With over 25,000km of coastline to its name, Australia is a beach lover’s paradise. Every region is home to dozens of beautiful spots, each with their own appeal. This summer, check out the 10 best beaches in Australia.
#1. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Queensland
It should not come as a surprise that the Great Barrier Reef is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Located on Whitsunday Island, Whitehaven Beach boasts of 7km of unspoilt sand, swirls of turquoise, green and blue water!
Not only does it consist of 98% pure white silica, it also stays cooler than regular sand, which makes it comfortable to walk on, even in scorching weather. Named both ‘Queensland’s cleanest beach’ and the ‘top eco-friendly beach in the world’, Whitehaven Beach is accessible by boat, seaplane or helicopter.
#2. Cable Beach, Broome, Western Asutralia
Cable Beach is an incredible 22km stretch of sand found near Broome, in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. Its vast expanse of white sand is contrasted by turquoise water on one side and red ochre cliffs on the other. The gentle waves make it a great spot for swimming and beach-combing, but those up for an adventure shouldn’t miss the chance to explore one of Cable Beach’s famous sunrises or go on a sunset camel ride.
#3. Manly Beach, Sydney, New South Wales
While Bondi Beach is on-trend and glamorous, Manly Beach has a more laid-back personality. There is also a historical significance attached to this coastline, with the first World Surfing Championships in 1964 being held at Manly Beach, which was declared a National Surfing Reserve in 2012. The three sections of Manly Beach (Queenscliff, North Steyne and South Steyne) each have their own Surf Life Saving Clubs, and are skirted by a pleasant esplanade, lined with Norfolk Island pine trees.
#4. Greens Pool, Denmark, Western Australia
Part of William Bay National Park, Greens Pool is located roughly an hour west of Albany on the south coast of Western Australia. What makes Greens Pool so unique is the ring of large granite boulders that prevents the waves from reaching the shore. This rocky border has essentially created a natural swimming pool that’s perfect for young children and less-confident swimmers. That being said, its expansive white sands, interesting rock formations and calm, turquoise waters, make Greens Pool a worthwhile destination for every kind of beach lover.
#5. Main Beach, Noosa, Queensland
Noosa’s Main Beach is an ideal place to spend a few hours or an entire afternoon. This wide, north-facing stretch of sand is perhaps the Sunshine Coast’s most popular beach. While the waves here are very gentle, the area is also patrolled by lifesavers daily to ensure there are no mishaps.
The beach also backs onto lush nature reserves and gardens, and is just a stone’s throw away from the laid-back shops, restaurants, accommodation and bars of Hastings Street. Talk about fun on the beach!
#6. Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, Western Australia
The aptly named Turquoise Bay is situated on Western Australia’s famous Ningaloo Coast. With the main barrier of Australia’s largest fringing coral reef less than 100 metres from the shore, Turquoise Bay is a top destination for snorkellers.
For beginners, the Bay Snorkel Area is a safe spot to discover a variety of fish and coral, while more confident swimmers can head to the Drift Snorkel Area, which is an incredible way to see the reef. Enter near the southern end of the beach, swim about 40 metres out, then simply float while the water current transports you past hundreds of fish and coral structures, all the way to the northern sand bar.
#7. Burleigh Heads Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland
Although Surfers Paradise is the Gold Coast’s most famous beach, many locals prefer to spend their time at Burleigh Heads. A popular spot, Burleigh Beach is known for its reliable surf breaks, towering pine trees, and relaxed food and fashion boutiques. Climb over piles of boulders, watch skilled surfers compete for waves near the headland, or hike through nearby Burleigh Heads National Park to observe the skyscrapers of Surfer Paradise from a peaceful distance.
#8. Ned’s Beach, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales
One of Australia’s hidden gems can be found on a tiny island about 600km east of Port Macquarie. Ned’s Beach, located on Lord Howe Island, is a sanctuary zone and a fantastic destination for anyone with an interest in marine life.
Visitors can choose to go snorkelling or simply stand in the shallows to get up close with wrasse, mullet, garfish, huge kingfish and more. The ‘honesty box’ (where snorkelling masks and flippers are stored and can be rented) and the coin-operated fish food machine only add to the old-fashioned charm of Ned’s Beach.
#9. Mooloolaba Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
In recent years, Mooloolaba Beach has gained recognition as one of the best beaches in Southeast Queensland. With a patrolled swimming area that’s sheltered from southerlies and south easterlies, Mooloolaba Beach is a particularly popular spot for families.
A boardwalk runs along the entire length of the beach, and there are plenty of restaurants and barbecue areas nearby that are perfect for quick stops for some food or just to soak up the chilled out atmosphere.
#10. Twilight Beach, Esperance, Western Australia
With whiter-than-white sand and water bordering on turquoise, it’s easy to see how Twilight Beach won the title of “best beach in Australia” a few years ago.
The surrounding cliffs with peach offer spectacular whale-watching opportunities, and the bay also features a huge, flat rock formation as a centrepiece. On sunny days, you’ll often see locals climbing it before jumping into the crystal clear waters below. You can also spot peach-coloured dunes near the beach.
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Alex Johnson is a 23-year-old lover of life, brunch & adventure. After moving to Sydney when he finished a journalism degree, he began his blog Inspire A Better Life to positively influence others to get out there and see all that life has to offer. Join Alex as he discovers this life one day at a time, documenting his thoughts and others along the way!