No doubt Australia is lucky to boast some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. But when you’re trying to decide where to move, and your choices include the crème de la crème of beachside living, how can you even begin to narrow it down?
Luckily for you, we’ve done the hard work and compiled a list of the best beachside suburbs Australia has to offer!
New South Wales
Starting off with the most obvious choice of beachside suburb: Bondi. Bondi is home to Australia’s most famous beach, and while it’s an enormously popular choice for tourists and homegrown travellers alike, Bondi truly is beautiful.
St Kilda tops this list, followed closely by Brighton. Both are quite close to the Melbourne CBD, which makes the commute to work very tolerable, while being far enough away to avoid the hustle and bustle of city living.
Living in St Kilda or Brighton gives you your pick of amazing restaurants, quirky markets and a nightlife filled with live music—all with the ocean at your doorstep. Living the dream!
South Australia is spoilt for choice when it comes to beachside suburbs. Marion Bay, West Beach, Henley Beach, Glenelg Beach and Semaphore Beach to name but a few. To add to the experience, South Australia is known for its calm, relaxed vibe, as well as some internationally recognised vineyards in the Barossa Valley and Coonawarra regions.
Brisbane may be located in southeast Queensland, but it’s actually nowhere near the beach—which is why Brisbanites know to head out of the CBD if they want to call the best beachside suburbs their home.
One of the most popular is Redcliffe, which is roughly half an hour’s drive from Brisbane city. You can also head north to the Sunshine Coast, which is home to beautiful beachside suburbs like Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Noosa, or turn around and head South down to the Gold Coast for beachside living in ‘burbs like Burleigh Heads or Broadbeach.
Western Australia is full of coastal suburbs that are comfy enough to call home, and many of them run along Perth’s Sunset Coast, the strip of beachside suburbs that stretch from Fremantle all the way up to Yanchep. Scarborough, Cottesloe and City Beach, or you can head down south to Mandurah, Safety Bay or Rockingham. Rental prices are inexpensive, WA-living is laid-back, and all the beaches deliver some of Australia’s best waves.
The top end of Australia is often neglected when it comes to considering relocating. Sure, there might be crocodiles and box jellyfish, but if you’re fearless and want to go for a swim, there are plenty of beaches for that (just ask the locals first!).
The smallest state of Australia might not scream ‘beachside living’, and while the water might be colder than what you’re used to, there are certainly some beautiful coastal suburbs like Lauderdale, Battery Point and Sandy Bay. Even though Tassie is small, living there means being amongst some of the most scenic surroundings Australia can offer, with top quality food and wine, very affordable housing, and a pleasant, friendly lifestyle.