Yes, we’re blessed. We know it, you know it, the whole of Instagram knows it. But there’s something about visiting other beaches and their prospective beach towns that makes us feel like we’re light years away.
Strolls down Broadbeach’s Victoria Avenue are fast becoming the last resort for Satur-yay shenanigans and there’s only so many selfies you can take with Burleigh Hill in the background. So, what better way to spend the rest of your weekends than by checking out this lineup of coastal cuties?
Here you have it, our top beach towns to visit this weekend.
When was the last time you embarked on a serious adventure? No, we mean one packed with waterfalls, great curries and fishing flukes. Well, here’s your chance. Not only is Woolgoolga famous for its divine coastal vibes but its rich Punjabi heritage means you’ll find some of the best curries in Australia here. We bet you didn’t see that one coming. A long weekend trek to this eclectic beach town will take you a casual three plus hours but, who’s counting? Discover Woolgoolga Creek Falls, stroll the sandy shores and, if you’re lucky, cack at a comedy night or stuff your face at a food fest too.
Distance from the Gold Coast: Approx. three hours drive south
Not just a pretty face, Angourie has got it all. Sprawl your epic picnic spread across lush headlands, indulge in an extravagant stay at Angourie Resort and lace up your stomping boots for some serious hiking in Yamba. Wanna check out that thriving sealife? Channel your inner explorer and hop aboard a kayak tour for an outing with a difference. Whisk away your lover, your bestie or your pooch and get all up in Angourie’s grill, hands down a beach town you’re going to be all about.
Distance from the Gold Coast: Approx. two and a half hours drive south
If you want to spend a day splashing in the sea and lounging in a lake, then Lennox Head has it all going on. Just over an hour’s drive, this little gem is perfect for a summertime road trip meets refreshing dip. Catch rays by the seashore before dawdling across the road (literally) to Lennox’s Tea Tree Lake—more commonly known as the Coca-Cola Lake by locals. With waters marinated in the goodness of surrounding tea tree mangroves, the lake is given a deep taupe hue. After you’ve finished bobbing around, get amongst this teeny beach town with a wander down the nearby main street. You’ll come for the lake and stay for the whopping ice creams dripping with creamy goodness.
Distance from the Gold Coast: Approx. one hour drive south
Did someone say "road trip"? This one’s worthy of a snack stock up, killer tunes and a bunch of mates that you’re pretty sure you won’t get sick of. Just below the Great Barrier Reef, 1770 is the type of beach town you never want to leave. With its expansive rugged coast line and ample wildlife, 1770 has something for everybody. Wave goodbye to the cement city of Brisbane, the tourist apocalypse on the Sunshine Coast and hello to your new fave beach town.
Distance from the Gold Coast: Approx. six hours drive north
Where river meets sea, explore secret beaches and sandy dunes at northern New South Wales’ Evans Head. If there was ever a town that reminded us of a Home and Away set, this is it. Sparkling bays, salty hair and picturesque afternoons gobbling down chips like the seagull you are. Evans Head has it all. A hot contender for sleepiest beach town within driving distance from the Coast, Evans Head is the perfect locale for your weekend getaway, fit with waterfront camping spots bursting with serenity.
Distance from the Gold Coast: Approx. one and a half hours drive south
Heading to Angorie or Woolgoolga? Check out our list of things to do in nearby Yamba here.
Image credit: Brooke Darling for Urban List