Top 10 beaches in Australia

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.

  • Byron Bay // New South Wales

    Byron Bay, Wategos Beach 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 of... read more »

  • Whitehaven Beach // Queensland

    Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands

    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.

  • Cossies Beach // Cocos Keeling Islands

    Cossies Beach - Direction Island 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... read more »

  • Hyams Beach // New South Wales

    Hyams Beach - Jervis Bay

    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... read more »

  • Nudey Beach // Queensland

    Nudey Beach - Australia

    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... 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... 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.

  • Platt Beach // New South Wales

    Platt Beach on the Murrumbidgee River Bidgee / CC BY

  • Margaret River // Western Australia

    Margaret River, Western Australia Chris Putnam / 123RF

    The beaches of Margaret River in Western Australia are not only beautiful but also home to some of Australia's biggest and best surf. Margaret River is not just one beach but a stretch of coast bursting with fantastic beaches. Whilst the backdrop varies from beach to beach you'll find white sand and turquoise waters the length of this coastline.... read more »

  • Fraser Island // Queensland

    Fraser Island, Lake McKenzie beach

    Situated just of the Queensland coast Fraser Island is considered the largest sand island in the world. Stretching around 120 km in length there is an awful lot of beach here, and very few people. In fact there is actually even more beach; Fraser island is dotted with large freshwater lakes all of which are fringed by the same beautiful white sand... read more »