14 Beaches in Australia Not to Miss

14 Beaches in Australia Not to Miss!

For me, Australia is about the beaches.

In my humble, and unbiased opinion the beaches in Australia are equal to, if not the best in the world. Sure we have the outback, cosmopolitan cities and deadly animals, but it’s the beach lifestyle that sets us apart.

Hitting the beach in summer is the best time of year. And those emotions came flooding back the other day.

It’s the smell and taste of salt water. The suns rays on your back. The sand between your toes. The smell of sunscreen being applied to your face. The cool breeze that blows on a hot day. Beach side BBQ’s and picnics on the grass. Reading a book or listening to tunes. Thongs (flip flops) board shorts and a singlet. A towel over the shoulder. A morning walk or a sunset drink. Building sandcastles with the kids. Body surfing and beach cricket. Smiling faces and tanned skin.

That’s what I get excited for.

In case didn’t know, Australia’s coastline stretches almost 50,000 kilometres and is linked by over 10,000 beaches. That’s a lot of beach. And I have barely scratched the surface on how many I have seen.

So it got me thinking what beaches I would recommend if you were visiting Oz? And to be honest the list could be HUGE and it’s difficult to narrow down. And I haven’t really had many bad beach experiences in Oz.

But if I had to suggest my top 12 that I have “personally visited” here they are.

14 beaches in Australia Not To Miss.

1. Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia

Cottesloe Beach is in Perth, Western Australia, and is one of the best places to have a swim and watch the sun set. Not only a great beach, the town of Cottesloe is famous for its cafes, relaxed lifestyle, and Sunday sessions when locals throng to the beach front pubs to watch the sun go down whilst enjoying a few drinks. That’s what I’m talking about! This is one place you must visit and it’s very affordable! Look on Expedia for amazing places to stay in Perth and Cottesloe.

Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia

Cottesloe Beach, Perth, Western Australia

2. Coolangatta Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland

Coolangatta Beach has been special in our hearts for many years. It’s where I proposed marriage to Caz back in 2001. Luckily she said yes! And we love it there. The beach is awesome, and everywhere you turn people are out and about, surfing the world class breaks, skateboarding, cycling, jogging or walking the immaculately kept beach pathways and promenades, attending yoga and tai chi classes or personal fitness classes in the beach side parks, and children racing around the playgrounds. We could live there.

Coolangatta Beach, Queensland, Australia

Coolangatta Beach, Queensland, Australia

3. Mindil Beach, Darwin, Northern Territory

I’ve only been to Mindil Beach once, and got blown away by this incredible sunset. It was unlike any sunset I have seen before with this awesome pink tinge to it. I honestly have no idea what the beach is like generally, but if you make it to Darwin, don’t miss the Mindil Beach sunsets!

Beaches in Australia
Mindel Beach
Beaches in Australia
Mindel Beach

4. Wategos Beach, Byron Bay, NSW

While most people flock to the world famous Main Beach at Byron next door (which is great), consider instead the calm, clear Wategos Beach situated right under the Byron Bay Lighthouse. On a nice day this beach is stunning with crystal clear water, gentle rolling waves, and a fantastic place to swim. It’s a favourite hang-out for Australia’s rich and famous, so be on the look-out!

Beaches in Australia
Wategoes beach
Beaches in Australia
Wategoes beach

5. Mooloolaba Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

We lived in Mooloolaba for 18 months and fell in love with this beach, and the town. As a beach town Mooloolaba is hard to beat with great swimming, cafes, restaurants, parks, BBQ areas, playgrounds, and one of the best beach-side promenade walks anywhere from Mooloolaba to the spit.

Beaches in Australia
Mooloolaba
Beaches in Australia
Mooloolaba

6. Yallingup Beach, Margaret River, Western Australia

Yallingup is a few hours drive south of Perth in the vicinity of the world famous Margaret River wine region. This beach also blew me away. It’s absolutely stunning with a sheltered lagoon, calm waters, and a great small town vibe. Just look at the colour of that water. Add this beach to your list when you go to WA.

Beaches in Australia
Yallingup beach
Beaches in Australia
Yallingup

7. Bronte Beach, Sydney

There are many great beaches in Sydney but probably our favourite would be Bronte in the eastern suburbs. It’s a beautiful beach with a small main street giving it a great vibe. We always stop at Bronte when we do the Bondi Beach to Coogee coastal walk  and just love it as a family beach. The rock pool is awesome for the kids to swim in, the HUGE grass and BBQ area is a bonus for families, and there are no pubs nearby so no drunkeness and disorderly.

Beaches in Australia
Bronte beach
Beaches in Australia
Bronte beach

8. Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia

Cable Beach regularly ranks as one of the best beaches in Australia in all the surveys. It’s picturesque, incredibly big and FLAT making beach cricket a sinch, and the camel rides at sunset are legendary. So go ride a camel or sip on a cocktail and watch the sunset. And the town of Broome is a very interesting place to visit.

Beaches in Australia
Cable Beach
Beaches in Australia
Cable beach

9. Pinky Beach, Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Can you believe I literally had this beach all to myself when I visited Rottnest Island and rode around on bicycle. Just look at that water, and the temperature was perfect. Rottnest is located 18 kilometres off the coast of Perth and it’s a MUST VISIT when in WA. Pinky beach is amazing, but there are many other stunning beaches on the island too. I hope you get there.

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Pinky beach
beaches in Australia
Pinky Beach

10. Seal Rocks, New South Wales

If you are planning a Sydney to Brisbane road trip I highly suggest a stop at Seal Rocks, a quiet fishing village offering clear bays for swimming, snorkelling, boating and fishing. This beach was just perfect, and much quieter than your usual east coast beaches. Seal Rocks is also a great place to go camping.

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Kalyra at Seal Rocks
Beaches in Australia
Seal rocks

11. Contos Beach, Cape-to-Cape track, Western Australia

I never did quite make it onto this beach, as close as I got was this photograph, but just looking at the beauty of this beach from a distance and the fact that no one was there inspires me to return. If you ever make it to the Margaret River region in WA put the Cape-to-Cape track on your list and get down onto this beach. That’s what I plan to do.

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Contos beach

12. Bondi Beach, Sydney

I hesitated to put Bondi on this list. I really did. For years I have been telling other travellers don’t worry about going to Bondi, Sydney has so many other better beaches. And it does. But it’s one of those iconic places you should just visit at least once. Actually, the more I go there the more it is growing on me. It’s the starting point to our much loved Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, I don’t think you could get any more Australian than learning to surf at Bondi, the people watching is first class, and the views from Bondi Iceburgs as you sip on an afternoon beer are legendary.

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Bondi Beach
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Caz learning to surf at Bondi
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Beer o’clock at Bondi Iceburgs

13. Whitehaven Beach, Queensland

Whitehaven Beach was recently ranked 3rd BEST beach in the world on Trip Advisor via their Travelers’ Choice Awards, and it also shot to fame when the queen of television, Oprah Winfrey, dug her toes in to the sand on her legendary trip downunder.

Located in the Whitsunday Islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven is 7km long and provides the foreground to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands National Park.

Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia

Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia

Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia

14. Hazards Beach, Tasmania

Just across the small strip of land from Wineglass Bay sits Hazards Beach. My heart has been left on the rocky cove of Hazards Beach within the Freycinet National Park on the east coast of Tasmania. It’s pure, remote, desolate, peaceful, and breathtaking

Hazards Beach Freycinet Peninsula Tasmania (25)

Hazards Beach Freycinet Peninsula Tasmania (28)

Hazards Beach Freycinet Peninsula Tasmania (37)

What are your favourite beaches in Australia?

Craig
Craig Makepeace is the founder of yTravel Blog and has been traveling the world since 2002, first with his wife Caz, and now with his two daughters. Get his free email series on the 4 best ways to reduce travel costs. Follow him on Google+

84 Comments on “14 Beaches in Australia Not to Miss”

  1. These are some great ones, but I’d absolutely have to add Cape Le Grand Beach in Esperance, WA, as well as Turquoise Bay (near Exmouth) or Coral Bay. Aaaand Hyams Beach in NSW…

    Basically, Australia has too many amazing beaches!! I live in Florida now, and I have to say that while we have some beautiful beaches here, they still don’t compare to the ones in Australia, especially Western Australia.

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    • Hey Rachael,

      We have heard many great things about all those beaches you mention. We MUST get to WA more. It’s beautiful over there!

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      • I agree. Esperance WA for the most beautiful deserted beaches in Australia. One day I’ll return.

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      • When you are in WA also check out Bremer Bay, the main beach as well as the back beach! Spent my holidays there as a kid. It’s stunning.

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  2. Lesley Redman

    I love Mollymook Beach, Avoca Beach & Nth Gong Beach

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  3. Is there nothing down Melbourne way? I’ve just moved to Melbourne so haven’t discovered the good beaches yet. I think St Kilda is pretty yuck! Would be keen to know if anyone has any recommendations for here though.

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    • Hi Katherine,

      We haven’t been to any Melbourne or Victorian beaches yet so didn’t add any to our list. Sorry :) But I’m sure there are quite a few good ones!

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    • Lots of great beaches in Melbourne South East, head to the stretch of beach between Edithvale to Seaford. In my opinion Bonbeach is the best -vast white sand beautiful sea, and not crowded at all. Black Rock beach is picturesque. Head down the Mornington Peninsula for more great spots including any one of Mornington’s beaches, or down to Portsea. Also Balnarring is beautiful

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  4. as a forster local i’m happy to see seal rocks there, but you could easily do a top 10 aussie beaches between seal rocks, pacific palms and forster!

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    • Hi Cam,

      Only added beaches we have personally been to. But that whole area sure is nice. Love Seal Rocks!

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  5. Great photos!! I’m happy to say that I have been to many of these beaches – despite not being much of a beachy person. How about Whitehaven beach in the Whitsundays as well?

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    • Hey Jayde,

      yeah, it’s just a list of beaches we have “personally” visited but yes Whitehaven Beach looks AMAZING!!!

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  6. LOVE that Bronte and Rottnest Island made it onto your list – they were my all time favourite.

    In addition – Shark bay, WA I recall being pretty good.

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    • G’day Helen,

      Yeah two great beaches! Thanks for the tip on Shark bay, but possibly not a good place for swimming with a name like that??? :)

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  7. Have you guys been to Lucky Bay in Esperance? The sand is so white it is squeaky and kangaroos hop about, sneak into the campsite and steal off your bbq if you’re not careful! Great fun!

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    • Hi Liv,

      No, but we have heard GREAT things about Esperance. And the photos look AMAZING!! Will get there eventually…

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  8. Great List – I still have many beaches of Australia left to explore by the looks. No matter where I go in the world, nothing compares to the beaches here in Aus. The Yorke Peninsula in South Australia has some great beaches, if you can find a willing local to take you to the secluded ones!

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    • Hey Sammy,

      South Australia is definitely on our bucket list. Hopefully 2013 we can tick it off!

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  9. Glad to see so many WA beaches on the list! Bunkers bay and Castle Rock are awesome too!

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    • Hey Todd,

      I’m sure there are MANY more WA beaches we could have added. Just have to get there more!!

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  10. Esther Gospodarczyk

    So disappointed there is no Melbourne beaches! Take a pick, any on the great ocean road are stunning, Wilson’s prom even has awesome beaches!! Very disappointed!!

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    • As we said Esther, this is based on personal experiences. We have not yet been to any Melbourne beaches, except St Kilda and we personally do not think it is worthy of making this list.
      We certainly would love to discover some of these great beaches though!!

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  11. Oh – I so miss living in Australia. The beach so close to home was heavenly! I am lucky to have been to a bunch of the ones you have listed here – I know you have written about Terrigal beach before – that was one of my home beaches and I loved it! Looks like I will just have to come back and try out some of the other ones you have listed! I can’t believe, in all the years that I lived in Oz, I never made it to Byron. I only drove through on the way to Qld – obviously need to fix this!

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    • Hi Anita,

      Yeah Terrigal beach is only a 20 minute drive from us. Possibly are favourite on the Central Coast for beach/cafe scene. And YES you must go visit Byron Bay!

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  12. Great list — and love the many photos. You are right, Australia means beaches. Even if you can’t go in the water because of jellyfish warnings, (more along the east coast, I think), the landscape is unmistakable and gorgeous. Thanks for your view!
    ~Josie

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    • Hi Josie, yeah it must be tough to live near beaches that have the jelly fish and croc problems :-)

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  13. I spent 2 1/2 months traveling in Australia right after university – without much of an agenda I did my share of beach lounging. I loved my 2+weeks around Byron Bay. I can’t remember the name of the beach but in Tasmania there was one with the whitest sand and the bluest water that I will never forget. Also remember a pretty one around Wilson’s Promontory Point – within easy driving distance of Melbourne.

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  14. Lynne Ohalloran

    Mmmmm you’ve made me a bit homesick! I grew up with fab beaches in Tassie, had 9 years in WA where the whole coast is packed with amazing beaches then moved to Sydney where Camp Cove near Watsons Bay was my favourite hang out. Luckily I’m near the beach in Malta at the moment and it’s still warm enough to swim. But Aussie beaches are the best in the world mmmmm think I am missing the place!

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  15. Great list. I have to say though, WA has the best beaches! ;)

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  16. You made me so jealous. Our summer season has just finished and all I have to look forward to is staring at my fading sun tan in the mirror! :(

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  17. Awesome selection of beaches! Cable Beach will always be one of my favourites – after tackling the Gibb River Road and living coated in outback dust for weeks, it was so nice to go swimming in a crocodile free sea for the first time in an age!

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  18. I’ve been to a few of these in my time, but now cursing myself I missed Wategos when I was in Byron! @Leigh might be talking about the Bay of Fires in Tassie… pure paradise…

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  19. Loving the names of the beaches here! Cable, Cottesloe and Mooloolaba look like the most appealing to me. To date, I’ve only been to one Australian beach, and that was Bondi during a 5 day trip to Sydney a couple of years ago. I LOVED it…particularly all the eye candy, and eating my beloved fish and chips whilst looking out at the ocean.

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  20. I really love beaches, and these look like some gorgeous ones. I don’t really like the intense heat, but there’s something so idealistic about being at the beach. I saw some beautiful ones along the Great Ocean Road too.

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  21. Paula oakley

    all the beautiful Victorian beaches,you could not even mention one,out of twelve?as for Darwin,any Australian is not foolish enough to go near the water.it is full of saltwater crocidiles .

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    • As we said in the post Paula, this is based on beaches we have personally visited. We haven’t visited any beaches in Victoria yet, hence why there are none on the list. We really would love to see some soon though. Agree swimming in Darwin is not a smart idea, but that does not mean the beach is not beautiful and can’t be appreciated.
      What Victorian beaches do you think would be make a list like this? That would be a really valuable tip for us and our readers.

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  22. Paula oakley

    yes i would love to recommend you to vic beaches~i hope i don’t miss any out….the mornington peninsula,port Philip bay have a long stretch of beautiful beaches,great for swimming,sailing, snorkelling and diving…sorrento in port philip ,you can swim with the dolphin’s ~an amazing experience,you swim in net’s safely behind boat,while the dolphin’s cruise alongside of you…then there are the awesome surf beaches~gunumatta,torquay…Philip island~the fairy penguins are an added attraction..Wilson’s Prom~a must see;great walks,wildlife,holiday destinations..the 90mile beach,Lake’s Entrance-Gippsland ~this is the east coast,which leads to Eden,NSW ~a whole new territory…am sure i haven’t covered it,but as you can see Caz ,victoria isn’t a place worth missing out on!!

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    • Hey Paula,

      Thanks for all the great suggestions. Victoria is a state we haven’t seen enough of. Cheers!

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  23. Bronte beach is my favorite in Sydney, but the best beaches I think are in Western Australia, North of Perth, because it is so empty and you can have a beach for yourself :)

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  24. Bondi Beach would have to be one of the great beaches of the world. I was lucky enough to visit a few months ago and had an amazing time. Also enjoyed the Queensland beaches but pity it’s not suitable to swim in these at the top end of Australia due to stingers and other nasties.

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  25. Your words and feelings about beaches are exactly how I feel too, we are so lucky to live in such a beautiful country, only been here10 years and lucky to have visited many of the beaches you mention. Would like to add a few of our favourites for you to put on your list, Wine Glass Bay in Tassie is a bit of a hike to get there, stunning view from top of the climb, then can’t wait to scramble down the other side to get in the clear blue water. Bay of Fires also Tassie wonderful walks among the coloured rocks and collected pippies or cockles as we poms call them, and cooked and ate them on the great unspoilt camp site there. Monkey Mia was a very special place for me as I was able to feed a beautiful dolphin she swam right up to me and very gently took a fish from my hand. Mucking about in a tinny all day in a beautiful bay with flat blue water and caught loads of crabs which we had for supper on our wedding anniversary with a couple of very good friends ahhh memories. Ningaloo beaches also very special but did not get to swim with the whale sharks, maybe it will happen one day.

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    • Thanks so much for your beach recommendations Maureen! These are definitely very high on our list of beaches to see, especially Wine Glass Bay. Craig’s parents were just there last week and said how beautiful it was.

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  26. maureen whittred

    Hi Caz and craig, Just thought you should know, I have just written a blog on your beaches , and felt proud to,post it and a message came up saying something like , you have already sent this before.?????? I have never seen this until today. What do you think has happened or maybe you did get it?

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    • I’m not sure Maureen. That sounds a little weird. I received your previous comment. Unless you tried to send that one twice. If you did then it would say about duplicate comment. Did you have a link to your blog, is that what you were trying to post? You’ll see your other comment on the blog now as I approved it.

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  27. Great list. Glad you sneaked Bronte in there… only a short walk from Bondi but feels like a world away!

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  28. I had no idea Australia has so many beautiful beaches, but then I havent travelled too much here. I like the ones with the clearer water the best. My favourites so far would either be the beach on Peel island (for the clear water and turtles) or the peeble beach I stumbled across in Airlie(not the main one but its along the ocean pathway). Both were beautiful

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  29. Love this list! So glad to see Rottnest Island on it, love that one. If you need some pointers for Victoria, just head along the Bellarine Peninsula and then on to the Great Ocean Road. It would really depend on whether you like bay beaches or surf ones – some of the best surf ones are Jan Juc, Torquay back beach and Bells Beach, Anglesea and Airey’s Inlet are lovely too. For bay beaches, try Torquay front beach and I even have a soft spot for Geelong’s – it has a really British seaside feel to it with the pier and the colourful bollards. Just don’t try and drive to any of them in the two weeks after Christmas, it’s a nightmare! Melbourne isn’t blessed with very good beaches but for atmosphere South Melbourne isn’t bad, and I love the pictures you can take of Brighton, all the little British-style bathing boxes. I miss home!

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    • Awesome tips Caitlyn!! Thank you so much for these. This inspires me to get down to Vic and discover all these amazing beaches. We love Rotto, such a beautiful part of Australia and not often talked about!

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  30. First of all – awesome post! I’m Canadian but I’ve been lucky enough to live in Australia for 6 months on two occasions – once in Brisbane, and another time in Perth. I’ve explored many beaches ( in fact it’s one of the things I love the most in life ) – all of them on your list except #10.

    If I could kindly make a few suggestions:

    1) Whitehaven beach in the Whitsundays. The whitest, finest sand you’ll see! And with the beautiful inlet flanked by mountains flowing into the beach… It is out of this world.

    2) Lake MacKenzie on Fraser Island. Even whiter sand than whitehaven (97% – they use this stuff for making telescope lenses ) leads to a beautiful inland freshwater lake, surrounded by lush vegetation. Lake Wobby on thr same island is also a very interesting mix of 4 environments – sand dunes, tropical forest, fresh water, and the ocean in the distance. Gorgeous.

    3) Heron Island – Great Barrier Reef QLD. A tiny coral cay off the coast from Gladstone. You can walk around it in 20 minutes! There’s only a small resort and Research Station on this island. I was luck enough to do 3 days of marine research here and got to see baby turtles hatch and race into the water! Black tipped reef sharks and manta rays glide through the coral offshore – but don’t worry they are friendly. Schools of colorful reef fish follow you around, while yellow parrot fish nibble on the coral. You can even do a reef walk if a snorkel/ scuba is not your thing.

    4) Either Paradise Point in Coral Bay or Turquoise Bay in Exmouth in WA. Both about a 10m swim from shore to thr little known Ningaloo Reef coral – it’s WAs best kept secret. You can have the beach all to yourself – coral bay has only 300 people in it but kilometers of fine beaches and coral reef literally a 10m swim away!

    5) Shell Beach, Shark Bay, WA. Have you ever been to a beach where the sand is in actual fact tiny white seashells? It is like nothing you can compare it to. Mindblowing. The water is hypersalinated and shallow so you can float with no effort and relax to the max while you contemplate life.

    I’d also put Bells Beach and the beach right next to the 12 Apostles in there somewhere.

    Australia is a fantastic country and you are blesses to be able to explore all that it offers! I miss it already! Hope this was helpful, enjoy :)

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    • Absolutely!! Thank you for your recommendations. This is awesome for our readers and for our future travels. Whitehaven Beach is very high on our list of places to go.
      After reading this they all are now. They sound amazing. We are so lucky here in Oz, we take it for granted as the beach is always on our doorstep.

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  31. Craig, This time we are planning to celebrate Our New Year in Australia, and I think Bondi beach is the perfect one for our celebration.

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  32. No worries!

    PS
    Parker Point on Rotto has underwater plaques that describe what you’re looking at when snorkeling – such a great idea!
    It’s home to the most southerly coral in the world thanks to the Leeuwin current – definitely worth a look next time you’re out there.

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  33. Love all these. My personal favorite beach in Oz, however, is Hanson Bay Beach on Kangaroo Island. White sand, clear water and honeycombed rocks :)
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  34. Awesome is the word for these beaches

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  35. What a great list of beaches! I studied abroad in Sydney in college, and the Bondi to Coogee walk was my favorite!!! I also have to agree that you should definitely visit Whitehaven Beach. I’ve traveled a bit (though not as much as you guys) and the Whitsundays are in my opinion the most beautiful place in the world. I would love to get back to Australia to see more of the beaches you have mentioned :)
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    • Must get to Whitehaven Beach then!! Thanks for sharing Kelly. So glad you loved the Bondi to Coogee walk as much as us

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  36. Great pointers. I think I would head to Mindil Beach this year since I have been to most of the other places listed. I would really like to see that sunset. Looks awesome on the pictures!
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  37. Great round up and look at Caz’s form on that surf board, you go girl! I’ll definitely keep this list in mind when we go to Australia…ah someday:)
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  38. These sort of photos makes me wanna move to Oz. Amazing!
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  39. You left out Fingal Bay in Port Stephens – to me it is “Simply the Best”

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  40. Check out Freshwater beach when you get a chance, between Manly and Long Reef. Seems every time I go there it’s just perfect for body-surfing.
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  41. Roy Charles

    I can only speak for Byron Bay and Queensland, not having been elsewhere in Australia. I recently travelled up the coast of Queensland (five weeks) and spent time on many beaches. My favourites are Whitehaven, Mission Beach and Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island, all for different reasons. Whitehaven is pristine and the sand is to die for. Mission Beach is wide and flat providing great reflections for photography. Nudey Beach is small but is picture postcard perfect. Honorable mention goes to Tallows Beach in Byron Bay for its surfer culture and 75 Mile Beach on Fraser Island for its immensity.

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  42. Summer bay aka palm beach, Shelley beach, Balmoral beach, mollymook beach, freshwater, dee why beach all in NSW, Sydney. anything on Fraser island. Anything on rottnest island,wa.

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  43. Australia truly is about beaches, like Brazil!
    On my 2 years in Brisbane, my fave one was Kirra Beach… But there are so many I liked, in Kangaroo Island there are great ones too. Loved Hamilton Island! Yamba Beach is also great…
    Cheers
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  44. Here is my suggestions: summer bay aka palm beach, freshwater, north curl curl, manly, dee why, mollymook, ulladulla, Shelley beach, balmoral in Sydney NSW. Lake McKenzie on Fraser island, noosa main beach on qld. Anything on rottnest island, exmouth, coral bay in wa.

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  45. Etty Bay beach in Far North Queensland is an absolute hidden gem, and even has wild cassowaries walking along its sandy shores.

    Check it out on my blog post :)
    http://ihazanadventure.wordpress.com/?s=cassowary

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  46. Anne Maree peachey

    Cable Beach in WA, Mindil Beach in Darwin (for the spectacular sunsets and Markets), Shoalhaven Heads in NSW (surfing beach), Great Ocean Road Vic, Phillip Island Vic, Glenelg Beach SA, Hardwick Bay on the Yorke Peninsular SA, Scarborough Beach in Perth and a lovely little Beach that I was so lucky to visit while out at Osborne Islands in West Australia are just a few of the best Beaches I have visited in Australia. There is some spectacular coastline in Northern Territory around Port Bremer and Raffles Bay-Gurig National Park on the Coburg Peninsular. Since moving to Queensland I have only visited a couple Beaches-Miaria just north of Bundaberg, and Innes Park and Elliot Heads in Bundaberg. So many Beaches to visit-so little time to do it……….

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  47. Does this mean that Victoria has no decent beaches at all??? This is actually a question. I live in Melbourne and looking for where the best beach would be as most around here do suck!
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    • We’ll be spending a 4-6 weeks in Victoria starting November Katherine, so keep following our journey. I am sure we will discover a lot of great Victorian beaches. We haven’t done much of Vic so have no suggestions at the moment

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  48. Jasna - Slovenia

    Whitehaven beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. I can call myself a beach person. Just give me sand and ocean and i am the happiest person in the world. I’ve been to some of the beaches from your list, but i am really looking forward to seeing Hazards beach in Tasmania. Here is one interesting fact: my country Slovenia has 42 kilometres of coast:) no, it’s not a typo:)

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  49. As a proud South Aussie our beaches are my favourites. Three years ago I made a sea change with my little family. We live on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Living by the sea changes you, its so good for the soul. I love Horseshoe Bay, Bashams Beach, Knights Beach, Waitpinga Beach – so many. Blessed to live here and hope you make it to our corner of the world soon. I was a problogger and loved your panel discussions, was keeping an eye out to meet you, next time. Looking forward to following your adventure.
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  50. The beach @ Lennox Head NSW is awesome. Not so much for the beach, but the freshwater lake across the road behind the surf club. Nothing beats a swim in the surf followed by a dip in the lake. What makes it great is the tea tree oil in the water which has leeched from the trees surrounding it. Maybe not in the top 20 on Oz, but definitely ajust visit!

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    • Oh yeah, and the best gelato I have ever tasted was in a little traditional gelato kiosk behind Kirra Beach! Beach wad pretty good too!

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  51. I really love Curl Curl Beach up in the Northern Beaches of Sydney! Absolutely gorgeous, great for surfing and there is literally no tourists! :D
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  52. Kelly Chapman

    I totally agree with the first reader Turquoise Bay Exmouth WA. Well all of the coast of Exmouth is beautiful! We set off travelling from Umina Beach 7 years ago with our 2 children came to Exmouth and didn’t leave! If you guys are passing this way great place to call into.

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  53. Oh well…I guess I have to go back to Australia really soon as I’ve only been to three of the beaches on your list so far ;)
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  54. Basically any of the beaches in the Port Stephens area, just north of Newcastle, NSW. Stockton is great, Boat Harbour Beach, Zenith, Shoal bay beach, Fingal Bay beach, and my personal favourite is One Mile beach. All gorgeous. Definitely worth a look.

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  55. Hi love the photos,I have lived in Sydney as a young girl I went to Bondi beach when ever I could,then moved to the northern beaches ,hard to pick my favorite beach along there but spent many days at freshwater and manly Narrabeen Avalon now live on the Gold Coast at burleigh heads. But love currumbin alley
    Don’t get to the beach much these days but would still love a dip in the ocean.
    We are so lucky to have all these beautiful beaches surrounding us in australia

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  56. So many beautiful beaches……. hard to beat any on Nth Stradbroke Island

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  57. […] Just take deep breaths, distract yourself as much as possible, try and remain as calm as possible, and look forward to your sunshine break. Flying may not be pleasant (sometimes it is) but it’s worth it for the amazing experiences you can have, such as these Australian beaches. […]

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