Top 25+ Australia Beaches

Beaches are part of the Australian way of life and they come in every shape and size imaginable. There are literally thousands to choose from and the vast majority of these are up there with the best beaches to be found anywhere else on earth. From the palm fringed, white sand beaches of tropical Queensland to the cosmopolitan beaches of Australia's coastal cities the choice is bewildering.

With so many beaches to choose from and so many factors to consider it is near enough impossible to compile a list of Australia's best beaches that will suite everyone, but we're going to give it a go. The list below includes some of the best surfing beaches in the world, a few of the most famous and some fairly remote ones too.

The Best Australian Beaches...

  • Whitehaven Beach // Queensland

    Whitehaven Beach
    © Horst Müller

    Know for its beautiful 7 km stretch of white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters, Whitehaven Beach is without doubt of of Australia's finest. It is located on Whitsunday Island, part of a group of islands just of the tropical Queensland coast.

    Accessible only by boat Whitehaven Beach is never busy but always stunning.

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  • Hyams Beach // New South Wales

    Hyams Beach

    Situated on the northern shores of Jervis Bay, Hyams beach is one of a number of stunning beaches. To put things in perspective, Jervis Bay is around 4 times the size of Sydney harbour and much of it is lined with unspoilt beach.

    Here you will find lush forests spilling onto white sand beaches which are gently lapped by the crystal clear azure waters of… read more »

  • Byron Bay // New South Wales

    Byron Bay
    © Karl Lundholm

    Byron Bay is situated in the far north of New South Wales and on the very eastern tip of Australia - Cape Byron is the easternmost point of mainland Australia. This small beach town was put on the tourism map back in the 1970s when it was on the hippy trail later becoming a popular backpacker destination. It is to a large extent the legacy… read more »

  • Cossies Beach // Cocos Keeling Islands

    Cossies Beach
    © David Stanley / CC BY

    The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are a remote goup of 27 tiny islands located nearly 1000km off the coast of Western Australia in the Indian Ocean. Made up of two coral atolls the islands are known for their white­-sand beaches, palm trees and lagoons. They are in essence the very picture of paradise.

    Of all the beaches on the Cocos Keeling Islands it is said that "Cossies"… read more »

  • Nudey Beach // Queensland

    Nudey Beach

    Nudey beach is the archetypal tropical beach; pristine powder white sand, crystal clear azure water and coral reefs teaming with marine life. Behind is a verdant backdrop of rainforest containing Nutmeg, Tamarinds, Turpentine, Sheoak and Indian Beech whilst dotted along the beach are time-worn granite boulders which create the feeling of an ancient paradise.
    It isn't hard to see why Nudey beach has made it to the… read more »

  • Garie Beach // New South Wales

    Garie Beach
    © Maurice van Creij / CC BY

    The Royal National Park, just south of Sydney is home to more than ten beautiful, pristine beaches of which Garie beach is widely recognised as the finest. A one km stretch of golden sand backed by the steeply rising forested vallies of the park this beach has changed little over the centuries.

    Despite its stunning natural beauty Garie Beach is not without its dangers and strong rip… read more »

  • Camp Cove Beach // New South Wales

    Camp Cove Beach
    © Diliff / CC BY

    Camp Cove sits on the inner coast of South Head, the headland guarding the entrance to Sydney Harbour. As such the beach is not only sheltered but commands spectacular views back over the harbour and towards the city.

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  • Alexandria Bay // Queensland

    Alexandria Bay
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    On the opposite side of Noosa Head's famous headland, Alexandria Bay is a quieter location for soaking up the tranquility and rays on this golden sandy beach. The only way in is on foot, either from Noosa Heads (3.5km through the Noosa National Park) or 20 minutes on foot from McAnally Drive on Sunshine Beach (1.3km).

    Away from the crowds on Noosa Main… read more »

  • Wharton Beach // Western Australia

    Wharton Beach
    © alfotokunst

    Located within Cape Le Grand National Park, around an hour's driving time from Esperance, Wharton Beach is best known for its surf. Facing south and forming a semicircle 4.5 kilometres in total length, this white-sand beach is home to some of the areas most consistent and manageable waves. The waves tend to be best towards the centre and western end of the beach. At the… read more »

  • Turquoise Bay // Western Australia

    Turquoise Bay
    Dan Nevill

    The white sands and stunning aquamarine waters that Turquoise Bay is known for, make this one of the best places for relaxing in Western Australia. About 60 km northwest of Exmouth, it's part of the Ningaloo Marine Park.

    The clear waters make it is a top spot for snorkelling with an amazing diversity of corals, fish and marine life reasonably close to shore. The best… read more »

  • Bondi Beach // New South Wales

    Bondi Beach

    Bondi is possibly Australia's most famous beach and to many sums up the Australian way of life. This iconic Sydney beach is every bit as cosmopolitan as the city with a beach scene encompassing everything from surfing to cafe society to lively nightlife. As long as you know what to expect Bondi will not disappoint - it's busy, it's bold and it's brash, but most… read more »

  • Lucky Bay // Western Australia

    Lucky Bay
    Stan Feldman

    Lucky Bay is reputed to be Australia's whitest beach, making it an idyllic beach to visit with its pristine sand and aquamarine water. Views from the beach look out across the Recherche Archipelago, adding further to the natural beauty.

    Stretching for 5km, Lucky Bay is one of a series of beaches and coves along the Cape Le Grand National Park coastline. You'll usually have the beach… read more »

  • Cable Beach // Western Australia

    Cable Beach
    © Christopher Roe / 123rf

    Cable Beach in Broome is a long, flat, sandy beach, and by long we mean 22 kilometres (15 miles) long. It isn't just quantity over quality either; the beach here is beautiful white sand lapped by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Much Cable beach backs on to gently sloping sand dunes, and in other places there are low cliffs of deep red sandstone.

    Given… read more »

  • Bells Beach // Victoria

    Bells Beach
    © Pansa Sunavee / 123RF

    One of Australia's best known surf spots, the legendary Bell's Beach has been hosting top level surfing competitions for over 50 years. The right hand point break is flawless at almost any size of waves. The beach itself is just off the dramatic Great Ocean Road which takes in the sweeping panoramas of the Southern Ocean.

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  • Cottesloe Beach // Western Australia

    Cottesloe Beach
    © Richard Majlinder

    Cottesloe is a true city beach in the best possible sense. Located only 15 minutes from downtown Perth, Cottesloe still manages to remain the quintessential laid-back Australian beach. This mile long strip of golden sand is Perth's answer to Bondi beach yet there are as many differences as similarities.

    Despite being on the edge of one of Australia's major cities Cottesloe still manages to… read more »