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#1 Rockwiz

Posted 12 July 2019 - 06:43 PM

I’m looking at doing a cheaper beach holiday later this year or first half of next year after our fantastic but expensive South Island NZ trip in December last year.

We have two older teens - 15 and 16. So basically I would like somewhere close to a beach where the kids can spend some time along with maybe a few other activities of interest not necessarily beach related. We’ve done Nelson Bay when the kids were younger and loved it. Have also done the Gold Coast before too.

So where’s the best beach location for older teens?



#2 Prancer is coming

Posted 14 July 2019 - 09:16 PM

We loved Magnetic Island.  Beautiful beaches and beautiful weather.  Just a lovely vibe.  There are hikes to do, wild life spotting and a wildlife park.  We found the snorkeling excellent too, not as good as on the reef but pretty good for a free spot.

#3 Rockwiz

Posted 17 July 2019 - 05:11 PM

View PostPrancer is coming, on 14 July 2019 - 09:16 PM, said:

We loved Magnetic Island.  Beautiful beaches and beautiful weather.  Just a lovely vibe.  There are hikes to do, wild life spotting and a wildlife park.  We found the snorkeling excellent too, not as good as on the reef but pretty good for a free spot.
Thanks for the feedback Prancer. Will look into this.

#4 José

Posted 17 July 2019 - 05:50 PM

where are you located?
newcastle has good beaches and heaps to do. and is affordable.



#5 bubskitkat

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:21 PM

Byron bay?

#6 Elizabethandfriend

Posted 17 July 2019 - 06:25 PM

Moloolaba on the Sunshine Coast is good as the accommodation is built above the shops and across the road from the pool.  It gives kids a fair bit of freedom to hang around the shops/beach etc.  There is buses to other parts of the coast.

#7 Rockwiz

Posted 18 July 2019 - 11:31 AM

View PostJosé, on 17 July 2019 - 05:50 PM, said:

where are you located?
newcastle has good beaches and heaps to do. and is affordable.
Canberra. We loved Port Stephens and Merimbula. Been there twice each when the kids were younger.
I've thought about Port Macquarie but I'm not sure if there's much there for teens.
I've also thought about Kiama but again it's quite expensive and not sure about how teen friendly it is.
Otherwise it looks like we have to travel further to places like Coffs Harbour or the Gold Coast / Sunshine Coast

#8 EsmeLennox

Posted 18 July 2019 - 12:25 PM

West Coast? Esperance? Margaret River region? Even Perth has magnificent beaches (although, this might be getting out of ‘cheaper’ territory when you’re coming from Canberra). If you’re coming in summer, I wouldn’t go north in WA...it’s bloody windy and too far north and it’s massively humid as well.

Of that lot, Esperance is my favourite. Stunningly beautiful beaches, Cape Le Grande National Park which has beaches and some outstanding options for hiking, Woody Island just off the coast (where you can camp with everything provided for a few days if you want to). My teens loved it when we went a couple of years ago (I wasn’t sure they would...).

#9 KA

Posted 18 July 2019 - 03:40 PM

Another vote for Magnetic Island. Our teens loved horse riding on the beach and in the water. Fabulous walks, great snorkelling and hard to beat the cane toad races at the pub!!!!!




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