5 Most Popular Beach Towns in Australia


Comprising of over 8000 islands and tiny islets, Australia is one of the most sought after beach holiday destinations. Offering a perfect escape from the bustling city life are some beautiful beach towns in the country. Read on to know more!

Yamba, New South Wales

Founded in 1854 by a few European travellers, Yamba is a beautiful beach town in Australia. Featuring around six pristine beaches including Whiting, Turners, Yamba, Pippi, Flat Rock (Barri Point) and Barri (locally known as Dump Beach), it is  a perfect spot to enjoy the best of sun and sand in the region. Surfing, diving and snorkelling are among the popular activities enjoyed by the tourists here. Byron Bay, Yuraygir National Park, Clarence River Light, Story House Museum and several aboriginal villages are other attractions in the region. For an ideal culinary experience, make your way to the nearby shacks and street stalls serving a wide range of authentic dishes.

South West Rocks, New South Wales

A hidden gem on the horseshoe bay in New South Wales, South West Rocks is a beautifully designed and well maintained town. Originally established in 1866 by invaders from the north, the town today is a charming seaside town known for being home to some fine beaches. Major attractions in the town include Trial Bay Gaol, Arakoon National Park, Hat Head National Park, Smoky Cape Lighthouse and Fish Rock Cave. Swimming, diving, trekking and camping are some of the activities people can enjoy in the town. Moreover, you can spot whales here between the months of May and November.

Beachport, South Australia

Situated on the Limestone Coast south of Mt Gambier, Beachport is a popular coastal town in Australia. This popular beachside town is a perfect for those looking for a quick escape from the bustling city life. Railway Terrace, Old Wool & Grain Store – National Trust Museum, 5 Railway Terrace, Rivoli Bay Pool of Siloam, Beachport Conservation Park and Penguin Island Conservation Park are among the popular attractions in the town.

1770, Queensland

Named after the landing of Captain James Cook on May 1770 on the island, 1770 is a beautiful, tiny town. Formerly called ‘Round Hill’, this stunning coastal town is known for its pristine beaches and offers a wide range of interesting water sports and recreational activities including boating, swimming, deep sea diving, fishing, camping, surfing and hiking. It has four national parks, namely Deepwater, Eurimbula, Mount Colosseum, and Round Hill.

Palm Cove, Queensland

Located 27 kilometres north of Cairns, Palm Cove is a town famous for its tall palm trees as well as offering the scenic vistas of the surrounding landscape. A tropical village by the sea, this beautiful coastal paradise is a perfect escape for those longing to spend time with their loved ones on the beach. White water rafting, hot air balloon ride, parachuting, horse riding, deep sea or reef fishing, kayaking, jet skiing and sailing are among the popular activities in the town.