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Best Road Trips for Beach Lovers

Road trips for beach lovers

Pristine water, soft sandy beaches, dreamy vistas and sunny days come to mind when you think of Australia - and for good reason. With some of the best beaches in the world, you will be spoilt for choice with its endless array of beautiful locations. VroomVroomVroom has put together a list of the best road trips for beach lovers - so you can find your own little piece of paradise to discover on your Aussie road trip.

Main Beach - Byron Bay, New South Wales

view from the top byron bay

Byron Bay. It's the epitome of laid back beach vibes. As the town of Byron bay has developed into a weekend getaway hotspot for Sydney-siders and Gold Coast go-ers, the beaches have remained laid back and natural.


  • Relax on the beach, go for a swim and then grab brunch at one of the countless cafes.
  • If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Main Beach, just a short drive away is Wategos Beach. You can walk up the steps to the Cape Byron Lighthouse and enjoy a picnic looking out over the water.
  • Byron is famous for its whale watching! If you are in town around June to October go on a tour and spot these beautiful creatures.

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.

First Bay - Coolum, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

sunny day at coolum beach sunshine coast

Coolum is where crystal clear water meets small town charm. With stunning scenic walks, lookouts and restaurants mixed with lovely locals, you'll feel at home relaxing in First Bay.


  • First Bay is a hidden gem in Coolum on the Sunshine Coast. This bay is a local's best kept secret. There are stunning forest walks surrounding the bay with lookouts where you can spot, whales, dolphins and turtles.
  • Because this beach is sheltered in a bay, the water is relatively calm compared to open set beaches dotted along the coastline.
  • Unlike some of its neighbouring locations, Coolum has a small town vibe that makes it perfect for relaxing.

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.

Burleigh Heads - Gold Coast, Queensland

burleigh heads queensland

Aside from the surf break, this location is the epitome of an Aussie beach - soft sand, blue water and stunning nature. Perfect for families, it's the ideal place to relax.


  • Popular as a surfing destination, it is widely known for its surf break. Burleigh Heads is a great place to enjoy picnics and barbecues in the scenic parks overlooking the ocean.
  • Enjoy activities such as swimming and surfing at the beach. You may even be lucky enough to watch the Quicksilver Pro professional surf contest live at Burleigh Heads.
  • Another thing to look forward to in your visit to this area is the Norfolk Island Pines - you'll find some of the earliest trees planted at the coast that is home to native Australian birds.

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 - Broome, Western Australia

camels walking along cable beach at sunset, broome

Cable Beach is located in the Northwest of Western Australia and is a white stretch of sand that covers 22 km of beach set on the Indian Ocean.


  • The southern end of the beach is where you will find Gantheaume Point. It's the perfect place to spot dolphins and whales.
  • You can also visit Minyirr Park which is where there are walking trails behind the beach. There are 3 different walks you can go on that take you past the sea and through nature overlooking this idyllic haven.
  • Have you really visited Cable Beach if you haven't been on an iconic camel ride at sunset?

Directions: For an amazing road trip, you can drive from Perth to Cable Beach. This will take you approx 23 hours 37 minutes where you will want to stop over in the stunning locations along the way. 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. Drive to Dolby Road and reach your destination.

Wineglass Bay - Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

kangaroo on wineglass bay, tasmania

Wineglass Bay is where a little slice of heaven is situated right in the middle of the Freycinet National Park. Aside from essential beach activities such as swimming and relaxing, there is so much to do in this beautiful bay.


  • Go on a stunning cruise around the area. This location is home to heaps of wildlife and vistas to feast your eyes on and what better way to do so than on a cruise around the bay.
  • Another way to explore this magical beach is to go on a kayaking tour of the beach and national park.
  • Go for a scenic drive of The Friendly Beaches along Coles Bay Road. You will see all the different beaches dotted along the way. You can also camp at Isaacs Point and go fishing.

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.

Fleurieu Peninsula - Second Valley, South Australia

rapid bay beach view second valley

Second Valley is a secluded coastal town home to this 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 an endless list of things to do, this location is definitely worth the 45- minutes drive.


  • Do you love fishing? If so, Fleurieu Peninsula is for you. There are beach and river options to choose from. You can also fish from the jetties and rocks.
  • Fancy a day of sailing, kite surfing and jet skiing? Fleurieu has it all! There are also scuba diving and snorkeling options.
  • Surfing conditions are so amazing, people travel from all over Australia to surf here.

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.

Cape Woolamai - Phillip Island, Victoria

stairs from woolamai beach in phillip island

Picture majestic pink granite cliffs following the coastline and countless walking tracks. Located on Phillip Island, Cape Woolamai really has it all.


  • Did you know that Cape Woolamai is where you will find the largest colony of Short-tailed Shearwaters? This area is also rich in Aboriginal culture where you will find ancient middens.
  • The world-renowned Pinnacles walk is located here and is an essential hike to go on. It's only 4 km in length where you will see the stunning towers of rock formation that stretch out of the water. Surprisingly, the rocks are this way due to the waves and wind shaping them over time.
  • One of Victoria's most popular surfing beaches can be found right here! Due do its amazing conditions, it was declared a National Surfing Reserve.

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!

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