Crowds at beaches are never good. It’s impossible to track down your towel after a dip and there’s always a family playing some sort of game that results in tennis balls hitting you in the head. That’s why we prefer secret beaches. These under-the-radar beach gems are not only beautiful, but peaceful to boot. Pack your sunscreen and the GPS and hit these awesome secret beaches this summer.
#1 Froggies Beach
We have it on good authority from the legends at our sister site Metropolist Gold Coast that Froggies Beach, the gorgeous pocket of sand wedged between Snapper Rocks and Point Danger, is one of the most divine hidden beaches on the GC. Fringed by palm trees and a hop skip and a jump to salty rockpools, Froggies Beach is not only secluded but a winning Insta backdrop to boot.
#2 South Burleigh Headland
If you think you know all the great little spots on the Gold Coast, think again. The stunning hidden cove of South Burleigh Headland on Tallebudgera Creek is an undercover beach secret worth keeping to yourself. To get there, walk along the path from the southern end of the National Park for around 300 metres until you pop out a magical little stretch of azure water enveloped by subtropical rainforest. Bliss.
#3 Brunswick Heads
Sure Byron Bay is cool, but seriously the parking situation is the stuff of holiday nightmares. Which is why the endless kilometres of gorgeous white sand at Brunswick Heads, a mere 20 minutes north of Byron, is so damn appealing. Before you hit the open beach at Brunswick Heads there’s also a super cute estuary surrounded by palm trees on your left which is the perfect place to chill out in shallow waters before hitting the ocean.
Lazy Sunshine Coast swimming spot, Yaroomba is THE spot to chill out and escape the crowds of Coolum Beach. With pandanus dotting the headland and sparkling salty water, this swathe of paradise is only for the seriously in-the-know, so we won’t say too much more about it.
#5 Third Bay
Third Bay at Coolum is a such a secret spot, our buddies at our sister site Metropolist Sunishine Coast tell us it’s where locals go if they want to swim au natural, if you know what we mean. So how to find it? Drive from Point Perry to Point Arkwright, turn off at the third car park on the beachside and wander down. There’s nothing like a secluded ocean swim in the morning. Refreshing AF.
Looking for some coastal inspiration? Read our ultimate guide to Australia's east coast, for full on beachy vibes!