4 of the Best Beach Towels to Buy in Australia in 2018

I’ve been researching the best beach towels to buy in Australia. 

It was time for us to re-stock on beach towels since we live near the beach on the Central Coast and spend most of our time there with the kids. I wanted regular cotton towels but also lightweight ones that dry fast – we often travel and walk to the beach.

Lalen Turkish Towel is one of the best beach towels to buy in Australia.

Our current cotton towels take too much room in the bag. They’re heavy and take too long to dry... it doesn’t make our trips to the beach very fun. I can’t believe we’ve been travelling with these bulky towels for so long!

After reading many reviews, I’ve compiled a list of towels that perform well, are very cute and are a great size. I’m delighted with the ones I found. And I’m totally happy to recommend them (below).

Whether you want a plush cotton towel to lounge on the sand or a lightweight towel for travelling, you’ll find good options below.

Check out these towels you can buy in Australia that will brighten up your summer.

1. Microfiber Towels by Dock & Bay - Best for Travelling 

Are you looking for a beach towel that’s extremely compact and lightweight and dries fast? Then check out the Microfiber Towels by Dock & Bay.

This towel does a good job at drying you off, looks pretty and is soft.

It’s also easy to wipe the sand off this towel – fabulous if you need to put it back into the suitcase after the beach.

This towel folds up small and dries fast – perfect if you need to pack light like when travelling, walking to the beach, or cycling with your surfboard. 

It's actually the most compact towel listed on this page.

You can fold this towel up and insert it into a little bag that comes with it.

Keep in mind that the Microfiber Towel by Dock & Bay is not plush & fluffy like a typical cotton towel. The surface is smooth. It feels more like a thick, high-quality bed sheet or even a curtain (that’s where the original idea came from).

The towel was created by two friends, Andy and Ben, who needed a great towel for travelling. They thought that normal towels are too big, bulky, take too long to dry and the sand gets stuck to them. 

The towels come in 2 generous sizes. They’re large enough to wrap around you but very compact when folded up.

The towels come in colourful stripes like Cabana Bondi Blue and Summer Rainbow Skies.

It's made of 80% polyester and 20% polyamide and holds twice its weight in water.


  • Very compact
  • Lightweight
  • Dries quickly
  • Sand doesn’t stick
  • Many choices of colours


  • Doesn't feel as plush as regular terry towels 


Brand – Dock & Bay

Material – 80% polyester and 20% polyamide

Size – large 160x80cm; extra-large 198x90cm 

Price – $31.99 - $39.99

2. Lalen Turkish Towels – Most Versatile Towel

I love Turkish towels!

Lalen Turkish towel is lightweight and folds very small. It's great for travelling light or walking to the beach with kids because it takes so little space. And the sand doesn’t stick to it much because of the flat-woven fabric.

The fabulous thing about quality Turkish towels: they’re absorbent and dry fast. And they become softer after multiple washes. 

And Turkish towels are so versatile – you can wear these towels as a sarong and even use them as a tablecloth or a bath towel.

Lalen Turkish beach towel was designed by a couple in Burleigh Heads, Australia. And it's woven in a family-owned workshop in the Aegean region in Turkey.

Lalen Turkish beach towels are excellent quality. They’re made with 100% Aegean cotton (no synthetic fibres are used). Aegean cotton has long fibres that give towels excellent durability, strength, softness and absorbency. 

You can also get a towel that’s bamboo/cotton blend.

The towels come in 4 sizes and 4 colours. Tall people will appreciate the generous x-large size. The designs are simple and the colours attractive – you can pick indigo, mint, ash or coral.


  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Dries quickly
  • Absorbent
  • Softer after multiple washes
  • Durable


  • None that I can think of


Brand – Lalen

Material – 100% Aegean cotton

Size – small 40cm x 90cm; medium 100cm x 140cm; large 100cm x 180cm; x-large 100cm x 220cm

Price – $25 - $45

3. Turkish Towels by Nicola Spring - Best Value Turkish-Like Towels

If you’re looking for a lovely Turkish towel that's amazing value, check out the Turkish towels by Nicola Spring. The quality won't disappoint. 

This towel is lightweight and rolls up small – takes hardly any space in the beach bag. It dries fast as well which is useful if you need to reuse it later. And it's a good size: you can wrap the towel around you, lie on it and use it as a sarong.

The only difference I could see between the Turkish towels by Nicola Spring and Lalen: Lalen is softer. Nicola Spring is cheaper. They're both as absorbent. 

This towel is so handy – ideal for walking to the beach, cycling with your surfboard or travelling.

Comes in varied and gorgeous colours like pink, dark blue, grey and light blue.

Best of all the Turkish Towel by Nicola Spring is amazing value ($14!). You can also buy a pack of 2, 3 or 4. The set of 4 is the best value – you can stock up on these towels for the whole family.


  • Great value
  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Dries quickly
  • Absorbent 


  • None that I can think of


Brand – Nicola Spring

Material – 100% cotton

Size – 90x170mm

Price –     $41.98 for a pack of 4

4. The Round Towel by The Beach People – Practical & Stylish

I love the round towels by The Beach People: they look stylish, they’re thick, super soft, and top quality. They're perfect for lounging on the beach.

Round towels have a larger area than rectangle towels - handy for sharing a sitting spot or have a picnic. Plus, it’s easy to spot them on the beach because they stand out among all the rectangle towels.

I also like that the round towel is a snug shape for kids. Our towel wraps around my 7-year old snugly because no corners drag on the ground. Also, it's thick and absorbent – nice for drying kids up after the swim.

The Round Towel by The Beach People is top quality too – it's made to last and stays soft.

And the designs are stunning. The towel has a tassel fringe around the edge, The Beach People logo on the towel, and nature-inspired tones and stunning motifs. 

This round towel was invented and designed in Australia in the beachside town of Kingscliff NSW by sisters Emma and Victoria.

The sisters started the business in their back shed. Since the launch of the round towel went viral in 2013, many companies have imitated it. These ones by The Beach People are the first circular towels ever made.


  • Stylish; amazing designs
  • Excellent quality; made to last
  • Feels super soft
  • Thick and absorbent


  • Expensive


Brand – The Beach People

Material – 100% cotton

Size – 150cm in diameter

Price – $99


Whichever beach towel is best for you depends on:

Do you live off your suitcase? Is volume paramount? Then the Microfiber Towel by Dock & Bay is great. 

Do you want a versatile, fast drying, lightweight and compact towel that you can use anywhere? Then a Turkish towel is great for that purpose.

Lalen Turkish Towels and Turkish Towels by Nicola Spring are both great. Lalen is softer. Nicola Spring is the best value. 

And if you want to reuse your towel more than once in a day, the towels above dry quickly. 

I find though that regular fluffy, thick cotton towels absorb water faster than any of these towels above.  My husband won't use any other towel.

And if you want to splash out on a super stylish and great quality towel, you won't go wrong with a Round Towel by The Beach People

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