Australia is often called the land of surfers, because of its soft sandy beaches, breezy summer days, and tidal ocean waves. Being the biggest island in the world with over 25,000 kilometers of coastline, it comes as no surprise that Australia has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
With over 10,000 beaches, Australia has something to offer every travel! From tourist hotspots to private hidden treasures that locals keep a secret, here is a list of my favorite slices of sun sand and sea!
The Best Australian Beaches
1. Whitehaven Beach, Queensland
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.
2. Turquoise Beach, Exmouth
This beach comes a close second to Whitehaven Beach, mainly due to its breathtaking coral reef and unparalleled underwater life. The azure water is ideal for snorkeling. Besides colorfully vivid reefs, you can also spot parrotfish, starfish, reef sharks and more!
3. Bondi Beach, Sydney
Located in the busiest city in Australia, this beach keeps up with the city’s thriving atmosphere. The beach is a popular tourist attraction with chic cafes, relaxed beachside bars, happening restaurants, and trendy boutique shops. Bondi Beach is great for swimming, sunbathing, relaxing, and walking. A short distance from Sydney’s center makes it easily accessible for tourists and locals, alike.
4. 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.
5. Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
This beach on Tasmania’s east coast is known for its scenic views of the pink granite mountains overlooking the bay and beaches. The beach is great for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and sailing/cruising. The bay is also home to a national park that attracts hikers and campers.
An array of experience stays by luxury resorts and camping hotels in Wineglass Bay add to its appeal.
6. Cable Beach
This beach with its red mountains, white sand, and blue water feels like a postcard come to life. The beach is known for its dreamy sunsets, that can be we enjoyed at the Sunset Bar or on a camel ride along the shore.
The gentle waves and clear waters are ideal for swimmers. It is also famous for whale watching and dolphin spotting, during migration season. You can visit Gantheaume Point, at the southern end of Cable Beach to check out a 130 million-year-old dinosaur footprint and you can also buy south sea pearls as a souvenir.
7. Mandalay Beach, Perth
This gorgeous beach south of Perth has undisturbed natural beauty. This isolated beach is a mix of rocky headlands, sandy stretches and lots of wild greenery. Chatham Island close to the beach is one of the most scenic places to visit in Australia.
8. 75 Mile Beach, Fraser Island
The largest sand island in the world is truly tropical heaven! Besides the vast stretches of sandy beaches and spectacular reefs, the island has freshwater lakes, dunes, and shipwrecks. Though the currents and sharks make the waters unsuitable for swimming, the natural Champagne Pools found on this island offer relaxing spa baths and you can swim at Lake Mackenzie, Eli Creek or Lake Wabby.
9. Noosa Main Beach
This golden beach on the Sunshine Coast has warm waters, gentle waves and patrolled beaches making it the perfect place for families to swim and beginners to learn to surf. Also known for dolphin and whale spotting, the beach offers a variety of water sports, bars and cafes. One of the best things to do is to walk through the National Park so you can explore all the bays and beaches.
10. Surfer’s Paradise, Gold Coast
One of the most famous beaches in Australia is Surfer’s Paradise. Its golden sand and pristine waters against a high-rise skyline offer stunning views. The vibrant atmosphere created by shops, restaurants, and bars along the shore helps attracts tourists. Surfer’s Paradise is known for surfing, parasailing, and swimming by day but for partying by night!
With summer around the corner, these beaches are literally calling out to you! So what are you waiting for?
Author: Himadri Karani Mehta is a travel blogger and consultant, originally from India and currently living in Belgium. Besides writing her own blog, she also writes for different travel-related pages and publications. She is always on the look-out for new adventures. For more details, check out her website: atlastraversed.com or follow her journey on Instagram: www.instagram.com/atlastraversed