Listen up, Melburnians: we know the thought of getting into your kini for a dip in the ocean at the moment literally sends shivers up your spine, but it's a balmy 28 degrees in North Queensland already and summer is actually only a few short weeks away (can it come sooner, please?!) and there are some pretty amazing beaches awaiting you.
The best news? We bet you haven’t been to them either.
Thanks to our mates at Tigerair, you can now fly direct from Melbourne to Townsville in North Queensland, which means direct access to some pretty damn good looking sandy stretches that will definitely help you up your Instagram game.
Don’t believe us? Have a squiz at these seven hidden gems.
Looking for that perfect #sunset shot? Ladies and gentlemen look no further than Saunders Beach. With over 6km of beach to explore, you’ll literally be able to claim your own little piece of paradise, without a soul in sight. Make it a double post too by getting the perfect #sunrise shot, thanks to the camping area located right on the beach.
Nestled along the 5km stretch of coast that arches around the Cape, Cape Cleveland Beach is a little pocket of sand that offers pretty amazing views across the bay. The city’s first lighthouse, which dates back to 1879 (take that to trivia!), overlooks the sandy shore and there’s also a little coral reef you can explore too. But the best thing about this beach? The hundreds of turtles that you can see right in front of your eyes along the coastline–we can see the insta pic already!
Located only a 20 minute ferry ride from Townsville, this little pearler sits in a nook on the North-East corner of Magnetic Island and offers sun, sand and...an abandoned piano! Seriously! The beautifully dilapidated wooden piano sits on a stage overlooking the beach and without a doubt will give you the coolest holiday snap going round! After a quick dip in the 27-degree water in the bay (yep, that’s the temp in summer), take a wander around because the island's amazing landscape will have you seeing massive boulders and pine trees lining the beach.
If you're wanting to find ways to exert that built up holiday energy then Horseshoe Bay is definitely going to tickle your fancy. From stand up paddleboarding and jetskiing, to horseriding, kayaking and sampling the island's restaurants and cafes, Horseshoe Bay is the activity hub of the island. Still wanting to get more insta snaps for the memory bank? We recommend seeing the island by 4WD or on foot so chuck on some shoes or jump in the car and get exploring some of the 23 bays and beaches on offer across the island and find your own little piece of paradise.
So you want to venture a little bit out of Townsville and see what the area has to offer? Enter: Bushland Beach. A short 25-minute drive up the Bruce Highway brings you to this secret spot. When here don’t forget to bring the snags for a sanger sandwich because there are heaps of BBQ facilities too so you can really make a day of it.
When you think Townsville, you think of The Strand—the city’s beautiful beach foreshore, which offers spectacular views across to Magnetic Island. There’s a water park for the kids (big and small) and you can also give stand up paddle boarding a go too, or just eat gelato under the palm trees (yes please!) #YOLO.
A short 10-minute drive from the centre of Townsville is this 2.5km stretch of sand that will actually have you feeling like you’re a world away. Bushland on one side, ocean on the other, Pallarenda Beach is rich in military history with fortifications and a quarrantine station on site. This little gem not only has some of Townsville's finest hiking and mountain biking trails, but also offers some of the best conditions for kite surfing, because there’s no better time to try something new when on holiday (pic or it didn’t happen, right!?).
Seven beaches, endless Insty story opportunities and even an easy, fuss-free way to get there thanks to Tigerair …have you packed your bags to Townsville yet?
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