Australia boasts over 11,000 beaches across its 37,000 km coastline, including some of the finest coastal spots in the world. Whichever type of beach you’re looking for, this country has it covered. Here are just some of the best beaches Australia has to offer.
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Sydney, New South Wales
A short journey from the centre of Australia’s biggest city, Sydney, is the famous Bondi Beach. Popular with surfers and sunbathers alike, the name of the beach is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘water breaking over rocks’. The 1 km long beach is also home to the oldest life-saving club in the world, the Bondi Surf Bathers, established in 1907. Catch a flight to Sydney and sun yourself on Bondi Beach.
North Coast, New South Wales
A well-known chillout spot for backpackersand surfers, Byron Bay is located on the picturesque north-eastern corner of New South Wales. The area is also known for whale watching, as thousands of Humpback whales travel past Byron Bay between June and November each year.
Gold Coast, Queensland
The holiday destination of choice for Australians, Gold Coast is the playground for Aussies on holiday, with its miles of beaches, excellent surfing and vibrant nightlife. The gateway to over 7 km of sandy beaches, Gold Coast is a guaranteed hit with beach fans and city lovers alike.
Ninety Mile Beach
The self-explanatory named Ninety Mile Beach is unsurprisingly one of the longest stretches of sand in the world, and is the ideal spot for diving, fishing, surfing and sailing. Further away from the beach, there are some stunning bush walks and treks to enjoy.
Broome, Western Australia
Cable beach consists of 22 km of perfect sands alongside the electric blue seas of the Indian Ocean. The open stretches of sand are thought of as a romantic destination due to their exceptional sunsets.
Sydney Suburbs, New South Wales
Famed for its easy-going and cosmopolitan atmosphere, the Sydney suburb of Manly features an excellent surfing beach alongside a picturesque harbour packed with cafés and restaurants – ideal for unwinding after a day’s watersports.
This uninhabited four-mile expanse of white sand on Whitsunday Island, close to the Great Barrier Reef, is as close to paradise as it gets as crystal clear waters meet the whitest sand you can imagine. Those considering booking flights to Australia will not be disappointed when they arrive on this beach.
Margaret River, Western Australia
Not recommended to beginner surfers (waves here can reach up to 20 feet high) the aptly-named Surfer’s Point is one of the world’s premiere surfing destinations. Those without the expertise or bravado to join in can watch the locals tackle these huge waves while enjoying a glass of the local Margaret River wine.
Jervis Bay, New South Wales
Said to have the whitest sand in the world, Hyams Beach is definitely somewhere you don’t want to forget your sunglasses. A tiny village around three hours south of Sydney is an ideal escape for those who simply want to chill out and enjoy nature.
Sydney Suburbs, New South Wales
The playground of the rich and famous, Palm Beach is surrounded by luxury mansions and top dollar accommodation. However, the beach is an area of extensive natural beautyand is also the exterior set used for filming of the soap opera Home & Away.