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Top Beaches In Australia For The Adventurous

Posted by Top Parks on 22 Jan 2018

The school holidays are coming to an end. For some of you, this may mean one last week of travel, trying to squeeze in some final holiday time at top beaches in Australia before the return of school routines. 

For others, this means getting ready to enjoy summer holiday destinations without having to battle the school holiday crowds. 

In Australia, we have some of the most beautiful and famous beaches in the world. Everyone’s heard of Byron Bay, Bondi and The Whitsundays, so we’ve compiled a list of some sandy havens to add to your schedule that you might not yet have explored. 

Aslings Beach, Sapphire Coast NSW

Asling’s Beach is a 2 kilometre beach in the heart of Eden, bordered by Lake Curalo and a natural Rock Pool.

Set in the magnificent Twofold Bay – the third deepest natural harbour in the southern hemisphere, Eden was home to shore-based whaling stations and Old Tom, the legendary killer whale whose story can be discovered at the Eden Killer Whale Museum.

Take in the views from the Lake Curalo Boardwalk, try your hand at rock fishing around the Rock Pool, or snorkel in Twofold Bay’s North Head. The beach is patrolled in summer, and the foreshore has picnic tables, skatepark, sports ground, shower and amenities. 

Stay at Eden Gateway Holiday Park (just a 15-minute walk from Aslings Beach!)

Summerland Beach, Phillip Island VIC

Lying just off Australia’s southern coast, Phillip Island is a popular day trip from Melbourne and ideal for wildlife lovers. Summerland Beach is a curved stretch of golden sand with tiered seating at one end for viewing the famous “Penguin Parade”. 

Spectators gather there daily at sunset to watch the Little Penguins come ashore in groups. The nearby Nobbies outcrop is the viewing site for a large colony of Australian fur seals. 

For the really adventurous, the Phillip Island Circuit is a well-known track for motorcycle and car racing.

With Top Parks as close as 100 metres to the beach, 200 metres from a boat ramp, 2 kilometres from the town centre and 5-15 minutes from all the local attractions, why go anywhere else?!

Stay at Anchor Belle Holiday Park or Beach Park Tourist Caravan Park.

Semaphore Beach, SA

The quieter, more pristine cousin to Adelaide’s famous Glenelg and Henley Beaches, Semaphore is still only a half an hour drive from the CBD.

Semaphore’s white sands, family-friendly shallows and colourful foreshore make for a classic Adelaide beach escape. Semaphore beach is deep and backed by low dunes rather than tall buildings, so you get a sense of being miles from anywhere.

Semaphore is what beach holidays are all about. Fun! Play mini-golf, slither down the water slide, ride on the vintage carousel or ferris wheel, buy ice creams and fish and chips from a beachside kiosk, cycle on the bike track, and ride on the steam train that puffs along the shoreline.

If that wasn’t enough, Semaphore Summer Twilight Markets are every Friday night from January until March. Enjoy!

Stay at Discovery Parks - Adelaide Beachfront.

CY O’Connor Beach, WA

For those of you who love dog friendly adventures (and we know there’s a lot of you out there), CY O’Connor Beach is a beautiful beach for pups and their owners. 

Located near to Fremantle, which is steeped in history and local brunch haunts, the dog beach provides the ideal spot for walk or play. 

Start from the beach opposite the Pickled Fig Cafe in South Fremantle, turn left of the breakwater and you can walk all the way to the old power station. If you don't like the sand, there is also a footpath that follows the coast. If you go between 6 AM and 8 AM, look out for horses as it’s open to them during this time. 

There is also a family park with barbecues, showers and toilets. A bronze sculpture of a man sitting astride an unsaddled horse, 30 metres off the beach in the ocean on 10 March 1902 is a commemoration to C. Y. O’Connor.

Stay at Fremantle Village. (You can check out our other Dog Friendly Accommodation Options HERE.)

Geraldton Beaches, WA

Located 420 kilometres north of Perth, Geraldton has a number of spectacular beaches catering for the really adventurous. 

Head to Back Beach, or “Backers”, for beginner and more advanced surfing, boogie boarding or kite boarding. 30 kilometres north of Geraldton, Coronation Beach is the place to go for beginner or advanced windsurfing. Located in the beautiful West End, Pages Beach is protected from the southerly winds and is a popular swimming and fishing location with family friendly facilities. 

Witness the immense beauty of the white sand dunes of Southgates Beach. Sandboarders can enjoy sliding down the towering slopes while the beach lures fishing and 4WD enthusiasts. Sunset Beach, as its name suggests, is a beautiful place to watch the sun sink into the Indian Ocean.

The best surfing is between April and October. Right now, in the warmer months of November to March, is the best time for windsurfing and kite boarding.

Take a road trip, or fly to Geraldton Airport (both Qantas and Virgin Australia offer daily flights from Perth). Stay at Belair Gardens Caravan Park.

Coolangatta, Gold Coast QLD

Once you’ve hit Coolangatta and her neighbouring Greenmount Beach you’re at the end of Queensland’s Gold Coast. Duranbah and Tweed Heads sit just around the corner in New South Wales. 

The Gold Coast has its fair share of exceptional beaches, but visitors flock to the border town of Coolangatta for its change of pace. Plus, the surf is spectacular. The world-class surf break of Duranbah, or “D’Bah”, is the one place you’re guaranteed of a swell when the rest of the coast is quiet. 

A lovely walking trail connects Greenmount Beach to Rainbow Bay. From there, head up the hill to Point Danger where you can put one foot in Queensland and the other in New South Wales.

Stay at Pyramid Holiday Park

That’s just a few of our favourites. Book now to explore your favourite beaches in Australia from a nearby Top Park while it’s nice and quiet! Share with us on Instagram where you’ve been, by tagging @topparks. 

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