Over 85% of all Australians live within 50 km from the coast, making the 50,000 km of coastline, 10000 beaches a huge part of Australia’s identity.
Going to the beach in Australia is probably the most iconic part of our culture. It is what we are known for, and Trip Advisor have put together a list of the best beaches in Australia.
1. Manly Beach – Sydney, New South Wales
Manly Beach is located on Sydney’s North Shore. Manly beach consists of three areas, South Steyne, North Steyne and Queenscliff. South Steyne has a year-round lifeguards. Queenscliff and North Steyne are patrolled between October and April. Volunteer lifesavers also patrol on weekends and holidays during the busier months. Within walking distance, there is a selection of shops, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs
2. Surfers Paradise – Gold Coast, Queensland
Not just a beach, but Surfers Paradise is a suburb and the heart of the vibrant Gold Coast. Surfers Paradise has a population of almost 24,000 people. It’s main feature is the busy Cavill Mall, which is a great entertainment and shopping area. The beach is 3km of beautiful sand, clear water and plenty of tourists. Surfers Paradise is home to lifeguard tower 34, that is manned 365 days a year, however, times vary day to day.
3. Turquoise Bay – Exmouth, Western Australia
1270 kilometres from Perth sits Western Australia’s Turquoise Bay, Located only metres from the Ningaloo Reef, this beach is a known Snorkelling location. There are over 500 different species of fish at Ningaloo Reef, as well as Coral, Turtles, and squid.
4. Mooloolaba Beach – Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Mooloolaba is located 97kms north of Brisbane. Home to Mooloolaba Surf Club. Mooloolaba is known for its lovely white sand.
5. Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, Queensland
Whitehaven beach is a 7km stretch of amazing white silica sand, and clear turquoise blue waters. Located on Whitsunday Island, accessible via helicopter or boat from Hamilton Island or Airlie Beach. This is a magical sight to behold. Hill’s inlet is located on the Northern end which is where many amazing photos of the white sand and blue hues of the inlet blending together as the tides shift to create an amazing mosaic that changes on a daily basis. The southern end is where most of the tourist boats end up.
6. Bondi Beach – Sydney, New South Wales
Bondi Beach would be one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, located only 7km from Sydney. Bondi Beach is listed as one of Australia’s top visited tourist sites in Australia. It is only 1km stretch of beach, but has two Life Saving clubs, Bondi Surf Bathers life-saving club, and North Bondi Surf Lifesaving club, and is manned 365 Days a year.
7. Noosa Main Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Located 136 kilometres from Brisbane is Noosa Main beach. Noosa main beach is great for swimming and relaxing on the beach. Noosa main beach is one of the few beaches in Australia that faces North. Patrolled year round by Surf lifesavers, it is a favourite spot for families. Protected by headland the waves are a bit smaller, so great for beginners learning to surf. Noosa Main beach is located within moments of Noosa’s iconic Hastings Street. Main beach has a boardwalk that runs down it and there are also restaurants that line the boardwalk.
8. Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Queensland
Burleigh heads is located between Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta on the beautiful Gold coast. Known for its Surfing closer to the headland, and swimming in the more protected area. Located nearby to the Burleigh Heads national park. Burleigh heads is surrounded by Large towering trees, which give you good areas of shade making it a popular picnic spot in the summer sun.
9. Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia
Located at Broome is the beautiful 22 kilometre stretch of beach. Known for its beautiful white sand. Located on the Eastern Indian Ocean. Cable beach is famous for its Camel rides, offered at sunset and sunrise.
10. Mindil Beach, Darwin, Northern Territory.
Mindil Beach is located near Darwin’s central business district. Mindil Beach is famous for its iconic Mindil Beach sunset markets that run in the dry season. Mindil beach is located only 2kms from Darwin’s city centre. Whilst you might occasionally find people swimming there, it has a high chance of jellyfish and crocodiles so is not recommended.
What do you think of Trip Advisors 2019 list of best Australian beaches?
I have to admit I have made it to nearly all these beaches, only three left to go and I would agree that all of them each bring something different to the list, and deserve to make the top ten Whitehaven Beach would still top my list.
Let me know in the comments what your favourite beach in Australia is.
Some of my other favourite beach side locations.