Australia is well known for its glorious coastline with mile upon mile of sandy beaches and aqua marine sea. However, Australia’s coastline is also incredibly varied and whilst some may be suitable for sunbathing, others will only work if you’re looking to hit the surfing trail. 

Australia has a great lifeguard network and also a string of rules and regulations to keep visitors safe. It’s worth checking out their Beach Safe website which has links to local beaches and also information on the flag system that indicates which parts of the beach visitors are safe to swim in (and those areas they should avoid). Check here for more details.

Picking a beach will be entirely dependent on who you are and what you are intending to do on the beach once you arrive. One beach is unlikely to fit all the criteria.

So what are you looking for?

Family Friendly… head to Noosa Main Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland. This is said to be one of the best beaches Australia has to offer due to its beautiful water, waves that are ideal for swimming and the odd visiting pod of dolphins. For more information about Noosa and the surrounding area, see here.

Surfing Paradise…. visit Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Queensland. Despite its location being close to a major road, this beach offers great breaks for the surfer. Numerous competitions take place here throughout the year so it’s a great place to watch those riding high.

Complete Isolation…..can be found on Australia’s west coast at Mandalay Beach. A popular spot for fishermen and whale watchers alike, the rugged coastline was named after a Norwegian vessel that wrecked there in 1911. At low tide you can still see the wreckage poking out. For details of how to reach MB, see here.

Miles and miles of stunning coastline…. then travel to Queensland’s 75 Mile Beach on Fraser Island. A striking location where you’ll find the Maheno shipwreck and a popular swimming spot known as Champagne Pools. The beach itself is not a great spot to swim in thanks to the unsafe currents and a large Tiger Shark population. For sheer beauty though it can’t be beaten. More information can be found here.

The most photographed beach in Australia….. is Whitehaven, Whitsunday Island on the Whitsundays. The beautiful white sandy beach with the most perfect blue sea stretches over 7km, the largest of the 74 Whitsunday Islands. For the best view of paradise head to Tongue Point on Whitsunday Island. You may just have to pinch yourself when you reach the top. Paradise found. Details can be found here.

A truly Aussie experience … no round-up of beaches can be concluded without mentioning Bondi Beach in Sydney, New South Wales. Arguably one of the best known beaches in the world. The home to the world’s first Surf Life Saving Club, the beach has played a central role in developing beach safety, and due to its close proximity to Sydney is busy most of the year. Maybe not Australia’s best beach but somewhere everyone needs to visit. More information on the Bondi lifestyle can be found here.

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