Australia’s Coolest Beach Towns 1


If there’s one thing Australia has no shortage of, it’s glorious sandy beaches. Whether you’re in search of a quiet getaway or want to try your hand at surfing, you’ll find beaches to cater to every holiday whim. If your ideal beach getaway involves a buzz in the air and people watching, you’ll find the following trendy hotspots fit the bill. These beach towns allow you to spend your days soaking up the sun and your nights soaking in the festive atmosphere of the local pubs and chic eateries.

Sorrento, Victoria

A trendy destination for young Australians and the international crowd, Sorrento offers a wide variety of activities to enjoy. Stroll and admire Sorrento’s quaint heritage buildings, dating back to the colonial era, or swim with the dolphins out in the bay. You can sample some of Victoria’s finest locally produced wine in Sorrento’s restaurants, and while away the evening in the pubs situated along Ocean Beach Road.

Noosa, Queensland  

One of Australia’s most glamorous beach destinations, Noosa is popular with the fashion forward crowd for its designer boutiques and chic lounges. If you’re looking for a place to cruise around in your Jaguar or in your car, Noosa’s upmarket Hastings Street is where you’ll fit in. Yet there’s also an earthier side to Noosa beyond the glamorous nightlife and designer shops, which you can find in the organic farmers’ markets or holistic spas.

Port Douglas, Queensland

The idyllic town of Port Douglas provides nature lovers with access to two world-heritage listed sites, including the Great Barrier Reef and the sprawling Daintree rainforest. The town is eco-friendly in its attempt to preserve these natural wonders, and you’ll find luxury lodges using the latest sustainable practices. Relax in the local spas, dance the night away in the numerous pubs, or enjoy the four-mile long golden beach in Port Douglas, which retains a friendly village atmosphere.

Byron Bay, New South Wales

Artists have long been drawn to Byron Bay due to its laid-back atmosphere and gorgeous landscapes, giving this beach town a bohemian vibe. The area around Byron Bay is nicknamed the “rainbow region” for its ties to the hippy movement, and today you’ll find a wide range of art galleries and festivals to take part in, including an international film festival. Live music events take place regularly throughout the year and you’ll find the nightlife scene extends right up to the sand.

Port Macquarie, New South Wales

Port Macquarie offers accommodations to suit all budgets, from hostels to five-star resorts. As a result, it draws a mixed bag of travellers which contributes to the lively atmosphere. This friendly town is well-known for its stunning surroundings, including the Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park and mangroves. It also boasts a world-class dining scene, with local restaurants serving freshly caught seafood and organic produce.

Airlie Beach, Queensland

Airlie Beach, Queensland

The party crowd flocks to Airlie Beach throughout the year, but it’s particularly popular during school holidays and tends to draw youthful visitors with its bars and pubs. After partying all night, you can go island hopping in a ferry or yacht, or take part in the area’s numerous water sports including snorkelling and diving.

Australia boasts a multitude of beach towns to suit every holiday style and budget. If you want to travel where the action is, you won’t miss out at any of these exciting destinations!


About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.

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