Pristine water, soft sandy beaches, dreamy vistas and sunny days all come to mind when you think of Australia — and for good reason. With some of the best beaches in the world, you’ll be spoilt for choice by the near endless selection of beautiful locations to choose from. VroomVroomVroom has put together a list of some of the best road trips for beach lovers in Australia — now you can find your own little slice of paradise during your Aussie road trip.
Byron Bay is the epitome of laid-back beach vibes. While the town of Byron Bay has developed into a weekend getaway hotspot for Sydney-siders and Gold Coast go-ers, its beaches have retained their laid back and natural feel.
Directions: Fly into the Gold Coast and get on the M1 in Tweed Heads West from Eastern Avenue and the Gold Coast Highway. Follow M1 to Myocum Road in Ewingdale. Take the exit towards Byron way from the M1 to Main Beach.
Coolum is where crystal-clear water meets small-town charm. With stunning scenic walks, lookouts, and restaurants popular with friendly locals, you’ll feel right at home relaxing in First Bay.
Directions: Fly into the Sunshine Coast Airport. Turn left onto David Low Way and at the roundabout take the first exit. Follow David Low Way to First Bay.
Aside from the surf break, this location is the epitome of an Aussie beach — soft sand, blue water and stunning nature. Perfect for families, this is an ideal place to relax.
Directions: Fly into Gold Coast Airport and pick up your rental car. Take M1 to Tsipura Drive and then take exit 89. Continue on Tsipura Drive to Burleigh Heads.
Cable Beach is located in the northwest of Western Australia and is a stretch of white sand that covers 22 km of beach facing onto the Indian Ocean.
Directions: For an amazing road trip, you can drive from Perth to Cable Beach. This will take you approximately 24 hours, but there are stunning locations along the way to break up the trip. You can pick up your car hire in Perth and follow State Route 51 to National Highway 95. From there, follow National Highway 95 and 1 to Broome Road. Follow Dolby Road to reach your destination.
Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay is where a little slice of heaven is situated right in the middle of Freycinet National Park. Aside from essential beach activities such as swimming and relaxing, there is plenty more to do in this beautiful bay.
Directions: You can fly into Hobart Airport and hire your car rental. From there you can drive to Wineglass bay. Head to Grueber Avenue and continue onto Holyman Avenue. Turn left onto Cole Street and then right onto Coles Bay to your destination.
Second Valley is a secluded coastal town home to a stunning beach. Known as a hotspot for fishing and snorkeling, the rugged coastline and cliffs mixed with protected waters makes this an ideal holiday destination. With a near endless selection of things to do, this location is definitely worth the 45-minute drive from Adelaide.
Directions: You can fly into Adelaide Airport and pick up your rental car. From there, follow Sir Richard Williams Avenue to Sir Donald Bradman Drive. Follow Marion Road and Main Road to Hindmarsh Tiers Road in Myponga. Continue on Hindmarsh Tiers Road to your destination in Inman Valley.
Picture majestic pink granite cliffs following the coastline and countless walking tracks. Located on Phillip Island, Cape Woolamai really has it all.
Directions: You can pick up your car hire from Melbourne Airport and drive to Cape Woolamai. Head north-east on Departure Drive. From there, follow M2 and M1 to Pakenham and take the exit for C422 and M1. Follow C422, M420 and Phillip Island Road to Clearwater Avenue in Cape Woolamai to your destination!