Best Beach Towns of Australia : Part 1

Talk about spoiled for choice ... nonetheless, we've put together, in two parts, our list of '10 Best Beach Towns of Australia'.

Packing up and heading for the beach is a great Australian summer ritual. But not all beach towns are created equal – some are fab for families; some are places that party all night long; others are low on stress and big on relaxation. 

1. Best for : Families

Torquay, Victoria

Vibe: Perhaps best known as 'one-end-of-the Great Ocean Road', Torquay is also a big hit with families as the surf capital of Victoria. It has most water sports on offer, from swimming at the sheltered Front Beach to snorkeling at Point Danger (don’t worry – it's far less dangerous than the name suggests).

Attractions: Surfers will definitely want to check out the world's largest surf museum, SurfWorld. Newbies can get started at Go-Ride-a-Wave surf school.

If you prefer to stay on dry land, you can get some great exercise on one of the area's many golf courses.

Dining: A great meal can be found at 'Scorched', a modern bistro with a stunning beach view.

Don't miss: The Surf Coast Walk, over 40 kilometers of picturesque coastal tracks linking Torquay with Anglesea and Aireys Inlet.

2. Best for : Do-it-Yourself-ers

Port Macquarie, NSW

Vibe: If you love barbeques and prefer to catch your own dinner rather than dine out, Port Macquarie is your kind of place. Here you can go fishing on a BBQ boat ... and/or try your hand at catching mud-crabs.

Attractions: Watch numerous species of birds and wildlife at Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park, admire the native flowers at Kattang Nature Reserve's Flower Bowl Circuit, or take a canoe through the mangroves.

Dining: The freshest seafood can also be washed down with a quality selection of wine at 'The Stunned Mullet'. If you fancy something simple yet healthy, Milkbar Town Beach offers organic light bites.

Don't miss: Australia's only koala hospital offers daily tours.

3. Best for : Foodies

Mooloolaba, Queensland

Vibe: Edged with Norfolk pines, the long strip of beach is covered with crunchy sand, however, there's plenty to tempt you away from the water.

Attractions: The Sunshine Coast Kite Surfing Academy is a great place for action fans, kids love Australia Zoo, and food fans will want to sign up for one of the area's excellent cooking classes. You can try How to Cook Kitchen at Cotton Tree or The Long Apron at Spicers Clovelly.

Dining: Discover the goodness of vegan food at Its Rawsome ... or head out of town to the superb Spirit House at Eumundi.

Don't miss: People-watching at The Velo Project on the esplanade with a cup of finest coffee this beach town offers. BTW, the avocado toast with pistachio dukkha is the perfect way to start the day.

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4. Best for : Nature Lovers

Kingscliff, NSW

Vibe: Golden beaches flanked by hinterland rainforest mean there's always something new to explore.

Attractions: The walking track to Protestors Falls meanders past bungalow palms, buttress-rooted figs, maiden's blush, elk-horns and stag-horns. Serious hikers will want to tackle the 4.4-kilometre climb up Mount Warning, while the Casuarina Sculpture Walk offers a pretty foreshore trail.

Dining: Settle down at Fins to enjoy some superb seafood, or for a quick bite, check out Choux Box cafe.

Don't miss: Snorkeling or diving the spectacular Cook Island Marine Sanctuary.

5. Best for : Retro fans

1770, Queensland

Vibe: Not only was Seventeen Seventy built on the site of explorer Captain James Cook's second landing (in 1770), this has to be the beach holiday you remember from your childhood. No skyscrapers, no fancy restaurants, just uninterrupted days of enjoying the sun and sea.

Attractions: Explore the area on an electric bike, or sign up for a motorbike or sand boarding tour.

Dining: 'The Tree' offers great burgers with a stunning view, while on Friday nights The Pizza at Kahunas stays really busy.

Don't miss: A snorkeling day trip to the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Keep on reading the second part of this article for five more stunning beach towns of Australia that will blow your mind.

Jonathan Campbell

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