The 5 Best Beaches To Spend Australia Day

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Australia Day… Snags on the barbie, salty skin and a red-hot sun, all set amongst the backdrop of your favourite Aussie beach. With so many stunning Australian beaches it was a hard feat to choose, yet these are our top 5!

1. Bondi Beach, NSW
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Iconic, crazy, bold, hot and bustling; Bondi Beach is well known as one of the most popular destinations to celebrate the big day. This 1km stretch of pristine sand and blue water attracts tens of thousands of both local and international visitors to play from sunrise to sunset.

There is always a huge amount of beach side activities to get involved with, plus shops and cafes like Porch & Parlour, Speedos Café, Boost Juice and Bruce Leaves will keep you from going hungry. Parking on the day is near impossible, so leave the car at home. The beach is situated just a 15min drive or short bus trip from Bondi Junction train station.

Best tip: Finding your posse… will your gang set up at North, middle or South Bondi? There’ll be a LOT of people on the beach and floating in the water, so make sure you let your friends know your plan, or it will be like a game of Where’s Wally!

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2. Byron Bay, NSW
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For a more laid back approach to the big day, head to the beautiful far north coast of New South Wales. Popular beaches in the Byron area include Main Beach, The Pass, Wategos, Tallows and Belongil.  If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a wave at any of these beaches, just keep an eye on the wind for the best options.

Our perfect Aussie day in the bay would start with climbing the lighthouse. It takes around 45mins to an hour to stroll the headland starting at Captain Cook’s lookout, over the mountain and back again. It’s also an awesome way to check the waves and spot the dolphins on sunrise.

Follow this up with a coffee from Top Shop Café close by, then it will be time to collect your things and head to your chosen beach.  After a day of fun in the sun head to a nearby bar like the Roadhouse or The Italian for a celebratory cocktail or two, or to stay in the Aussie theme head to the Beach Hotel for a cold “schooner” by the beach.

Best tip:
You’ll want to set up for a full day of fun, so don’t forget your beach umbrella, board shorts or bikinis, hat, sunscreen, snacks, esky, tunes and plenty of water!

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3. Burleigh Heads, QLD
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The Gold Coast knows how to party, we know that’s a fact, so Aussie Day on the shores of lovely Burleigh Beach is always a good choice. Join the masses scrambling for a BBQ by the sea or grab a seat at the nearby surf club, which will no doubt draw a major crowd for their famous fish and chips!

Just south of the main beach, Burleigh headland walk snakes through a beautiful stretch of rainforest and wraps around to calmer waters of Tallebudgera Creek. This is the best way to beat the heat, under the shade of a pandanus palm in the middle of the day.

Best tip:
Have you ever wanted to rock an Aussie bikini? Now could be your chance… Embrace it! Everyone else will be!

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4. Bells Beach, VIC
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With an international reputation as one of our best surfing beaches, Bells is always sure to draw a crowd. There isn’t a lot of “beach” at bells however, so most of your time will be spent perched up on the headland eating meat pies and watching surfers or getting amongst the waves yourself.

The pub culture is strong is Vicco… And between the stretch of Torquay to Jan Juc to Bells you are sure to find a huge amount of party goers and some fantastic ‘surf and turf’ meals.

Best tip:
The car park at Bells only holds 200 spaces, if you want to park up there for the day, it will be a case of the early bird catches the worm… And make sure to remember to Slip Slop Slap – it gets more sunny and hot in southwest Vicco than anyone gives credit for!

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5. Kingston Beach, TAS
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Don’t forget Tassie! we adore this part of the world. Most folk travel to Tasmania for a little of the quiet life (as well as the wine, cheese, oysters and the MONA gallery) yet on Australia Day Kingston Beach will be sure to attract the masses.

Situated on the banks of the Derwent river just a short distance from Hobart you won’t find any swell in these parts, making it perfect for inflatables! Pink flamingos, swans, donuts, thongs, whatever your choice! Float the day away whilst listening to Triple J’s Hottest 100 on your radio.

Best tip:
A grassy area surrounds the beach for your picnic set up; there is also a dog park near by so your pup can enjoy the day too! If you are still about into the evening Kingston, away from the big city lights, is also a great spot to take in a little stargazing. There’ll be a lot of walking from spot to spot, so make sure to remember a backpack! 

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Words by Julia Ashwood (THE VISTA) – www.followthevista.com

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