You may have a list of beaches you would like to visit because you’ve heard or seen pictures of the beautiful beaches. But how would you spend your time at the beach? When you think of beaches, you might think about relaxing on the white sand or swimming in the ocean. There are many different ways to enjoy the seaside. Planning ahead can make all the difference in what to do at the beach. This list of things to do at the beach will give you ideas if you are looking for adventure, fun, relaxation or simply ways to fill the time.
The Bucket List of Fun Activities To Do at the Beach.
- Build a sandcastle
Building a sandcastle is a fun activity for all ages and can bond families and friends. Building a simple sandcastle requires no tools but creating a sand sculpture requires learning some sand-building techniques.
- Fly a kite
Flying a kite is fun for children and adults and can bring hours of fun. A day activity for children may be to make their own kite and then go to the beach to fly it.
An outing to add to your bucket list may be to visit the Festival of the Winds, Australia’s largest kite-flying festival held at Bondi Beach.
- Go Surfing
Australia has many fantastic beaches. I see many surfers catching the waves daily. It does not look easy, though all surfers say it is a great sport. It is possible to hire surfboards or even have lessons at some of the beaches around Australia.
- Body Surfing
Ride the waves without a board.
- Windsurfing or Kite Surfing
Learn to ride the waves with a windsurf or kite surf. Both windsurfing and kite surfing requires some balance and skill to say on the board.
- Play cricket
Get out the beach cricket set and play a game of beach cricket.
- Play bocce
Take your bocce balls to the beach and enjoy a game of bocce with friends.
- Throw a frisbee
Play frisbee with a friend or with a group of friends.
- Go snorkelling
Explore the fish, coral and other marine life.
- Go paddle boarding
Paddleboarding takes a little getting used to, especially on the waves. Practice paddle boarding in a bay with calmer waters or a lagoon. Paddleboards can be rented at some beach lagoons and beaches.
- Ride the waves on a sea kayak
Paddle around the bay on a sea kayak.
Beachside Activities For When You Are Alone
Find a quiet spot on the sand or rocks and meditate or practice mindfulness.
- Do Yoga
Practice yoga. Here are 8 beach yoga poses.
- Read a book
Relax on the beach with a good book.
- Go for a walk
Walk from one side of the bay to the other, walking on the soft sand, hard sand, the fine shells and in the water.
Go for a swim. Remember to swim between the red and yellow flags.
- People watch
Observe the people around you. Smile and enjoy the joy they are sharing.
- Watch the Sunrise or Sunset
Watching the sunrise or sunset is romantic to do with someone you love or alone.
- Take photos of beachy things
There are always plenty of things to see at the beach and a wide variety of textures. Take photos of shells, the ocean, the patterns in the sand, the rock pools and the seaside activities.
- Go Fishing
Fishing is popular on beaches and rocks. Rock fishing can be dangerous therefore, be careful and always follow the rock fishing rules. Tips from surf lifesaving on rock fishing.
- Go for a walk along a coastal trail
If the beach you visit has a coast trail, check it out and enjoy the nature along the trail path.
Beach Activities To Do With The Children
- Explore the rock pools
Look for crabs, shellfish and starfish in the rock pools or participate in a rock pool discovery tour. The Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre leads rock pool rambles on the Central Coast.
- Enjoy playing in the water
Enjoy a swim or play in the water at the water’s edge or in a safe rock pool. If swimming in the ocean, swim at a patrolled beach and ensure your children wear their swimming aids.
- Dig tunnels in the sand
My youngest used to enjoy digging tunnels in the sand to roll a small ball through or play with a toy car. Small arm tunnels are fun for the children to dig.
- Create a sand mural or self-portrait
Encourage the children to look for items to use in a sand mural. Creating a self-portrait with seaweed for hair and shells for eyes is a fun activity for children.
- Play Tic Tac Toe, Sand Pictionary or Hangman
Not every game needs equipment. Using your finger or a stick, draw on the sand and play games in the sand like tic tac toe, sand dictionary or hangman.
- Have a beach treasure hunt
Create a beach treasure hunt for the children. Treasure hunts are fun, and a beach treasure hunt is simple to organise. Simply write a list of items find on the beach, and the hunt is on. The treasure hunt can be played individually or as a team.
- Explore the caves
If the beach you visit has caves, explore the caves, but be mindful of the tides. Some caves are not accessible at high tide.
Here are 20 beautiful sea caves to add to places to visit on your bucket list.
- Make a sand angel
Like snow angels, sand angels are fun for children to make.
- Stack stones
You would have seen the meditative pictures of stacked stones. Have you ever tried to stack stones? Find some stones and try to stack the stones, it is not as easy as it looks.
- Eat ice cream or gelato
Many beaches have a local gelato bar. Spoil yourself and your loved ones with a sweet treat. Ice cream and gelato are delicious to eat on warm hot summer days.
Things To Do At The Beach With Family or Friends
- Go for a walk
Enjoy a walk along the water’s edge or on the coastal walking track. Take part in one of the many coastal walks like 5 lands walk or enjoy the sculptures by the sea on the Tamarama Beach walk.
- Enjoy a picnic
Plan your visit to the beach at mealtime and enjoy a picnic or share fish n’ chips.
I recall many evenings in summer when as a family, we would enjoy fish n chips at the beach.
- Have a barbecue
Take a portable grill and enjoy a BBQ with family or friends.
- Enjoy a dolphin or whale-watching cruise
Plan a cruise with family or friends to see dolphins or whales. It is a wonderful experience watching dolphins and whales out in the ocean.
- Simply relax and chat
The beach is a great place to chill with a friend and simply catch up and chat.
- Bury someone in the sand
To bury someone in the sand from the neck down has been a popular beach activity for many years. Caution needs to be taken that it is safe. Avoid digging deep holes or digging too close to the water. Always help the person dig themselves out when they have had enough.
- Have a campfire
Bonfires can be one of the most exciting and memorable activities to do at the beach. On a summer night, whether you’re with friends or family, a nighttime bonfire is always the perfect way to cap off your day at the beach. Make sure you bring enough wood for your bonfire and the food you wish to enjoy. Ensure the campfire is well out before leaving the beach.
- Go 4 wheel driving
There are many beaches that you can drive on in Australia. Here are 10 4WD beaches in NSW to go 4 wheel driving on.
Relaxing Beach Activities
- Rent a beach cabana
Visit a beach that rents cabanas and enjoy the day chilling and relaxing alone or with friends.
- Have a massage
Take in the beauty of the coastline while enjoying a massage.
- Relax and Daydream
Simply lie on the sand, on a towel or relax on a beach chair, relax and daydream while listening to the waves, birds and gentle wind. The beach is a fantastic place to relax and let go of your worries.
- Watch the clouds
Watch the clouds float by. While looking at the clouds and see if any are in the shape of an animal or item.
- Journal or write your memoir
Journalling is a peaceful activity, and the peacefulness of the seaside is a great place to relax and write.
- Drink coffee
Coffee shops and cafes are scattered along the coastline, and I can’t think of anything better than having fresh coffee while sitting or walking on the beach. Coffee is great all year round
- Go sailing
Enjoy the day on board a yacht or boat. Sailing at sunset is beautiful and a great way to spend the day with friends.
The Ultimate Bucket List Beach Activities To Do
- Rent an island
Rent a private island and enjoy a holiday with your family and friends. Is one of these 6 Queensland Islands to rent on your holiday bucket list.
- Swim with turtles
Swim with turtles on the Great Barrier Reef. Lady Musgrave Island is one of the best places in the world to see and swim with turtles in their natural habitat.
- Swim with dolphins
Dolphins can often be spotted off the beaches along the NSW East Coast. It is also possible to swim with dolphins. Swimming with dolphins is on my life goals list.
- Experience shark cage diving
If you would like an adrenaline hit may be shark cage diving is for you. Although this would be the ultimate experience, I haven’t added it to my bucket list.
- Swim with whale sharks
Off Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth, Western Australia, it is possible to swim with Whale sharks. Whale sharks are plankton eaters and are the largest fish in the world.
- Camp on the beach
Go to a beach where camping is allowed and enjoy a night camping. Looking out to the ocean and listening to the waves is a wonderful beach camping experience.
- Learn to Dive
Learn to dive so you can explore the deeps of the sea and the reefs, including the magnificent Great Barrier Reef or artificial reefs on shipwrecks.
- Horse Ride along the water’s edge
Go with friends for a horse ride on the sandy shores.
- Camel ride on the beach
Enjoy a sunrise or sunset camel ride.
How To Prepare For A Trip To The Seaside
A quick visit to the beach requires little preparation, but a day trip to the beach does require some preparation. A day at the beach is an experience you’ll remember forever, so make sure you don’t miss out ann any essential items for your fun beach day.
A handy tip: As summer approaches and more days may be spent at the beach, prepare a beach bag so you can grab it and place it in the car for your beach adventure.
Essential things to pack for a day at the beach.
- Hat for yourself and your family members
Hats are great as they can keep your face shielded from the sun’s harmful UV rays and provide relief from any strong breezes or wind. Look for a wide-brimmed hat that can cover your entire face or opt for a baseball cap. Whatever style you choose, make sure it’s one that fits well and offers plenty of coverage.
- Waterproof Sunscreen
In Australia there is a saying, slip, slop, slap and slide.
Slop is for slop on sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. A heavy-duty broad-spectrum SPF 50 or higher sunscreen is essential for long days in the sun. You should also apply (and re-apply!) at least every two hours, and wear sunglasses and a hat to protect your face even further. Sunblock with both UVA and UVB protection is important too, so don’t forget it!
- Long sleeve rashie or lightweight shirt/jacket
Sunglasses are essential for protecting your eyes from the sun’s rays and keeping you comfortable.
- Beach Towels
A beach towel is essential to have for a successful beach trip. Bring one big towel per person so you have space to lay in the sun or take a nap in the sand. Towels are also great for drying off after a dip in the ocean or just wiping off sand before getting back in your car. Make sure you choose cotton or quick-dry towels that won’t be too heavy to lug down to the beach.
- Swimming costume
- Picnic blanket
- Water bottles filled with water
- Dry clothes to change into
- Beach chair
Depending on the beach you’re visiting and the weather, it can be nice to have a beach chair. Beach chairs are ideal for those who don’t mind carrying them around, as you can sit comfortably while watching the children playing or while chatting or reading on the beach.
- Sun umbrella or sun shelter
- First aid kit
- Buckets, spades and beach toys for the children
- Bocce balls, water balls, beach cricket set
- Money for ice cream and coffee
- Phone and camera
- Lunch and snacks
There are many things to do at the beach. However, the main thing is to have fun at the beach and check that you are protected from the sun. Remember the motto, slip, slap, slop and slide when out enjoying your day at the beach.