Australia’s top beaches

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Australia’s renowned world-wide for its abundant, stunning beaches. With some of the planet’s longest stretches of white sandy coastline, our beaches are a tourist magnet. From popular surf beaches to secluded waters, we have picked our top two from each state – check it out!

Horseshoe Bay Beach 

Location: Magnetic Island, Queensland

Horseshoe Bay Beach is one of Bowen’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting visitors all year round. This sandy oasis is located on Cape Edgecumbe’s north-eastern tip, four kilometres from Bowen’s town centre. Framed by rounded granite rocks and boulders, the beach is a haven for fish and coral species. Swim in turquoise water, dive and snorkel by the rocks or explore the bay on foot. Fishing enthusiasts can throw a line off the rocks or beach, or tackle the fish from the jetty adjoining Grey’s Bay; we recommend fishing at high tide. Enjoy a tasty meal at the licensed Horseshoe Bay Cafe and Beach Bar or grab a nice cold icy-block from the beach kiosk.

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Burleigh Heads Beach

Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Situated along the Gold Coast glitter strip, Burleigh Heads Beach is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Positioned between Surfers Paradise and north Coolangatta, it’s a destination offering authentic Australian beach culture in a popular tourist setting. Not only has it been crowned one of the world’s best surfing beaches, it features shaded foreshores, a patrolled swimming area and a quirky cafe culture. Grab a spot on Burleigh Hill and watch the waves roll in as the suns sets over the coast.

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Bondi Beach 

Location: Bondi, New South Wales

There’s no doubt Bondi is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches. The sweeping white-sand crescent is a NSW tourist magnet. for Located just seven kilometres east of Sydney’s central business district, it’s the city’s closest ocean beach. Bondi is known for its consistent surf waves, ideal swimming conditions, delicious cafes and of course, the famous television series ‘Bondi Rescue’. This coastal oasis also boasts a family friendly parkland backing on to the beach. Bondi is the perfect spot for a relaxing walk, cruisy bike ride or family picnic.

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Dreamtime Beach 

Location: Fingal Head, New South Wales

Dreamtime Beach is one of Australia’s hidden gems. Located on the southern side of Fingal Head in Northern NSW, this beach maintains a secluded vibe. The beach’s name is a reference to its Indigenous significance; its traditional owners are the Minjungbal people. Dreamtime Beach stretches five kilometres to Kingscliff; its panoramic scenery is cherished by surfers, swimmers and nature enthusiasts alike.

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Boat Harbour Beach 

Location: Boat Harbour, Tasmania

Boat Harbour Beach is a short 10-minute drive from Wynyard, Tasmania. You’ll adore the white sand and clear blue water. Boat Harbour’s small beach community is nestled between rocky headlands and lush greenery. The family-friendly waves, shallow rock pools, white sand and children’s’ playground make it a popular spot all year round. If you’re taking in captivating views from the town, high above sea level, you may just glimpse seals, dolphins or whales frolicking in nearby waters. One more thing – don’t forget to tickle your taste buds at Surf Club House.

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Bay of Fires

Location: Binalong Bay, Tasmania

Tasmania’s Bay of Fires is a beautiful stretch of white sand and crystal clear water. Covering the coastline from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point, there are plenty of swimming spots, inlets to explore and rocks to climb. Binnalong Bay is the area’s main beach, popular for surfing, swimming and snorkelling. You can also take part in self-guided and guided walks where you’ll discover abundant local wildlife. The area is also renowned for game fishing, with various boat ramps available if you’d like to cast a line.

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Second Valley Beach

Location: Second Valley, South Australia

Stunning coastal views, old boat sheds, steep cliffs and unique geological formations make Second Valley Beach one of South Australia‘s most popular tourist destinations. Located just 90 kilometres from Adelaide and hidden in SA’s farming region, this beach has been popular with tourists since 1836. Swim, snorkel and scuba dive in Second Valley’s protected waters or cast a line off the jetty. Adventurous visitors can explore the cliffs and grassy headland by foot.

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Glenelg Beach

Location: Glenelg, South Australia

Renowned for beautiful white sand and stunning sunsets, Glenelg Beach is Adelaide’s most popular city beach. Aside from picturesque scenery, Glenelg offers a buzzing social vibe, bustling shops and quirky cafes. There are also many foreshore parks with grassy areas, picnic facilities and playgrounds for the kiddies. Take a stroll along the jetty, cool off in the crystal clear water or grab some food and enjoy an iconic ‘Glenelg sunset’. Glenelg Beach caters to travellers of all ages.

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Nightcliff Beach

Location: Darwin, Northern Territory

In recent years, Nightcliff Beach has evolved into a tourism hot spot, attracting visitors from far and wide. Situated directly on the coastal fringe, it has arguably become one of Darwin’s most desirable suburbs. To protect swimmers, the beach has a stinger net and is patrolled by Darwin Surf Life Saving Club. If you’re an eager fisher, cast a line off the jetty or fish from the beach. Today, a 20-kilometre footpath runs along Nightcliff’s foreshore – a popular spot for walking, jogging and cycling. If you’re visiting on a Sunday, don’t forget to check out the food and entertainment at the local Night Cliff markets (6am to 2pm).

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Dundee Beach

Location: Dundee, Northern Territory

Dundee Beach is situated on Fog Bay, approximately 120 kilometres south-west of Darwin. Not only does it attract tourists from across Australia, Darwin locals flock here on weekends; some have even invested in their very own beach shack. The white sand, turquoise water and abundant fish make it a popular spot to visit all year round. Take a fishing charter or fire up the barbie. The Dundee Beach Trailer Boat Club holds monthly barbecues and theme nights, as well as serving tasty meals on the daily!

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Bells Beach

Location: Torquay, Victoria

Adored by surfers worldwide, Bells Beach is a tourist hot spot along the Great Ocean Road. Despite being close to the busy highway, the beach is bustling with visitors all year round. This slice of paradise is clean, unpolluted and home to various walking tracks and scenic lookouts. Although the water can at times be rough, sections of the beach are patrolled by lifeguards, providing a safe haven for families with children.

Each Easter, Bells Beach hosts the Rip Curl Pro Surfer Competition. This attracts enormous crowds, boosting Torquay’s tourism industry. If in town during the comp, head down to the beach – you won’t regret it!

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Apollo Bay

Location: Apollo Bay, Victoria

Apollo Bay is located a few hours out of Melbourne, at the western end of the Great Ocean Road. This family-friendly white-sand beach stretches three kilometres along the Southern Ocean. Apollo Bay is an open swimming beach with an occasional swell for surfers; we recommend swimming at the southern end as it is generally safest. If you love to fish, cast a line off the beach or headland. Explore the grassy foreshore, relax on the sand or enjoy a delicious meal at a local cafes or restaurant.

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The Basin

Location: Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Rottnest island, located just 18 kilometres off Perth’s coast, is home to pristine beaches and protected swimming bays. Just off the beach, a hole in the reef forms a huge natural swimming pool, referred to as ‘The Basin’. Tourists and locals flock to this area to take photographs and swim in the crystal clear, refreshing ocean water. Gentle waves wash over the reef into the Basin as visitors snorkel, swim and laze about. Relax on the white sand or enjoy the panoramic view from the rocky headland. Whatever you do – don’t forget your camera!

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Cable Beach Broome

Location: Broome, Western Australia

Broome’s Cable Beach is renowned as one of the world’s most stunning beaches. The pristine white sand and turquoise waters stretch 22 kilometres up the coast! Even in peak season (between May and October), there are plenty of sandy spots where you can lay a towel and relax. Overcrowding definitely isn’t an issue here! Try your hand at fishing or take a leisurely stroll along the beach. Want to experience the location from a different perspective? Jump on one of Broome’s famous camel tours. For dinner, we suggest Sunset Bar & Grill or Cable Beach Resort & Spa.


What’s on in Queensland in 2018

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2018 is jam-packed with amazing events and entertainment – particularly in Queensland. Check out our top seven things to see and do in the sunshine state this year!

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers – Toowoomba

When: 21st – 30th September

Each September, Toowoomba blooms. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a cultural event featuring stunning gardens, fresh produce, entertainment and local wines. Don’t miss out on the Grand Central Floral Parade, which paints the city with colour. Held on the first Saturday of the carnival, it’s a great start to a fun-filled week.

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers


Mission Beach Community Cassowary Festival – Mission Beach 

When: 9th – 10th June

The inaugural Mission Beach Community Cassowary Festival was held in 2017, and we think it is here to stay. Held in June, the community comes together to celebrate the unique natural environment, showing off the area’s gorgeous reef, rainforest and unique wildlife. The festival also encourages interaction between guests and the local community. The event is held in Mission Beach’s gardens and parks overlooking the Coral Sea. There are many things to see and do for all ages including children’s activities, music, information stalls, food and the ‘Flying Cassowary’ street parade.

Mission Beach

Noosa Food and Wine Festival – Sunshine Coast 

When: 17th – 20th May

Noosa is one of Australia’s best foodie destinations. Celebrate your love for fine dining and a glass of red at Noosa’s annual Food and Wine Festival; Noosa’s gorgeous waterways make for a stunning backdrop. Featuring over 35 fabulous events, Australia’s best chefs will feed the region with tasty meals accompanied by delicious wines. The event will take place in a number of locations including Noosa Heads Lions Park, Noosa Main Beach, plus signature restaurants throughout Noosa and along Hastings Street.

Noosa Food and Wine Festival

Quicksilver and Roxy Pro – Gold Coast 

When: 11th – 22nd March

Each year Snapper Rocks transforms into the ultimate surf hub, attracting thousands of tourists and fans worldwide. The Quick Silver and Roxy Pro  competition has produced more world champions than any other. You’ll see surfing legends tackle the waves and barrels head on. 2018 features the best of the best including Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Steph Gilmore and Owen Wright.

Quicksilver and Roxy Pro

Mt Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo – Mt Isa  

When: 9th – 12th August

The Mt Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo celebrates all things country. Each year in August, locals and tourists flock to the town of hard yakka and scorching heat. This event is full of non-stop rodeo action including bull riding, bareback bronc, rope and tie, and steer wrestling. There’s also music, food and behind the scenes tours on offer.

Mt Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo

Brisbane Festival – Brisbane 

When: 8th – 29th September

The annual Brisbane Festival is one of Australia’s most prominent international arts festivals. Each year, September explodes with theatre, circus, dance, opera and major public events such as Sunsuper River Fire. Since 2009, the Brisbane festival has grown to attract approximately one million people every year. Embraced by the city and admired by the world, this festival aims to connect artists and audiences from all nations, lifting spirits and encouraging community engagement. With the ultimate goal of inspiring others, the Brisbane Festival is an essential Queensland event.

The Brisbane Festival

Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic – Mt Isa

When: 26th – 28th Ocotober

If you’re a fishing enthusiast or simply love the outdoors, Lake Moondarra is the place to be this October! The annual Moondarra Classic promises three days of fun, excitement and non-stop action. The picturesque Lake is situated 15 kilometres north of Mount Isa and boasts a jam-packed program for all ages. Not only does it offer over 20 prize categories on land and water, it also features an impressive lineup of entertainment, fireworks, trade exhibits, camping food and sports. With plenty to do, see and experience, you’ll have a blast!

Lake Moondarra
Mount Isa

Get hooked on Australia’s top fishing spots

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Australia's top five fishing spots

Australia is renowned for its legendary fishing spots. From cool Southern waters to the Tropical Top End, we’re surrounded by fish-rich coastline. However, ever-changing fish migration patterns make it hard to know where these magical spots are hidden.

Some fishing enthusiasts prefer serene lakes and rivers while others enjoy throwing a line off a pier. With this in mind, we have put together five spots loved by fishers Australia-wide.


Cairns to Karumba 6-day roadtrip (Savannah Way guide – part 1)

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Stretching from Cairns to Broome, the Savannah Way is Australia’s longest and arguably most fascinating driving route, covering 3700km of bitumen. As this journey is long, most travellers tackle it in small bursts. We’ve written a guide to each section of this epic road trip, starting with Cairns to Karumba. As we publish the remainder of this guide, we’ll add links for easy access.

This section of the Savannah Way includes many attractions, gorgeous photo ops and a guaranteed encounter with wildlife. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and hit the road!

Savannah Way Itinerary


Perth and Margaret River – 5 day travel itinerary

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This tour of Perth and Margaret River showcases Australia’s diverse, picturesque natural landscapes. In just under a week, you will experience Western Australia’s true beauty. Embark on this journey for breathtaking views, indulgent tastes and endless attractions.

So many fantastic regional attractions can only be seen later in the year. Therefore, we strongly recommend travelling between September and November. This will ensure your trip coincides with the whale watching and wildflower seasons. You may also catch the Fremantle Festival (end of October) or Gourmet Escape (mid-November). Allow five to six days to make the most of this itinerary.


Camping is the best way to spend New Year’s Eve

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New Year's Eve Camping

You’ve spent New Year’s Eve in city rooftop bars for too many years now. It all gets a bit mundane when each year is the same, right? You spend hundreds of dollars on entry fees and drink packages at bars that you could go to any old weekend. To make matters worse, you’re suckered into lining up for drinks and paying an outrageous Uber surcharge to get home. This year, why not try something different?


Review: James Baroud Evasion Evolution rooftop tent (after 3 years)

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We purchased our James Baroud Evasion Evolution rooftop tent in 2014 after several uncomfortable camping trips in a $40 Big W tent.  Since then, the tent has been on plenty of adventures, including holidays and work trips.

After three years of moderate to heavy use (on average at least one trip a month),  I finally decided to review our James Baroud – and see how it has held up.

Note: This review is not sponsored by James Baroud. The rooftop tent featured was purchased at the full retail price for personal use. The video is of our personal tent. Images are of the Apollo Motorhome Holidays Vivid Camper.


3 Easy (and delish) vegetarian camping recipes

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There’s no doubt traditional camping meals are meat-heavy. If you’re the only vego on a camping trip, you can end up with an empty stomach miles from the nearest shop. To avoid this experience, planning is key.

We’ve compiled some of our favourite vegetarian camping meals for your pleasure. All these meals are suitable for lacto-ovo vegetarians – that means they may contain eggs or dairy, but do not include any meat, fish or meat by-products. We’ve also noted possible vegan and gluten free modifications where possible.