Best beaches in Australia

Who doesn’t love a good frolic on the beach. The chance to spread the towel out and work on the tan a bit before cooling off with a swim. If you are looking for a beach getaway, these are some of the hottest beaches in Australia. 

Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, QLD

Stretching some seven kilometres, Whitehaven Beach’s crystal clear waters and soft sand will take your breath away. For this very reason, it is one of the most photographed beaches in Australia. Located in the Whitsunday Islands, this beach is an absolute must do if in the area. Take in the spectacular view from a light airplane over the Whitsunday Passage.

Manly Beach – Sydney, NSW

Located in Sydney’s Northern Beaches in the beach side suburb of Manly, Manly Beach is a notable beach spot secluded from the hustle and bustle of a major city. Manly was one of the first seaside resorts to allow daylight swimming and surfing back in 1903. Visitors to Sydney can easily hop on a ferry at Circular Quay, for a scenic ride on Sydney’s iconic harbour to Manly.

Surfer’s Paradise Beach – Gold Coast, QLD

Australia is known for its stunning coastline, golden beaches and tourist destinations but none is better known around the world than beautiful Surfers Paradise beach located on the Gold Coast Australia. Surfers Paradise is the place to be if you want a beach holiday in the heart of the Gold Coast. The beach is one the Gold Coast’s most popular surf beaches, covering 3km of coastline. Surfers Paradise weather is primarily warm to mild which makes this stretch of Queensland’s coastline perfect for surfing and swimming.

Shelly Beach – Sydney, NSW

Situated in Sydney’s beach side suburb of Manly, Shelly Beach forms part of Cabbage Tree Bay, protected marine reserve popular with scuba divers and snorkelers. The beach is filled with unique marine life including the Easter Blue Groper and Weedy Sea Dragon. If you are lucky you might also spot a dolphin or two, especially during the May-August sardine run period.

Burleigh Heads Beach – Gold Coast, QLD

The picturesque Burleigh Heads Beach is famous for its perfect surfing conditions, and laid back Australian atmosphere, welcoming locals and tourists alike. The nearby Burleigh Head National Park offers a number of walking trails and wildlife to experience for those interested in venturing away from the beach. Aunt Betty said this beach is the perfect spot on the Gold Coast to catch a sunset photo, as the sky turns to a colourful pallet of pinks, yellows and oranges over the rolling waves and white beach.

Noosa Main Beach – Noosa, QLD

Noosa Main Beach is the ideal seaside playground, and is home to one of Noosa’s best surf locations. The beach is the best option for families or those who are not confident in the surf, showcasing gentle waves and is patrolled by surf lifesavers.

Four Mile Beach – Port Douglas, QLD

Offering four miles of white sand and glistening water, Four Mile Beach is beautifully seated on the Tropical North Queensland coastline. If you relish natural beauty and warm, balmy climates the Port Douglas beach is the holiday destination for you. The palm trees are spread along the shore line here, giving a real sense of tropical paradise.

Kate Webster is a travel journalist – writer and photographer who travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the places she visits. Born out of a life-long love of travel and fascination with the world around her, is Kate’s inspiration behind her writing and photography.