It is no secret that Australia has some of the best beaches in the world given that Australia is essentially one gobsmacking, beautiful coastline. Australians love the outdoor life, which is why they are successful in so many sports. Not surprisingly, they also love to head for the beach. Here are 15 the Most Beautiful Beaches In Australia.
1. Bondi Beach
In Australia, beaches are in plenty. Closest to Sydney, Bondi beach is very popular Australian beach among tourists, sun-seekers, surfers, and backpackers alike. It’s characterized by pristine sands, deep blue waters, and superb waves just designed for surfing.
2. The Basin
No words needed. I mean, just look at that scene below. And no it’s not the Great Barrier Reef. Rottnest Island is located 18 kilometres off the coast of Perth, and if you only visit one beach on “Rotto” make it THE BASIN.
3. Turquoise Bay
Western Australia’s Turquoise Bay has been deemed the second-best beach in the country, thanks largely to its stunning reef and snorkelling opportunities. Let the current take you towards the exquisite Ningaloo reef, but be wary of the strong current near the sandbar. Take to the water to spot creatures like anemone fish, colourful parrotfish, moon wrasse, starfish and reef sharks.
4. Cottesloe Beach
Located in Perth, Cottesloe is one of the best places to go for a swim while catching the sunset. Its waters are one of the bluest you will see coupled with fresh green grass fields further up from the shore which is perfect for a little picnic. Apart from its beautiful beach, the town of Cottesloe is known for its cafe culture, laid back lifestyle and the beachfront pubs where locals gather for a few drinks while watching the sun go down right before their eyes.
5. Whitehaven Beach
This beach is recognized as the best beach in Australia. With pure-white feather-soft sand and crystal-clear waters, this beach well deserves the recognition. Whitehaven Beach offers hidden caves, blue lagoon, and scenic viewpoints.
6. Lizard Island
This mesmerizing island with its secluded beaches and sparkling waters has some of the most diving and snorkeling spots in the country. This slice of paradise is not a cheap getaway and is a popular choice only for those willing and able to splurge to enjoy a private villa on an exclusive tropical beach.
7. Byron Bay
Byron Bay sits on the most easterly point of mainland Australia in Northern New South Wales with an iconic lighthouse situated at Cape Byron. The location of the town and its beaches are conducive to some pumping ocean breaks drawing surfers from all over the globe. The lovely, long stretch of coastline is a short trip from the Gold Coast and the powder-like sand beaches are a treat for those looking for a less crowded alternative over the border.
8. Four Mile Beach
This lovely stretch of sand has few equals, even in Queensland. The waters are inviting, but at certain times of the year, the poisonous box jellyfish appear. For your protection, there is a fine mesh preventing them from reaching swimmers, and as a precaution, bottles of vinegar are placed at stretches along the beach to use if you are stung.
9. Mandalay Beach
Western Australia is much less visited than the Eastern, still it has some spectacular beaches. Mandalay is a long isolated beach on the Rainbow Coast. It has access to the nearby green Chatham Island which is a nature reserve worth visiting.
10. Pinky Beach
Another stunning beach on Rottnest Island. Pinky beach is easily accessible from the main town on Rotto and Bathurst Lighthouse makes for a lovely backdrop.
11. Coral Bay
Coral Bay is one of WA’s favourite holiday spots and now I know why. Grab your snorkeling gear, step off the beach and immerse yourself in the natural beauty just metres from shore. It’s part of the Ningaloo Reef region, and the town is pretty laid back too!
12. Cable Beach
Another Western Australian jewel is Cable Beach, which consists of 22 kilometres of pure white sand, a backdrop of red hills and some of the clearest blue waters you’ll ever see. It’s famous for its opportunities to ride camels along the shore, and gentle waves that are ideal for swimmers.
Visit Gantheaume Point, at the southern end of Cable Beach to witness 130 million-year-old dinosaur footprints at low tide. During migration season you can also see whales frolicking in the water, along with dolphins.
13. Wineglass Bay
Named after its unique wine-glass shaped curve, this beach is nothing short of a rainbow town. Boasting chalky white sand, sapphire coloured waters, and pink granite cliffs, this gem is located on the Freycinet Peninsula, which is a three-hour drive from Hobart. Wineglass Bay is also not far from some of the country’s best wineries.
If you are doing a road trip, you might want to make a stop at the Milton Estate and pick up a bottle of Pinot Gris and some fresh oysters from the Freycinet Marine Farm for a beach picnic.
14. Maria Island
Only accessible via ferry is the peaceful Riedle Bay on Maria Island, home to a thriving wildlife sanctuary, historic ruins and a perfect shoreline.
15. Noosa Main Beach
Located on the Sunshine Coast, Noosa Main Beach has everything one could ask for in a beach – clean white sands, deep blue waters, waves perfect for swimming and lot of beach activities. One can even spot dolphins and migrating whales while enjoying the charms of this Australian beach.