There are roughly 10,000 beaches in Australia, and when many, many of those beaches are comprised of nothing but perfectly golden sands and clear blue waters, it’s a tough competition when it comes to picking the very best of them.
As for 2020, Cabarita Beach on the Tweed Coast has just been named as the best beach in Australia by Tourism Australia. Naturally, this makes it not just one of the best in the country, but one of the best beaches in the world.
Here’s a little more about exactly what makes Cabarita Beach one of the best beaches in Australia, and how you can get the most out of a visit.
Relative peace and quiet
While a beach’s beauty is a huge drawcard, a common factor that puts anyone off is having to fight for a good spot to lay down a towel.
Cabarita Beach, between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, praises itself on its untouched nature; in comparison to the surrounding neighbours that blanket the North and South coast.
This means it’s easier to find a park for both your car and your towel.
Cabarita Beach is renowned for its surfing, especially as it is quite consistent in offering excellent swells throughout the year.
There’s a surf shop in town; to pick up a board or swim attire and try it for yourself, or grab a spot on the soft sand and watch as the pros tackle the waves.
Gorgeous beaches are something of a given throughout Australia, but at Cabarita Beach, the untouched nature of the area only adds to the beauty.
The wide stretch of golden sand stops abruptly as the lush green bushland takes over. The small township is set well back from the beach, so there are no high-rise hotels or bars and restaurants encroaching on the sand to ruin this scenic effect.
That said, this spot is not a remote one – so you get all the benefits of a largely untouched beach, while still being able to enjoy the local shops, restaurants, and cafes just a stone’s throw from the beach.
Many of the best Australian beaches are hidden or tucked away in locations that are difficult to reach, and can take hours or even days of travel to get to.
Cabarita Beach, on the other hand, is just 90 minutes down the coast from Brisbane, and an even shorter drive for those visiting from the Gold Coast.
This makes it easy to take a day trip to the beach, or you can book a Cabarita Beach hotel and stay a night or two without having to spend half your time off travelling to get there.
There’s more to Cabarita than just the beach – the accompanying township is also well worth exploring.
Whether you need a break from the hot sun or are ready for an ice cream, take a stroll into this tiny town. Grab classic fish’n’chips at The Stunned Mullet, order a takeaway coffee at The Coffee Club, or pick up supplies for a beach picnic at Woollies.
This location is just enough to enjoy the comforts of a nearby town, without being in a large and bustling centre that feels far too chaotic for a beach getaway.
Cabarita Beach NSW is a surefire new favourite for beach escapes, and whether or not you think it’s the best beach in NSW or even Australia is up to you- but it certainly is worth picking up a rental car and checking it out for your next summer adventure!