Or get on your surfboard.
Only accessible in a 4WD during low tide, Point Sir Isaac is the ultimate hidden beach. If you’re prepared and can get there, you’ll be almost guaranteed to have the whole beach to yourself. After all the effort it takes to get there, you’re going to want to pitch a tent and stay for a couple of days. Make sure you pack your fishing rod. The whole peninsular is renowned for it's great fishing so expect to see crayfish trawlers and fishing boats off the beach.