10 of the Best Beach Towels for the Australian Summer

As summer ebbs ever closer and the prospect of long beach days becomes a reality, we’re starting to take stock of our beach kit to see what needs an upgrade.

While we eye up beach carts, swimmers, and beach toys for the little ones, another area we’re investigating is the best beach towels in Australia. We want the best! We want cool prints, comfortable fabric and great options for kids.

Without further ado, here are our favourite beach towels in Australia making the rounds this summer.

10 of the Best Beach Towels for the Australian Summer

1. Tesalate

The best beach towels in Australia
Tesalate towels are a contender for the best beach towels in Australia!

The original sand-free beach towel, Tesalate towels boast a seriously impressive set of credentials.

Coming in both individual and towel-for-two sizes, these towels dry in half the time of a regular towel, are ultra-absorbent and their unique AbsorbLite™ fabrication means you arrive home sand-free. Sounds like our kinda beach day!

The gorgeous colours and prints are inspired by our beautiful Australian coastlines, which means they look the part and do the job. What more could we want!

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2. The Beach People Sand-Free Cabana Towel

The best beach towels in Australia
The Beach People 

While The Beach People are famous for their iconic Round Towel (a very Instagram-worthy choice, but a seriously visually pleasing one), which means we’re here to vouch for the value and efficacy of their Sand-Free Cabana Towel - a solid contender for the best beach towels in Australia!

Made from fade-resistant and sand-repellant cotton with Terry-towelling underneath for drying, these Australian-designed towels are a real winner, and they come in a fun Sand-Free Cabana Towel Family Bundle, featuring two adult sized and two kid-sized towels. Adds to cart!

3. Dock & Bay

The best beach towels in Australia
Dock & Bay

Quick-drying and compact, Dock & Bay towels are a great fashion-meets-function choice.

Their iconic stripy towels are ultra-absorbent, sand-free, and come in an extensive range of eye-catching, summery colourways.

Another favourite is their poncho towels for both kids and adults. They dry three times faster than a standard towel, are compact, and come with a handy pouch yet are big enough to get changed under at the beach. What a resume!

4. Sunnylife Luxe Towel

Luxurious jacquard comfort awaits with this premium beach towel from Sunnylife.

Coming in a cool range of earthy tones, the Sunnylife Luxe Towel promises complete comfort and cosiness on the sand.

Crafted in a premium jacquard Terry towelling fabric with an organic drop pile pattern, it’s a gorgeous choice for long beach days. Cover up and dry off with this luxe beach towel that both looks the part and does the job.

5. SÄMMIMIS Hooded Towels

We love a dry-and-go option, and these hooded towels by SAMMIMIS prove to be just that!

Offering both a towel and a hoodie in one, SÄMMIMIS extensive range of hooded beach towels in Australia are designed for every season and crafted with the highest quality Turkish cotton.

Choose from short- or long-sleeve hooded towels in either a poncho style or with a super-handy zip-through front and pockets. Perfect for the beach, swimming lessons or travelling, we’ll be adding one of these to the cart for every family member!

6. Adairs Kids' Hooded Towels

Adairs Kids
Adairs Kids' beach towels

While we do love a neutral number, there’s nothing quite like spotting a roaming dinosaur at the beach, is there?

Adairs’ range of cute hooded poncho towels comes in all manner of variations—from a strawberry and an ice cream sundae to a unicorn, dinosaur, and everything in between.

They’re crafted from 350GSM cotton, come in two sizes, and are an adorable accessory for incoming beach days!

7. Target

Target beach towels
Target beach towels in bright summer colours.

From unicorns to tie-dye, stripes, palm trees, sharks, ice-creams, and even Barbie, Target's range of beach towels comes in just about every print and pattern you can imagine!

Along with loads of colours, styles, and prints to choose from, Target's beach towels also come in many styles, including hooded for the kiddies, absorbent cotton, sand-free, nylon, and more.

8. Seafolly

Seafolly Beach Poncho
Seafolly Beach Poncho

If you thought that beach ponchos were only for kids, think again!

Seafolly's range of beach ponchos for adults is super chic, comfortable, and ready to tackle Australia's high temperatures. Seafolly's beach ponchos are made from 100 per cent cotton for extra softness and absorbency. They also stock gorgeous waffle towels, logo towels, and more.

9. Business & Pleasure

Business & Pleasure towels
Business & Pleasure

If you're looking for beach towels in Australia that remind you of summers spent in the Mediterranean, Business & Pleasure are at your service.

Business & Pleasure's range is a mix of beach blankets and towels in retro colours and prints that give off major French Riviera vibes. 

10. Turkish Towel Co.

The best beach towels in Australia
Turkish Towel Co

The Turkish beach towels craze doesn't seem to be waning any time soon and we're still 100 per cent here for it!

Turkish Towel Co. is the home of Turkish towels in Australia in gorgeous designs and colours. From the classic striped designs you know and love to their tie-dye candy design, and their huge Turkish throw rug, Turkish Towel Co. have got you sorted with beach coverings this summer!

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