Top 5 Beaches to Visit in Australia
Sun, sand and rolling waves… Australia is synonymous with light tans and summer days. Between 11,761 beaches and 60,000km of balmy coastline, it’s little wonder that Australians are ocean-loving people (generally), dedicating weekends and public holidays to exploring its depths. Unfortunately, very few people have the time or funds to hunt down the best beaches down under, so we’ve sought out the inside scoop from a group of local experts. After all, it’s not an Aussie holiday without a day at the beach.
1. Nudey Beach, Fitzroy Island, QLD
We’ve never met anybody who didn’t fall in love with Nudey Beach at first sight. Breath-stealing and covered in 95% wild rainforest, Fitzroy Island is an easy 45-minute boat trip from Cairns. Savour the idyllic views on the 15-minute walking trail, as the Cairns hinterland rolls across the skyline and native bird calls fill the air; Nudey Beach is just around the corner. Ideal for sunbathers and experienced snorkelers, don’t expect to find a thrall of people here – it’s just you, your companion and the view.
2. Turquoise Bay, WA
There’s more to the reefs and currents of Down Under than QLD’s Great Barrier Reef; Ningaloo Reef and National Park is beautiful, brilliant and bursting with life, trumping up travel points due to its accessibility from the shoreline. No need for a charter here! Turquoise Bay is a 12-hour drive from Perth, nestled in the Cape Range National Park – we know, it’s a bit of a trek, but one glance at the crystal-clear water should confirm its worthiness. Days of snorkelling and scuba await, without the crowds of its famous QLD counterpart!
3. Boat Harbour Beach, TAS
Boat Harbour Beach is a haven for swimmers, sunbathers and snorkelers keen to escape the busy crowds of the mainland. A 30-minute drive from Burnie, this gorgeous little entry combines tropical vibes with rocky outcrops, proving Tasmania’s beach credentials once and for all. Lauded as one of the best, Boat Harbour delivers a decidedly off-the-beaten-tourist-trail experience; the nearby Rocky Cape National Park is also sure to please, delighting visitors with scenic walks and photogenic views aplenty.
4. Whitehaven Beach, QLD
Whitehaven Beach spoils visitors with a picture-perfect postcard scenery, as turquoise waters give way to cerulean swirls, and the 98% pure silica sand envelopes adventurous toes. If you’re chasing a pristine beach experience, without going off-grid, Whitehaven Beach delivers, allowing holiday-makers to mix their sight-seeing with scuba diving, trail walking and guided exploration. Give yourself a day or two to do this 7km stretch of Australia justice and truly appreciate why it won the #1 Beach in the South Pacific in the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards.
5. Bondi Beach, Sydney, NSW
The Sydney suburb of Bondi is home to perhaps one of the most iconic Australian beaches, welcoming over 40,000 visitors per day during peak season. That’s a lot of people for a 1km stretch of shoreline, and yet people flock to the pretty little bay in their droves, keen to be part of the essential Aussie experience. Between dips in the big blue, enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner on the alfresco strip that lines the beach – you’ll find some of Sydney’s best cafes ready to take your order from the early morning to the late evening.