All around the world, Australia is renowned for its beaches and with sparkling turquoise waters and pure white sand it’s not difficult to see why this beautiful island nation, attracts thousands of tourists a year.

Most of Australia’s cities and towns are situated  within a few kilometres of the ocean, which means 85% of Australia’s population lives within one hour’s drive of the coastline, it comes as no surprise then that an Australian beach culture thrives.

We’ve collated a list of 10 of Australia’s top beaches that you should definitely include in your next trip to Australia.

Whitehaven Beach, Queensland



Whitehaven Beach is known for its white sands, which can be attributed to the fact it contains 98% pure silica which gives it a bright white color. Interestingly, local rocks do not contain silica so it has been suggested that the sands were brought to the beach via prevailing sea currents over millions of years. Unlike regular sand, the sand on Whitehaven Beach does not retain heat making it comfortable to walk barefoot on a hot day. Voted one of the best beaches in the world, Whitehaven beach is a must-see when visiting Australia.

Turquoise Bay, Exmouth


Turquoise Bay in the Cape Range National Park has one of the most beautiful, perfect beaches in Western Australia, and some pretty amazing snorkelling too.The reef encloses a lagoon of crystal-clear water of the most brilliant shade of Turquoise, and beneath the surface, the shallow lagoon is teeming with tropical fish.

Cable Beach, Broome



Western Australia’s most famous beach is one of the most beautiful in the world, with turquoise waters and impeccable white sand.


Burleigh Heads Beach, Burleigh Heads



Burleigh Heads is directly in-between Coolangatta and Surfers Paradise offering a wonderful National Park where you can get to see some fabulous scenery and a range of wildlife. There are amazing views of the surrounding coastline from Burleigh Heads and a patrolled beach.

Byron Bay Beach, Byron Bay




Byron Bay’s beaches are dotted with lighthouses and surrounded by bottlenose dolphins, rays, whales and sea turtles. Theformer New South Wales whaling station turned tourist town is still strongly influenced by its recent bohemian past, where a hippie culture thrived. Visit to see the beautiful natural marine life or to unwind thanks to the relaxed vibe of the main town.

Coolangatta Beach, Coolangatta




The beaches of Coolangatta have some of the Gold Coast’s best surfing conditions and most picturesque scenery. Greenmount Beach and Rainbow Bay are the Gold Coast’s only North facing beaches providing sheltered conditions for swimming. A walk around the point to Snapper Rocks improves your chances of seeing the whales on their annual migration throughout the cooler parts of the year.

Manly Beach, Manly



Manly is alive with screeching seagulls, long sandy beaches, small coves, inlets, swaying Norfolk Pines, bikinis and cold icy beer.  Manly features a National Trust Oceanfront Promenade and is easily accessible by ferry or jetcat operating from Circular Quay (city) to Manly Wharf. The short walk up the Corso leads to the ocean beach.

Surrounded by the ocean and harbour on three sides, Manly is unique with its 18 small cove harbour and ocean beaches. It lays peacefully as a peninsula with stunning and breathtaking views. Now a major tourist beach resort  it has become one of Sydney’s most popular beaches and an international destination for overseas travellers.

Palm Beach



Palm Beach is situated approximately 40km from Sydney CBD and is Sydney’s most northerly beach positioned on the Pacific Ocean foreshores; it has the magnificent waterways of Pittwater nestled behind, which is an inlet of Broken Bay. Palm Beach is famous for not only for its natural beauty but it’s also the setting of  the popular TV series “Home and Away”.

Palm Beach is 3km long with a superb surfing beach; it also has a delightful 50 metre ocean swimming pool where many of the locals head for  their morning swim. Palm Beach is well worth a day trip to experience this tranquil peaceful and casual beachside village, or a relaxed weekend away.

Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas



Four Mile Beach (Port Douglas) is one of the best known and most popular beaches of northern Australia. What was a sleepy coastal town in the 1970’s became an international tourist destination by the late 1980’s.

The northern end of the beach, just 1 km from the town centre, is the most accessible and most popular. It is also the site of the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1984, that patrols the beach as well as maintaining a stinger enclosure. Down the beach is the large Mirage Resort which provides three beach access tracks. Further access tracks are available through the residential development along the southern half of the beach, including one at the sailing club.

Cottesloe Beach, Perth


Cottesloe Beach is one of the most popular of all Western Australia’s city beaches. It is located midway between the Perth central business district and the port of Fremantle in Perth’s western suburbs, only 15 minutes from the city centre. Cottesloe is renowned for its relaxed lifestyle and has been a popular seaside holiday destination for Perth locals for more than 100 years. Its village atmosphere and rich maritime heritage is sure to entice you to explore beyond its golden sands. It’s also the perfect place to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean.The wide grassy Cottesloe Esplanade, shaded by giant Norfolk Pines, offers lovely spots for family picnics, beach and cricket.

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