10 Best Beaches in Australia

by Oliver William

Australia is a breathtakingly diverse land that serves as both the largest island and smallest continent on Earth. Nestled between the Pacific and Indian oceans, this vast country is home to around 22 million people, making it one of the least densely populated nations in the world. Encompassing an area about the size of Brazil or the contiguous United States, Australia offers visitors the freedom to roam and explore its many wonders.

From lush rainforests in the north to desolate deserts in the vast interior, Australia’s landscapes are some of the most varied on the planet. About 80% of the country’s plant and animal species are found nowhere else on Earth, making it a truly unique destination for nature lovers. And with most Australians residing in the cities along the country’s 50,000-kilometer-long (30,000-mile) coastline, visitors are never far from the breathtaking beauty of the outdoors.

Australia’s major metropolises are all distinct from one another. For a glimpse into the country’s 50,000-year history, head to Canberra. Sydney, the largest and oldest city in Australia, boasts a stunning harbor and breathtaking scenery. Melbourne, the cultural hub of Australia, is renowned for its progressive outlook and vibrant nightlife. And Cairns serves as an excellent base for exploring the natural wonders of the world. No matter your interests, Australia has something unique to offer every kind of traveler.

Australia is also home to more than 10,000 stunning beaches, each with its own unique attractions, such as camel rides at sunset, whale watching, or scuba diving. The pristine white sands and warm, welcoming seas of Australia’s beaches are unparalleled, making them some of the most sought-after destinations in the world.

But Australia is not just known for its beaches. The country is home to incredible surf locations and the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. With so much to see and do, it would take a lifetime to explore all of Australia’s wonders.

Visitors will find that Australians are kind and welcoming, no matter where they go. So whether you’re interested in learning about the culture of the indigenous Aborigines, lounging on a beach, or partying in the heart of a metropolis, Australia is the perfect destination for your next adventure.


10. Main Beach, Byron Bay

Byron Bay is one of the most visited places in all of Australia, and for good reason: the town is home to some of the best surfing in the country, as well as a relaxed, alternative culture and stunning beaches, the crown jewel of which is Main Beach.

People exercising, swimming in the warm waves, and grilling out on the golden beaches may all be seen while leisurely strolling down the boardwalk. It’s a busy location with plenty of interesting things happening.

Because of its popularity as a tourist destination, Byron Bay is home to a wide variety of excellent eateries and watering holes. Taking a yoga class or visiting one of the many local art galleries is another great way to get a feel for the culture of the area.

There’s something for everyone, from whale-watching tours to longboard lessons to meditation workshops.

9. Turquoise Bay, Exmouth

Turquoise Bay, in Cape Range National Park, has brilliant white beaches because it is so isolated. The setting is ideal for unwinding and soaking up some sunshine.

It’s hard to resist the allure of those dazzling blue seas. It’s a great way to spend the day to swim or just play about in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, and you won’t run into many other people because of how remote this area of Western Australia is.

Just offshore is the stunning Ningaloo Reef, where snorkelers may enjoy the vibrant corals and a plethora of species. Dive into the warm waters at Turquoise Bay’s southern end and float with the current to the northern end, admiring the spectacular marine life you pass along the way.

8. Bell’s Beach, Great Ocean Road

Bell’s Beach is the place to go if you want to try your hand at surfing. This gorgeous beach is located on Australia’s famous Great Ocean Road, which hugs the southeast coast. Giant waves crash against the beach, and the area is home to the annual Rip Curl Pro surfing competition, the winner of which takes home the Bell trophy.

Consequently, surfers often visit Bell’s Beach as one of the best spots in Australia. Surrounded by rocky cliffs, its untamed seas provide a breathtaking backdrop. It’s a surfer’s paradise for sure, but the beach also attracts plenty of sunbathers. Day-trippers from Melbourne often visit here because of how close it is to the city.

7. Noosa Main Beach

Noosa Main Beach, located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is a great place to take the kids and is one of the most well-known beaches in the state. It has a warm, inviting blue sea, great for swimming and lounging, and is framed by palm trees that are truly a sight to see.

Noosa Heads is known for its stunning natural beauty, but the town itself has plenty to recommend it as well, including several excellent dining and lodging establishments. The town is conveniently located near Noosa National Park, where you may see koalas in their native environment, and offers a wide range of excellent services and facilities.

The Noosa Festival of Surfing is held annually in Noosa Heads, making Noosa Main Beach a hotspot for surfers as well as a popular tourist attraction.

6. Bondi Beach, Sydney

Bondi Beach is world-famous, and with good reason: it represents Australia at its most iconic and representative. The stunning environment, laid-back mood, and diverse beachgoers combine to make it a lovely and friendly destination, even though it is not the greatest beach in the country and may become extremely crowded.

The region surrounding Bondi Beach is just as delightful to visit as the rest of Sydney, and it’s just a short commute from the city centre. There is a plethora of exciting activities and several hip pubs, stylish eateries, and adorable cafés to choose from.

Bondi Beach, with its golden beaches, excellent surf breaks, and welcoming vibe, is a true Australian treasure.

5. Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay

Hyams Beach, about three hours south of Sydney, is another of Australia’s amazing beaches. There will likely be a lot of people there if you go during peak season, since this is a popular tourist destination.

The beach is safe for swimming because of the protection of nearby Jervis Bay. Hyams Beach is picture perfect because of its white beaches and proximity to exciting activities like whale watching and fishing.

If you’re looking to get away from Sydney for the weekend, this beach resort town is a terrific option, and the neighbouring national parks are ideal for a stroll.

4. Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, Port Douglas

Cape Tribulation in Daintree National Park, Australia.

the breathtaking beauty of Cape Tribulation in the Daintree National Park in Queensland, Australia. Image source: Marco Saracco/Shutterstock.com

It’s no exaggeration to say that Port Douglas and its stunning Four Mile Beach are one of the best vacation spots in the world. There are some of Australia’s greatest beaches dotted around its coastline, and the Great Barrier Reef is nearby offshore. The spectacular wildness of Daintree National Park is also close by. This stuff is the genuine thing.

Kitesurfing, scuba diving, and sailing are just a few examples of the many popular activities available to tourists. Its bustling city also has a wide variety of high-quality eating and sleeping establishments.

Despite competition from other nearby attractions, Four Mile Beach nevertheless holds its own as one of the most beautiful beaches in the area.

3. Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park

Cape Tribulation is a rugged and lonely peninsula on Australia’s northeastern coast, and as a result, its wonderful beaches are frequently abandoned, allowing tourists to relax in peace and quiet on their pristine white beaches. With a population of less than 500, this little town in Queensland seems quite different from the rest of the state.

Daintree National Park is home to a plethora of fantastic rainforest hikes because of the park’s proximity to Port Douglas. There is a lot of wildlife in the area, so you should be able to see some of it while you’re out trekking. And if that’s not enough, there are tours where you can observe the local crocodile population, or you can go mountain biking or horseback riding through the thick vegetation.

Cape Tribulation is a popular tourist destination due in large part to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. From town, you can take a boat out to the reefs and see the abundant marine life; snorkelling among the schools of fish and beautiful turtles is an unforgettable experience.

2. Cable Beach, Broome

Cable Beach is stunning and stretches for more than 20 kilometres. The stark contrast between the brilliant white beaches and the azure ocean is breathtaking. It’s hardly surprising that this beach is often ranked among Australia’s finest.

Cable Beach is beautiful, but it’s not particularly well-known among tourists. This might be because it’s located so far from any of Australia’s major cities. There’s no denying that, as a place to unwind, the beach is beautiful. If you’re looking to get a nice, even tan, it’s also home to one of the most well-known nudist beaches in the nation.

The warm waters of the Indian Ocean are wonderful for swimming, but before you jump in, make sure it’s not box jellyfish season by asking some locals. Dolphins and whales may sometimes be seen swimming along the coast during certain times of the year.

Cable Beach has a pleasant, easygoing atmosphere that makes it well worth a visit. One of the many delights is a camel ride through the desert’s limitless dunes at sunset.

1. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays

Whitehaven Beach, one of Australia’s most stunning beaches, often ranks high on lists of the greatest beaches in the world. Since then, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to go there.

It’s on the biggest island in the Whitsundays, and it’s just as picturesque as the others. The views of the beach from the surrounding hills are spectacular. The beach has the whitest sand in the world, and spending the day exploring its varied scenery of coves and lagoons is a wonderful way to relax.

From Airlie Beach on the Australian mainland, visitors may go on a boat cruise to Whitehaven Beach. Everything you need for the day, including food and drink, must be brought by you since there is nothing available on the island. Aside from the beautiful landscape, the many coral reefs that surround its white beaches provide excellent snorkelling opportunities.

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