Best Beaches in Australia
Plan the perfect beach holiday in Australia. Find the best beaches, resorts, attractions and things to do at these exciting beach resorts in Australia.
While there are hundreds of gorgeous beaches in Australia, all offering their own charm and beauty, there are a few singularly beautiful beaches that are truly spectacular and exceed one's every expectation for the ultimate beach holiday.
We feature a selection of the very best beaches in Australia, from secluded stretches of sand lapped by turquoise water to gorgeous white-sand beaches with every amenity close to hand.
Discover also in-depth information about hotels and resorts, things to do and see, when to visit and how to get to each beach.
Find the perfect location for your beach holiday in Australia, today!
Experience the pure white silica sand of Whitehaven, a photogenic beach that stretches for more than 7km along the shoreline of Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 Whitsunday islands and the perfect day trip for couples enjoying a beach holiday or romantic getaway.
There are no resorts on Whitsunday Island, as the island is a national park. However, Whitehaven does offer basic facilities for day guests including an eco-friendly toilet and shaded picnic areas framed by tropical rainforest.
The Gold Coast is one of Australia's leading beach holiday playgrounds – a stunning 42km-long strip of sun-drenched, squeaky clean, white-sand beach that stretches almost uninterrupted from the Spit, north of Surfers Paradise, to Rainbow Bay, south of Coolangatta.
From the glitz and glamour of Surfers Paradise to quiet Burleigh, there is a Gold Coast beach for every couple.
Choose from action-packed theme parks, championship golf courses and a huge range of shopping and nightlife options to suit all budgets and lifestyles.
Create your own footprints in the gorgeous soft sand of this wide, 6km-long palm-fringed beach that begins at a rocky headland just a few minutes walk south of Port Douglas.
Sunbathe on the white sand, picnic in the shade of the soaring palm trees, go beachcombing or make tracks along the water’s edge on a bike. Set against a backdrop of rainforest-covered mountains, Port Douglas is the perfect holiday base from which to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed areas of the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef.
Leave the crowds behind on this long and uninterrupted curve of palm- and rainforest-fringed golden sand that stretches south from the black basalt outcrop of Clump Point to the residential enclave of South Mission at Kennedy Bay.
Four quiet hamlets lie scattered along the 14km-long beach, collectively known as Mission Beach.
Walk up to Clump Point for magnificent views southward along the beach, stroll or ride a bike along the beach as far as you like and take a detour through the muddy creeks and stands of licuala palm in Tam O'Shanter State Forest to spot wallabies and the shy, blue-headed southern cassowaries.
Nestled in a cove between two headlands, beautiful Bondi Beach is a wide, kilometre-long crescent of golden sand that fronts deep blue water renowned for reliable year-round surf breaks.
With its bustling carnival atmosphere, Bondi is a see-and-be-seen beach, a favourite with locals as well as overseas visitors who relish the stunning setting for sunbathing, swimming and surfing, as well as visiting couples and twosomes enjoying a romantic getaway to Sydney.
Discover a string of fine powder-like white sandy beaches that stretch for miles on either side of Cape Byron – perfect for couples seeking a secluded beach holiday or romantic getaway.
To the east, Main Beach continues into Clarkes Beach, then to The Pass, Wategos Beach and Little Wategos Beach, with each of these three beaches separated by a rocky headland.
To the north, Main Beach continues into Belongil Beach, which continues into Sunrise Beach, then Tyagarah Beach and all the way to Brunswick Heads – a 14km stretch of unspoiled beach.
Dip your toes into the squeaky, brilliant white sand of Hyams Beach, renowned as having the whitest sand in the world (according to the Guinness Book of Records).
Set in the pristine sheltered waters of Jervis Bay – the second most popular dive spot in Australia after the Great Barrier Reef – popular Hyams Beach offers an excellent all-round destination for couples, with safe swimming, a variety of water- and land-based activities and great natural attractions close by.
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Choose your own slice of white sand for a spot of sunbathing or relax beneath a parasol on this sun-kissed 22km-long beach lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
Stroll to Gantheaume Point to see dinosaur footprints believed to be more than 130 million years old. Swim in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, surf a wave, hire a jet ski and then savour a fiery sunset from the soft sand or enjoy the quintessential Broome experience – a sunset camel ride.
Discover Perth’s best beach – a long and wide crescent of powder-white sand that’s perfect for sunbathing, swimming, body-boarding and snorkelling.
Nestled between the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean and a tree-lined boulevard crowded with cafes, pubs and restaurants, ‘Cottes’ as it’s known by locals, offers all the ingredients you need for a perfect beach holiday.
Sunbathe on the velvety white sand and swim in the gentle swells under the watchful eye of members of the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club (founded in 1909).
Make your own footprints in the silky soft sand at one of Western Australia’s best beaches. This long and uninterrupted stretch of white sand separates the iconic red rock landscape of Cape Range National Park from the emerald lagoons of Ningaloo Marine Park, one of the largest fringing reefs in the world.
Unwind and sunbathe on the powder-white sand, surf an offshore reef break from Surfers Beach, scuba dive Ningaloo Reef or wade right into the lagoon at Bundegi Beach where you can snorkel above brilliant coral gardens teeming with colourful tropical fish only metres from the shoreline.
Wineglass Beach is one of Tasmania’s most iconic sights – a picture-perfect crescent of shimmering white sand edging the vivid blue waters of Wineglass Bay – the perfect spot for a romantic getaway or honeymoon in Australia.
Enjoy a picnic, go for a swim or paddle a sea kayak across the crystal clear waters of the bay. Alternatively, take a cruise from Coles Bay to get a different perspective of this magnificent beach.
Look out for bottlenose dolphins and a seal colony sunning themselves on the rocks of the headland as sea eagles float on thermal winds overhead.
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Latest update about best beaches in Australia: 28 March, 2017