There's no denying it - Australia is simply the best country on the planet for summer.
On top of the blissful weather at this time of year, our nation is blessed with some of the most fantastic beaches in the world, and you can find a stunning spot of sand to sprawl out on in any area of the country.
There are still a couple of weeks left before your kids trudge back to school, so here are our top five picks for anyone heading to a beach for fun school holiday activities:
1. Bondi Beach
As it is hands-down Australia's most famous beach, it's become a tourist hotspot over the years but it's still a great place for local families to chill out and soak up the sun.
The beach boasts a bit of history too, as the site of the world's first ever Surf Life Saving club, formed more than a century ago!
2. Cable Beach
Western Australia stocks some of the country's best stretches of sand and Cable Beach in Broome is the pick of the bunch.
Beachgoers can take advantage of its sheer size, soothing waves and relaxing atmosphere, not to mention one of the most sublime sunsets you'll witness in this country.
3. Byron Bay Beach
Situated on the easternmost point of Australia, Byron Bay is one of New South Wales' natural highlights and a must for any visitors to the state.
Ignore the hippy culture - it's a great place for the whole family to unwind!
4. Whitehaven Beach
Putting the 'white' in 'Whitehaven', the spotless, sparkling sand is undoubtedly the standout feature of this Queensland beach.
You'll need your shades to protect your eyes from more than just the sun here!
5. Hyams Beach
Another beach featuring a beautiful white shore, Hyams is purported to have the whitest sand in the world.
As one of NSW's favourite beaches, it's another popular spot for holidaymakers from across the globe but it's well worth the visit.