Australia is famous for its many beaches. Totally surrounded by the ocean, there are many spectacular beaches that roll on for kilometres, as well as more rugged coastlines of wooded cliffs and sheer rock. Many are in isolated, pristine areas impossible to access while others are dangerous as well as beautiful. Most visitors think those beaches with high, pounding surf are the dangerous ones, but flat surf can also hide a treacherous undertow that can pull you out to sea - underwater - if no time flat.
That’s why it is advisable to always swim between the flags. They are there for a reason and that is your safety. Another thing to be careful about is walking on the rocks by the beach. While there are many fascinating shells and other things to find in rock pools, the tide will come in and sometimes it does so with a big rush. Big enough to knock you over and drag you out.
But there are many beautiful beaches that are safe as houses and if you take normal safety precautions you’ll be fine. The east coast of New South Wales is one place where great beaches abound. Whether your interest is in surfing, swimming or fishing there will be a place to suit you. There are several family beaches at Forster-Tuncurry or if you want to explore a little, try Blackhead, Diamond Beach or Redhead.
Beaches along the southern and south east coast are rather wilder with big surf and cold winds on many days, even in the summer. But that doesn’t stop surfing fanatics from getting out there with their wetsuits and surfboards. Even more popular are the tropical beaches of Queensland with their bright blue waters and golden sands. Two thousand visitors a day flock to Cairns to sample the beaches and other wonderful attractions there.
If you want to enjoy the beaches in the top-end, tropical areas around Darwin, then make sure you go in the winter. It is still hot and there are no daily deluges to cope with. June and July are cooler months, but still plenty hot enough for beach related activities.
Perth offers a whole range of pristine beaches from the calm blue waters of the lagoon at Rottnest Island where schools of colourful fish will join your play and even beginners can feel safe, to the roughest waves that the Indian Ocean can throw at you at Trigg. Cottesloe, Scarborough and city beaches all have their unique attractions too.
850km north of Perth you’ll find a wonderful place called Monkey Mia (pronounced Mya), where wild, bottlenose dolphins interact with humans who come there especially to see them. This attraction is near Denham and located on the Peron Peninsula. Beaches abound and they hold many other unique attractions apart from the dolphins.
If there is one place you don’t want to miss out seeing, it is Ningaloo Reef where you can walk from the beach out to a magnificent coral reel that extends for 260 km, with the sea only knee-high. Colourful tropical fish will swim between your knees to feed. The only trouble with all these beaches is in deciding which ones to visit.