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Extra-special Australian beaches

You’ll see so many spectacular Australian beaches on your trip around Oz. We discovered these unexpected jewels on our way around…awed by their beauty, wildness and isolation. We have a long list of favourites, but these beaches hold a special place in our trip memories.

Do you have a beach you love? Share it here, and I'll dedicate a page to it on Trip Around Oz.

Beach at Thomas River Camp, Cape Arid, WAWhat a view we had - exploring the coastal walk along the beach at Thomas River Camp, Cape Arid, WA.

For me, the best beach is the one I don’t have to share with hundreds of people.

Everyone has different ideas of what makes the best beach. I like to soak up the beauty, and dive in for a crystal clear swim…all by myself if I’m lucky. And, I’ve been pretty lucky!

Lombadina Beach (Dampier Penninsula, WA)

Lombadina Beach, Dampier Penninsula, WA.Lombadina Beach, all to ourselves.

Lombadina is about 200 km north of Broome, on the northern end of the Dampier Penninsula. This idyllic beach is part of the Lombadina Aboriginal Community, and you’ll need a permit from their office to visit. The community itself is also a wonderful place worth visiting (order their freshly baked bread from the store, it is delicious).

The beach itself extends as far as the eye can see in both directions. You can drive the length of it too. You could have it to yourself for hours, or share it with a couple of locals going fishing. Easy to see why people come here and stay for months!

Conto Beach (Margaret River, WA)

Walking towards Conto Beach, Margaret River, WA.We couldn't get enough of the views on our coastal walk to Conto Beach, Margaret River, WA.

Roaring surf with sweeping hills rushing down to meet it…Conto’s is a place where you can feel the power of the ocean. You can swim in the shallows, or hike up high to watch the surfers tackle the waves out the back.

Cape Le Grand National Park (South Coast, WA)

Little Hellfire Bay, Cape Le Grand NP, WA.Little Hellfire Bay still impressed us after our stunning morning walk in Cape Le Grand.

White sand, coloured rocks, crystal clear water every shade of blue you can imagine.

The islands and rocky coastline around Esperance make the beaches in Cape Le Grand sheltered and picturesque. You can walk (incredibly scenic), or drive from Lucky Bay around to nearby coves . It’s just one sensational beach after another.

And if you’re lucky (or early), you might even find yourself alone in this little slice of paradise.

Cape Arid National Park (South Coast, WA)

Jorndee Creek, Cape Arid National Park, WA.Fishing in our own private beach lagoon, at Jorndee Creek in Cape Arid.

Venture a little further east of Cape Le Grand, and you’ll lose the crowd and keep the beaches. Cape Arid beaches can be wild or still, depending on the wind and weather. This park has such an extensive stretch of coastline, you can feel as though you are the only one in it! We stayed at Jorndee Creek over a long weekend…and we had the beach completely to ourselves for five days!

Memory Cove (Port Lincoln National Park, SA)

Memory Cove, Port Lincoln National Park, SA.Our 30 second walk to the beach from our camp!

Memory Cove is part of a wilderness protection area along a beautiful stretch of coastline. It is a secluded cove, where you camp a few metres from the beach. You need a permit to visit, as it’s limited to 15 vehicles and five camping groups per day.

You can swim, fish, or walk in the bush around the cove. Or you can just sit and soak up the atmosphere. It feels as though you are on your own private beach, miles from civilisation… which I guess you are.

Why no East Coast?

It’s not intentional. I love so many Australian beaches, including those on the East Coast. Maybe because we had so many sensational beaches all to ourselves on the West and South Coast, they come to mind first. But, there was one particular Queensland Beach...

Chilli Beach (Cape York, Qld)

Chilli Beach, Cape York, QldRelaxing on Chilli Beach, Cape York, Qld

It’s a couple of hours’ detour to get to Chilli Beach from the Penninsula Development Road up Cape York. The drive is half the fun and what a reward when you get there!

We camped in the deep rainforest that borders the beach…ate coconuts until we could eat no more…wandered through the tidal pools looking for interesting creatures. Sadly, you can’t swim, here though – its stinger and croc country.

Australian beaches are magnificent.

After enjoying these incredible Australian beaches and many more, I think we must have some of the best beaches in the world. I haven’t been enough places to say it with absolute certainty – but our beaches have got to be up there with the best. Enjoy!

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