Australia features world-class beaches that range from beaches that stretch on as far as the eye can see with sweeping crescents with rolling waves, to tiny and private secluded coves. Their diverse nature hosts a wide range of activities such as surfing, swimming and relaxing in the sand, and represents the epitome of Australian culture. It is nearly impossible to pick the top ten beaches in Australia, so this list just gives you a taster as to some of the best ones.
Bells Beach, Victoria
Known as having the longest running surf competition in the world – the Rip Curl Pro Surf & Music Festival – Bells Beach is a famous haven for one thing: surfing. Located 100 kilometres southwest from Melbourne, you will find the best breaks in all of Victoria here.
Sunshine Beach, Queensland
If you could only pick one beach from the hugely popular Sunshine Coast, let it be Sunshine Beach in the Noosa area. This beach is well known for both surfing and safe swimming. You might as well find accommodation in Noosa since you will want to check out other beaches in the area as well. Stay a while and enjoy some of the music and sporting events around Noosa; accommodation fills up fast at this time, so book ahead!
Palm Beach, New South Wales
Palm Beach is the gem of Sydney’s northern beaches and is part of one of the city's most glamorous suburbs. This is definitely the spot to see and be seen as you enjoy the incredible people-watching on this golden beach.
Cable Beach, Western Australia
Just a short drive from Broome, Cable beach is 22 kilometres of pure, uninterrupted white sand and turquoise water. This world famous beach is known for its sunset camel rides and the breathtaking views of the sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
A short walk through the bush to Wineglass Bay in Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park will get you to this stunning beach which is well-known for both its unique shape and its isolation. This beach is a jewel hidden and protected by surrounding mountains and is a terrific treat for the bushwalking beach-goers.
Bondi Beach, New South Wales
This long, crescent-shaped beach has long served as a mecca for sun and surf seekers from all over Australia and the world. An icon for Sydney beaches, Bondi is as much loved by tourists as it is by city-dwellers looking to beat the heat. If you are visiting you won’t have to go much further to have everything; trendy shops, cafes, restaurants and accommodation can all be found a stone’s throw from this perfect beach.
Jeanette Beach, Tasmania
On the north east coast of Tasmania, you can find this pristine beach hidden within the Bay of Fires. The sand is so pure with quartz that it almost hurts to look at it as it squeaks under your feet. The clear blue waters will entice you to come in and cool down, and you will find it easy to relax as this beach is a well-kept secret from the masses. Due to its isolated location, you will need to bring your caravan, food and water if you would like to stay nearby.
There are countless numbers of beautiful beaches making up the edges of this vast country. This list will help get you started, but don’t let that stop you from getting out there and finding your own piece of paradise where the land meets the sea.