's coastline has seemingly endless beaches. From Queensland
to Western Australia
, top and bottom, each has something special to offer. The Getaway
presenters went in different directions to find the best of the best. They didn't just check out the beaches alone, but places to stay and eat and things to do as well.
Jason Dundas started at this world-famous kilometre of sand that is Bondi Beach. On summer days when the water is around 21°C and temperatures soar, more than 40,000 people flock to Bondi to cool off in the surf or ocean baths.
Campbell Parade runs the length of the beach and has some very trendy restaurants, bars and apartments. You don't need to spend a fortune to have a good time, though. The North Bondi RSL is a local institution. It's just a stone's throw from the water and has stunning views of the beach and ocean.
Blue Wave Bistro has a great variety of seafood dishes, steaks, burgers, pastas and salads and tempting desserts. The club holds poker challenges and trivia contests, live bands entertain, there are raffles, $7 steak nights and the Sunday seafood raffle is not to be missed.
When you're looking for a bed and of course one close to the action is the go Bondi Beachouse YHA was Jason's pick of the backpacker bunch.
It has multi-share and double rooms, movie and games rooms, self-catering kitchen, barbecue, rooftop balcony with fantastic views and free use of snorkelling gear, surf and body boards.
Kelly Landry drove 2.5 hours south of Sydney
to the little town of Hyams Beach on Jervis Bay which is six times bigger in volume and four times bigger in area than Sydney Harbour. It has the bluest water and an entry in the Guinness World Records as having the whitest sand in the world.
The 400m beach is part of the Booderee National Park and camping is popular with families. There are sites at Greenpatch, Bristol Point and Cave Beach. Whale and dolphin watching, fishing and diving are some of the activities and when it comes to family holidays, it doesn't get any better.
There's just one shop: Hyams Beach Café and General Store. Once a sleepy little service station selling burgers and chips, it is now a trendy café specialising in seafood and gourmet dishes using produce from the local area. Former Sydney Swans defender Brad Seymour has transformed it and serves dishes such as citrus cured salmon, braised duck curry and oven-baked flathead. Burgers are still available but even they have had an up-market make-over. Delights from Maggie Beer, Simon Johnson and Manna from Heaven are used, and everyone loves Brad's coffee.
Breakfast starts at 8am, lunch at 11am and during summer an à la carte restaurant operates four nights a week. It's popular, so be sure to book well in advance.
While you're there check out the quality Papaya homewares and a small selection of day dresses from Brad's wife Melissa's collection, as well as other labels.
For somewhere to stay, check out Currambene. The two-hectare property has a choice of a B&B suite for four, and three beautifully named cottages: Clementine for up to eight people, Clairabelle sleeps up to six and Claire, a romantic cottage for two. Each has a wood fire, two-person spa bath, private outdoor entertaining area and fully equipped kitchen and laundry. There is also a pool.
The property backs on to Currambene Creek and guests can visit the family alpacas and American ponies in company with three golden retrievers.
and north and south of the city on the New South Wales
Bondi Beachouse YHA multi-share rooms start at $27 per person, doubles are from $65, double ensuites from $75, family rooms from $108 and family rooms with ensuites from $130 a night. All bedding and ice-cream treats on Mondays are included.
Currambene Cottages at Woollamia start at $125 a double a night between May and September. All linen is included.
Prices correct at May 21, 2009.
For further information
Bondi Beachouse YHA
Fletcher & Dellview Streets
Bondi Beach 2026
Ph: (02) 9365 2088
North Bondi RSL
118-120 Ramsgate Avenue
North Bondi 2026
Ph: (02) 9130 3152
Hyams Beach General Store & Café
76-78 Cyrus Street
Hyams Beach 2540
Ph: (02) 4443 3874
775B Falls Road
Ph: (02) 4447 8570