From Beach to Swimming Hole
Australia’s best spots to cool down this summer
As the mercury rises, you may be tempted to hit the local pool, but thanks to our list of Australia’s hidden gems, why would you want to? Pack your hiking shoes or Teva sandals, your togs and towel and discover the pleasure of nature’s best!
Resolute Beach, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park (NSW)
Located in Sydney’s north, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park is home to Resolute Beach – one of the state’s most picturesque beaches. A steep two-kilometre descent rewards you with an isolated cove of soft white sand and turquoise blue sea. Lined by shady trees, it’s a wonderful spot for a picnic.
Currumbin Rock Pools, Gold Coast (QLD)
Although the Gold Coast is known for its iconic beaches, a 15-minute drive inland from Currumbin Beach harbours a secret that locals like to keep to themselves. Currumbin Rock Pools has rock ledges and rope swings, and looks like a scene straight from a childhood memory. It has barbecue and picnic facilities, so pack supplies and make a day of it.
Redhead Beach, Lake Macquarie (NSW)
At the northern end of a nine-mile stretch of coastline, this gorgeous beach is known for its stunning cliffs, rocky outcrops and shark tower. Popular with swimmers and surfers, it is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer. You might even spot swans, ducks and other wildlife that call this area home.
Wappa Falls, Sunshine Coast (QLD)
Along the Maroochy River on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Wappa Falls is nature’s perfect swimming pool. A small waterfall tumbles over slippery rocks into a compact, deep swimming hole. There are no amenities nearby, so come prepared!
Lake Navarino, Perth (WA)
Surrounded by lush forest, Lake Navarino is indescribably beautiful. Its calm, clear waters make it a popular spot for families, water skiers and fisherman. A nearby campsite means you can make a full weekend at this stunning spot.
Yanchep Lagoon, Perth (WA)
Popular with swimmers and snorkellers, this protected reef offers calm waters (in the right conditions), making it ideal for young families and less-experienced swimmers. Its breathtaking natural beauty – think white sand and azure waters – plus café, kids playground and other amenities creates the sweetest spot in the region.
Bay of Fires, Binnalong Bay (TAS)
Named by Lonely Planet as the world’s hottest travel destination, this is where pristine wilderness meets the sea. As well as exquisite beaches and crystalline waters, there is plenty of wildlife such as sea eagles, albatross and cockatoos. It’s also a fantastic spot for kayaking, boating and fishing.
Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island (QLD)
Lake McKenzie is a unique ‘perched’ lake, in that it contains no rainwater, no groundwater, is not fed by streams and does not flow to the ocean. It’s also a place of extreme natural beauty with the bluest waters and purest, whitest silica sand, so soft it feels like flour beneath your feet.
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