Summer is on its way in and with temperatures rising that means it is officially beach season. Dust out the budgy smugglers and get ready for almost six months of glorious Aussie weather. The problem is, everyone knows about our beautiful weather and they flock to see it. Head down to Coogee or Broadbeach peak season and you will be competing for a patch of sand to lay your towel. The beach however, is the place to relax, increasingly hard to do for said reasons. So forget fighting the crowds, here are some of the countries best-hidden beaches. They might be difficult to get to but also offer you seclusion that is rarely found.
Store Beach, Manly, NSW
No Sydney beach is truly hidden but Store Beach comes close. The only way to get to this hidden gem is via the water, with most people opting to do the 20 minute kayak. The beach is pristine and remote. It truly feels like a slice of paradise right near the heart of the city. You may also get lucky and see some of the local Fairy Penguins that can frequent the area.
Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania
Located just a two-hour drive out of Hobart is Freycinet National Park, home of the famous Wineglass Bay. Wineglass Bay is only accessible by doing the two-hour, five kilometre return walk which is well constructed and comfortable for all fitness levels. There is plenty of opportunity to extend your walk and the park even has a few overnight hikes available. You’re still in Tasmania so the water may be too cold to handle but the view and area are well worth the trip.
Killarney Beach, VIC
One of many beaches along the Great Ocean Road, Killarney is situated almost 400km away from Melbourne. The offshore reef makes this beach nice and calm, perfect if you are an inexperienced swimmer or if your idea of a beach holiday is throwing a ball around rather than getting dumped by big waves. The beach stretches for over one kilometre so you are sure to find a place along it that offers seclusion away from others.
Lucky Bay, WA
South Australia has no shortage of beautiful secluded beaches, the entire coastline is littered with them. If you have the time to though, head to Lucky Bay in the Cape Le Grand National Park which is only 50km from Esperance. The beach here is breathtaking and you will find Kangaroos just sunning themselves on the beach (perfect for your Instagram pic). You may find the odd fisherman enjoying the beach but otherwise you can make this area your own.
Point Sir Isaac, Eyre Peninsula, SA
One of SA’s best kept secrets is the beauty that is the Eyre Peninsula. The Peninsula is home to many beaches but few people. If you’ve come all this way though you may as well make a camping trip of it and continue to Point Sir Isaac. This beach remains secluded thanks in part to its location, 40km from Port Lincoln and that you need a 4WD to access the beach. All the hassle is worth it to be able to pitch a tent right on the edge of the sand and have the space to yourself.
Alexandria Bay, Sunshine Coast, QLD
No beach list would be complete without mentioning Queensland’s stunning Sunshine Coast. The whole state is full of beaches, from the white sands up near the Great Barrier Reef to party city at the Gold Coast. But the place I’d always choose is the Sunshine Coast. Situated behind Noosa is Alexandria Bay, accessible only by a small hike. The beach stretches for ages and the surf can get quite rough. It is also an unofficial nude beach, so watch out for those Great White Pointers.
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