Whether it's for the waves, sand or sun,
our beautiful country has reputation for having some of the best beaches in the world.
Which one is your pick or do you have another to add to the list?
Take a look at Getaway's pick of the five best beaches in Australia.
1. Whitehaven, Queensland
The day I planned to go here in a seaplane plane from Hayman Island - the weather was foul so the trip was cancelled and we never had our romantic picnic on the beach in a private plane .... next time!
Whitehaven Beach, a 15-minute flight from Airlie Beach is on the eastern side of Whitsunday Island. The island is 109 square kilometres. The beach stretches for six kilometres of magnificent, pure white silica sand that feels as soft and gentle as baby powder under your feet.
2. Cable Beach, Western Australia
Cable Beach is very close to my heart - this is where I got married and had my honeymoon. It truly is an amazing beach. It is a 22km-long stretch of purest white beach where Broome meets the Indian Ocean. The stunning colours of Cable Beach - aqua blue water against the white sand and bright red-orange dirt inspire photographers from dawn till dusk daily.
3. Wineglass Bay, Tasmania
Just two-and-a-half hours north of Hobart is the Freycinet Peninsula, covered by the beautiful Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay and other superb beaches, wildlife and wildflowers. At its entrance is Coles Bay and the superb 300 metre high pink granite outcrops. The first sight of it comes as a wonderful surprise — curved white beaches fringing aqua blue water, topped by the towering granite. It all looks rather tropical until you recall you are almost at the southern end of the globe! So clear are the waters you can see shells five metres below and at night the skies are ablaze with more stars than you knew existed!
4. Hyams, New South Wales
I have yet to visit here but it is second on my list of 'places to visit'. Hyams Beach is listed in the "Guinness book of records" as having the whitest sand in the world. It is the most famous and popular of the myriad bays and beaches inside the Jervis Bay area.
Situated on the Pacific Ocean it looks directly at Point Perpendicular, Hyams rarely receives any swell making it a safe family beach. Hyams is the perfect spot for fishing, sailing, swimming, jet-skiing and whale-watching. Dolphins are spotted regularly, and the occasional kangaroo can be seen early in the morning.
5. Bells Beach, Victoria
Australia's best-known surf beach, Bells Beach is one of my local breaks - so it's pretty exciting to see it on the list. It's about 10 minutes from our place so we tend to hit the beaches closer to home. It's also known for big, gnarly waves so not a good beach for kids and swimming but we go there to watch some very cool surfing. It's home to the 'Rip Curl Pro Surfing Championships' so every Easter you see the best surfers from all over the world competing and hanging out around town. The scenery is dramatic with high cliffs providing a dramatic backdrop to the natural amphitheatre of the beach and large swell from the Southern Ocean. Located on the Great Ocean Road in Southern Victoria