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  • 16. Alexandria Bay // Sunshine Coast

    Alexandria Bay

    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 Beach, its remoteness does attract… read more »

  • 17. Samurai Beach // New South Wales

    Samurai Beach

    A subsection of One Mile Beach where nude bathing is officially permitted, the clean sands of Samurai Beach lies in Tomaree National Park north of Newcastle. It is mainly used by older naturists.

    Situated close to the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary, it can be reached via an unsurfaced track, necessitating the use of a four-wheel drive vehicle.

    A beautiful stretch of secluded coastline backed by dunes, Samurai Beach has… read more »

  • 18. Little Wategos Beach // New South Wales

    Little Wategos Beach

    Sitting in the shadow of the 100 metre high Cape Byron headland, Little Wategos is the most easterly beach in Australia. The beach can be accessed by a set of steps and a track which lead away from the main Byron Bay Lighthouse walk.

    Being one of the less accessible beaches in Byron Bay means Little Wategos is a great get-away spot. It's only about 150 metres in length but it… read more »

  • 19. Meelup Beach // Western Australia

    Meelup Beach
    David Jones

    Meelup Beach is a 400m long strip of sand at the mouth of the Meelup Brook situated in a small and secluded valley inlet.

    Getting to Meelup Beach is easy as it is just 10 minutes from the small town of Dunsborough, however it can be busy. There is road access to the car park and a grassy picnic area with benches and BBQs right beside the beach with shady… read more »

  • 20. 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 eastern end there tend to… read more »

  • 21. 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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  • 22. 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 top spot on several surveys… read more »

  • 23. 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" beach is the lovliest of… read more »

  • 24. Williamstown Beach // Victoria

    Williamstown Beach
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    Perhaps the best way of reaching genteel Williamstown Beach to appreciate its grandeur is by hiking along the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail, although it's also possible to arrive via car or train. A broad, clean sweep of sand with views towards Port Phillip Bay, you won't be disappointed by the facilities, which include toilets, showers, sealed paths and several dining options.

    Tucked into areas of coastal reserve beside Williamstown botanic gardens,… read more »

  • 25. 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 retain a slower pace of… read more »

  • 26. Hungry Beach // New South Wales

    Hungry Beach

    Hungry Beach gets its memorable name from a fisherman who took shelter in the cove for three days while waiting for a large shark to leave the area. I guess his overwhelming thought was hunger, hence the name. The area was historically known as a prolific fishing area for shark, turtle and mulloway.

    Hungry Beach is on the north side of Sydney in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The densely vegetated… read more »

  • 27. Noosa Main Beach // Sunshine Coast

    Noosa Main Beach

    With Noosa National Park to one side and the boutiques, cafes and bars of Hastings Street to the rear Noosa Heads Main Beach is in a prime spot. An expansive stretch of sun-soaked pale-golden sand this is one of the finest beaches on the Sunshine Coast.

    Despite being one of Australia's favourite holiday destinations Noosa manages a perfect balancing act with the beaches here remaining unspoilt by over-development. The beachfront is… read more »

  • 28. Malabar Beach // New South Wales

    Malabar Beach
    © Adam.J.W.C. / CC BY

    Malabar Beach is one of the less well-known beaches in the south of Sydney, not far from the airport. The name comes from one of two shipwrecks that lie in the bay: the MV Malabar, with the other being the the Goolwa.

    Facing southeast, Malabar Beach is enclosed by rocky headlands at either end with cliffs providing shelter from offshore winds. Generally it's ideal for all types of watersports as the… read more »

  • 29. Palm Beach // New South Wales

    Palm Beach
    © Alex Proimos / CC BY

    Palm beach sits on a narrow spit of land at the far end of Sydney's North Shore, roughly 40km from the city centre. The beach is overlooked by the imposing bulk of Barrenjoey Head to the north. It's well worth a climb to check out the lighthouse and take in the fantasic views back over the sands and beyond.

    "Palmy", as the beach is known locally, is really two beaches in one.… read more »

  • 30. Fraser Island // Queensland

    Fraser Island

    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 that is found along the coast.

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