I love the ocean. Ever since I was younger, I have spent countless holidays and weekends at the beach. In fact, some of my favourite memories are at the beach and most of which located south of Brisbane. Brisbane is lucky as it is located so centrally to a number of amazing beaches. When driving south, you are able to reach beautiful beaches, and impressive rolling hills. Within an hour, you can be relaxing on beautiful white sandy beaches. So here are my top three beaches located south of Brisbane.
Byron Bay: Just 1hr 50mins away from Brisbane is the beautiful hippy town of Byron Bay. Located in northern New South Wales, Byron Bay has to have some of my most favourite beaches. If you don’t mind the longer drive, it really is worth your while. The views from Wategoes Beach are like nothing else and while you’re there, take a hike up to the Byron Bay lighthouse, where you’ll get even more spectacular views. Oh and the trail will also lead you to the most easterly point of Australia! The town itself is ever growing, with shops and visitors but don’t let that put you off. It has managed to hang on to the relaxed, beachy vibe that I love so much. If you decide to visit on the fourth Sunday of any particular month, then you must stop by Bangalow and go to the markets. Bangalow is located 20 minutes in land from Byron and the drive into Bangalow is seriously impressive, as you’ll go through countless green, rolling hills (but warning, the roads aren’t great!).
Fingal Head: Final Head is also located in Northern New South Wales, but about 30 minutes closer to Brisbane. The very quite town is perfect for those who want a good old do nothing, relax at the beach holiday. With only about 5 blocks of housing, you’ll never feel like the rest of Brisbane came to the beach for the day as well. With two beach options facing different directions, you’ll be sorted for all sorts of weather that comes your way. Fingal also has its very own lighthouse, and what comes with the lighthouse, is another incredible view. With a 180 degree view of the ocean and the white expanses of beach, you’ll find yourself sitting there for hours! This is the place to go when you want to avoid shops, cafes and crowds.
Burleigh Heads: Located just 1 hour from Brisbane CBD, Burleigh Heads is one of my favourite destinations to visit, if I’m craving some beach time. Burleigh Heads has undergone quite the revival over the past few years, and really is a destination to visit for not only a swim, but also for shopping and eating. Some of my favourite cafes are located in Burleigh (a post is coming soon!), and some incredible bohemian stores have also opened up. The main beach itself is accompanied by the surf lifesaving club and can get quite busy, so it is best to walk further north to North Burleigh, where it is more quite and also has some shade! Burleigh is the place to go if you want a full day out, with an abundance of amazing food, shops and beaches!
Well there you go! Better get road tripping!!