With the school holidays looming, the tropical holiday escape officially out the window and the thermostat not reaching above 15ish degrees, it’s time to get those layers out of the closet and embrace the winter in all its glory.
We've sussed out the best not-so-obvious beach gems that are only a short drive away from the big cities. The best family day-trippers to get you exploring all of Australia's amazingness that's just sitting there in your own backyard waiting to be discovered.
And the best thing about winter? A legitimate excuse to drink a rich-steamy-filled-with-marshmellowgoodiness hot chocolate every single damn day. So with each destination, we have included a must-go cafe to get your hot cup of Coco to warm up after a day on the beach.
There has never been a better time to explore our beaches while soaking up the winter sun.
Barwon Heads VIC
Located in the Bellarine Peninsula and only 1,5 hr drive from Melbourne, this area has it all. Coastal town vibes, sandy shoreline of the Barwon River, rocky headlands and ocean beaches.
Get your hot coco At The Heads Cafe
This gem is only a stone's throw from Sydney and you will be mesmerized by its beauty instantly. To make it even more fun for the kids, take the oldest running to at timetable ferry leaving from Cronulla, just getting there is half the fun.
Get your hot Coco at Driftwood Cafe
Peregian Beach QLD
If you are in the search for more chilled beach vibes and fewer crowds, Peregian Beach is the place. With oodles of space it's perfect for families with easy access to the beach and cafes from the main car park.
Get your hot Coco at Skal Coffee
Rockingham Beach WA
Only a 45-minute drive from Perth, Rockingham Beach is known for its safe beaches and a wide range of watersports. If your kids love watching boats (well who doesn't) this is the place to be.
Get your hot Coco at Ostro Eatery
Port Noarlunga Beach SA
Port Noarlunga is one of those out-of-this-world seaside villages and is known for its peaceful beaches, a looooong jetty and the 1600 meter reef. It's the perfect daytripper with only a 35 min drive from Adelaide.
Get your hot Coco at Coffee Factory Cafe
These beaches are only the tip of the iceberg. Australia has over 10,000 beaches and apparently it takes 27 years if you would visit one each day - how is that for a fun fact! So rug up, pack the car and hit the road.
And perhaps you get one of those cracker days - you know one of those 'it feels like summer days' and you might even contemplate going in for a dip? I'm sure the kids will. So don't forget to bring your swimmers.
Want some beach activities inspo for the fam? Make sure to keep an eye out for our next blog!