5 Australian Beaches You May Not Have Heard of That Should Be on Your Vacation List

Published: November 27, 2019.
Written by: Nikki - Destination Specialist, Calgary

Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. You can visit the wild, wonderful, Bondi Beach in Sydney or head to the relaxed, breathtaking beach of Manly, just a short ferry ride from Sydney’s CBD. Maybe your trip takes you away from the popular well-known beaches to venture out onto a coastal spot you might not have heard of. You should consider squishing your toes in the sand along one of these 5 awe-inspiring hidden Australian beaches.

1. Thala Beach Nature Reserve

Perhaps you are wanting to take a helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef or snorkel with the vast array of marine life. You might want to stay in Port Douglas at the Thala Beach Nature Reserve. This resort allows you the unique opportunity to be close to your adventures on the Great Barrier Reef while also experiencing the serenity of Thala’s private access beach.

Surrounded by lush green forests filled with coconut palms, you can walk for 2 kilometres along the water’s edge. Thala Beach is ideal for a romantic getaway, providing you peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the typical tourist spots. You will be sure to make some lasting memories when your toes hit the lush sand and you breathe in the salty air.

2. Mindil Beach

If you are looking to explore a beach that brings out your festive side then Mindil Beach is the place for you. You can watch the breathtaking sunset over the water as you enjoy a plethora of delicious Asian food. The Mindil Beach Sunset Market is filled with noodle vendors and fresh seafood offerings. As you wander around listening to the nightly performances of live music you will also enjoy shopping for local artisan items influenced by the indigenous people of Australia.

In the evenings the beach becomes a circus with acrobats and spinning fire displays. Be amazed as you dance to the rhythm on this unique festive beach full of life.

3. Watsons Bay

Watsons Bay is full of history with some tragic outcomes due to ships mistakenly crashing against the rocks while aiming for the harbour. Imagine you were one of the first founders of this bay and the feelings you would have experienced having located such an amazing spot. Grab some fish and chips as you walk along the shoreline of the bay where you will find the historic, active Hornby Lighthouse.

Maybe you will want to spend some time catching a fish or two. Savour your time enjoying the offerings of the sea or sand at Watsons Bay, New South Wales. Whatever you choose, be sure to take the coastal walk along the clifftops to be amazed at the views of one of Sydney’s most picturesque harbours.

4. Four Mile Beach

Do you want an uninterrupted view of the beach? Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas might be the perfect pick for you. This beach takes you away from civilization while at the same time allowing you to remain in proximity to the town’s amenities. In the coastal town of Port Douglas, you will find many delectable restaurants and shops within walking distance of the sand and water.

Port Douglas is renowned for its beaches and Four Mile Beach is one you don’t want to miss out on. The waters here are a gorgeous crystal-clear blue surrounded by rainforests filled with tropical birds and wildlife. If you are looking for a posh vacation spot, this is it.

5. William National Park Circuit

Australia is known for its wildlife and when you can get the beach and wildlife in one spot, even better. Head to the island-state of Tasmania and hop over to Mt. William National Park. Here, you will find exquisitely colourful birds, a rare type of kangaroo, called a Forester kangaroo, and Tasmanian devils amongst many of the island’s other creatures. Be sure to keep your camera handy to capture the unusual species as you will not believe your eyes.

Understand why the animals love it here by venturing to the edge of the blue waters in Tasmania and take in the granite boulders within the national park. There is a postcard picture at every step of the way.

Visit Australia, the land of breathtaking scenery, spectacular beaches and charming wildlife to meet along the way. Your trip of a lifetime will leave you wanting more.


Written by: Nikki (Destination Specialist)