Summer is here and that means one thing, the glorious days of beach cricket are back. Let’s face it, you don’t have to be a die hard to pick up a bat and ball and head for the soft sandy shores of your local beach. The game is almost as iconic as vegemite.. except it contains less yeast and more sand. It also tends to spawn friendly rivalry between family members and backpackers, who can be found swarming the coastlines of Aus, in the hope they’ll be invited for a sporadic game. So here is our selection of some of Australia’s best beaches to start or even reclaim your beach cricket career this summer.
Ninety Mile Beach
Labelled as one of the longest beaches in the world, Ninety Mile Beach lays on Victoria's south-eastern coastline in the Gippsland region. In terms of space you’ll find plenty of it, so make sure you take a fully fledged beach cricket team, as you might need to cover some ground.. safety in numbers! The locals tip is to pick your days, as this part of the coast can sometimes be a little windy!
With some of the whitest sand in the world, Hyams Beach on the South Coast of New South Wales is a backpackers and beach cricketers paradise. The wide bay contains some of the clearest water in Australia and provides the perfect backdrop for a game of beach cricket. Although this beach is sometimes bustling with tourists, if tends to be quieter during the week and after the christmas rush.
Narooma Surf Beach
Another gem tucked away on the South Coast of New South Wales, this little place is the perfect destination for Canberrans sitting only 3.5 hours away from our capital city. It’s wide enough to have a fielding team and long enough to find some space to yourself. The best bit is that you can grab yourself a post game feed from the delicious cafe located five metres from the white sand. If the beach suddenly becomes packed with tourists the good news is there’s a whole coastline that remains fairly uninhabited with people, especially in the quieter season.
Fairhaven, Victoria - Great Ocean Road
If you’re a Melburnian you don’t have to leave the state to find yourself a slice of cricket beach pie. Even though the beaches that line the stretch of coast between Anglesea and Lorne are known for surfing (it’s called the Surf Coast.. get it), they also offer the perfect sandy terrain to place your stumps firmly in the sand. Especially the salty shores along the small coastal town of Fairhaven.
Whitehaven Beach - Whitsundays Queensland
Nothing beats belting a ball on one of Australia’s most iconic beaches. Whitehaven Beach is a bucket list destination for the keen beach cricketer. Not only does it provide the perfect scenic backdrop to your game, it’s also thriving with backpackers who surely would enjoy retiring the snorkel to pick up a bat and ball. Nothing like some friendly rivalry.. even on the beach.
Cable Beach - Broome, Western Australia
Australian cricketer Shaun Marsh recently visited Cable Beach to share some of his cricketing skills with the locals. The Western Australian local even packed the World Cup as part of his tour. A number of students tested out his skill with the soft sandy pitch. The water is as clear as any of the world’s best beaches. Just watch where you hit the ball… as there are some local sharks that like to sometimes pop into the shoreline to say hello from time to time.
Northern Territory - Darwin, Cullen Bay Sandbar
Claiming that you’ve played a game of beach cricket on a sandbar in the Northern Territory is surely on the bucket list? Cullen Bay plays hosts to beach cricket enthusiasts all year round and even has an annual beach cricket match every year to raise money for a local charity. But be warned, you’re going to have to lend the year of a local boat owner to get you out there and make sure you wrap up the game before the tide threatens to swallow your cricket pitch.
South Australia, Glenelg Beach - Glenelg
It was good enough to host to the beach Cricket Tri Nations Series, so we reckon it’s good enough to host your next beach cricket match. Glenelg Beach is usually bustling with beach cricket enthusiasts so you’re going to have to cement your playing pitch early on in the day or later in the afternoon.
Tasmania, Binnalong Bay
Let’s not forget our friends in south oz. Binalong Bay is not to far away from the Bay of Fires, the worst kept secret when it comes to breathtaking beach destinations. The perfect white that sand lines this beautiful part of the world, will act as the perfect pitch for your beach cricket game. Our advice… try not to hit a six into the water, otherwise it’s going to be a chilly attempt to get your ball.