If you’re looking for a vacation spot that offers beautiful beaches, stunning ocean views and plenty of activities to keep you busy, look no further than Australia’s coastal towns. Each town on this list is unique and offers something different for visitors.
Whether you intend to explore North or South Coast tourism or whether you’re interested in history, nature or just some relaxation time by the water, these towns have it all. Read on to learn more about each one!
This town is located in the south of New South Wales and is known for its pristine beaches, lush forests and charming villages. There’s plenty to do here, from fishing and surfing to hiking and cycling.
Port Macquarie, NSW
Founded in 1821, this town is home to a population of around 30,000 people. It offers great shopping centres, such as Westfield Shoppingtown with more than 120 stores inside. Port Macquarie is also known for its beaches like Town Beach, which attracts surfers from all over Australia every year during the annual Surf Carnival held annually since 1914.
Bundaberg is a small city that has been inhabited by indigenous peoples for thousands of years before Europeans arrived on their shores. It’s now a tourist destination that boasts an array of activities, including snorkelling at Mon Repos Conservation Park or exploring one of many walking tracks along the coast like Lighthouse Walkway—where you’ll get spectacular views of the ocean!
This town has a rich history of mining and was originally settled by Europeans in 1885 when they discovered iron ore deposits nearby. It’s now home to around 20,000 people who enjoy water sports like surfing and fishing, hiking up Mount Augustus National Park and bush walking trails through native forest landscapes—where you’ll see kangaroos grazing among them!
Noosa Heads, QLD
Noosa is located on Sunshine Coast’s North Shore or ‘Sunshine Coast Hinterland,’ an area that stretches from South Brisbane all along Queensland’s coastline into New South Wales. The city got its name because there used to be a lot of sandflies there, and the indigenous people called them ‘noosa,’ which means ‘little fly.’
It’s now home to over 12,000 people and is known for its beautiful beaches, lush rainforest surroundings and great restaurants.
Port Lincoln, SA
This city was founded in 1837 when Europeans first discovered the area. It has a population of around 17,000 people who enjoy fishing, swimming, diving and windsurfing along its coastline. One of the most popular attractions in Port Lincoln is Point Lowly, where you can see whales migrating during their annual migration season from May to October!
Seal Rocks Lighthouse Keepers Cottages, NSW
These cottages were built in 1859 as accommodation for the lighthouse keepers and their families. The cottages are now a popular tourist destination that offer stunning views of Seal Rocks and its surrounds. Visitors can also enjoy fishing, swimming and diving in the area.
Kuta Beach, VIC
Kuta is located on Phillip Island, which lies just off Victoria‘s South Gippsland Coast near Wilson Promontory. It’s known as one of Australia’s most popular surfing beaches due to its excellent surf conditions throughout much of the year.
As such, it attracts thousands upon thousands every month from all over Europe seeking their next big break or those who simply want some fun in the sun without travelling too far away from home.