Whatever the weather, nothing quite compares to the sound of waves, the feel of sand in your toes, and the view of a vast blue ocean.
The South Coast region is home to many spectacular beaches situated a stone’s throw from the bustling capital. It’s well worth packing the car a picnic and your beach towels and venturing to some of the most stunning scenery the country has to offer.
If you’re looking for the best beaches near Canberra, you’ve come to the right place. While all of our local beaches are beautiful in their own right, we’ve picked a few local favourites to give honourable mentions. Let’s get started.
What makes a great beach?
The answer to this question is subjective. Families with young children looking for a summer picnic spot will want something different than a solo fishing enthusiast, a surfer, or couple away on a weekend break. To help get you started, you may like to consider the following features:
- Suitable for swimming. Most of us want to jump into the salt water when we head to the beach, particularly during the warmer months. Rough surf, rips, and other unsafe conditions can ruin the experience.
- Facilities: You’re wet. You’re sandy. Before you climb into your car and head home, you’ll probably want to rinse off and get changed. The best beaches near Canberra have changing rooms, bathrooms, and showers (some even have hot showers).
- Food and drink. There’s nothing like fresh fish and chips enjoyed after a few hours at the beach, or a sweet ice-cream on a hot summer’s day. Beaches with food and drink available close by are usually favoured by day-trippers and holiday-makers.
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For summer swims and winter walks, these are the best beaches near Canberra.
South Broulee Beach is not only a long-time favourite among Canberra families but also a must-visit spot for any surfers in the region. In fact, many claim that South Broulee Beach is home to the best surf on the South Coast. With glassy, smooth-rolling waves, this popular beach is decked out with a lookout platform, bathrooms, hot showers, and is also wheelchair accessible. Plus, there are a ton of food and drink options available from the recently renovated surf club.
If you’re looking for a beach with a bit more rustic charm, the secluded, sheltered Guerilla Bay is the beach for you. Situated among spotted gums and towering rock formations that date back 510 million years, this picturesque bay offers clear, sparkling water almost all year round.
Surrounded by the luscious greenery of Murramarang National Park, Pretty Beach certainly lives up to its name. Kangaroos and wildlife are a common sight, and the idyllic waters are perfect for swimming. Pretty Beach is also renowned for its jaw-dropping sunsets, so stick around for an hour or so longer.
Which beach did you pick?
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