The best beaches in Australia are some of the best in the world. We have close to 37,000 kilometres of coastline around our continent and it varies in appearance dramatically. We have beautiful beaches of stark white silica sands, rugged coastal cliffs and prominent headlands, sweeping bays, island getaways and long stretches as far as the eye can see and beyond.
Each and every state in Australia has magnificent beaches and after travelling the entirety of the country we could easily name hundreds or more that are stunning in their own way. What does it take to be recognised as one of the best beaches anyway? Scenery, seclusion, popularity, atmosphere, colours, clarity…the list goes on. There are definitely several that stand out in Australia and photos don’t always do the justice deserved. Being there in person on your travels and experiencing these stunning beaches is when you really appreciate the best of the best beaches.
Whitehaven Beach, part of The Whitsundays in Queensland, is definitely at the top of the list. The uninhabited island off the coast of Airlie Beach is absolutely breathtaking. The sand is the whitest of the white and the water is as clear as crystal. There are many cruise boats and sailing boats departing daily from Airlie Beach, which explore several islands and the Great Barrier Reef and it is a very memorable day out. You jump ship where it anchors and wade or swim through the glorious water to the immaculate beach. Then you spend a couple of hours on Whitsunday Island sunbaking, swimming, walking and enjoying this unbelievable paradise on Earth, Whitehaven Beach.
Lucky Bay, in Cape Le Grand National Park in Western Australia’s great southern region is another stark white scenic delight. The sweeping bay is flanked by stunning headlands and the brilliant blue ocean is dotted with rocky islands. This beach attracts kite surfers due to the Southern Ocean’s wind factor and four-wheel drive enthusiasts, who are permitted to drive and park on the beach. The scenery here is superb and the summer months find many beach lovers flocking to this remarkable national park. The park is accessible via bitumen road 50km southeast of Esperance or a fabulous 22km drive along the beach from Wylie Bay. Camping is permitted at several places in the park, including near Lucky Bay.
Wineglass Bay, in Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park, is another of Australia’s gems. Not many would swim here in the cold Tassie climate, but the views are totally worth the walk. This perfectly shaped bay is accessible on foot 1.5km to the lookout or 3km down to the beach itself and the walk is fairly physically demanding due to the gradient, however doable for most, it just requires a bit of effort which many of the best views do. Camping is permitted in the park and nearby at Coles Bay with all the facilities.
Bondi Beach in Sydney is one of our most iconic and well-known best beaches. Location and popularity are big contributors, however Bondi is very scenic, with bodies galore and the atmosphere is electric. The views here are remarkable, the walk to the headland is fantastic, there are eateries and water-holes everywhere, and the swimming and body surfing with hundreds of others is invigorating. You don’t even have to swim here. The grassy foreshore overlooking the beach is massive. Many people just sit, relax, eat, observe and enjoy the utter ambiance of Bondi.
Cable Beach in Broome, Western Australia is extremely popular with tourists and locals alike. The sunsets are magnificent, the 9 metre tides clean the perfect shores each day and the holiday atmosphere in the warm tropical climate is captivating. You can drive on the firm beach, park up, enjoy your surroundings, indulge in nibbles and refreshments and either watch or take a camel ride. Note the family oriented beach is to the left and the nude bathing permitted beach is to the right, which is where 4wd’s are permitted and most tend to frequent. It is a long beach with plenty of room for everyone!
Norman Beach in Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria, is unique and just beautiful. This stunning beach is bordered by Norman Point and Mount Oberon. There is a permanent tidal river trickling or flowing into the ocean, depending on the tide chart and you can walk out in the shallows a long way when conditions permit. There are hundreds of camp sites near this popular beach, the walks and views are amazing and you just want to jump for joy whilst taking it all in. These views are from atop Mount Oberon, a 3.4 metre walk and entirely worth it.
Duke of Orleans Bay in Cape Arid National Park, Western Australia, is another breathtaking beach. This impressive piece of paradise, Wharton Beach in particular, is accessible to four-wheel drives and offers caravan park accommodation and fishing charters. Summer months are stunning here and the calm waters are suitable for and appeal to everyone.
Mission Beach on Queensland’s Cassowary Coast is palm-fringed with golden sand and boasts views across the ocean to Dunk Island. This popular holiday location has a waterfront caravan park with very reasonable rates, beautiful rainforests nearby to explore and close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and Tully Gorge.
Cape Bridgewater, near Portland, Victoria is home to a Seal colony and spectacular coastal scenery. The main beach is just gorgeous and a coastal walk over magnificent headlands, overlooking the azure ocean, to the resident seal colony is fabulous. Moderate fitness is required and the scenery is unforgettable.
Twilight Beach in Esperance, Western Australia, is another classic example of the whitest sand and bluest water combined to form the perfect picture. The Esperance coastline is striking and stretches for miles. Twilight is a popular swimming beach with protected waters, rocky islands and fantastic snorkelling opportunities. A 38km loop drive explores many magnificent beaches in and around Esperance. This beautiful country town is highly regarded for its beaches and features some of Australia’s best.
Well there are 10 of Australia’s best beaches. There are so many stunning beaches in this country, it is impossible to cover them all and very difficult to narrow down to a select few. Personal preferences prevail, however there are certainly several of our best beaches that stand out.
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