If you are planning on travelling the East Coast of Australia there’s one thing you should know – it’s HUGE! To put it into perspective, it would take around 32 hours of non stop driving to travel between Sydney and Cairns. What does this mean? An entire coastline of stunning beaches up for the visiting.
With so many well known beaches highlighted along the backpacker trail: Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays, 75 Mile Beach on Fraser Island, Byron Bay’s surf beaches, Noosa – the list goes on – it takes a certain type of adventurous traveler to stumble upon the less known hidden gems that line the coast.
We all know that some of the best travel memories stem from those moments that we stumble upon a little touch of unknown paradise. So here are a few secret beaches hidden along Australia’s east coast for you to stumble upon.
1. Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay
The Guinness Book of World Records claims Hyams Beach to have the whitest sand in the world! Hyams Beach is located in Jervis Bay, a coastal town 18km south of Sydney.
2. Squeaky Beach, Wilson’s Promontory
Located in Wilson’s Promontory, 2 hours south of Melbourne, Squeaky Beach is a local’s secret with sand so pure that it squeaks as you walk upon it! Travel Blogger Lauren AKA The Student Travels refers to Wilson’s Promontory as “the Australia we had been waiting to find” and we can’t help but agree with her.
Newcastle is the second largest city in the state of New South Wales – following Sydney of course. The town itself sits upon a rugged coastline, sand dunes and great surf beaches.
Described as “one of the best backpacker cities in Australia” by Travel Blogger Jeremy Scott Foster, Yamba can be found 1 hour south of Byron Bay. Many of Australia’s pro surfers live here – along with the owner of the infamous surf brand Billabong. This little town oozes that laid back “Aussie” lifestyle the country is so famous for.
5. Tamarama Beach, Sydney
Sydney’s Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach are visited by almost every traveler that sets foot in Australia. But nestled halfway between the two along the Bondi to Coogee coastline walk, sits Tamarama Beach – a favourite among the Sydneysiders.