10 Must-See Beaches in Australia
Australia is famous the world over for its spectacular beaches. With nearly 10,000 beaches sprinkled along the Australian coastline, there’s a sandy shore to suit every taste in this expansive country. Coming from Ireland, it’s understandable that my love of Australia’s sandy shores is borderline obsessive. With year-round good weather, there’s no need to brave baltic water for the sake of a quick dip, so leave the wellies and windbreakers at home and choose from one of these fantastic Australian beaches!
1) Lizard Island, Queensland
Lizard Island is an island near the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and is a strong contender for the title of most beautiful beach in Australia. With powdery white sands and sparkling turquoise water, this beach is a great spot for surfing and snorkelling. It earns bonus points for being within walking distance of Lizard Island National Park.
2) 75 Mile Beach, Fraser Island
There are no prizes for guessing how this famous strip got its name! This seemingly endless stretch of sandy beach is one of the most unusual beaches you can visit in Australia and is also used as a runway for planes coming to land on Frazer Island. Be warned however, that Tiger Sharks swim in the shallows around the island so swimming is limited.
3) Byron Bay, New South Wales
Popular amongst tourists and locals alike, Byron Bay attracts crowds for its ideal surfing conditions and relaxed ‘beachy’ lifestyle. Couple a beach day at Byron Bay with a trip to the nearby rainforests for some birdwatching or find a spot on the surrounding cliffs for a spectacular view of the sunset.
4) Mandalay Beach, Western Australia
Although Western Australia is less touristy than the Eastern side, there are still many fantastic beaches to explore. Mandalay’s strong waves and rugged backdrop make this a must-see spot on the Rainbow Coast! Make sure to check out the remains of the wrecked ship Mandalay while in the area.
5) Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands
Ideally situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef it really doesn’t get much better than Whitehaven Beach. With pristine and unspoiled expanse of silky white sand coupled with aqua blue waters, it’s pretty clear why Whitehaven is often rated as one of the top beaches not only in Australia but the world over. There are over-night camping facilities nearby for those who find a day trip to this amazing beach won’t cut it.
6) Sunshine Beach, Noosa, Queensland
A quieter alternative to nearby Noosa beach, this off the beaten track gem is a must see when travelling in Queensland! This beach is perfect for those looking for a tranquil spot to relax for the day and chill out with a good book.
7) Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast
Burleigh Heads beach boasts some of the best swimming, body-boarding and surfing on the Gold Coast making it the perfect place to pause for the day. The coastline is lined with lofty pine trees typical of the Gold Coast with many parks that are perfect for a picnic or barbecue.
8) Bondi Beach, Sydney
And finally, probably the most famous beach Down Under. Every visitor should have Bondi on their Australian bucket list. And although it may not be Syndey’s most beautiful beach, a number of other factors have secured its place on the line up; nothing screams Australia more than surfing on Bondi Beach, the people watching is second to none and a trip to the famed Bondi Iceberg pool is a must.
9) Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
Part of Tasmania’s breath-taking Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay beach is a heavenly mix of perfect white sands, granite rocks and sparkling waters and is a great place to give kayaking a try. This unique beach definitely justifies the extra effort for a trip to Tasmania.
10) Turquoise Bay, Exmouth
One of Western Australia’s best beach spots, in Turquoise Bay you can find some of the best snorkeling in the world! A trip to this bay practically guarantees a sea turtle sighting. So what are you waiting for?
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