Oceania's Top 50+ Beaches

  • Currumbin Beach // Australia

    Currumbin Beach
    © Daniel Jurin

    With its crystal clear waters and sparkling white sands, Currumbin in South East Queensland is regularly voted the state's cleanest beach.

    Surfers flock from far and wide to ride the waves here, and there are a handful of surf schools dotted along the beach which cater for everyone, from beginners taking their first lessons to experienced surfers looking to escape the… read more »

  • Coolum Beach // Australia

    Coolum Beach

    The small, laidback beachside town of Coolum Beach is set towards the northern end of Queensland's Sunshine Coast. The name refers to both the town and the beach, but that's not a problem as pretty much everything about Coolum is geared towards the beach.

    There are actually a few beaches at Coolum Beach; the main beach and then, just around the… read more »

  • Dee Why Beach // Australia

    Dee Why Beach
    © Merbabu / CC BY

    Located in the heart of the Northern Beaches, Dee Why Beach is about 22 km from Sydney's CBD, just north of Curl Curl and south of Long Reef Point. The sandy 1.2km spit of beach backs onto the Dee Why Lagoon and Wildlife Refuge.

    Dee Why Beach has excellent facilities for families including an ocean swimming pool for safe swimming… read more »

  • Otama Beach // New Zealand

    Otama Beach
    © Pseudopanax@Wikimedia / CC BY

    Otama Bay lies 20 kilometres north of Whitianga, on the northeast coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. Its white sands stretch for two kilometres, protected on the landward side by low dunes. At its northernmost end there is a small stream and a rocky outcrop with some shady trees. The sands have a pleasing squeak when you walk over them,… read more »

  • Alexandria Bay // Australia

    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… read more »

  • Meelup Beach // 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… read more »

  • Emu Point Beach // Australia

    Emu Point Beach

    Officially rated as one of the cleanest beaches in Western Australia, Emu Point Beach is located on the state's southern coast close to the town of Albany. A small beach by Australian standards, it helps guard the narrow inlet of Frenchman Bay linking Oyster Harbour to King George Sound.

    The beaches mix of grassy landscaping shaded by mature trees and calm… read more »

  • Misery Beach // Australia

    Misery Beach
    David Jones

    Don't be put off by the name, for Misery Beach is anything but a misery. Looking north over Frenchman Bay from a southern slither of land, Misery Beach is largely sheltered from the region's prevailing winds, making it a good choice whatever the weather.

    Close to Torndirrup, its white sands run for 200 metres, and are met by a granite headland… read more »

  • Swanbourne Beach // Australia

    Swanbourne Beach
    Mark Pegrum

    Located roughly 20 minutes from Perth by road, Swanbourne North Beach is part of a long ribbon of soft white sand which stretches for 12 kilometres.

    One of only two officially-recognised nudist beaches in the Perth area, this clothing-optional section of the larger Swanbourne Beach can be found around 300 m north of the car park, where dunes 10-20 m high… read more »

  • Samurai Beach // Australia

    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… read more »

  • Warnbro Beach // Australia

    Warnbro Beach

    The white sands of Warnbro Beach arc for almost the entire 8.5 kilometre length of its bay. Pointing west towards The Sisters tree-topped offshore rocks, it lies on the Indian Ocean coast of Western Australia in the southern Port Kennedy suburb of Perth.

    A dog-friendly beach, there is a 900 metre section about midway which has also been designated a… read more »

  • Little Wategos Beach // Australia

    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… read more »

  • Cottesloe Beach // 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… read more »

  • Cable Beach // 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… read more »

  • Bondi Beach // Australia

    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… read more »