As parents, we want our kids to get outside to enjoy the fresh air, sun, and sand. Yes, sand. Even though it does happen to get everywhere and we end up having to sweep it up for days, it’s all worth it for the amazing memories on a family-friendly beach. Finding a stunning beach in Australia isn’t tough, but narrowing down your list of options is. Before you choose one at random, check out these 7 great Aussie beaches that are perfect for a day of family fun.
7 Of Australia’s Best Beaches to Explore with Your Sand-Loving Kids
Balmoral Beach, NSW
With the enclosed netted area and boardwalk surrounding this beach, Balmoral Beach is the perfect place to introduce your kids to the ocean. This beach is a great option if you are looking after multiple kids, especially if you still have one or two that are very young. There are even a few amazing places to eat nearby, like the Boathouse Restaurant, making your day that much more enjoyable.
Mandalay Beach, WA
Located on the West Coast, Mandalay Beach is more isolated than some of the more popular beaches out there. Bring your kids along to this quiet coast to interact with nature without the pressure of big crowds nearby. Check out the coast and enjoy some time in the quiet together. Do be aware that there's a bit of a hike to there unless you find specific entry points your car can access. Since it is more isolated, make sure to bring your own snacks and refreshments too.
Lots of kids love trains. I know that my oldest has been collecting them for years, which is part of the reason why I loved taking the kids to Busselton. Your kids will be able to see the 19th-century wooden jetty while you all enjoy the beach. The entire shoreline is protected from winds and the strong surf thanks to the cape, which means that swimming conditions are great for your kiddos. If you get tired of the sand, head inside to check out the Underwater Observatory to explore the coral reef and marine life underneath the ocean. During summer, you can even bring your kids to the inflatable water park for a little more fun.
Main Beach, QLD
Grab your kids and check out the best of what the Gold Coast has to offer with Main Beach. This is a beautiful location with calm waves that are easy to swim in, and many people patrolling to keep everyone safe. It is quite easy to get to and your Burleigh Wagon will be ideal to pull your little ones over the sand to the edge of the water where they can see the dolphins that inhabit the main strip. If it's the right season you can also spot whales! You may not want to go during the Festival of Surfing in March, but head on over for a relaxing day on this sheltered beach. With all the best lunch spots nearby, it’s easy to make a day out of this trip for a good value.
Not only is there an amazing beach in Caloundra, but also there are many family activities set around the town for plenty of fun even when the kids start getting tired of the sand. Get them into the calm waters to try paddle boarding, or teach them to play cricket in the white sand. Since this island is sheltered from the ocean, the winds aren’t too strong and it is much safer for younger children to get their feet wet. Once you start getting hungry, bring your family over to the boardwalk to get something to eat, or to see some of the many nature reserves set around. This is an easy place to show your kids the natural wonders around them.
Collaroy Beach, NSW
Up along Northern Sydney, you’ll find Collaroy Beach - a wonderfully stunning and kid-friendly beach to bring the whole family. Play with your kids on the sand and near the water, or take them to the amazing playground nearby. You can also bring your toddlers to the paddling pool to help them learn how to swim while keeping them safe. When everyone’s tired, pile the kids into your Burleigh Wagon and head on over to one of the cafes right nearby.
Elizabeth Beach, NSW
This stunning NSW attraction has many wide beaches that you can pull your kids along in your Burleigh Wagon to find the perfect place to build sandcastles. There aren't any kiosks on the beach so be sure to bring snacks. It can be difficult to find just the right beach for your kids. You don’t want it to be so crowded that they can’t run around and have fun, but you also don’t want to go to an isolated place that’s difficult to get to.
Australia is incredibly fortunate to have so many amazing beaches to choose from. We hope your Burleigh Wagon will add to your fun and adventure as you create memories and have family-friendly fun together!