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The bronzed Aussie with a nose covered in zinc cream, a surfboard, and big happy grin is a stereotype held by many people throughout the world. The bronzed part is easy enough – even with sunblock, t-shirts, and hats, lovely tans are hard to avoid given our abundance of sunshine. The zinc cream is our way of saying, “Hey – it’s cool to be sun-safe – protect yourself!” The surfboard (or fishing rods, scuba gear etc) is because there are so many adventures to be had at each of our beaches. And the big happy grin? Hey – when you have thousands of kilometres of coastline, you just can’t stop smiling. For this reason, Australia welcomes millions of visitors to our shores, all hoping to catch a taste of the Aussie life, even if only for a week.

With so many beaches from which to choose, where do you start? Follow our handy tips for planning the ultimate beach getaway, and before long, you’ll be proudly sporting a happy grin too…

1.    Choose a beach type: If your aim is romance, you probably won’t be happy at a beach crowded with young children. Equally, if you plan to have a wild time surfing, you’ll be really disappointed if you wind up in a quiet bay! The good news is, there are beaches for every interest staggered across our coastline. To find your perfect beach…
2.    Let others do the homework! Thanks to the wonders of technology, pretty much any questions you want to ask have already been answered and are floating right now in cyber space. For example, if you asked, “What are the best beaches for…(insert your heart’s desire)” the chances are, someone has already written about it. In fact, if you head to Holiday Inspirations there’s already an article detailing the best beaches in Australia for kids, surfing, and romance! . Here, you can get a head start on finding the perfect beach for your holiday.
3.    Pick the right accommodation: Once you’ve decided on the right beaches, the next step is deciding where to stay. The last thing you want after a romantic stroll in a secluded paradise is to find yourself in a rundown motel. Or to find the perfect kid-friendly bay, only to end up in an elegant boutique hotel! To avoid making a mistake, head to TakeABreak, where you can use the handy drop down lists to choose the holiday accommodation experience you’re after. For example, if you want kid-friendly accommodation in Perth so that you can access the very family-friendly Cottesloe Beach choose the location using the drop-down lists on the left, and then click on “Family Friendly” in the “All Holiday Experiences” drop-down list on the right. Click “Search” to get a great listing of family-friendly accommodation in Cottesloe Beach.  If you were hoping for a more romantic beach, for example, one in the Whitsundays, you could use the same drop-down list but click on “Romantic Getaway” to find those places most likely to provide you with Whitsunday’s best romantic retreats
4.    Packing: Areas that attract tourists frequently have inflated prices for items that you just can’t do without – like bathers, sunblock, and sunglasses. And wherever you go in Australia, the chances are you’re going to encounter some serious sunshine. So remember to pack plenty of those items, and maybe even some rash vests to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays. Consider packing a beach umbrella or beach tent for a handy (and often welcome) source of shade. If you plan to try some snorkelling, buy your gear at home and bring it with you.
5.    Plan to try something new! With so many different types of beaches, it’s not surprising there are plenty of exciting attractions to try. Never attempted scuba diving? See if the beach you’re going to has dive shops offering introductory classes. Wish you could fish? The chances are, there’s a fishing guide near the beach you’re visiting who would love to take you out to cast a line. Holiday Inspirations offers articles on hundreds of different places throughout Australia, and the list is constantly growing! Check out the articles, and the chances are you’ll discover information about fascinating attractions at the destination of your next exciting beach holiday.

About the Author
Kylie-Jane Degeling is a freelance writer who has lived in Adelaide, Yulara (Uluru), Alice Springs and Canberra, as well as five different countries throughout the world. After backpacking around Australia, she worked as a tour guide in Central Australia, before training for her Commercial Pilot License and working as a flight instructor, scenic flight and charter pilot. She later worked as a travelling IT trainer for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which involved spending time in each of their 16 District Offices around the country on a rotating basis.

Having experienced Australia as a backpacker, tour guide, pilot and business traveller, Kylie now enjoys family holidays with her husband Alex, and children Jezzy and Jordan. She says, “I have been lucky to see Australia from a variety of perspectives, and as a travel writer can use this experience to inspire others to find holidays they would enjoy.”  Kylie currently works as a travel writer in addition to being a government writer and columnist for two parenting magazines.

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Find out more about Kylie at http://bit.ly/h_experts

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