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Hop on down to the beach!

Now is a good time to explore some of Australia’s top spots to cool off and have a break from the summer heat. Australia has some of the most well-known and beautiful beaches but also some hidden to gems to discover.

Stayz has listed some of Australia’s most well-known beaches in their top 10 list, offering some great travel ideas.

However, here are some of my favourite spots that you may not find on any list, but you won’t regret the visit.

(1) Crescent Head, NSW Crescent Head is on the NSW North Coast. It is a small community and relatively under developed. It feels a world away from the city. With some amazing surf beaches as well the creek to swim in, it is the perfect spot for families or the keen surfer. A few days in Crescent Head will leave you ready to take on the rest of 2017.

(2) Byron Bay, North Coast NSW Byron Bay has something for everyone, whether you a looking to mix some yoga with a break at the beach, or enjoy some great bars and restaurants as well as the markets. Byron Bay has a great range of accommodation from Hostels to apartments or 5 star retreats. The short walk from the town centre to the lighthouse will provide you with stunning photo opportunities. The lighthouse is located a Cape Byron, the easternmost point of mainland Australia.

(3) Parsley Bay, Sydney NSW I discovered Parsley Bay one day during a walk from Watsons Bay. Despite growing up in Sydney I didn’t know it existed. Parsley Bay is stunning and a great way to avoid the crowds of Bondi Beach. It is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, especially if you are not keen on the surf.

(4) Mossman Gorge, Queensland Whilst not a beach, Mossman Gorge is definitely a great spot to cool off. It is located in the Daintree National Park in North Queensland, 20 minutes from Port Douglas. There are some great walking tracks through the rainforest where you can take in some stunning views and swim in the crystal clear cool streams. Mossman Gorge is a must do if you are up in North Queensland.

(5) Hyams Beach, Shoalhaven NSW Hyams beach is reported as having the whitest sand in the world. Located three hours from Sydney, it is a perfect stop if exploring the NSW South Coast. It is quiet beachside town and the bonus is it is not overcrowded like Sydney beaches on a warm day. So next time you are planning a day out, a weekend away or looking to explore some of Australia, make sure you make the most of the beautiful surrounds Australia has to offer, and add my favourite beaches to your bucket list.


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