One from the vaults: Things in Australia that made me smile – Beaches

Plundering my back-catalogue, I wax lyrical about Australia’s beaches. These photos are from our 2016 and 2017 #adventuredownunder.

Even though I live a short stroll from the beach, I wouldn’t describe myself as a beach person. No, it’s the water I love; its ever changing moods and colours. However, I’m not adverse to a stroll along a sandy beach, digging my toes into the damp sand and walking along the receding waterline.

While I was in Australia, I posted lots of beach photos and many of my friends were astonished at how empty they were. It’s true, there are so many beaches that most have only a few folks on them. Often the empty ones are the more dangerous ones, where swimming is forbidden and there are no lifeguards. I should clarify that, when I say dangerous, I’m generally referring to rip tides and rocks, not sharks.

Of course, when you use the words “beach” and “Australia” many think of Bondi beach. It might be the most well-known one outside of Australia but it’s surprisingly small. Now, I’m no surfer but the beach is much larger at Manley and the waves look pretty good to me! What do you think?

But my favourite beaches are those where the waves crash against the shoreline and sunbathing is the only permitted activity. Often these are havens for birdlife and are bordered by magnificent dunes with all manner of plants and shrubs.

Equally, I love family-style beaches where the sand’s soft, the water’s clear and shallow – ideal for a splash about. Often there’s a pier for strolling along or fishing from or for diving into the sea. Perfect for a spot of lotus eating.

I also enjoy the beaches at sunrise and sunset. I particularly love the play of light on the water.

However, some of the most magnificent seascapes are to be found along the Great Ocean Road.

30 Comments on “One from the vaults: Things in Australia that made me smile – Beaches

  1. sheree – it is morning over here and i started my day with this complete celebration of the beach
    your photos from the archives and succinct words about the variations in beaches was out together well.
    All those variations had me thinking about more variations along our atlantic coast and pacific coast in the US!
    and of course smiling because i do love the things you mentioned – the shoreline and water etc
    😊☀️

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  2. I used to live across from the beach. We had to sell it though, because at the time, only one bus come across twice a day. Which was not handy for school =( And last time we saw the house for sale, it was worth a million! We could have made it work! lol

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  3. One from the vaults: Things in Australia that made me smile – Beaches On Friday, February 26, 2021, View from the Back wrote:

    > Sheree posted: “Plundering my back-catalogue, I wax lyrical about > Australia’s beaches. These photos are from our 2016 and 2017 > #adventuredownunder. Even though I live a short stroll from the beach, I > wouldn’t describe myself as a beach person. No, it’s the water I lov” >

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  4. These are all wonderful pics of beaches Sheree, it would be hard to choose a favorite since I like them all! I love walking along beaches especially in early morning. I don’t really enjoy a crowded beach so it would be great to spend some time on those big beaches!😃😸

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