A land of endless luminous coastlines, Australia’s beach offering is diverse. You’ll find world-class food, beautifully crafted cocktails, the sun, the sea and various hues of sand—there’s something for everyone. Here’s our list of the best beachy places to duck into when you’re down under.
FOR FOOD – PEBBLE BEACH AT QUALIA, HAMILTON ISLAND
The one thing that could be hotter than Australia’s sunshine is its enviable foodie scene. You’re really spoilt for choice here, but most agree that the Modern Australian menu at this Whitsundays bolthole is Australian fine dining at its best. Soak up the waterfront views on the deck and tuck into wagyu beef sliders and pan roasted reef fish rounded-off with chocolate and popcorn for desert.
FOR SURF SPOTTING – COTT & CO FISH BAR
Perth is growing its hipster creds so if you find yourself in town then beeline for the Cott & Co Fish Bar at the Cottesloe Hotel. It’s been given a trés trendy revamp channelling a little bit of Palm Springs with its retro style, and is the perfect spot to chill out and watch the surfers battle it out on Scarborough Beach’s enormous waves.
FOR LAID-BACK COOL – REPUBLICA IN ST KILDA, MELBOURNE
Republica is the best beachside pit-stop to rub shoulders with the cool crowd in Melbourne’s St Kilda. Pick a swinging wicker egg chair and grab a cocktail as you watch the hip and the beautiful residents play volleyball or take lunchtime strolls (we’re so jealous).
FOR PEACE & QUIET – FISH & CHIPS IN MARGARET RIVER
The small quaint township of Margaret River is best known for its award-winning wines, but we’re all about kicking back on the sands with some classic fish and chips for that laid-back beach vibe. Head to Yallingup Beach and catch the sunset.
FOR CHIC FACTOR – ICEBERGS, SYDNEY
We couldn’t list Australia’s hot spots without giving a mention to Sydney’s Icebergs. This Bondi-beach stalwart is an institution among beach bars, and has that old-glamour beach club vibe. The people that come here are well-versed in the art of nonchalant social sipping, as crisp glasses of bubbles and chilled rosé clink away over plates of signature steaks. Its beach chic still hits the mark.