The Best Hidden Beaches in Australia

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The weather is warming up, and it’s time to start dreaming about days sitting on the sand with a few friends and family members gathered around. Finding the right spot to catch up can be difficult, so these hidden beaches are more than ideal to settle in for a day of relaxing.

Australia has a great selection of beaches that are off the beaten track and don’t see the crowds you’d expect at the likes of Bondi or St Kilda beach. 

These are the best hidden beaches in Australia.

New South Wales and ACT

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Ned’s Beach

Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island is one of Australia’s most beautiful travel destinations, and it’s a great place to chill out by the ocean also. Ned’s Beach is home to calm waters filled with garfish, wrasse, and plenty of mullet that will rub up against your legs. It’s a great place to snorkel as well.

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Mungo Beach

Found north of Newcastle in the Myall Lakes National Park, Mungo beach is on the south of the Big Gibber Headland and is the third-longest beach in New South Wales. You can get to the beach at the Mungo Brush car park. If you fancy a surf, you can tackle the waves here that average 1.6m.

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Collins Beach

During summer, Sydney’s beaches can get pretty crowded and it can be hard to find space to spread out. Collins Beach is the answer. It’s only half an hour from the Sydney CBD and can be accessed by the Collins Flat Track. You might catch a glimpse of Little Penguins while you’re there, it is New South Wales’ only mainland colony of them.

Victoria and Tasmania

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Childers Cove

Childers Cove can be found on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, east of Warrnambool. Close by the 12 Apostles, Childers Cove is surrounded by limestone cliffs, and waves from the mighty southern ocean. If you’re travelling along the Great Ocean Road, you need to stop at Childers Cove for a cool off.

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Point King Beach

Portsea is a hot spot in summer for those escaping Melbourne and looking for an excellent beach by the bay, well Point King Beach is likely one you haven’t tracked down yet. Take a stroll on Portsea’s ‘Millionaires Walk’ past the many mansions and head down the wooden steps to find a vast beach with private jetties. There’s a good chance you’ll be the only one there.

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Waratah Bay Beach

Waratah Bay
Waratah Bay beach is 15km long, so you’re sure to find a spot along the sand where there’s nobody else. The beach is ideal for swimming, surfing, or even just a wander. And all of it has the sensational backdrop of Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Western Australia and South Australia

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The Basin

Rottnest Island
Home to the comically happy quokka, Rottnest Island has much more to see than cute marsupials, it’s also home to 63 beaches, and 20 bays. You can get to Rottnest Island via Ferry from Fremantle. Given it’s a ferry ride away, you’ll find plenty of room to lay out some towels on the beach.

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Stokes Bay

Kangaroo Island
A trip to Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia wouldn’t be complete without a bit of sunbaking at Stokes Bay. It wouldn’t be out of place to spy some kangaroos while you take a dip. The beach itself has some of the whitest sand you’ll find around Australia, and the waters here are beautiful and clear.

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Sandtrax Beach is surrounded by the shipping containers of the Port of Fremantle and is a popular spot for Perth’s surfing community. Sandtrax Beach is generally pretty quiet, is a 5-minute drive from Fremantle, and has surf lifesavers watching over things over the weekend and public holidays.

Queensland and Northern Territory

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Tallebudgera Creek

While not right on the ocean, Tallebudgera Creek still boasts pristine white sandy beaches with plenty of spots to chill out beside the water. Swimming, picnics, kayaking, and fishing are all on offer here in the creek. The is bordered by Burleigh Heads National Park on one side, and Palm Beach on the other.

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Vlascoff Cay

Far North Queensland
First up, you have to get to Vlascoff Cay by helicopter, but at least you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you’re all by yourself. White sand, clear water, and some champagne make a trip to Vlascoff Cay an absolute must.

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Nudey Beach

Fitzroy Island
Ranked number one beach in Australia in 2018, Nudey Beach is a beach covered in beautiful white sand and clear Queensland water, and absolutely no nudists. Get to Nudey Beach via a 45-minute ferry ride from Cairns. Fitzroy Island is home to wildlife such as goannas, skinks, ospreys, and many more. If you feel like exploring a bit longer, check out the Fitzroy Island Resort.

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