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Top 10 Beaches in Australia

Top 10 Beaches in Australia

At 16,006 miles (25,760 kilometers), Australia has one of the longest coastlines in the world, one marked by sun-bronzed shores, powder-soft sands, and awesome surf breaks. Choosing among the thousands of beaches is no easy task, but here are 10 that you won’t want to miss. 

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland

With crystalline water and sand so white it could be mistaken for baby powder, Whitehaven Beach is the largest, and arguably the most beautiful beach, of the Whitsundays Islands. Set sail from Airlie Beach by luxury yacht or catamaran, admire views of the swirling sands from Hill Inlet, then swim in the warm waters of the Coral Sea. Don’t forget your camera—there’s a reason why Whitehaven is one of the most photographed Australian beaches. 

Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia

Stretching 14 miles (22 kilometers) along Australia’s northwest coast, Broome’s Cable Beach is famous for its golden sunsets, camel rides, fossilized dinosaur footprints in red rock, and rich pearling history. Be sure to visit in the dry season (May to October) before the blistering heat, tropical storms, and marine stingers ruin all the fun.

Surfer’s Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland

Sun-seekers heading to the Gold Coast will be spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches, but Surfer’s Paradise is among the most famous of the lot. Named for its great surfing and known for its water sports, beach parties, and theme parks, the beach is situated near some of Australia’s other big-name beaches, like the popular resorts of Burleigh Heads and Byron Bay, which sit just to the south. 

Bells Beach, Torquay, Victoria

Positioned along the southern edge of Victoria on the legendary Great Ocean Road, Bells Beach is an easy drive from Melbourne. Known for its dramatic coastal cliffs and gigantic waves, this beach hosts the internationally recognized Rip Curl Pro surfing competition around Easter each year. Water temperatures can drop down to 54°F (12°C) in winter, so be sure to bring appropriate gear if you’re planning to surf. 

Turquoise Bay, Exmouth, Western Australia

Bordering the Cape Range National Park, Turquoise Bay is an idyllic getaway with miles of pristine sands fringed by wild bushlands. With easy access to the Ningaloo Reef, it’s also one of the best places for snorkeling in Western Australia, with the chance to spot sea turtles, squid, and more than 500 different fish species. Strong currents make it best suited for experienced swimmers. 

Mindil Beach, Darwin, Northern Territory

The Northern Territory is not renowned for its beaches as other states may be, but Darwin’s principal city beach is one of the best around. Head there in summer, when huge crowds gather to watch the dreamy sunset, then spend the evening shopping and sampling street food at the Mindil Beach Night Markets. 

Lucky Bay, Esperance, Western Australia

Perched on the south coast of Western Australia, the remote town of Esperance serves up an impressive slideshow of natural wonders. After marveling at the pink-hued Lake Hillier, hiking through wildflower-filled fields in the Cape Le Grand National Park, and spotting sea lions on the Recherche Archipelago islands, head to Lucky Bay to revel in the beauty of Australia’s so-called “Golden Outback.”

Bondi Beach, Sydney, New South Wales

Perhaps the most iconic Aussie beach in the world, Bondi Beach in Sydney is as legendary for its big waves and bronzed surfers as it is for its long-running reality TV series Bondi Rescue. Beach lovers in Sydney might prefer to head to the less-touristy Manly Beach, but you can’t miss a stop at Bondi, even if it’s just to stroll along the promenade and watch the lifeguards or grab an ice cream from one of the beachfront cafes. 

Hyams Beach, Jervis Bay, New South Wales

Another East Coast highlight a few hours south of Sydney in the Illawarra region, Hyams Beach has made an appearance in The Guinness Book of Records for its sand, which is the whitest in the world. Sheltered in Jervis Bay, Hyams has much calmer waters than other beaches along the Pacific, making it a great choice for swimming, snorkeling, and family fun. 

Noosa Beach, Queensland

Queensland is nicknamed Australia’s “Sunshine State,” and the sun shines year round on the aptly named Sunshine Coast. Noosa Heads is one of the main beach resorts here; you’ll find sandy beaches and rugged coastal walks. Just to the north, Rainbow Beach is the starting point for cruises to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island.

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Surfing Lessons on Sydney's Bondi Beach

Surfing Lessons on Sydney's Bondi Beach

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Learn the art of surfing with a lesson from a qualified instructor at the world-famous Bondi Beach, just a short hop from central Sydney. Get an informative and fun surfing lesson with your expert instructor, who shows you the basics, including getting up on the board, reading the surf and catching waves. If you want advanced instruction, private lessons accommodate all levels of expertise. Add a great workout and some waterside excitement to your vacation with a private or small-group surfing lesson in the heart of Australia’s surf culture.
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Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne

Full-Day Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles Sunset Tour from Melbourne

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Experience the spectacular scenery of Australia’s Great Ocean Road on this full-day guided tour from Melbourne. Admire postcard-worthy vistas around every turn of the coastal road, and pass through charming port towns along the way. Learn the fascinating and tragic history of Australia’s jagged ‘Shipwreck Coast’ when you visit the Loch Ard Gorge, site of a famous wreck. Your journey comes to a dramatic climax when you arrive at the Twelve Apostles geologic wonder just as the sun sets (seasonal and weather dependent).
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O'Reilly's & Lamington National Park from Gold Coast

O'Reilly's & Lamington National Park from Gold Coast

Take in the spectacular panoramic views of the Gold Coast from Tamborine Mountain, then travel onward to O’Reilly’s for the tree top canopy walk, to discover historic logging tracks and hear the epic adventures of early settlers and the heroic rescue stories of the Stinson plane crash. Time to sample Queensland made wines and fresh local produce!
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