12 Fun Beach Activities for Kids
North Queensland has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world although the presence of jellyfish and crocodiles means that many are not safe for swimming.
However, you shouldn’t let that deter you from visiting or camping at the beach because there are so many fun beachside activities that don’t require getting wet.
1. playing in the sand
Playing in the sand is endless fun and something kids never tire of.
2. hopscotch on the beach
Just drawing pictures or writing names can provide hours of fun but one of our favourites is to draw a hopscotch ladder on the sand.
Then all you need to do is grab a shell or two as your markers and you’re off.
3. hunt for crabs
And if you are lucky, you might spot mudskippers too.
Who doesn’t love collecting shells? You would be surprised at how different the shells are from one beach to the next.
You can also find other little treasures washed up like sea urchins, unusual driftwood and seed pods.
5. build a fort on the beach
Dig a hole and use palm fronds for a roof, decorate with sticks and shells and other beachy treasures.
6. fishing off the beach
Fishing is a great pastime for young and old whether using a hand reel, a fishing rod or a casting net.
Just be careful when standing close to the water’s edge if fishing at a beach close to crocodile habitat.
7. look for animal tracks in the sand
Early in the morning is often the best time to look and it’s fun to try to decipher who and what made each marking in the sand.
8. fly a kite
It can get pretty windy at the beach sometimes so when the wind is up, it is the perfect time to have a go at flying your kite.
And with miles of beach in front of you, you can see how high and how long you can keep your kite in the air.
9. beach cricket
A favourite Aussie tradition, beach cricket is just as popular as backyard cricket, so make sure you pack the cricket bat, ball and stumps for your next trip to the beach.
Young and old can join in and its one activity everyone loves.
10. hang a hammock
And it’s the perfect spot for reading a book, having an afternoon nap or for the kids to swing in.
11. watch the sunset
Kids love watching the changing colours of the sky and then turning on their torches as the sun goes down.
12. have a campfire on the beach
It is the perfect way to end a day by the seaside, with a campfire on the beach.
Get everyone involved by collecting some firewood or driftwood, then pull up your camp chairs and grab a bag of marshmallows to toast on the fire.
Note: Make sure you check beforehand if you are allowed to have a campfire on the beach as not all beaches allow campfires.