4 best local beaches

4 best local beaches

As the days get longer and warmer we can’t help but dream of a summer spent exploring the best spots along Australia’s magnificent coastline.
Places where mornings are slow and sunny, and long days are spent by the water playing and relaxing. The best memories are made here, where the rest of the world feels as if it has melted away.
Read on to find out our favourite beach spots to create these moments this summer, as well as the local discoveries that will make any weekender or longer stay a memorable one.
Dunsborough, WA 
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The bluest of waters and whitest sands can be found at Castle Rock, an unspoilt coastal haven just next door to the Margaret River region.
Castle Rock main beach is a relatively remote little pocket, a bit of a local’s treasure just a short drive from Dunsborough. Here you’ll find the perfect spot for an idyllic summer day - great swimming, calm waters and even an opportunity to spot some underwater locals if you remember your snorkels! There are barbecues and amenities nearby so you can set up and stay all day… trust us you won’t want to leave!

Where to eat : Merchant and Maker

For the early risers craving their morning brew, Merchant and Maker keeps locals caffeinated and mouths watering with the smell of their freshly baked bread. Pick up a few local treads from the shop that you can take with you on your day-trip to Castle Rock.

Where to stay: Wild Goose Camping

For those not afraid of accomodation with a twist, Wild Goose Camping offers glamping tents throughout the Margaret River region. The catch - you can choose your location based on their sites  (the closest to Castle Rock Beach is or even just request a tent and set up where you want to go.

Local discovery: Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse 

Just further along the cape a walk out to Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse is not to be missed where you can take in the incredible views from cape to cape. Next door is also Koomal Dreaming, who offer Aboriginal tours giving insights into the rich history of the landscape through the eyes of the traditional owners.
Sunshine Coast QLD
A step south from Noosa’s famous coastline you’ll find the little town of Peregian, and it’s string of beautiful white sandy beaches. Unlike its neighbours, you won’t find any big hotels or resorts in Peregian, which gives the area a laid back, small town feel, the ultimate location for an old-school beach holiday. You’ll feel right at home as soon as you arrive.
For those that love to live life outdoors Peregian is surrounded by national parks so there are plenty of nature walks for you to venture through. Including Emu mountain for mesmerising coastal and hinterland views, or inland Lake Weyba, a relatively unknown spot where the little ones can cool off after exploring with a paddle in the shallow waters.

Where to eat: Peregian Pantry

Nothing marks the end to a successful beach day like a fresh ice cream. Stop by Peregian Pantry, a gelateria and deli located in the main square.

Where to stay: Helia House

A modern beach bungalow with the most breathtaking views and just a step away from the beach and main shops. With relaxed coastal interiors and enough accomodation for a large family or group, we can already see ourselves enjoying a drink by the pool, looking out over the ocean.

Local discovery: Retail Therapy

A browse through the local boutiques at Perigean square is a must. Gather interiors inspiration at Bedouin Traders, summer linens at local brand Cloth and Hide and find the most well curated selection of gifts at The Romantic (we won’t judge if these are for you!).
Port Stephens NSW
Located in Port Stephens north of Newcastle, Fingal Bay Beach sits along a sand spit that separates the NSW mainland to Fingal Island. 
The semi sheltered bay waters make this a great family friendly spot, and a beautiful place to swim or even drop in a line to catch some dinner! 

Where to Eat: Saltwater at Fingal Bay

If you don’t manage to be successful with your fishing rod, you can treat yourself to a great meal at Saltwater Restaurant. Overlooking the beach this also makes a great spot to get an afternoon drink with a view.

Where to Stay: Salt at Shoal Bay

Stay at neighbouring Shoal Bay, if only to experience the beautiful coastal inspired interiors of Salt at Shoal Bay. The perfect blend of relaxed luxury, you have the option of 3 different lodging options within the accommodation to suit the size of your family or group.

Local discovery: Ocean Views

Fingal Bay sits at the perfect vantage point for views over the ocean, and you have a couple of options to see this. First being Tomaree Head summit walk, a lovely scenic trek. Alternatively catch a boat over to Fingal Island to explore Point Stephens Lighthouse, the 360 degree coastal and mainland views are worth the effort.
Northern NSW
If you’re looking for the perfect place to take things slow, this sleepy seaside town just south of Tweed Heads and the Gold Coast is your ticket.
Kingscliff’s main patrolled beach is the perfect place to set up for a day by the clear blue waters. A great surf break sits on the south end of the beach, near Cudgen Headland and for those with little ones, nearby Cudgen Creek is a bit more sheltered and perfect for a paddle. For sand-dwellers the long stretch of sand makes for a great walk and on the right day you may even spot some dolphins dancing on the horizon.
This length of the northern NSW coastline has been treated to a few upgrades as far as boutiques, cafes and restaurants go, which means some exciting new options for food and shopping are within arms reach. The beauty of Kingscliff is that this seaside village is still the quieter pocket of this coastline.

Where to eat: The Salt Mill

Just a step off the sand, The Salt Mill’s hole in the wall cafe is the place for your morning coffee or to try one of their famous Acai bowls. With a focus on sourcing from local suppliers, their philosophy is to operate as sustainably as possible minimising food waste and eliminating single use plastic in their takeaways.

Where to stay: Hikari House

A newly renovated 4 bedroom beachfront block with a to-die-for mid century interior. Complete with fire pit, magnesium pool and outdoor freestanding bath for a moment of luxury.  

Local discovery: Farm & Co

Split up your beach days with a day trip exploring the sunflower fields at Farm & Co. Little ones will love getting up close with the resident fluffy chicks and rescue pigs. Those kid-free can enjoy a farm-to-plate meal at the cafe, the menu is fully vegetarian but so delicious that there won’t be any complaints from regular meat-eaters.

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