Australia is blessed with some of the world’s biggest and best beaches. These beaches are clean, beautiful and unique. If you are planning to visit a couple of beaches along Australia’s scenic coastline, you should start with these 10 beaches.
- Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven Beach situated along the coast of the Whitsunday Island is one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. Stretching for over 7 kilometres along the island’s splendid blue coastal waters, the beach contains pure white silica sand which reflects heat and remains cool even while the sun is shining. It also forms a brilliant contrast with the blue sea. This beach, which has been globally rated as the most eco-friendly beach in the world also shares the remarkable beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland.
- Cable Beach
The Cable Beach, located in Western Australia, has 22 kilometres of pure white silica sand, clear blue waters and a unique backdrop of red hills. This stunning beach is reputed to be one of the finest beaches where you can ride camels on the shoreline. To keep the beach looking clean and pristine, high tides from the Indian Ocean wash the beach. At the Gantheaume Point, located at the southern end, you can catch a glimpse of old dinosaur footprints which are supposed to be over 100 million years old. It is also a great place for whale watching during the migration season.
- Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Heads is one of the exceptional beaches on the Gold Coast. With high waves, which measure up to 9 metres in height, this beach provides great surf conditions and walking trails to explore. In addition to the clean and unpolluted sand, families who want to have fun with water will also appreciate the unique swimming areas and the presence of life guards. Picnickers may also visit this beach to enjoy the adjoining park areas while wildlife lovers will see many brush turkeys, sea eagles, and dolphin pods.
- Noosa Main Beach
Noosa’s main beach is one of the exceptional beaches facing the northern Australian coastline. It offers a unique advantage to families due to its gentle waves and daily patrol by surf lifesavers who are available every day of the week. Visitors can see the dolphins that come here regularly while whales may be spotted here during their annual migratory season. For stronger waves, surfers may use the headland region of the Noosa Park. This beach provides a unique environment for other activities such as sunbathing and fishing.
- 75 Mile Beach, Fraser Island
The 75 Mile Beach is hosted by Fraser Island – the world’s biggest sand island. 75 Mile Beach derives its name from its length. Apart from its size, it has many stretches of multi-coloured sand that create a very attractive landscape with different hues ranging from white to orange and brown tones. 75 Mile Beach has a variety of freshwater lakes where visitors love to swim. The Champagne Pools, where the ocean crashes into the surrounding rocks, is particularly popular because of the exceptional foaming effect produced by the ocean waters.
- Wineglass Bay
Wineglass Bay is a picturesque stretch of clean sand and clear water which is regularly used to showcase the State of Tasmania. Located within the Freycinet National Park, this unique beach has a truly photogenic appearance. The white sand on the beach provides a strong contrast to the turquoise water and pink granite peaks surrounding it. Despite the growing popularity of this clamped-shaped beach, its waters are largely unpolluted and it is still relatively quiet and isolated. Many activities take place here including kayaking and snorkelling.
- Mandalay Beach
Mandalay Beach is one of the spectacular beaches located on the coast of Western Australia. Located several hundred kilometres southward from Perth, the state capital. This rather isolated beach is part of the Walpole Nornalup Park and it was named after the shipwreck of the Norwegian ship called Mandalay which ran aground in 1911. Its remains may still be seen when the tide is low. The Chatham island nearby adds value to the rocky headlands and beautiful rugged topography that characterise this beach.
- Hyams Beach
Hyams Beach is interwoven between the Booderee National Park and the Jervis Bay Park. With well preserved native forests and walking trails on cliff-tops, this beach is well known for its amazing white sand. In fact, it is regarded as a playground for rich Sydney dwellers. However, virtually anyone who wants to enjoy snorkelling or diving can come to this beach. Popular activities that take place at this beach also include: kayaking, windsurfing, and sailing. Whale and dolphin watching cruises are also available.
- Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach is popular among foreigners and Australian residents. Its clean shoreline and proximity to the city centre in Sydney make it easy to access by many visitors. This is where the first Surf Life Saving Club was launched over 100 years ago. Nowadays, this beach is usually packed with swimmers, walkers and sunbathers. Bondi Beach has become an icon of Australian beach culture and it is the most famous beach in Sydney.
- Bells Beach
Bells Beach in Victoria is one of Australia’s most popular sites for surfing. It has high tidal waves and huge swells which are loved by many professional surfers. That is why it is the venue for the Rip Curl Professional Surf Competition that is hosted every year during Easter. This competition attracts a crop of the best surfers from various parts of the world as well as many spectators.
Australia’s beautiful beaches attract thousands of tourists, visitors and spectators annually. If you are planning to visit some of the great beaches in this country, you may use the list provide here as a guide. Bear in mind that the tide and the season you visit will affect what you will see and the type activities you will be able to perform at each beach.