If you ask people all over the world what they know about this country, some might say that they’re scared of the wildlife, however, an overwhelming majority will mention the beaches in Australia, and for good reason.
Australia has a great reputation for having some of the best beaches in the world, and for many of the 7+ million people who come here each year, spending some time on some of Australia’s many great beaches is high on the agenda.
Australia is a very large country, though, with a coastline that stretches for 25,760 kilometres (16,000 miles) and which contains a whopping 10,685 beaches in total. Because of this, deciding which beaches to visit can be a difficult task, so we’re here to help. Here are our top 11 beaches in Australia.
11. Burleigh Heads Beach
Where: Gold Coast, Queensland.
What: Burleigh Heads has a population of roughly 10,000 people and while it’s not as popular among tourists as some of the other beaches in the region, it is well worth a visit.
When: Whether you’re a surfer or a swimmer, Burleigh Heads is suitable all year round.
How: Burleigh Heads is a very popular tourist destination, and as such, there are many, many options for accomodation.
10. Bondi Beach
Where: Sydney, New South Wales.
What: Although it’s less about the beach itself, Australia’s most famous beach deserves a spot on the list solely for it’s incredible atmosphere, history, and location which also makes it such an important part of Australia’s beach culture.
When: Bondi is suitable to visit all year round and other than the colder months (June through August), you should expect it to be packed with other beach goers.
How: Bondi is only about 15 minutes from the Sydney CBD and is very easy to get to. As such, you have an endless amount of options of where to stay.
9. Noosa Main Beach
Where: Sunshine Coast Queensland.
What: Noosa Main Beach is another of the most popular beaches in Australia. It’s really well patrolled and a great place to swim and you can often spot dolphins and less frequently, even whales (During their migration season.)
When: Although you will enjoy your time here at just about any point throughout the year, the ideal time is from the beginning of Spring until the end of Autumn (September through May).
How: As it’s a very popular destination, there are no shortage of accommodation options available.
8. Shelly Beach
What: Shelly Beach is a roughly 90 minute drive from Sydney, located on the Central Coast. It’s a really nice beach, with the the only downside being that it’s very popular but also fairly small.
When: You will be fine to visit Shelly Beach at any point throughout the year.
How: Although there are some good ones, there isn’t a huge amount of variety in the way of hotels close to this beach, however, there are quite a few options on Airbnb.
7. Byron Bay
Where: Northern New South Wales.
What: If I was to describe Byron in 1 word it would be “relaxed.” It’s probably my favourite part of Australia, and I highly recommend you spend some time there. It’s a really popular location along the backpacker trail so you are sure to meet people from many different parts of the world, and its location is convenient, being about an hour away from the Gold Coast, and just under 2 hours from Brisbane.
When: Like most areas in this part of the country, the warmer months are going to be best, but you can find plenty to do there at all times.
6. Four Mile Beach
Where: Port Douglas, Queensland.
What: As its name suggests, Four Mile Beach is a long stretch of beach in Port Douglas with a mountain backdrop. It’s the perfect place for those “long walks along the beach” that you always here about.
When: This far North, the weather will be good all year round. However, the warmer months are stinger (jellyfish) season and it’s not a great idea to swim unprotected here from around November until the roughly the end of March.
How: Like most popular beaches mentioned so far, there are plenty of options for accommodation.
5. Cottesloe Beach
Where: Perth, Western Australia.
What: Western Australia is often overlooked by many tourists to Australia because of the long distance from the Eastern part of the country, however, it’s definitely worth a visit. Cottesloe Beach is only 15 minutes from the city center, and is the most popular city beach in Perth.
When: There’s lots of action at Cottesloe, whether it be paddle boarders, swimmers, kite surfers, or kayakers, and it’s a great place to be at any time of the year.
How: As mentioned, given it’s only 15 minutes from the CBD, you have plenty of options to stay in Perth.
4. Turquoise Bay
Where: Exmouth, Australia.
What: Another of Western Australia’s great beaches, Turquoise Bay boasts beautiful white sand, and equally beautiful turquoise water. It’s a fantastic place to do some snorkeling and see some of the local turtles.
When: Whether you’re a surfer or a swimmer, Turquoise Bay is suitable all year around.
How: The location makes Turquoise Bay a little bit more difficult to find accommodation, but you can still find some options.
3. Wineglass Bay
Where: Tasmania, Australia.
What: Of all the beaches in Australia on this list, Wineglass Bay is the only one from Tasmania, Wineglass Bay is located in the Freycinet National Park and has a breathtaking landscape. In terms of nature, it’s one of the most beautiful parts of the country, and you should highly consider adding a trip to Tasmania and Wineglass Bay to your Australia visit.
When: It can get quite cold all throughout Tasmania in the winter months, so I would recommend visiting between November and March.
How: There are quite a few options for accommodation in Wineglass Bay area.
2. Cable Beach
Where: Broome, Western Australia.
What: It was a toss up for whether Cable Beach was going to 1st or 2nd on this list, such is the beauty of this place. Although it’s continually growing in popularity, given that it’s so far away from the popular tourist trail in Australia (4,470 kilometres / 2,945 miles from Sydney) it is still largely untouched, for lack of a better term. As the photo above depicts, riding a camel down a beautiful beach while watching an even more beautiful sunset seems like a good way to spend an evening, doesn’t it?
When: Like all the beaches in Western Australia I’ve spoken about up until this point, the weather will be suitable all year round.
How: Cable Beach is actually located walking distance from Broome which means there are plenty of accomodation options around.
1. Whitehaven Beach
Where: Whitsunday Island, Australia.
What: Not only will Whitehaven Beach feature on all “best of” lists pertaining to Australian beaches, it quite regularly features on “best of” lists of beaches from all over the world. From its crystal clear aqua water to its amazing silica white sand, it is a definite “must see” for any Australian holiday. In addition, it’s not just a tiny little beach hidden somewhere. It spans over 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) which means that even with the combination of peak seasons and its popularity, it’s big enough that it will never be too packed to ruin your experience.
When: You are sure to have a great time at Whitehaven Beach at any time throughout the year.
How: As you might imagine, being Australia’s most recognized beach, there are plenty of places to stay. The flip side of that, though, is that it can get pricey, so be sure to shop around.
What’s your favourite beach in Australia? If you think we left some off, let us know in the comments.