Where are Australia's Best Beaches?
There are an awful lot of beaches in Australia and most of them are deserted. Australia boasts some of the best beaches in the world and the huge coastline stretches for nearly 37,000 km, which includes 11,011 beaches, more than any other nation. Most of Australia’s cities and towns are situated on the coast, within a few kilometres of the ocean, which amounts to 12 million people, or 85% of Australia’s population living within one hour’s drive of the coastline. The following is a list of the most popular beaches from around Australia.
Bells Beach located between Anglesea (my town) and Torquay on the Great Ocean Road, is the surfing mecca of Australia. Home to the 'Rip Curl Pro' World Surfing Championships it serves up the biggest and best waves in Australia. Everything about Bells Beach is geared for surfing. From the shops, to the number of major surf goods manufacturers who base their global operations there, to the chilled-out disposition of the locals themselves, it’s clear that Bells Beach is a surf town.
Australia’s most famous beach, Bondi Beach is a mecca for tourists, lifesavers, surfers and sun worshippers. Bondi is a definitive example of Sydney’s city beach culture being only a few minutes drive from the city. Bondi Beach is home to the Bondi Surf Bathers, the oldest life saving club in Australia established in 1906. When I go Sydney, this is where I like to hang out - it has a great 'beachy' vibe!
Byron Bay is the easterly most point of the Australian continent, and one of the most popular surfing beaches in New South Wales. In the last 40 years, Byron Bay has transformed into a popular beach resort and alternative lifestyle. Renowned for its surfing beaches and beautiful rainforests, Byron Bay enjoys a relaxed and informal lifestyle that has become a favourite for many travellers. I have had some fun times here with the girls in my single days!
Cable Beach is renowned as one of the most stunning beaches in the world, with twenty-two kilometres of pristine white sands fringing the tropical turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Washed clean every day by tides, Cable Beach provides the ideal safe environment for swimming and relaxation. They say that the sunset at Cable Beach is the one of the most magnificent you can see in the world. The blazing red orb of the sun sets the sky alight as it sinks below the boundless horizon of the Indian Ocean. I got married on the beach here so I am huge fan of this part of the world. The beach and the colour of the water are simply breathtaking! And yes ... the sunsets are amazing!
One of Perth’s most popular beaches, Cottesloe is a wonderful spot to visit. Swimming, surfing, snorkelling, fishing and just sitting in the sun are all favourite pastimes at this premier beach location. I love this old colonial restaurant that sits proudly on the beach. Norfolk Pine trees, some more than 70 years old, line the streets. This is my favourite place in Perth.
Four Mile Beach
Four Mile Beach, aptly named for the four miles of clean white sand, curves around one side of Port Douglas. Located just an hour north of Cairns, along one of Australia’s most scenic coastal routes, against a backdrop of rainforest mountains with a foreground of the Coral Sea, Port Douglas is the perfect base to explore the exceptional World Heritage areas of the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef. We head up here once a year for a week's holiday - this is my favourite 'chill out' place in Australia - great hotels, food and restaurants, warm water and beautiful scenery!
Hyams Beach is renowned as having the whitest sand in the world, the sun seems to reflect off of the water and sand even more so at this beach than others because it is so brilliant. It is an excellent holiday area for families. Staying at Camp Paperbark at Jervis Bay is on my bucket list!
A visit to Manly by ferry provides you with the quintessential Sydney experience. The thirty-minute cruise across Sydney Harbour puts you in a relaxed mood to enjoy this easy-going and cosmopolitan suburb. With the famous surf beach on the Pacific Ocean side and a serene inner harbour beach on the other, Manly has the best of both waterfront worlds and is a popular place to swim, windsurf, parasail, snorkel, kayak, surf and scuba dive. I had a great time here dining on seafood at a waterfront restaurant.
Monkey Mia is located on a unique section of World Heritage coastline only the Western Australian coastline. It has a relaxed atmosphere and those who love nature will delight at the huge variety of animal and bird life. This place is famous because you can stand in the water and hand feed fish to the dolphins who swim in every day for a feed. I would love to hire a Kombi Van and drive it up to Monkey Mia to see the dolphins.
Ninety Mile Beach
Ninety Mile Beach itself is the ocean-facing edge of one giant sand dune and is the perfect place to stretch your legs and go for a short stroll. Located just over 250 kilometres from Melbourne, Ninety Mile Beach is home to some of Australia’s biggest surf fishing and provides ample opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating and sailing.
Visitors flock to Noosa from all over the world, many as frequent visitors and some returning to live in this exceptional coastal village. Noosa attracts a broad mix of sun-seekers from surfers and families to fashionable foodies and executive couples wanting to get away from it all. This is where I will be spending Christmas this year ... can't wait!
Palm Beach is the exclusive, high-end of Sydney’s long stretch of the northern beaches; it’s everything you’d expect from the insular-peninsula amid the playground of the nation’s rich and famous. Palm Beach still retains traces of its early character; although mansions dominate the southern corner. Barrenjoey Head looms over North Palm Beach, which is unpatrolled at its furthest tip. I love this pocket of Northern Sydney - I'm dying to get back there and spend a week to explore and really soak up the atmosphere.
Scarborough is located on the west coast, just a short 15 minute drive west from the heart of Perth and is famous for its sunny weather, popular beaches and relaxed lifestyle. I had a girls holiday to Perth in my younger days. We stayed in Scarborough on the beach and had a heap of fun!
When surf fanatics find a good thing, they stick to it. That’s why they return to Margaret River’s Surfers Point in droves. The people who named Surfers Point weren’t joking. This place looks like it was made for wave riders. The massive, powerful waves can carry for up to 500 metres on a good day. The surf can be daunting to the novice, but if you’ve got a bit of experience on a board, then you’ll find most likely find the surf the best you’ve ever come across.
On uninhabited Whitsunday Island near Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach is a four-mile (6km) expanse of pure white silica sand sloping into azure water. The beach, so dazzling that it hurts to look at without sunglasses, can be reached on a day-trip from Airlie Beach on the mainland. Whilst holidaying at nearby Hayman Island we booked a seaplane trip to have a gourmet picnic on Whitehaven Beach but sadly it was cancelled due to shocking weather so it's still on my 'To Do ' List!
Which is your favourite beach on the list or do you have another one?