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A-Z Australian Beaches You’ve Never Heard Of

  • January 11, 2018
  • By 50 Shades
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A-Z Australian Beaches You’ve Never Heard Of

The island country of Australia has hundreds of beautiful beaches on its expansive coastline bordering the Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean, and Indian Ocean. There are probably plenty that you’ve heard of but what about the hidden gems that are less well known? Here is my list of A-Z Australian Beaches you’ve never heard of.

A – Anglesea Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Sweeping views of Anglesea Beach

An absolute perfect beach along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria is only ten minutes west of Torquay and is a popular holiday and surfing spot.

B – Broulee Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Broulee Beach on the South Coast of NSW

This lovely little beach was a real find on the South Coast of New South Wales, situated 20 kilometres south of Batemans Bay, Broulee is a long sweeping beach protected by Broulee Island.

C – Cactus Beach

Cactus Beach, Penong

Not a cactus in sight! But Cactus Beach is about as remote as you can get, situated near the town of Penong on the Nullarbor in South Australia, involved a long drive over corrugated dirt roads. But fully worth the drive to this famous surfing spot.

D – Duesbury Beach

Situated 20 kilometres south of Batemans Bay, Broulee is a long sweeping beach protected by Broulee Island.

Duesbury Beach, Dalmeny

We stumbled across this beach on our walk along the coastal path from Dalmeny to Narooma on the South Coast of New South Wales. Duesbury Beach has a rocky outcrop at the southern end and then a nice stretch of sandy beach around 500 metres long.

E – Elephant Cove

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

The elephant-sized boulders at Elephant Cove

The drive out to William Bay National Park, near Denmark in South West Australia, was certainly worthwhile when we were rewarded with these remarkable large granite boulders (like a herd of elephants in the sea) and a green sea that was crystal clear. Also here we discovered Greens Pool – an absolutely spectacular beach.

F – Fingal Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Fingal Beach in Northern NSW

Just across the border of Queensland and New South Wales, south of Tweed Heads is this gorgeous stretch of beach known as Fingal Beach. The small headland of Fingal Head, with a quaint little lighthouse sitting atop the headland, is at one end and Duranbah Beach at the other.

G – The Gardens Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

The Gardens Beach at The Bay of Fires

The Bay of Fires red lichen rocks and stretches of pristine white sandy beaches with turquoise waters are some of the most stunning I’ve ever seen. Bay of Fires and The Gardens Beach are located on the East Coast of Tasmania.

H – Hellfire Bay

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Hellfire Bay, Cape Le Grand

Most people have possibly heard of Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park east of Esperance, South West Australia, but this beach tops that one, in my humble opinion. Sand as white as snow, sea water a light aqua colour, surrounded by granite boulders and colourful coastal vegetation.

I – Iluka Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Gorgeous views from Iluka Bluff Lookout

The small fishing village of Iluka in Northern New South Wales is probably more renowned for its location on the mouth of the Clarence River, however it does have a stunning beach as you can see from the above photo.

J – Johanna Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Johanna Beach on the Great Ocean Road

I bet you’ve heard of the famous Bells Beach on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, but what about Johanna Beach? It’s equally as surfable as Bells, but is much more remote and pristine with a fantastic campground set amongst the sand dunes right near the beach.

K – Kalbarri Beaches

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Blue Holes, Kalbarri

Kalbarri is located on the mid-coast of Western Australia and is famous for its towering coastal cliffs and river gorges. However it does have a couple of fabulous beaches that are popular with surfers and snorkellers. The best thing is that there were barely any people here.

L – Lowlands Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Lowlands Beach, Albany

My husband discovered this absolute picture-postcard beach just west of Albany on a bike ride. He took me back here because he knew how blown away I would be by this spectacular vista and virtually untrodden stretch of beach.

M – Merrimbula Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Beach at Merrimbula

Merrimbula is known for its lakeside location, but it also has a couple of beautiful beaches like this one called Middle Beach. Merrimbula is located on the South Coast of New South Wales very close to the Victorian border.

N – North Stradbroke Island

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Views of Main Beach on North Stradbroke Island

Right in my backyard, I discovered this brilliant beach on North Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay near Brisbane in Queensland. North Straddie, as we call it, is a patch of paradise and is extremely popular for beach-camping and four wheel driving along the long stretch of beach.

O – Ocean Shores Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Ocean Shores Beach near Brunswick Heads

Ocean Shores Beach is around a 30 minute drive from the Queensland/New South Wales border just north of Brunswick Heads. It has a long stretch of dog-friendly beach and is relatively uncrowded and untouched.

P – Pirates Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Pirates Beach on the Tasman Peninsula

We never found any pirates but we did find this treasure of a beach on the Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania. It involved a bit of a drive down a steep road near the town of Eaglehawk Neck.

Q – Quobba Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Quobba Beach

Swim out about 5 metres and you can snorkel amongst coral, reef fish and sea turtles at this amazing beach located north of Carnarvon on the West Australian Coast. We camped on the shore of this remote beach amongst the sand dunes in a designated campground.

R – Rapid Bay

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Rapid Bay Beach

A small town on the west coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia, Rapid Bay is known for its long jetty and good offshore scuba diving. The pristine beach has some interesting caves at one end of the bay and a grassy camping ground adjacent to the beach.

S – Sunshine Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Sunshine Beach on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast

This little known beach is actually claimed as being one of the Noosa beaches and is just south of this Sunshine Coast resort town. What I love about Sunshine Beach is its villagey vibe and lovely densely vegetated-fringed sandy beach.

T – Twilight Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Twilight Beach, Esperance

Twilight Beach is one of the many stunningly beautiful beaches surrounding Esperance in South West Australia. Its relatively small bay surrounded by large granite rocks offers great protection against the elements and is safe for swimming.

U – Ulladulla Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Racecourse Beach, Ulladulla

Ulladulla, located on the South Coast of New South Wales is a pretty town located on a natural harbour, but its beaches are also a big drawcard. Racecourse Beach is located south of town and goes for kilometres.

V – Vlamingh Head Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Sunset views from Vlamingh Head over the Beach, Exmouth

Exmouth in North West Australia boasted many beautiful beaches, but this sunset view of Vlamingh Head Beach taken from the headland captured my heart. It was such a pristine stretch of beach that is perfect for beach fishing and surfing.

W – Wooli Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Wooli Beach

The Northern New South Wales fishing village east of Grafton, located on the mouth of the Wooli River has a wonderful beach. The best thing about it was that we were the only ones on it during an early morning stroll.

Y – Yallingup Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Yallingup Beach

North of the infamous surf break at Margaret River in South West Australia, is Yallingup Beach. Yallingup itself is a small village full of surfers and artists with a very laid-back vibe.

Z – Zen Beach

A-Z Australian Beaches You've Never Heard Of

Zen Beach in Bargara

Named after the beach resort on its doorstep, Zen Beach is in Bargara east of Bundaberg, on the Wide Bay-Burnett region of Queensland. Fringing the Southern Great Barrier Reef this beach is the perfect place to embark on some serious scuba diving or snorkelling.

I challenge you to come up with any other Australian hidden gems. Have you heard of many of these beaches?

This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset.

The Lovin’ Life Team includes:

Lyndall from Seize the Day Project
Deb from DebbishDotCom
Min from Write of the Middle.
Leanne from Deep Fried Fruit
Jo from And Anyways
and of course me, Kathy from 50 Shades of Age


By 50 Shades, January 11, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

28 Comments
  • Kooky Chic
    January 11, 2018

    Killarney beach, Waratah beach, Sandy Poinl and Walkerville are all pretty gorgeous down here in Victoria. Loved the photos.

    • Kathy
      January 11, 2018

      Thank you. I haven’t heard of any of those beaches and I’m originally from Victoria. I will have to Google them! #TeamLovinLife

  • Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    January 11, 2018

    Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Thanks for staring my day Kathy with these beautiful images of our Australian beaches. I’ve not visited even half of them and we are so lucky to live in Australia with it’s natural beauty. You even managed a ‘Z’. Too many places on my bucket list already but will be adding more from your post. Have a beautiful day xx

    • Kathy
      January 11, 2018

      Aren’t they just? We are so blessed to have so many gorgeous relatively unknown beaches in our country. I would love to visit every beach in Australia, but I’m afraid it would take years! #TeamLovinLife

  • Anne
    January 11, 2018

    I have only heard of the WA beaches on your list!

    • Kathy
      January 11, 2018

      Well then you’ll have to get yourself over to the east side of the country to check some of these beauties out! #TeamLovinLife

  • Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama
    January 11, 2018

    I’d only heard of Fingal and Sunshine Beaches … there are so many I have yet to see, discover and explore!!

    • Kathy
      January 11, 2018

      Oh really? I’m sure you’ve heard of North Straddie too? There are far too many beaches in our country to explore them all. #TeamLovinLife

  • Jo Tracey
    January 11, 2018

    Oh you’ve taken me back…when I lived in Bombala, Merimbula & Tathra were only a couple of hours drive away & our closest beaches. And when I lived in Canberra, there was many a good weekend spent at Broulee and Ulladulla/Mollymook…and many a hangover!

    • Kathy
      January 11, 2018

      The South Coast of NSW has some gorgeous beaches and this was only a small selection of the little known ones. Maybe I should do a part 2.

  • jodie filogomo
    January 11, 2018

    What an amazing list of fabulous beaches, Kathy!!
    It makes me want to fly out there right now to explore them!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Kathy
      January 11, 2018

      Thanks Jodie. Beautiful beaches do hold a certain charm, but it would take you forever to explore them all! #TeamLovinLife

  • Jan Wild
    January 11, 2018

    Lots there I hadn’t heard of. Aren’t we so lucky in Australia to have the world’s best beaches.

    • Kathy
      January 11, 2018

      Mallacoota would also certainly rate a mention here Jan. Australia does have the best beaches in the world! #TeamLovinLife

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    January 11, 2018

    So many beautiful Australian beaches!! I have been to four (4) of them: The Gardens Beach at the Bay of Fires in Tasmania (the water is such an incredible colour); North Stradbroke Island; Ocean Shores Beach at Brunswick Heads; and Sunshine Beach at the Sunshine Coast. I hope I get to see all the others you’ve listed at some point in the near future! :-) #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      January 11, 2018

      We do have an abundance of beautiful beaches in Australia Min. I think we are so lucky to have such a large number of relatively unknown and untrodden beaches. That’s what I love about our country!

  • Denyse
    January 11, 2018

    Wow. Your research was amazing! I have visited very few of these beaches and all of the beaches I know are on the east coast of Australia. I was fortunate to grow up by the beach in Wollongong where I learned to body surf as a kid and as a teen grew up near Manly. Now, in our retirement years, we are 20 minutes away from the beaches of the Central Coast NSW.

    • Kathy
      January 11, 2018

      The Central Coast area of NSW does have some gems too Denyse. I get a lot pleasure out of doing research for these types of posts. It is all part of the fun of blogging. #TeamLovinLife

  • Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies
    January 11, 2018

    There are so many!! They look so beautiful and peaceful – it would be fun to tick them all off! x

    • Kathy
      January 11, 2018

      It certainly would be fun, but there are thousands of kilometres in between some of these beaches. That’s what I love about Australia – the vastness! #TeamLovinLife

  • Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    January 11, 2018

    Gorgeous pictures Kathy – you should do the April AtoZ Challenge – you could use this post and break it up into a beach a day and lure all those international bloggers to Australia :)

    • Kathy
      January 12, 2018

      Thank you Leanne. I did the A-Z challenge last year and it was a lot of hard work. I think I’ll pass this year! #TeamLovinLife

  • Emma
    January 12, 2018

    This is why I need to visit Australia!

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    January 13, 2018

    Great post! Great round up.I can imagine that would have taken you ages. Well worth it though for us readers!
    Broulee is one of our regular spots (a family fave) and we do both North and South Broulee. Another interesting fact is my Dad’s family is from the Milton/Ulladulla area but when we head in that direction we usually go to Mollymook Beach. GORGEOUS!
    #teamlovinlife

    • Kathy
      January 13, 2018

      Broulee was such a lovely find when we were staying at Moruya. We found some real gems along this coastline and I would love to return to unearth some more. I have a brother that lives at Ulladulla and we are visiting him in a couple of weeks time.

  • Rhonda Albom
    January 13, 2018

    Impressive list, and amazing finds for nearly every letter. So many lovely beaches. My favourite image on the page is NORTH STRADBROKE ISLAND.

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