Beach getaways you

can actually afford

Lisa Clark
Assistant Content Editor

Bondi-based journalist, Lisa Clark, has an acute appreciation for travel, fashion and photography. The marketing and PR graduate showcases her photography and styling prowess by creating beautiful and inspiring content for The Guide, on fashion, fitness and lifestyle.

"Grab the girls, pack up the car and head to any of these destinations for sand, sun and cocktails!"

If you are anything like me, as soon as the weather heats up you’re dreaming of your next beach getaway. The only problem is, you’re only 2 months out from Christmas and the chances of your boss giving you leave are almost zero. Not only that, you have to be saving for Christmas presents, a new dress to wear on New Years’ Eve and ham… so much ham.

Luckily I have you covered with quick beach escape ideas you can actually afford. Grab the girls, pack up the car and head to any of these destinations for sand, sun and cocktails!

Port Stephens

This gorgeous beachside town is located just 3 hours North of Sydney and is surrounded by a number of coastal towns such as Shoal Bay, Nelson Bay and Fingal Bay.

While it’s well known for whale watching and dolphin tours, there is so much more to see and do while you are here. This town just gives you the feeling of getting close to nature and accommodation is actually very reasonably priced. If adventure is more your thing, you can jump on a horse and take a tour around the sand dunes or if you prefer something slower-paced, you can take a camel ride along Stockholm beach and stay for the sunset while exploring the shipwreck that has lived on the beach since 1974. Port Stephens boasts warm crystal clear waters, patrolled beaches and is the perfect place to wind down from a day of activities with a beer or wine before heading to dinner at one of their many seafood restaurants. Perfect for the family or to take that special someone, Port Stephens is a must to add to the bucket list.

Jervis Bay

This magical getaway just 2.5 hours out of Sydney boasts pristine waters and the whitest sand you have ever seen; Jervis Bay is just spectacular! It has been spared from the high rise developments, touristy gimmicks and it’s not rare to have the beach all to yourself mid-week.

Pack yourself a picnic and head to the White Sands Walk, it’s the perfect combination of bush and ocean joining as one. The views are spectacular and this is actually one of my top 5 coastal walks!

If camping is more your thing then you are in luck! Pack your rucksack and tent because you can camp on these pristine beaches and receive a 2-day pass to the Booderee National Park for just $11, and just to top it off - don’t be surprised if you wake up to kangaroos bouncing around your tent in the morning! Continue your epic adventure with a kayak around the Currambene Creek which is located on a clear waterway accessing Jervis Bay.

I must say, I’ve left the best to last - Hyman Beach is breath taking, between the whitest sand in the world and the clear aqua waters, it really has to be seen to be believed.

Gordon’s Bay

Located in Sydney’s East, tucked away and secluded, Gordon’s Bay is actually one of my favourite places to hang in the warmer months. It’s secretly nestled between South and North Coogee and can only be accessed via the costal walk. The waters are calm and it’s the perfect place to snorkel with friends or lay on a lilo and soak up the sunshine. It’s a small beach and most people choose to set up for the day on the rocks that overlook the bay.

Make your way into the deep gully, along the boardwalk and take some time out to enjoy the charm of this coastal location. Make sure you pack light as it is a bit of a walk across the rocks but well worth it to dive into these tranquil waters.

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