Godfrey's Beach, Tasmania
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Godfreys is a kilometre-long stretch on the north-west coast of Tasmania. Being an east-facing beach, it’s cosseted from the howling weather that regularly batters Tassie’s West Coast but it’s still important to keep your wits about you. Stay clear of the headlands and rocks, and watch for rips in the low tidal zones.
Forrest Caves, Victoria
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Formed by millions of years of wave erosion, this beach’s eponymous sea caves are a memento of the island’s volcanic birth and are accessible only when the tide is out. But even if you don’t make it down to the caves – they’re about a 45-minute round trip from the dunes near the Surf Beach estate – the beach’s lookout has unbeatable views of the surrounding coast.
Gnarabup Beach, Western Australia
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How do Margaret River locals love Gnarabup Beach? Let us count the ways. The shimmering turquoise waters. The reassuring give of that soft, white sand underfoot. A natural harbour offering protection from the forces of nature. Most of all, Margaret River loves Gnarabup because it’s a 10-minute drive from the township, making it ideal for morning, lunchtime and after-work dips.
Peregian Beach, Queensland
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Peregian Beach, like many of its neighbours (including Noosa Heads), has been blessed with a spectacular coast, and forward-thinking town planning has helped preserve this beauty (even if preservation comes at the expense of development).
Marion Bay, South Australia
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One address, many beaches: this tiny seaside community at the foot of Yorke Peninsula is perfect for exploring Innes National Park. The park’s 90-plus square kilometres of shrub, stone and shoreline has every day-at-the-beach scenario covered.
Angourie, New South Wales
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Literally down the road from Yamba, Angourie offers many of the attractions of its better-known neighbour but with fewer tourists. Angourie Point, the area’s famous exposed point break, has been enticing surfers to this part of the Clarence Valley since the 1960s. For a less adrenalin-charged outing, set sail for Spooky Beach, where bodyboarding and leisurely swims make splendid ways to pass the time.