Our top 5 picks: Best beach holidays in Australia

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‘Tis the season to be on holiday – and what better place to discover than our very own Australia? Domestic travelling is often underrated, and if you’re looking for a convenient and gorgeous destination, you may not have to travel as far as you think.

In celebration of a long, hot summer, here’s our pick of Aussie’s best five beach holidays to enjoy this sunny season:

Lizard Island, Queensland

This stunning location is for those who want a taste of luxury. Lizard Island offers a true atmosphere of relaxation, leisure and discovery, with 24 bright white beaches, glass-bottomed boat tours, Azure Spa treatments and bush walks. Situated on the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, snorkellers and divers are spoilt for choice of lagoons and coral reefs.

Lizard Island is the ultimate romantic beach getaway for couples, and is worth its price-tag. Think carefully before planning a family getaway – staying at Lizard Island Resort is only for children aged 10 and up.

Burleigh Heads Beach, Gold Coast

This family oriented, patrolled beach on the Gold Coast makes our top five for its sheer versatility. During the day, the clean surf of Burleigh Heads offers a playground for surfers and kitesurfers. For wildlife lovers, numerous walking tracks let you catch glimpses of birds such as lorikeets, and the ocean is home to carpet sharks and humpback whales. At night, head out to one of the surrounding restaurants or bars.

There truly is a way to make this holiday one that suits your style, so bring the kids along for an action packed getaway or travel as a couple for a more romantic escape.

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands

The eye-wateringly white sand of this pristine beach is what makes it one of our top five – Whitehaven Beach is undeniably beautiful and serene.

Try getting the best view of this beauty by taking a scenic helicopter or plane flight. Aside from the thrill of flying, it’s the best way to admire the outlook and try to capture photographs that will do it justice.

A direct flight to Whitsunday Coast Airport will get you as close as you need to organise transport by boat to this idyllic beach. You’ll need to book in advance to stay here, as the campsite only caters for up to 36 people at a time.

Bells Beach, Victoria

If you’re looking for a beach that provides thrills and entertainment the whole family will enjoy, Bells Beach may well be perfect. A little over an hours drive from Melbourne, the beach hosts the Ripcurl Easter Pro surf competition, a two-day festival in April that sees pro surfers take on notorious five metre swells, live music and crowds numbering in the thousands.

The beach holds surf competitions throughout the summer season. Holidaying surfers also have the chance to get involved, as there are two right hand breaks suitable for those at intermediate level.

Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia

This secluded treasure will delight travellers wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Situated in Cape Le Grand National Park, this white sandy bay is about getting away from it all.

Enjoy swimming in clear blue ocean, exploring the walking trails, soaking up the sun on the beach or launching your boat and experiencing a peaceful day on the water.

Kids will love the fact that you have to camp to stay here, which also means a holiday on a budget – prices don’t get any higher than $10 per night for adults.

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