Best Family & Kid Friendly Beaches in Australia

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  • Hyams Beach // New South Wales

    Hyams Beach

    Situated on the northern shores of Jervis Bay, Hyams beach is one of a number of stunning beaches. To put things in perspective, Jervis Bay is around 4 times the size of Sydney harbour and much of it is lined with unspoilt beach.

    Here you will find lush forests spilling onto white sand beaches which are gently lapped by the crystal clear azure waters of the Pacific Ocean. And when we say "white sand" we mean it - according to the Guinness Book of Records, Hyams Beach has the whitest… read more »

  • Noosa Main Beach // Queensland

    Noosa Main Beach

    With Noosa National Park to one side and the boutiques, cafes and bars of Hastings Street to the rear Noosa Heads Main Beach is in a prime spot. An expansive stretch of sun-soaked pale-golden sand this is one of the finest beaches on the Sunshine Coast.

    Despite being one of Australia's favourite holiday destinations Noosa manages a perfect balancing act with the beaches here remaining unspoilt by over-development. The beachfront is low-rise and lined with palms, pandanus and pine trees that blend into the forest of the headland.

    Although Noosa is well… read more »

  • Camp Cove Beach // New South Wales

    Camp Cove Beach
    ©Diliff / CC BY

    Camp Cove sits on the inner coast of South Head, the headland guarding the entrance to Sydney Harbour. As such the beach is not only sheltered but commands spectacular views back over the harbour and towards the city.

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  • Wineglass Bay // Tasmania

    Wineglass Bay
    ©Pawel Papis / 123RF

    This remote gem of a beach is situated in the stunning scenery of the Freycinet Peninsula in Tasmania. A near perfect semi-circle of pure white sand fringed by turquoise waters, Wineglass Bay is surrounded by heavily forested peaks making a spectacular natural ampitheatre.

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  • Twilight Beach // Western Australia

    Twilight Beach

    One of the closest beaches to Esperance in Western Australia is Twilight Beach, which lies just ten minutes west by road. Two large car parks make it easy to pull over and enjoy all the beach has to offer, which includes beautiful views of a rock formation just offshore, white sands, and azure waters that attract both swimmers and surfers.

    Facing southeast, Twilight Beach continues for an incredible 3.2 kilometres in length. Becoming more sheltered the further west you head, Twilight Beach is regarded as a great beach for families with… read more »

  • Sorrento Back Beach // Victoria

    Sorrento Back Beach

    Sorrento Back Beach is named after the town of Sorrento approximately 1.5 kilometres away. A part of Mornington Peninsula National Park, it is a beach known for its swimming, surfing and rockpools.

    Swimmers should stay within the flagged area to avoid rip currents, an additional precaution to the lifeguards on duty during the easter and summer holidays as well as weekends between these dates.

    To explore its rockpools, you'll want to visit Sorrento Back Beach at low tide, when some large enough to swim in are revealed in their full glory. For… read more »

  • Mooloolaba Beach // Queensland

    Mooloolaba Beach

    Mooloolaba Beach sits at the heart of Queensland's aptly named Sunshine Coast. 

    The pure white sands here are matched in their beauty by the crystal clear waters, which are often dotted with surfers from the Mooloolaba Surf Club. It's bang in the middle of the beach, and you'll find the lifeguard tower here too - it's manned by volunteers 365 days a year, so as with most Aussie beaches, you can be assured that safety's a big priority here

    There's plenty of space to lounge out along the sands, but… read more »

  • Cottesloe Beach // Western Australia

    Cottesloe Beach
    ©Richard Majlinder

    Cottesloe is a true city beach in the best possible sense. Located only 15 minutes from downtown Perth, Cottesloe still manages to remain the quintessential laid-back Australian beach. This mile long strip of golden sand is Perth's answer to Bondi beach yet there are as many differences as similarities.

    Despite being on the edge of one of Australia's major cities Cottesloe still manages to retain a slower pace of life. The wide grassy esplanade backed by Norfolk pine trees helps make the beach feel removed from the city behind… read more »

  • The Basin // Western Australia

    The Basin
    ©Brian Carlson

    Previously named Australia's top beach, an award not easy to come by in a country with 25,000 kilometres of coast, The Basin is just ten minutes from the main settlement of Thomson Bay.

    Edged by rocks and a fragile dune system, The Basin's sparkling sands slip into shallows that have long attracted swimmers, while its less-sheltered offshore reaches are a major attraction for surfers.

    At the peak of the surfing season, during the cooler months, The Basin hosts a series of major surf competitions, although the break conditions can vary quite widely… read more »

  • Shelly Beach // New South Wales

    Shelly Beach

    Shelly Beach is a real gem, just a short ferry ride from Sydney or a 20-minute walk south along Marine Parade from well-known Manly Beach. Tucked beneath the Shelly Head Lookout, it faces west and is very sheltered.

    The 100m long beach got its name as the sand is made up of broken seashells so it's rather coarse and not terribly good for building sandcastles. However, it's within the no-take Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve and protected marine sanctuary which makes it particularly special for snorkelling and scuba… read more »

  • Balmoral Beach // New South Wales

    Balmoral Beach
    ©Anton Leddin / CC BY

    Balmoral beach isn't just a posh name, this is one of the most upmarket neighbourhoods on the northern side of Sydney Harbour. Beautiful homes nestle in the the leafy streets clinging to the hillside, overlooking any number of fancy yachts moored out in the bay. Located only 8km from sowntown Sydney most can only imagine what the real estate prices are like here.

    Tucked in behind Middle Head this pair of long crescents of soft white sand are protected from any swells that manage to sneak between the harbour heads. Balmoral actually… read more »

  • Kings Beach // Queensland

    Kings Beach

    Marking the southerly limit of the Sunshine Coast is the town of Caloundra. Home to a number of great beaches, Kings Beach is the pick of the bunch.

    The beach here is a good sized stretch of soft, golden sand backing onto a well-manicured park complete with bandstand and fountain. There's also no shortage of eating options with a choice of cafes across the road.

    Although somewhat sheltered the surf here still gets pretty good. But the beach is generally safe with a year-round lifeguard patrol keeping an eye on things. Should… read more »

  • The Pass // New South Wales

    The Pass
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  • Suttons Beach // Queensland

    Suttons Beach
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  • Palm Cove // Queensland

    Palm Cove
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