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Best NYE recovery beaches in Oz

Published December 31st, 2015

Getting ready to bring in the 2016? Go hard or go home, right? If you’re anticipating a big NYE, do yourself a favour and put some plans in action to for where to recover in 24 hours time...

Aside from shopping for party food and drinks for tonight, add Berocca to the shopping list for tomorrow (or more cold beer if you’re more into the ol ‘hair of the dog’ trick), and do 'Future You' a solid by planning a beach sess this New Year’s Day.

Here are some of the best beaches to recover on New Year’s Day in each capital city around Oz.

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Okay so, technically you can’t relax on the beach here, for fear of being snapped up by a Crocodile. But you can enjoy some cold drinks and chilled out tunes by the water at The Darwin Ski Club.


There are lots of options within an hour or so reach, but for the ultimate chills without the family crowds head to Froggy’s Beach at Snapper Rocks for a chill day on a secluded beach. Treat yourself to some Gelato Messina while you’re in the Coolangatta hood!


You’ve got to be bold to brave Bondi on New Year’s Day. Head northside to Manly’s Shelly Beach, part of the idyllic Cabbage Tree Bay. If you can muster the energy, take a walk around the headland for some great views of North Head – you’ll feel better for it.


Okay, so you will need to drive. It’s Canberra, you realise you’re inland by now. Head to Bherwerre Beach, 138km east of Canberra within the gloriously white-sand nature reserve that is Jervis Bay.

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Edithvale Beach, about 45 mins drive from Melbourne CBD in Port Phillip Bay is a sweet spot for beach cricket after the refreshing New Year’s Day dip in the ocean.

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Around 40 minutes drive from Hobart and you’ll find sleepy Opossum Bay. Get some fish and chips and throw down your towel for a relaxing day by the water.

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If you really want to relax, like let it all go, head to Maslin Beach on the Fleurieu Peninsula about an hour’s drive from the city, the southern stretch of this beach was apparently declared as Australia’s first official nude beach back in 1975.

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You don’t have to wander too far to find a low-key beach in WA, Bennion Beach is about 30 mins drive from the city and boasts plenty of white sand to rest your sore head on. If you’re feeling adventurous, pack your snorkel and explore the surrounding reef.

Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.