It is no secret that Australia has some of the best beaches globally, given that Australia is essentially one gobsmacking, beautiful coastline. So as a kind of compromise, we have picked out 39 of the most beautiful, must-visit stretches of white sandy land. So while we'll leave the ratings of best beach for another day, we give you this list of some of the crowd favourites. And yes, you'll be pleased to know they're located around Australia.
Bondi Beach, NSW
Australia's beach culture begins at Bondi Beach, so it makes sense to start the list here. Sydney's famous stretch of sand has a fascinating history as the location of the world's first Surf Life Saving Club, and subsequent bathing suit protests in the 1900s paved the way for the bikini to be embraced by popular culture.
These days, Bondi welcomes locals and tourists to its shores all year round. The beach's popularity is because it is easily accessible from the city, surrounded by a trendy café precinct, and it is just so damn gorgeous. It's not hard to imagine spending a whole day here frolicking in the turquoise waters and basking in the sunshine. The atmosphere is electric with people from all walks of life mingling together, and the people-watching is almost as good as a swim or surf in the cool waters. While you are here, learn to surf the famous Bondi waves during a 2-hour surfing lesson or continue your city tour on a hop on hop off bus tour. You haven't truly experienced Sydney until you have paid a visit to Bondi Beach.
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Whitehaven Beach, Queensland: Considered by many to be Australia's most beautiful beach, the four-mile-long Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island is deserving of all its accolades.
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Whitsunday Islands, Australia A list of the bluest water from around the world would not be complete without honouring the Whitsunday Islands. The region is widely recognised as a gateway to the Great Barrier reef; however, the 74 islands that make up the magical paradise have plenty more to offer.
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- Exuma, Bahamas.
- Porthcurno, Cornwall, England.
- Shoal Bay, Anguilla, Caribbean.
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- Navagio Bay, Zakynthos, Greece.
- Zamami, Okinawa, Japan.
- Boracay Island, Palawan, Philippines.
- Isla Perro (Dog Island), San Blas, Panama. Dog Island.
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach (FR8) is the longest beach on the island and in Queensland and amongst the longest in Australia. The beach is a very popular destination for campers, anglers, surfers and tourists who arrive by their thousands in all manner of 4WD vehicles.
From the shallow inlets near Port Albert to the wide-open waterways of Lakes Entrance lies the Ninety Mile Beach – a 90-mile long stretch of pristine golden sand that separates the Gippsland Lakes from the Bass Strait.
Ninety Mile Beach is around 55 miles (88 kilometres) long. The story goes that the early European settlers named it because they knew their horses could travel up to 30 miles in a day. So if the trip along the beach took them three days, it must be 90 miles long, right? So it means 'The Long Beach of Tōhe.
Fitzroy Island, QLD
Situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, escape to Fitzroy Island on a day trip from Cairns or private boat and anchor up at this idyllic tropical island resort. Fitzroy Island has been a well-kept secret among the locals in Cairns; however, its popularity has exploded in recent years due to the rise of social media platforms showcasing this stunning destination online to a global audience.
Access to Fitzroy Island is easy thanks to a regular ferry transfer service from Cairns, and the journey takes approximately 45 minutes. Fitzroy Island is a picture-perfect example of a breathtaking tropical island comprised of rainforest walking trails and coral beaches with fringing coral reefs. So grab a snorkel, discover a diverse array of tropical fish and coral, lace up the hiking boots, and take on the five national park walks across the island or take in a marine life talk at the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.
Currumbin Beach, Queensland
Tucked away from the chaos of the Gold Coast is Currumbin Beach, a tranquil spot known for its postcard-pretty waters and perfect white sands.
The secluded Mystics Beach, also known as Minnamurra Beach, is a crowd-free surf beach in Kiama, just a two-hour drive from Sydney.
Maria Island, TAS
Only accessible via ferry is the peaceful Riedle Bay on Maria Island, home to a thriving wildlife sanctuary, historical ruins and a perfect shoreline.
Byron Bay, NSW
Byron Bay has come a long way from its days as a small hippy town with modern resorts, cafes and boutiques popping up in the last 20 years. However, one thing remains the same: the quality and quantity of beaches that are adored by all those who visit.
Byron Bay sits on the most easterly point of mainland Australia in Northern New South Wales, with an iconic lighthouse situated at Cape Byron. The town's location and its beaches are conducive to some pumping ocean breaks drawing surfers from all over the globe. The lovely, long stretch of coastline is a short trip from the Gold Coast, and the powder-like sand beaches are a treat for those looking for a less crowded alternative over the border. The Cape Byron Marine Park also surrounds the region. Visitors can explore on a guided dolphin kayaking tour and scuba diving experiences or take it easy onshore and lap up the sunshine. The best thing about Byron Bay is that you can 'flop and drop' or get amongst the action with various activities on offer.
Cable Beach, Broome
Another Western Australian jewel is Cable Beach, which consists of 22 kilometres of pure white sand, a backdrop of red hills and some of the clearest blue waters you'll ever see. It's famous for its opportunities to ride camels along the shore and gentle waves ideal for swimmers. Visit Gantheaume Point at the southern end of Cable Beach to witness 130 million-year-old dinosaur footprints at low tide. During migration season, you can also see whales frolicking in the water, along with dolphins.
Bells Beach, Victoria
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Beloved by surfers worldwide, Bell's Beach is cited by Lonely Planet as one of Australia's beach beaches for surfing. Known for its huge swells and powerful surf, it's not the safest beach for swimming, but more than makes up for it by catering to those aboard. It's the site of the Rip Curl Pro Surf Competition, which takes place annually over Easter, drawing some of the best surfers from all over the world and plenty of spectators. High cliffs add a touch of drama to this setting, though the exposed reef and point break is best suited to those who know what they're doing in the water.
Burleigh Heads Beach, Gold Coast
The Gold Coast has its fair share of exceptional beaches, but Burleigh Heads is one of its best. Despite being located alongside a busy highway, this untouched paradise is clean, unpolluted and pristine, with great surf conditions and plenty of walking tracks to explore. Swimming sections are patrolled by lifeguards, making this a good option for families looking to enjoy the water.
The waves are also a drawcard for surfers, and a surrounding parkland area is a popular option for picnickers. Wildlife is also a common sight in the area, with sea eagles, brush turkeys, and dolphin pods often spotted. Fragrant pine trees are characteristic of this area, and there are often art and craft markets to explore.
Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
Wineglass Bay is part of Freycinet National Park and is several hours from Hobart and Launceston. The picture-perfect beach consists of stark white sand set against the area's pink and white granite peaks, with a deep blue sea completing the rainbow of colours. Tourists and holidaymakers flock here to fish, sail, kayak, rock climb, and relax in the sun.
The sheltered location makes this a superb beach for swimming and splashing about, and the clam-shaped shoreline makes for exceptional aerial photographs. There's a dedicated lookout for the best views of Wineglass Bay, accessed with a one-hour return hike up a path.
Noosa Main Beach, Noosa
Noosa's main beach is one of the few along the coastline to face north, and as such, has very gentle waves ideal for families and those not confidence in larger surf. The beach is patrolled by surf lifesavers every day of the year and conveniently located next to the popular Hastings Street shopping and restaurant precinct. Dolphins are frequent visitors to the waters here, with whales visiting during their annual migration season.
Surfers can try out the Noosa Park headland region for better waves. The north-facing location makes this area less breezy in cooler months, and this beach is used year-round for many activities, including fishing and sunbathing.
Rottnest Island, WA
Travellers often overlook Western Australia favouring the East Coast, but if you make the hike, you will be rewarded with spectacular beaches, particularly on nearby Rottnest Island. Just a short hop on a scenic ferry, and guests can be lounging around in the sun, snorkelling the coral reefs or taking an obligatory selfie with a Quokka, arguably Australia's most photogenic animal.
The island's isolated location only adds to its untouched beauty with rocky headlands and untamed wilderness, making Rottnest Island a unique destination. And, with over 63 secluded beaches and 20 bays, visitors are spoilt for choice. The main mode of transport on the island is by bicycle; however, you can also join the guided bus tour and throw down a towel at any amazing spots with safe swimming areas roped off at many of the beaches, perfect for families.
Kangaroo Island, QLD
Kangaroo Island is one of Australia's greatest nature-based eco destinations with native bushland, an abundance of wildlife, rugged coastlines and pristine beaches wherever you go. While South Australia is better known as Australia's wine country and a cultural hotspot, the state has many natural landscapes to offer the intrepid traveller.
Located approximately three hours drive from Adelaide, Kangaroo Island offers a true respite off the grid with luxury beachfront abodes and rustic cabins in the footsteps of nature's playground. Those seeking solitude and tranquillity will find peace on Kangaroo Island's beaches. Don't be surprised if you are the only one there at times. Sink your toes into the sand at Emu Bay (pictured above), Vivonne Bay, Stokes Bay, Penington Bay, Hanson Bay and Penneshaw Beach.
Whitehaven Beach, QLD
The most beautiful beach in Australia, as voted by Australians, is Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays. Iconic images of white sands and crystal clear waters immediately come to mind when visitors think about the Whitsundays. Although it seems too good to be true, it looks spectacular in person. The sand is silica, an extremely high purity form of sand with fine grains that make it very soft to touch, and the vivid blue waters make it a magical experience.
Whitehaven Beach stretches over 7km along the coast and, even in peak seasons, will rarely be crowded enough to ruin the tranquil atmosphere of this natural wonder. The myriad of coves, lagoons and inlets with scenic lookouts dot its surrounds and add to the island's mystique. So come along for a visit and find out for yourself why this is Australia's most photographed and adored beach on a thrilling ocean rafting tour or fly above on a magical seaplane or helicopter flight.
Turquoise Bay, Exmouth
Western Australia's Turquoise Bay has been deemed the second-best beach in the country, thanks largely to its stunning reef and snorkelling opportunities. Let the current take you towards the exquisite Ningaloo reef, but be wary of the strong current near the sandbar. Take to the water to spot creatures like anemone fish, colourful parrotfish, moon wrasse, starfish and reef sharks.
Wagga Beach, NSW
It's the inclusion of the inland beach at Wagga Wagga – on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, hundreds of kilometres from the coast – that's the biggest surprise on the list. It's the first time a non-coastal beach has made it onto the list. Picture: Destination NSW
Lake Mckenzie, Queensland
Fraser Island's Lake McKenzie – a freshwater lake known for its dazzling white sand – also earns a mention.
Fingal Bay, NSW
A great spot for families, this patrolled beach features a sand spit that links to the mainland of Fingal Island.
Smiths Beach, WA
For powdery white sands, ideal swimming conditions and world-class surfing, there's WA's Smiths Beach.
Lake Tyers Beach, Victoria
Just a short drive from Lakes Entrance, this stunning estuary is great for those keen to take a dip and enjoy the outdoor beauty East Gippsland is famous for.
Cossies Beach, Cocos Keeling Islands
This beach was named Australia's best in 2017, with Farmer stating, "It's as near to perfect as a beach can be."
Pondalowie, Yorke Peninsula, SA
This stunning spot located on the southwest tip of the Yorke Peninsula is a top spot for fishing and scuba diving.
Ned's Beach, NSW
With its kaleidoscope of fish, corals and pristine waters, Ned's Beach on Lord Howe Island is an excellent place to spend the day.
Lake Tyers Beach, Victoria
Just a short drive from Lakes Entrance, this stunning estuary is great for those keen to take a dip and enjoy the famous outdoor beauty of East Gippsland.
Australia's most beautiful list of beaches is below:
- Bay of Fires, TAS. (Pictured above)
- Wategos Beach, NSW.
- Canal Rocks, WA.
- Seal Rocks, NSW.
- Dampier, WA.
- Noosa Heads, QLD.
- Manly Beach, NSW.
- Ned's Beach, Lord Howe Island.
- Horrocks Beach, WA.
- Greens Pool Beach, WA.
- Cossies Beach, Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
- Torquay, VIC.
- Albany, WA.
- Brunswick Heads, NSW.
- North Narrabeen, NSW.
- Cape Tribulation, QLD.
- Castle Rock, WA.
- Clifton Beach, QLD.
- Exmouth, WA.
- Cockle Creek, TAS.
- Coray Bay, WA.
- Snapper Rocks, QLD.
- Tangalooma, QLD.
- Second Valley Beach, SA.
- Whitsundays, QLD.
- Cape Hillsborough, QLD.
- Cottesloe Beach, WA.
- Esperance, WA.
- Loch Ard Gorge, VIC.
- Port Noarlunga, SA.
- Port Elliot, SA.
- Wilsons Promontory National Park, VIC.
In addition, if you're looking for more things to do in the Whitsundays and surrounds, including some of the best tours, attractions and activities, be sure to check out our main region section to browse for more information online. So, there you have it—Australia's best beaches as voted by you. Pack the bags and get exploring these coastal hotspots for yourself.