Best Beach Towns of Australia : Part 2

In the first part we discovered five beach towns to explore. In this second installment, we’ll highlight another five ...  

Best for : the young at heart

Sorrento, Victoria

Vibe: Don't let the heritage buildings fool you as Sorrento offers some of the best beach holidays with a buzz.

Attractions: If you're feeling sporty, you can swim with seals and dolphins out in the bay at Chinamans Hat. If you feeling shorter on energy, go gallery hopping or cruise the shops along Ocean Beach Road, or stroll the Sorrento-Portsea Artists Trail. You can also catch a live band at the Sorrento Pub, after dinner.

Dining: The local wineries own some notable restaurants, including Ten Minutes by Tractor. For something casual, try a family-friendly Italian restaurant Smokehouse.

Don't miss: Drinks in the Portsea Pub's sunny beer garden is an afternoon ritual.

Best for : couples

Killcare, NSW

Vibe: Away from the city hustle and bustle, this forest-fringed beach haven is a great place to indulge in fine food, a spot of shopping, and to spend some quality time with your partner.

Attractions: Take it slow on the walking trails through the Bouddi Peninsula national park, laze on the seven pretty beaches (which also include Pretty Beach), or browse the fashion, art and homewares on display in Moochinside.

Dining: For Middle Eastern food lovers, L'Anxaneta, a cafe and tapas bar in the heritage-listed Old Killcare Store, offers excellent Mediterranean cuisine.

Don't miss: Acclaimed chef Stefano Manfredi's delicious Italian food at Manfredi at Bells – or you can learn to do-it-yourself at one of their cooking classes.

Best for : action fans

Phillip Island, Victoria

Vibe: Looking for a more accelerated holiday? In addition to the iconic penguin parade, Phillip Island also offers a plethora of action activities.

Attractions: Be a speed demon and let a professional take you from zero to 100km/h in just 3.8 seconds, on a go-kart race track. Check out the penguin parade, or a kayaking adventure exploring hidden caves around Cape Woolamai.

Dining: You can catch your own lunch at Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, or go with tradition at White Salt Fish and Chippery.

Don't miss: A succulent brew at the Rusty Water Brewery Restaurant and Bar.

Best for : party people

Airlie Beach, Queensland

Vibe: This nostalgic backpacker haven is growing up with fine food and sophisticated accommodation. However, with a party seemingly every night, it's a great place to make new friends.

Attractions: The Whitsundays, all about the water, is like heaven on earth. If diving and snorkeling is not your thing, then charter a yacht and go island hopping, or take a seaplane to the stunning Heart Reef.

Dining: Treat yourself to the degustation menu at Peppers' Tides Restaurant, showcasing the very best local produce.

Don't miss: The Singapore chilli crab at Fish D'vine.

Best for : fashionistas

Noosa, Queensland

Vibe: Lined with designer boutiques and upmarket restaurants, Hastings Street is the ultimate beach-chic destination.

Attractions: Yes, there is more to do in Noosa than shopping. Pick up some local produce at the farmers' markets, revitalize yourself with a horse ride along the shore, then pacify those muscles with a massage at one of Noosa's many famous spas.

Dining: Most of the Noosa's best restaurants serve up their meals with a side of marvelous views. Leave the dining choices up to the chef at one of the best Japanese restaurants in Queensland, Wasabi, or go to Ricky's River Bar & Restaurant for a Mediterranean treat.

Don't miss: A moonlit dinner cruise on the river.

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Best for : Marine Life Lovers

Victor Harbour, South Australia

Vibe: A formerly throbbing port with whalers and sealers, Victor Harbour is a beautiful beach town with stunning beach views.

Attraction: Educate yourself about whales and dolphins at the South Australian Whale Centre. Take a ride on the Cockle train to Goolwa, or learn about whaling history at Granite Island Recreation Park.

Dining: Famous for its chargrilled steaks and seafood, Anchorage Café Restaurant Wine Bar is sure to blow your tastebuds. Try their rib-eye steak with Shiraz and thyme glaze, or crispy spatchcock with sticky soy. You can also eat at Whalers Inn that offers scrumptious seafood on an outdoor deck overlooking Wright Island and Encounter Bay.

Don’t Miss: Helicopter joy flights over Victor Harbour, Granite Island, local vineyards and the mouth of the Murray River.

Best for : Relaxed couples

Port Elliot, South Australia

Vibe: This charming historic town set on scenic Horseshoe Bay is gaining popularity as a holiday destination for its fabulous beaches and relaxed coastal atmosphere.

Attraction: Collect a brochure from the railway station and join the heritage walk with National Trust Historical Display, The Strand, and the Maritime Heritage Trail. You can also enjoy popular spots like Freeman Nob, Encounter Bikeway, Horseshoe Beach and Boomer Beach.

Dining: For seafood lovers the Flying Fish Café is a great option here. With dreamy ocean views this place serves superb oysters, rich fish stews, and beer battered fish and chips.

Don’t Miss: A dive on Fleurieu Peninsula, with leafy sea dragons, shipwrecks, dolphins and myriad fish species

That’s all for now. Pack up and decide upon which type of tourist you are and hit the beach town of your choice, and we're sure that you’ll definitely have a memorable beach holiday.

Jonathan Campbell

Aussie Trip Advisor, 12H Nob Hill, Roseland NJ 07068

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