Check out 5 of the most stunning beaches on the East Coast of Australia.
By Anwyn Howarth
A dip in the water is the best way to handle the summer heat in Australia. I consider myself lucky to live here, where there are so many beautiful beaches spread along the coast of New South Wales and Queensland. Some are very popular with tourists and some are nicely tucked away for the locals to enjoy. Here’s a little selection of my favourite beaches.
Your initial arrival at Cabarita will provide no view of the ocean, but don't let that discourage you. Continue past the main row of shops up the hill and you will be greeted with one of the most blessed sights to rest your eyes upon on the entire New South Wales North coast. Cabarita is renowned for its white sand and crystal clear water. Exploring it is an experience that demands to be taken in through all the senses. Don't rush this one, even if swimming doesn't appeal to you, follow the path up the headland for 360 degree views of the Pacific ocean, Gold Coast Hinterlands and beyond.
Even more golden than it's namesake, Miami is one of the more populated beaches on the Gold Coast, so if it's privacy you're after you're probably not going to find it here. However like Cabarita, Miami also hosts an impressive headland. After a dip in the ocean, rediscover your five year old self and clamber over the rock face to dry off.
This is a beach not to miss. Crystal clear water, good waves for body surfing, clean white sand and fabulous views back towards the hinterland. Currumbin is arguably the most attractive beach on the Gold Coast.
Home of hipsters and hippies alike, Byron is known for its stunning beaches and views, as well as playing host to major music festivals such as Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival and Bluesfest. As it happens, Byron is also the easternmost point of Australia, so if you're the kind of person who'll beat the sun to the horizon for a killer sunrise, wake up early and take the Cape Byron walking track to the lookout. Not only will you be greeted with a blast of pink and orange, you will also be the first in Australia to usher in the new day.
This sleepy little town is as close as you get to the perfect seaside getaway location. Just 20 minutes past the Gold Coast, Kingscliff Beach is as wide as it is beautiful, stretching all the way from Fingal Head to the mouth of the Tweed River. The town itself is home to some of the finest cafes and shops in the area. If you are ever travelling through, stop awhile at Mockingbird for a coffee, then wander next door to the bookstore for a browse.
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