When many people think of Australia, they think of beaches. And I think the best known of all of the beaches down under, Bondi’s in Sydney is the most famous. If you’re pale and in need of a tan, Holiday Supermarket can bring you to one of these lovely beaches.
But there are many, many other beaches, such as the one pictured at left–Byron Bay–which to some rivals Bondi’s as the best and most welcoming of all.
Here is what Kent St. John had to say about Byron Bay on GoNOMAD.com.
“Near the town is an area of hill towns called the hinterlands, pastoral hills covered with macadamia plantations and, it is said, numerous pot plots. In a country known for its laid-back friendly attitude, this New South Wales destination kicks it up a notch.
In many ways it reminds me of growing up near Woodstock, New York with all its counter culture idioms, a place unto itself. Sit at the Balcony Restaurant and I am willing to bet that you will have trouble picking out backpacker from billionaire; I love a town that is culturally democratic. I dressed down.
Like Woodstock, Byron’s draw besides nature was festivals starting with the Aquarius Festival in 1972, peace, pot and growth were all parts of the pie.”
In Australia’s underbelly, in Victoria, is another famous beach, known more for the natural columns that stand like silent sentinels over the crashing surf. The Twelve Apostles is their name.
You can view these rugged rock and earthen columns from a walkway up top, and you will marvel at the view of sparsely visited beach.
In Queensland, there are three wonderful islands that many swear provide the best beach experience on the continent. There is, just one little catch. The stinging jellyfish require use of a rubber suit that makes you look like a complete nerd. But in case you’re up for warm water, lots of fish to view, and don’t mind looking like the guys in the photo, you might be a perfect candidate for Hamilton Island, Lizard and Fitzroy Islands.
While all offer the natural beauty and fine weather of Queensland, Hamilton, Lizard and Fitzroy are all different and unique. Each has its own style and attractions. Plan according to your lifestyle and wishes. Queensland has something for everyone.